Research-focused and international

Biomedical Engineering is a degree programme that combines established engineering principles with an innovative, globally-expanding field of application – medical engineering. Expertise in the interaction between medicine, people and technology, and the interdisciplinary knowledge and ability to drive research and development forward to an advanced level is currently in high demand. The Biomedical Engineering programme provides these competencies. It is a postgraduate programme for those who have already completed a degree with a professional qualification in a related field, such as engineering, natural sciences and medicine.

Quick Information

Degree awarded Master of Science (MSc)
Undergraduate/postgraduate degree postgraduate
Duration of programme 3 or 4 semesters
(depending on the qualifications the individual already holds)
Delivery full-time
Campus Schwenningen
Programme begin winter semester (October)
Application deadline(s) 15 May
Restricted intake yes
Language of instruction German/English
Academic entry requirements Bachelor's degree
Language requirements basic German (minimum level A1);
good English language level, minimum requirement: Toefl internet-based 68; computer-based 190 or paper-based 520 points / IELTS 5 points on average / or equivalent
Pre-sessional course / Foundation course requirement none
Prerequisites Basic knowledge of computer science, control systems, engineering mathematics, probability calculation and statistics, and physiology
Additional requirements none
Tuition Fees none
Programme accreditation --

Programme Content

The importance of modelling, simulation and systems theory is growing in modern technology. Often, problems in research and development can only be solved with these engineering tools.

The specialization in biomedicine focuses on methods and processes in red biotechnology, cellular biology and systems biology and is ideal for graduates of biotechnology, chemistry, and pharmacy programmes.

The specialization in medical engineering focuses on signal processing, medical metrology and medical modelling and is ideal for graduates of medical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and the natural sciences.

MSc Biomedical Engineering
Medical engineering
Bio- and process engineering
Medical engineering

Programme Structure

Semester 1
Metrology, modelling/simulation, systems theory
Biomedicine specialization: introduction to biomedicine
Medical engineering specialization: introduction to medical engineering

If necessary: preliminary semester
Applicants with an undergraduate degree from an unrelated field or who received a bachelor's degree after fewer than seven semesters must also complete a preliminary semester of 30 ECTS credits.

Semester 2
Extracorporeal systems, research placement, required electives
Biomedicine specialization: data management, systems biology
Medical engineering specialization: signal processing, medical modelling

Semester 3
Master's thesis, required electives

Degree awarded: Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

What's in it for me?

  • Interdisciplinary degree programme at the interface between medicine, humans and technology
  • Various specialisation options (biomedicine or medical engineering)
  • Research-oriented projects integrate in course
  • Small groups and individual support
  • Extensive cooperation projects with clinics, industry and research institutions
  • Many years of experience in medical engineering bachelor's and master's programmes
  • Lecturers are experts from science and industry
  • Excellent career opportunities and the opportunity of continuing to do a doctorate

Career Perspectives

The job market for biomedical engineering is expanding around the world, with graduates in demand in industry, research institutes and clinics.

Potential fields of employment include:
In core medical and biomedical research, engineers help solve fundamental problems and develop medical technologies. They work closely with other scientists, especially doctors.

Engineers develop and optimise medical devices, implants, and technical appliances used in the diagnosis and therapy of patients and disabled people, and also handle medical approval for various markets.

Medical engineering in clinics
In clinics, tasks for engineers range from operating complex systems and advising doctors and staff in hospital planning to planning and conducting patient studies.

Product management and sales
As representatives of their company, engineers are the point of contact for doctors, pharmaceutical companies, technical nursing staff and administrative staff in clinics. They are the link between the field sales force and the company's technical departments giving presentations and demonstrating medical devices, as well as making offers and managing sales negotiations.

Programme prerequisites

  • University degree
  • Proof of English proficiency (Toefl internet-based 68; computer-based 190 or paper-based 520 points / IELTS 5 points on average / or equivalent)
  • Proof of German proficiency (minimum CEF A1)
  • Basic knowledge of computer science, control systems, engineering mathematics, probability calculation and statistics, and physiology

For the Medical Engineering elective, a basic knowledge of electronics and signal processing is required.

For the Biomedical elective, a basic knowledge of cell and molecular biology as well as the fundamentals of theoretical and practical biological laboratory work is required.

Application & Contact

For questions regarding the Biomedical Engineering Master's (M.Sc.) programme, please contact:

Andreas Dietz Dipl.-Ing. (FH)

Faculty of Mechanical & Medical Engineering
+49 (0) 7720 307-4251
+49 (0) 7720 307-4207
Schwenningen Campus, Room C 3.08


Please send your application package using the BME application form to the following address:

Andreas Dietz Dipl. Ing.
Furtwangen University
Jakob-Kienzle-Str. 17
D -78054 Villingen-Schwenningen