Technische Universität Berlin
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Biomedizinische Technik, M. Sc.

Program overview

In the Biomedical Engineering master’s program you will be examining the function, design, development, and application of medical engineering equipment and instruments used in the health system for prevention, diagnosis, therapy, and rehabilitation. You will acquire a comprehensive understanding of physical working principles as well as the applications of hardware. Part of the program takes the form of experimental and analytical group practical sessions, conducted in close association with hospitals and industrial partners. You will learn about the special safety aspects of medical engineering regarding the interaction of technical systems with the human body as well as how to apply these responsibly.

During the course of your studies you will also gain an understanding of medical, diagnostic, and therapeutic issues and learn to develop and implement suitable technical solutions. You have the option to choose between four areas of specialization of mechanical engineering, allowing you to develop your own skills profile: Applied medical engineering, rehabilitation engineering, hospital engineering and management, as well as imaging systems for medicine.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Summer and winter semester
Admission Restricted admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

As for every other master’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants to the master’s program in Biomedical Engineering must possess a first university degree qualifying them for professional work. Detailed information can be found in the application and admission regulations/study and examination regulations for the degree program. Until legal validity of the application and admission regulations (estimated to start for the admission of winter semester 2019/20) the following rules apply.

The Biomedical Engineering master’s degree is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission. Knowledge of English is useful, as some courses/modules may be offered in English and much of the technical literature is published in English. However, it is not a condition for admission to studies.

As you will very often be required to work independently during your studies, you should possess initiative and a structured approach to work. As learning scientific methods, identifying and analyzing problems, and developing solutions play an important role in the program, analytical skills and an aptitude for independent scientific thinking as well as a creative approach to work are advantageous.

Program structure

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters. It provides an example of which modules to take in which semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It’s simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies .

You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations.


Examination regulations

Content and modules

The Biomedical Engineering master’s degree is made up of modules which group the content of the curriculum into specific topics, and which often include different forms of study and teaching. A current overview of all modules is available in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information on the content, learning outcomes, participation requirements, workload, assessment methods, and much more. The module list is based on the study and exam regulations. The latest version applies to applicants.

To module database

Internships

A six-week, non-university technical internship is mandatory for this master’s program. This internship should focus on overseeing an entire project or provide the opportunity to be involved in a project. All further details can be found in the regulations for internships.

Stays abroad

Generally, parts of the program can be completed abroad, either as semesters abroad or internships. General information concerning stays abroad is available from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) or the Career Service (internship abroad).

Acquired skills

As a graduate of this master’s program, you possess a thorough understanding of the current knowledge and methods of engineering as well as how to apply these to solve problems in medical engineering. You possess the skills to be able to address particular aspects of the interaction of technical systems with the human body as well as an understanding of the fundamental principles of clinical work in diagnostic and therapeutic processes. You have an understanding of and the ability to actively influence technological changes in research, development, and application. In addition to equipping you with technical knowledge, the Biomedical Engineering master’s program also focuses on developing the personal, methodological, and social skills required for targeted problem solving.

After your studies

A wide range of career opportunities are open to you as a graduate of this master’s program. Depending on the area you specialized in during your studies, you will typically be able to work in the medical engineering industries and their various branches, including in research and development. Other possible career areas include production management and marketing. A further option is to work in a hospital where you would be responsible for ensuring the safety of equipment, for providing technical instruction for staff using equipment, for optimizing the use of equipment as well as providing technical support for scientific work in academic research.

Obtaining a master’s also qualifies you for a doctorate and the opportunity to pursue an academic career.


Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs – Graduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Recognition of previous internships or vocational trainings: Internship Officers

Questions relating to funding and grants: BaföG Officer