Medical Diagnostic Technologies is a multidisciplinary Master's programme which makes use of new laboratory and analysis techniques for medical diagnostics.

Students decide individually which area of molecular diagnostics they wish to specialize in. Typical areas are high throughput analysis, personalized medicine with immunological methods or the use of biomarkers, then validated by means of clinical studies.

Reasons to study Medical Diagnostic Technologies

We offer:

  • a multidisciplinary programme with an innovative approach to the interface of medicine, natural sciences and technology
  • excellent career prospects in a wide variety of career paths
  • qualifications for positions of responsibility in hospitals, industry and research institutes
  • broad-ranging project collaborations
  • state of the art equipment and laboratories on the Schwenningen Campus and in affiliated institutes
  • small groups and individualized support


Degree awarded Master of Science (MSc)
Undergraduate/postgraduate degree postgraduate
Duration of programme 3 semesters
Delivery full-time
Campus Villingen-Schwenningen
Programme begin winter semester (October), summer semester (March) open only to EU/EEA students
Application deadlines winter semester 15th May for non-EU/EEA, 15th July for EU/EEA. Summer semester (EU/EEA only) 15th January
Restricted intake yes
Language of instruction English
Academic entry requirements Bachelor's degree in natural sciences, medical sciences or related disciplines (minimum 210 ECTS)
Language requirements basic German (CEFR A2), fluent English (CEFR B2) skills
Pre-sessional course / Foundation course requirements none
Tuition fees 1500 €/ Semester for non EU/EEA students (see FAQ), 130 € semester fee for EU/EEA students
Programme accreditation AQUIN


Learning outcomes

  • Broad knowledge in the fields of medicine and natural sciences as well as in the technologies used in these disciplines, particularly in molecular analytics
  • Preparation of validated data for medical doctors
  • Ability to collect, critically analyze and present complex data
  • Ability to evaluate and take into account any social, scientific and ethical consequences of findings, decisions and developments
  • Ability to learn independently how to use new technologies

Interdisciplinary learning outcomes

  • Ability to work in teams, especially in multidisciplinary work and research groups
  • Ability to make sound scientific decisions independently in the light of any social, scientific and ethical consequences


The multidisciplinary approach of Medical Diagnostic Technologies as well as the focus on developing expertise rather than pure technical knowledge offers the graduates entry into a broad range of occupational fields in the growing market of health care and beyond.

Clinics, hospitals and large medical care units:
Diagnostics, personalized medicine, research and development, planning and coordination of clinical trials, patient stratification, companion diagnostics, experimental and clinical pharmacology
Medical laboratory units:
Diagnostics, research and development, supervision of small laboratories, project management
Pharmaceutical industry:
Quality control, hygiene monitoring, research and development, project management, supervision of 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, companion diagnostics, project management, design, execution and documentation of experiments
Government authorities and public services:
Diagnostics, hygiene monitoring, quality control



  1. A university entrance qualification conferring entitlement to study at a German University (High school degree).
  2. An above average Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent in the field of engineering or natural sciences or closely related fields with a minimum of 210 ECTS credit points.
  3. German language certificate of at least level CEFR A2 or equivalent.
  4. English language certificate equivalent to or higher than 90 points in IBT TOEFL, IELTS band 6, or CEFR B2.
  5. Applicants have to demonstrate adequate knowledge in at least three of the following subjects
    • I. Biochemistry
    • II. Microbiology
    • III. Molecular Biology
    • IV. Physiology
    • V.  Statistics
      Evidence of knowledge may be demonstrated through successful completion of study programmes, practical modules or courses and/or professional experience.

FAQ: frequently asked questions

Who can apply?

Students from any country may apply provided that they meet the requirements of the admission.
Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent degree (minimum 210 ECTS points), in biology, biochemistry, medicine, chemistry, or related fields.

Where can I find information on study fee?

The State of Baden-Württemberg will introduce tuition fees for international students from the winter semester 2017/2018 onwards. The law stipulates that international students are required to pay 1,500 euros per semester. 

For further info please visit 

Where do I send my application documents?

After having submitted your electronic application, please send your certified documents by post to

Mostafa Mahmoud, M.Sc.
Fakultät MLS
Hochschule Furtwangen
Jakob-Kienzle-Straße 17
78054 Villingen-Schwenningen

When is the application deadline?

Please note that application received after application deadline (Winter Semester 15th of May for non Eu/EEA, 15th July for EU/EEA) will not be considered for admission.

Due to the administrative process and limited places, the summer semester application process is open only to EU/EEA students.

How do I prove my English proficiency?

No proof of English proficiency by an English test is required for applicants:

  • who are native English speakers,
  • who have resided for a reasonable period in an English speaking country.

Applicants with English as a main media for instruction during their undergraduate studies do not need to submit results from a standardized test such as TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL, or CPE. However, it is recommended that they attach an official statement (signed by an official of the college or university, e.g. the dean's or registrar's office) which indicates that English was the medium of instruction. Please note that your application benefits from the submission of an excellent score in an English language test.

How do I prove my German proficiency?

Applicants are expected to have a German certificate of at least level CEFR A2 or equivalent. However, the German skills can be acquired during the studies. Please note that you will not receive your degree without acquiring this level.

What can I do if my diploma is issued after the deadline?

If your University degree is issued after the application deadline, you should then submit the certification of your latest degree and a copy of your latest transcript, please indicate the date when you expect this to be conferred and have it send as soon as you receive it.

How to calculate my ECTS points

ECTS = European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System

Every ECTS point corresponds to a work load of 30 hours. Please use this as a guide to convert your study hours per week, semester or degree into ECTS points.

How do I convert my foreign grade to a German grade?

Please use the this equation if you have a foreign BSc.


GrDH= stands for the desired grade (according to the grading system of the HFU)
Grabr / max=stands for the best grade in the foreign grading system
Grabr / min=stands for the worst passing grade in the foreign grading system
Grabr=stands for the obtained foreign grade (which will be converted to the German grading system)




Where can I find more information about living and studying in Germany?

You can find more information about studying and living in Germany on the following websites:

Applications for the winter semester 2017/2018 now closed!

The application period for students wishing to enroll in the MDT programme beginning in September of 2017 is now over. Late applications will not be considered.


Mostafa Mahmoud, M.Sc.
Fakultät Medical and Life Sciences
Akademischer Mitarbeiter
Telefon: 07720 307-4330
Campus Schwenningen, Raum C 2.04