Work at the interface between medicine, natural sciences and technology

Medical Diagnostic Technologies is a multidisciplinary Master's programme which makes use of new laboratory and analysis techniques for medical diagnostics. Medical diagnostics profits on a continual basis from new findings and technologies deriving from the classic natural sciences. These often lead to faster results and more successful treatment in established natural science technologies including the field of medicine. The Medical Diagnostic Technologies study programme was thus designed to meet the demand for experts in the field of molecular 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.

Good reasons to study Medical Diagnostic Technologies

  • 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
  • Prestigious university with long-standing experience in offering Bio and Process Technology, Molecular and Technical Medicine and Medical Engineering Bachelor's programmes and a Biomedical Engineering Master's programme
  • Excellent equipment and laboratory facilities on the Schwenningen Campus and in affiliated institutes
  • Small groups and individualized support
  • First-rate lecturers with a background in science and industry

Quick Information

Degree awarded Master of Science (MSc)
Undergraduate/postgraduate degree postgraduate
Duration of programme 3 semesters
Delivery full-time
Campus Schwenningen
Programme begin winter semester (October)
Application deadline(s) 15 May
Restricted intake yes
Language of instruction English
Academic entry requirements Bachelor's degree in natural sciences, medical sciences or related disciplines
Language requirements basic German (CEFR A2), fluent English (CEFR B2) skills
Pre-sessional course / Foundation course requirement none
Additional requirements none
Tuition fees none
Programme accreditation ACQUIN

Programme Content

Some of the topics dealt with are new high-throughput methods, personalized medicine (e.g. biomarkers in diagnostics and prognostics), transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.

Detailed content of first semester courses:

  • Biometrics and Multiparameter Diagnostics
  • Design of Clinical Trials
  • Biomarkers in Diagnostics
  • Immunological Techniques
  • Molecular Human Genetics
  • Molecular Mechanisms
  • Diagnostics of Microorganisms
  • Model Systems
  • QM and GxP
  • Patent and Trademark Law
  • Human Resource Management

Detailed content of second semester courses:

  • Internal Medicine / General Medicine
  • Pathology / Neurology
  • Functional Genomics and Instrumental Analytics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Nucleic Acids Analytics
  • Laboratory Automation

A research project on a current topic carried out in the second semester introduces students to independent scientific work and analytical thinking.

Programme Structure

In the first semester, the basics of applied medical diagnostics are taught in theory and practice. Building on these basics, in the second semester students focus on individual areas of interest by taking an elective module. Here particular importance is placed on independent research based on solid scientific principles. In the third and final semester, the Master’s thesis is written, providing the opportunity for the development and/or application of their own application or research-based ideas.

Programme Objectives

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

Career qualifications

  • Outstanding professional qualifications – graduates are qualified to work in a variety of fields
  • Multidisciplinary training at the interface of medicine, the natural sciences and technology, closing the gap between these disciplines
  • Project and/or team leadership skills

Career Prospects

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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


Please send the following application documents to:

Mostafa Mahmoud, M.Sc.
Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences
Academic Staff
Tel: +49 (0)7720 307-4330
Schwenningen Campus, Room C 2.07
Email: mahm(at)

Application form MDT

Admission requirements MDT

Contact Information

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Matthias Kohl
Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences
Dean of Studies
Medical Diagnostic Technologies (MDT)
07720 307-4746
07720 307-4725
Schwenningen Campus, Room N 8.03

Mostafa Mahmoud, M.Sc.
Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences
Academic Staff
07720 307-4330
07720 307-4727
Schwenningen Campus, Room C 2.07

Dr. rer. nat. Kay Kotkamp
Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences
Academic Staff
07720 307-4393
07720 307-4727
Schwenningen Campus, Room N 11.05