Bachelor of Science

Molecular and Technical Medicine

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Shape the future of medicine

This degree programme, which can also be taken as a bilingual degree, combines the exciting topics of medical technology and molecular biology. We ask ourselves questions such as: What happens in the organism? How does the body work? How do physiological processes take place and how do diseases develop? Since the corona pandemic, everyone has had to deal with PCR or antigen tests – but you'll learn how they work and for which diseases they and many others are used. The biomedical sciences are a rapidly developing field. We have an overview of these and prepare you for the future!

  • ECTS: 210 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 7 semesters
  • Campus: Schwenningen
  • Faculty: Medical and Life Sciences
  • Programme begins: summer semester (March), winter semester (October)
  • Application deadline: 15 January (summer semester), 15 July (winter semester)
  • Entry requirements: university entrance qualification
  • Teaching language: German and English
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • Research in focus Our focus is on biochemical and pharmaceutical processes, not on working with patients. Biomedical diagnostics, research and development and the analysis of "big data" are becoming increasingly important - come join us!
  • Imaging and more How does a CT or ultrasound image become a diagnosis? Technology is important to us, but always in medical application. We also train you in business administration and quality management - for even better prospects on the job market.
  • Biomedicine in the lab During your studies, you'll be working with state-of-the-art equipment in our laboratory for molecular biomedicine. You may then be able to use this for your own research project in your thesis.
  • Bilingual, international English is the language of science. That's why you can gain a German-English bilingual degree with us by spending time abroad, for example during your internship semester and thesis, and by choosing your courses carefully.

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

Modern biomedicine makes an important contribution to overcoming the major challenges of the 21st century. That's why you'll be studying current topics on our degree programme - across disciplines. In addition to traditional natural sciences and molecular biology, you'll also be taught application-related content from medicine, laboratory diagnostics and medical technology. The analysis of large amounts of data is becoming increasingly relevant, and we also train you in this area. This will give you a head start in many different professional fields. Because new topics and techniques are constantly taking centre stage both in the job market and in research, we are constantly optimising our course content to keep you up to date!



Foundation courses

The foundation courses comprise the first and second semester. We teach you the basics in lectures and through practical. Chemistry, physics, maths and biological subjects will equip you for the rest of your studies. Of course, medical subjects such as anatomy and physiology are also on your timetable. Your English courses are specially adapted to the requirements of the department.

Advanced courses

In the third to seventh semesters, we introduce you to increasingly complex interrelationships. For example, you'll learn how biochemical or molecular biological processes cause diseases – but also how therapeutics counteract them. The analysis of biological data is particularly important here. It also involves areas such as stem cell biology, immunology and imaging. You can specialise further through your student research project and several electives.


Practice and thesis

You will complete your internship semester and your thesis in a company, a research institute or a hospital. There you will apply your knowledge in practice, take on responsibility and learn about real issues. Our partnerships with companies and research institutes will help you find the right place. At the end of the course, you will carry out independent scientific work in your thesis as a key qualification for your career.

  • 31% Biology / molecular biology
  • 26% Medicine
  • 17% Data analysis
  • 14% Physics and engineering
  • 12% Soft skills (languages, business studies)

Entry requirements

No special prior knowledge is required. However, you should have an interest in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics) and find medical questions such as, "How do diseases develop?" or "How does the body work at a molecular or cellular level?" interesting.

What's included

Your career prospects

Career success of our alumni

MTZ - Medicine on the smallest scale (I15776)

You can see what you can achieve with an MTZ degree from the careers of our alumni. We have put together a few examples for you here.

Minas Salib (University of Oxford)

Minas Salib is currently a PhD/DPhil student in Neurosciences at the University of Oxford. He was awarded an MRC Research Scholarship and a Senior Hulme Scholarship from Brasenose College, University of Oxford for his achievements during his PhD. In addition to his research, he is co-founder of a non-profit organization (Science Innovation Union) and works as a health care analyst for various consulting agencies in the health care sector. After his bachelor's degree in MTZ at HFU, he completed a master's degree in "Interdisciplinary Neuroscience" at Goethe University Frankfurt. This was followed by a Master's thesis at the University of Oxford. He is a PhD/DPhil student in the research group of Prof. Somogyi at the University of Oxford with the topic: "Rerelationship of medial septal neurons in influencing behavior dependent network oscillation by using in-vivo electrophysiological recordings and juxtacellular labeling of single neurons in the medial septum and the local field potential in the hippocampal formation".


Dorina Zöphel (doctoral candidate at the University Medicine Greifswald)

MTZ studies until August 2015, during which she spent an internship semester at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Tübingen, with the topic "Establishment of a drug assay for Schistosomula". Bachelor thesis in Hematology/Oncology at the University Hospital Freiburg, with the topic: "Optimization and validation of an NGS-based detection and quantification of tumor-specific mutations in circulating tumor DNA in patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumor." Between Bachelor's and Master's degree: Internship at the Cancer Society Research Center in Auckland, New Zealand. Master's degree in Human and Molecular Biology at Saarland University. Master's thesis in Hematology/Oncology at the University Medicine Greifswald, with the topic: "BCL11B-specific protein knockdown by ubiquitin-mediated degradation." Since 2018 PhD student in hematology/oncology at the University Medicine Greifswald

Julia Küsel (Freiburg University Medical Center, Institute of Human Genetics)

Bachelor's degree in "Molecular and Technical Medicine". During this time, she completed her practical semester and bachelor's thesis (establishing molecular genetic testing methods using the example of genodermatoses) at the Institute of Human Genetics at the Freiburg University Medical Center. Following her bachelor's thesis, she has been working in molecular genetics at the institute since 2014. The Institute's task is to diagnose various hereditary diseases. Initially, her work focused primarily on laboratory work and the establishment of a quality management system in accordance with the guidelines of the German Medical Association. Among other things, the Institute of Human Genetics is a center for research and diagnostics of genodermatoses. Julia Küsel is head of diagnostics here under medical management. Today she works as deputy head of department and contact person for all genodermatosis cases.

Maria Ketesidou (Regional Council, Radiation Protection Division)

Maria Ketesidou completed her Bachelor's degree in "Molecular and Technical Medicine" and spent her practical semester in the central laboratory of the Olga Hospital in Stuttgart, where she was able to deepen her knowledge of PCR techniques and other laboratory methods. She completed her Bachelor's thesis at the Siegfried-Weller-Institute at the BG Unfallklinik in Tübingen on the topic: "Optimization of hepatic differentiation of Ad-MCs to hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) for an in vitro toxicity model". Maria now works in a permanent position at the Stuttgart Regional Council in the field of radiation protection. While working, she completed a Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences at Reutlingen University. Her Master's thesis topic: "Technical documentation of the new Radiation Protection Act (StrlSchG) - comparative analysis and implementation."

Employment sectors

Business and industry, research and development

  • Basic research, applied research
  • Quality management / quality assurance
  • Product development / product management
  • Laboratory facilities, research and development

Basic research, doctorate

  • Development and implementation of scientific and general evaluations

Clinics and medical care centers

  • Collaboration in diagnostics
  • Quality management, hygiene
  • Medical technology, laboratory technology, environmental protection, environmental medicine
  • Cardiotechnology (after appropriate specialisation)
  • Collaboration in the design and implementation of clinical studies

Authorities with a focus on safety, environment and hygiene

  • Quality management
  • Hygiene management
  • Infection control

Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences

At the Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences, everything revolves around the life sciences. Those who study with us contribute to improving people's health and quality of life. Our society is aging – which is why specialist knowledge in areas such as process engineering and (molecular) medicine, medical technology and biosciences is becoming increasingly important. Our degree programmes train you to become sought-after experts in biotechnology, the environment, diagnostics or therapy and prevention.

Find out more about the Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences (MLS)


The MLS faculty is one of the strongest in research at HFU. You will gain many insights into current research issues during your studies and will be able to participate in specific tasks.

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  •  Prof. Dr. Nicolas Werbeck
    Prof. Dr. Nicolas Werbeck Dean of Studies Molecular and Technical Medicine (BSc)
    Dean of Studies Precision Medicine Diagnostics (MSc)
  •  Dr. Birgit Fritz
    Dr. Birgit Fritz Member of academic staff