Medical Engineering (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Students learn a wide range of methods and acquire current engineering knowledge which they can use to solve medical engineering problems. The fundamental knowledge in mathematics, algorithms and technology obtained by graduates in their Bachelor's degree programme is the basis for specialisation. Graduates can work both in specialist and interdisciplinary areas. An interdisciplinary approach to engineering prepares graduates for challenging careers at the top of all engineering fields.

Medical engineering students acquire in-depth knowledge in their specialisations which they can apply to the context of medical engineering. They learn how to develop and apply different analysis and implementation strategies scientifically and discuss and evaluate these strategies critically in view of their social, ethical and economic implications and present them in a suitable manner.

Students also gain in-depth knowledge of applied medical processes and relevant aspects of anatomy and physiology in a clinical environment. They learn specialist medical language as they are closely involved in the work at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen as part of their degree programme. Furthermore, they acquire in-depth knowledge in health economics, medical ethics, medical devices law and on starting up a business.

Due to their specialist knowledge in many different areas, they will be able to cope with the complex challenges arising in the interdisciplinary contexts they will be working in. Students are taught how to familiarise themselves with new specialist areas and to develop expert solutions for any kind of situation or project.

During practical phases, students of medical engineering can apply theoretical knowledge and develop their team skills. Through specialisation, students can establish individual academic profiles in specific areas of medical engineering such as computer science, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering.

Modules and degree programme structure

Students with a Bachelor's degree in a related subject are eligible for the Master's degree programme (four semesters). The Master's degree programme is designed so that students can form an individual study profile based on the programme specialisation.

Medical electronics

In this programme specialisation, students acquire specialist skills relating to the hardware and software systems of medical devices based on fundamental engineering knowledge in electrical systems, electronics and information technology.

Medical image and data processing

Students receive advanced instruction in the use of medical engineering software systems, from basic algorithms for image enhancement, image reconstruction and image registration to computer-aided diagnostic support and hospital information systems. This subject can be studied in German or English at FAU.

Medical equipment technology, production technology and prosthetics

Graduates of this programme specialisation have advanced knowledge in the development and production of high-quality medical engineering products, taking into account interactions in the biological environment within and external to the human body.

The degree programme consists of compulsory and elective modules, soft skills courses and the Master's thesis. The curriculum also includes a research placement to improve students' research skills. Students can choose from a number of modules in each programme specialisation. The Master's degree programme is a prerequisite for subsequent doctoral studies.

Health & Medical Data Analytics and Entrepreneurship

The new study track is funded by the European medtech consortium EIT Health and brings together four top-notch universities from different European countries. In contrast to traditional university education in engineering, the M.Sc. in HMDA aims to provide students with innovation and business skills in addition to their studies in medical data Analytics. By connectiong them with the community of EIT Health, students gain access to the biggest medtech network in Europe. Our students are trained an international mindset through a mandatory semester abroad, which is to be spent at one of the program’s partner universities. Practical experience and team skills will be acquired by innovative teaching and an early connection with medtech companies and hospitals in the course of their studies. The M.Sc. in Health and Medical Data Analytics has been rewarded the EIT label in 2019.


The Master of Science (MSc) is an internationally recognised academic degree and a professional qualification. It qualifies graduates for doctoral degree programmes in Germany and abroad and for academic work in research and teaching and for careers in business, hospitals, administration and politics.

Admission requirements

Future employers can be assured that FAU medical engineering graduates have sound fundamental knowledge of mathematics, electrical engineering and algorithms which they can use in Java programming.

This is true for both Bachelor's and Master's graduates. Students with a special talent for this degree programme still have to have certain previous knowledge as the content of the Master's degree is intense and time-consuming, making it hard to make up for a lack of knowledge in a particular area during the degree programme.

Applicants who are interested in the degree programme must register for the qualification assessment process, which assesses whether they have an appropriate undergraduate degree in medical engineering or a related subject and the final grade of their undergraduate degree meets the requirements.

3 steps to apply for Medical Engineering

1. Application

You can register for the qualification assessment process via the central FAU application portal.ju

2. Qualification assessment process and admission

The qualification assessment process consists of two stages. In stage one, the application documents are reviewed, in stage two students are invited to the qualification assessment interview. Qualified applicants receive confirmation of admission. If the confirmation is subject to certain conditions, these conditions must be fulfilled within the period of one year.

3. Enrolment

You can enrol once you have received confirmation that your qualification assessment was successful.

Consecutive degree programme for the following Bachelor's degree

  • Medical Engineering

Related Bachelor's degrees/admission to the Master's degree programme possible with additional courses:

  • Teaching Engineering in Vocational Schools
  • Computational Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Information Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Systems

Applicants with a German university degree must submit the following documents:

  • Two copies of the signed application form
  • School leaving certificate (complete certificate)
  • University degree certificate such as Bachelor's degree certificate (if no grade is stated in the certificate, please submit a grade transcript from your examinations office)
  • Diploma supplement or complete overview of subjects and grades (academic record)
  • Complete CV (including picture) bearing the date and original signature – please prepare your CV yourself, no templates available
  • Letter of motivation/application letter including the date and original signature – please prepare the letter yourself, no templates available
  • Registration form for the final examinations in the current examination period (if degree has yet not been completed)

Application via the online application portal campo.

Degree program start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree program: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: Partially in English
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering
Admission: Qualification assessment