Master of Science

Precision Medicine Diagnostics

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Expertise in medical diagnostics

In this master's degree progamme, we combine medicine, natural sciences and technology. You'll be studying and conduct research at the interface of these disciplines and making new laboratory and analysis techniques usable for medical diagnostics. You can set your own focus according to your interests.

  • ECTS: 90 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 3 semesters
  • Campus: Schwenningen
  • Faculty: Medical and Life Sciences
  • Programme begins: winter semester (October)
  • Application deadline: 15 July (winter semester), 15 May for international applications, 15 July for applications from Germany and the EU
  • Entry requirements: bachelor's degree in natural sciences, medicine or related discipline (minimum 210 ECTS), fluency in English (CEFR B2)
  • Teaching language: English
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • Discover precision medicine Immerse yourself in various areas of modern medicine and diagnostics - high-throughput procedures, personalised medicine using biomarkers and immunological methods or the validation of methods using clinical studies. What will your specialty be?
  • A look into the future It's about more than just lab work - we train your ability to access new technologies independently. You'll also learn how to critically analyse complex data and large data sets - invaluable know-how in the age of omics data!
  • Take off Precision Medicine Diagnostics qualifies you for positions of responsibility in hospitals, industry and research institutions. This gives you excellent career prospects: The ability to collect and analyze data using innovative methods is in demand everywhere.
  • State of the art Our labs on the Schwenningen Campus are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities so that you can apply your theoretical knowledge directly in practice. This allows you to achieve the best research results. We also work together with industry on many projects - good for your personal network

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

Medical diagnostics is constantly benefiting from new findings and technologies derived from the traditional natural sciences. These often lead to faster results and more successful medical treatments. The Precision Medicine Diagnostics degree programme was designed to meet the need for experts in the field of molecular diagnostics.

In the first semester, we teach you the basics of applied medical diagnostics in theory and practice. Building on this, you can set your own priorities in your research project in the second semester that correspond to your scientific interests – because in PMD we place particular emphasis on independent research based on solid scientific foundations. The master's thesis in the third and final semester offers a further opportunity to develop your ideas for research or application.


The topics we deal with in PMD are highly topical. For example, we deal with new high-throughput methods, personalised medicine (e.g. biomarkers in diagnostics and prognosis), transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.

Project work

Our work is practice-oriented and focuses on current topics. Through your participation in a research project, which is carried out in the second semester, we introduce you to independent scientific work and analytical thinking.

Entry requirements

To apply for this degree programme, you need a higher education entrance qualification (secondary school leaving certificate, e.g. general Abitur, Fachabitur). You must also have a Bachelor of Science degree, or equivalent, in a closely related field such as engineering or medicine, with at least 210 ECTS credits.

If you are not from the EU/EEA, you must have your certificates recognised by the APS (for students from China, Vietnam or India) or at the Studienkolleg of the University of Konstanz, and attach the corresponding certificate to your transcripts.

Your studies in Precision Medicine Diagnostics focus on subjects such as biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, physiology and statistics. You must therefore demonstrate sufficient knowledge in at least three of these subjects. You can do this by successful completion of degree programmes, practical modules or courses. You also need basic knowledge of biochemistry working techniques. To do this, you will need to provide evidence of a relevant laboratory internship at your university or outside of it, or appropriate professional experience.

And last but not least, as the degree programme is taught entirely in English, you must submit an English language certificate with at least 90 points in the IBT TOEFL, IELTS Band 6, or CEFR B2, with your application. Alternatively, language proficiency can be demonstrated by bachelor's degree programme taught entirely in English.

What's included

Your career prospects

Precision Medical Diagnostics' multidisciplinary approach and focus on developing expertise rather than pure technical knowledge offers you entry into a wide range of professional fields in the growing healthcare market and beyond.

Clinics, hospitals and large medical care units:

  • Diagnostics
  • Personalised medicine
  • Research and development
  • Planning and coordination of clinical studies
  • Patient stratification
  • Companion diagnostics
  • Experimental and clinical pharmacology

Medical laboratories:

  • Diagnostics
  • Research and development
  • Laboratory management
  • Project management

Pharmaceutical industry:

  • Quality control
  • Hygiene monitoring
  • Research and development
  • Project management
  • Support for small laboratories
  • Product management and sales

Food industry:

  • Quality control
  • Hygiene monitoring
  • Product management and sales

Research institutes, universities:

  • Research and development in the field of natural sciences
  • Accompanying diagnostics
  • Project management
  • Planning
  • Implementation and documentation of experiments

Authorities and public service:

  • Diagnostics
  • Hygiene monitoring
  • Quality control

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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 Faculty of MLS 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. Click here for current HFU research projects including from the area of Medical Technologies.

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Your key contact

  •  Prof. Dr. med. Meike Burger
    Prof. Dr. med. Meike Burger Dean of Studies Precision Medicine Diagnostics (MSc)
  •  Levin Riedel
    Levin Riedel Academic Coordinator PMD