Biomedical Engineering

Degree: Master of Science
Application: Mandatory
Course start: Winter term (September)
Course duration: two years (120 ECTS)
Study options: Full-time
Language requirements: English
Language of instruction: English
Tuition fees: € 2050,- per semester

Medizinische Fakultät Mannheim 


Programme Overview

The Masters programme in Biomedical Engineering” is an interdisciplinary programme that is open to graduates fields with substantial background in physics, computing, and mathematics (at least 6 ECTS credits for each of these topics) is a prerequisite for admission into this programme. The Masters programme emphasizes research and offers the option to work in the field of medical physics or biomedical engineering with a strong inclination towards computational science. The programme aims to satisfy the demand for specialists who not only possess the knowledge of technical devices and their usage, but are also equipped to address the ever-increasing demand for computational skills in the biomedical sciences. Graduates of this Masters programme are well equipped for positions in academia and industry.

Aims & Main Learning Objectives

The aim of this programme is to enable students to work and/or carry out independent work and research in the field of biomedical engineering, particularly regarding those areas connected to computer science and medical physics.

Students who have finished this course should

  • have fundamental knowledge in anatomy, physiology, biophysics, genetics, and mathematical modelling
  • have fundamental knowledge in image analysis, visualization, bioinformatics and computer science related fields in biomedical engineering
  • have detailed knowledge in modern optics and radiotherapy
  • be able to bridge the gap between technologists and physicians
  • be able to carry out a scientific (life-science related) project
  • have the ability to solve practical technical problems in biomedical engineering, particularly regarding computer science
  • have the ability to critically evaluate technical systems in a medical context

Career Perspectives

Graduates of the programme will find career opportunities in the health/ life-science industry including hospitals, research organisations and industry (e.g. producers of biomedical instruments/imaging systems, health-care oriented software companies, and pharmaceutical industry). In an ever increasing field in which programming knowledge is mandatory, the programme equips graduates with the required expertise in computer science related topics that is necessary to succeed in this field.

As the programme follows the guidelines of the German Association of Medical Physics (DGMP) as well as those of the European Federation of Organisations of Medical Physics (EFOMP), graduates may also qualify as state radiation protection commissioners after one year of practical work.

Programme Structure

Tracks, Modules

Four tracks are offered in this Masters programme: radiotherapy, medical imaging, biomedical optics/ vision science and computational medical physics/biophysics. In the second year of study, there is the option to continue the study at our partner university Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in China. This may lead to being awarded a joint Master’s degree by SJTU and Heidelberg University. For excellent students, the Master thesis can be pursued abroad at partner institutions like e.g. Harvard Medical School.



Two international workshops are organized by our institution and our cooperating partners on a regular basis:

A one-day workshop on “Robotic and image guided radiotherapy” (end of August) is organized by the Department of Radiation Oncology, Mannheim. Another one-week workshop on “Medical Physics” takes place in Shanghai, China and includes a one-day Sino-German radiotherapy seminar.


Teaching and Learning Methods

Learning mainly takes place in lectures, interactive seminars, workshops and lab rotations. Theoretical aspects are enriched by practical sessions using up-to-date medical equipment and software that is available at the University Clinic Mannheim. A well-equipped library and a laptop pool as well as workplaces with internet access for private laptops allow for intense study. Skill training courses on presentation, paper writing and project organization are also offered.

Academic Evaluation

According to the European and German state requirements of a Masters study, there is regular evaluation throughout the programme. The evaluation includes both written and oral exams, as well as group projects, and lab reports. The programme concludes with a general final defence of the thesis and an exam about the overall taught courses. Successful candidates thereafter receive the MSc (Master of Science) degree.

Focus on Research/Teaching

The Heidelberg University was founded more than 600 years ago (in 1386) and is the oldest University in Germany. Heidelberg University is one of the three top-ranked universities in Germany and among the leading institutions in biomedical research, hosting two leading Medical Faculties, in Mannheim and in Heidelberg. The Mannheim Medical Campus offers not only medical studies but also health-related master courses like Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering to bridge the gap between medical science and natural sciences having an interdisciplinary environment.

Cooperation partners

The Master’s programme Biomedical Engineering is internationally connected to leading institutions in research and education for Radiotherapy and Medical Imaging. Our institution and cooperating partners have contributed to the development of a diverse and globally engaged science and engineering workforce. Both the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center of Harvard Medical School are ranked among the top US cancer research and treatment centres. The Shanghai Jiao-Tong University is one of the top ranked technical universities in China. It has a strong background in engineering and biomedical science.



Eligibility and pre-requisites

The course is open to applicants from physics, computer science/engineering, medical technology/biomedical engineering, and mathematics holding a higher academic degree (equivalent to 180 ECTS, usually a Bachelors degree after at least 3 years of academic full time training). A strong basis of knowledge in physics, computer science and mathematics is an essential pre-requisite where formally we assume at least 6 ECTS credit points for each of the fields. In case of lacking credits there is the option to select appropriate courses at the University.

The language of instruction is English. Students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of proficiency, usually as IELTS band 6.5 or equivalent TOEFL score. Our TOEFL institutional code is 6446. Exemption from this requirement may be granted to those who completed their higher education in English (written proof required with application).

A maximum of 40 participants will be accepted each year.

Admission Regulations


Application Deadline

The application opens on December 1st and closes on April 15th of every year. The programme starts yearly on September 1st. The application form can be downloaded from here:

Application Form

Please note the list of required documents on the last page of this application form. Kindly ensure that all required documents are verified copies.

A verified (notarized) copy is a photocopied document stamped and signed by an authorized person such as a Solicitor, Barrister, University staff authorized by the student registration office, or consular employees of the German Embassy. This person will need to see the original document and will check that the copy is a genuine, unaltered copy. They will then date, sign and stamp the photocopy with an official stamp stating ‘certified original seen/ this is a true copy of that original’.

Please note that we do not accept non-verified photocopies, scanned or faxed papers as basis for admission.


Further Information

Medizinische Fakultät Mannheim

Examination regulations / study regulations

Examination regulations (from 11.11.2009)

Academic Year/ Time Schedule

The duration of the programme is 2 years. Each academic year consists of two semesters (September – February and March – August). Course works, internships and laboratory rotations take place in the first three semesters of study, while the entire final semester is devoted to performing the Master thesis. 


Tuition Fees

The tuition fee for the programme is 2050.- Euro per semester. In addition, the University of Heidelberg charges a Studentenwerksbeitrag and administration fee.



Certificate of Accreditation



Academic Counselling

M.Sc. Flavia Molina
Programme Coordinator

Administration Office

Ms Anja Schilling
Dept. of Radiation Oncology
University Medical Center Mannheim
University Heidelberg

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Letzte Änderung: 05.08.2014