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: € 2.050,- per semester

Medizinische Fakultät Mannheim 


Programme Overview

The Masters programme in Biomedical Engineering” is an interdisciplinary programme opens to graduates of 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 on biomedical research with a strong inclination towards computational science. The latter reflects the ever increasing demand on the competence in IT in this field in conjunction with the knowledge about biomedical devices and their usage. Graduates of this Masters programme are well equipped for positions in clinics, academia and industry.

Aims & Main Learning Objectives

This programme aims at enabling to work and/or carry out independent work and research in the field of biomedical engineering, particularly related to computer science and medical physics.

Having finished this course, you should

  • obtain basic knowledge in anatomy, physiology, genetics
  • obtain basic knowledge in biophysics and engineering mathematics (numerically oriented) including programming
  • be able to use computational concepts in life sciences related to image analysis, scientific visualization , inverse problems, and simulation systems
  • obtain detailed knowledge in radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, medical imaging
  • bridge gap between technologists and physicians
  • perform a scientific (life-science related) project
  • successfully tackle technical issues related to Biomedical Engineering
  • obtain competence of critically assessing technical systems in medicine

Career Perspectives

Graduates career prospects are mainly in health/life-science like hospitals, research organisations and medical technology industry. (e.g. producers of biomedical instruments/imaging systems, health-care oriented software companies, and pharmaceutical industry). Successful completion of the course, may also qualify for a further certification as state radiation protection commissioner depending on the application country. For example, in Germany after two additional years of practical work in a qualified radiation therapy department under supervision, and successful completion of an additional examination in German Radiation Protection Ordinance, it can be obtained the certificate as medical physics expert..

Programme Structure

Tracks, Modules

Three tracks are offered in this Masters programme: radiotherapy, medical imaging, and computational medical physics/biophysics. The programme is a two-years master. In the second year of study, there is an 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.

Additional information about the programme structure can be found hereAdobe.


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 organised by the Clinic of Radiation Oncology of the University Medical Centre Mannheim. A one-week workshop on “Medical Physics” takes place in Shanghai and includes a one-day Sino-German radiotherapy workshop.


Teaching and Learning Methods

Learning is organized in lectures, interactive seminars, workshops and lab rotation. Theoretical aspects are enriched by practical sessions using up-to-date medical equipment and software that is available at the University Medical Centre Mannheim. A well-equipped library and a laptop pool as well as workplaces with internet access for private laptops allow for intense study. Courses for developing skills on presentation, paper writing and project organization are part of the course programme.

Academic Evaluation

In accordance with the European and German state requirements for a masters study regular evaluation throughout the programme is performed. 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 courses. Successful candidates thereafter receive the MSc (Master of Science) degree.

Focus on Research/Teaching

Heidelberg University was founded in 1386 is the oldest University in Germany. It is a leading European institution in research and teaching. The university has two well renowned Medical Faculties, one in Heidelberg and the other one in Mannheim, both offering innovative courses of study in human medicine.

At the Mannheim Medical Campus, Master level courses specialising in health related fields are offered in addition to clinical medical training. Selected, highly qualified medical students of the Medical Faculty Mannheim may join a master level course in their 4th and 5th study year while continuing their medical studies, thus leading to a dual degree.

Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary research field with a broad view into diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, thought emphasis on medical imaging and radiotherapy. The Master in Biomedical Engineering is organized by the Department of Radiotherapy and Radiation OncologyExterner Inhalt including Experimental Radiation OncologyExterner Inhalt , and Medical Radiation Physics/Radiation ProtectionExterner Inhalt as well as Computer Assisted Clinical MedicineExterner Inhalt.

Cooperation partners

The Masters programme in Biomedical Engineering is nationally and 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. The eXtreme REsolution microscopy LabExterner Inhalt at the institute of Molecular Biology in Mainz is a reputed German Research Centre focused on the on the development and application of nanoscopic fluorescence microscopy techniques. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Centre of Harvard Medical School are ranked among the top US cancer research and treatment centres. The Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, is one of the most renowned 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,
  • 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. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of proficiency, usually as IELTS band 6.5 or equivalent TOEFL score. The institutional TOEFL code number for Medical Faculty Mannheim at Heidelberg University is 6446. Exemption from this requirement may be granted to those who completed their higher education in English (written proof is required).

Admission RegulationsAdobe

Application Deadline

The application opens on December 1st and closes on April 15th each year. Programme starts yearly on September 1st. To access the application form, please follow the link:

Application FormAdobe

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 about the application can be found at FAQsAdobe.

Further Information

Medizinische Fakultät Mannheim

Examination regulations / study regulations

Examination regulations (from 11.11.2009)Adobe

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 2.050.- Euro per semester (Gebührenordnung)Adobe. In addition, University Heidelberg charges a StudentenwerksbeitragExterner Inhalt and administration feeExterner Inhalt (approx 150 €) per semester.




Academic Counselling

Dr. Flavia Molina
Programme Coordinator

Administration Office

Ms. Jennifer Stowers
Dept. of Radiation Oncology
University Medical Centre Mannheim
Heidelberg University
Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3
D-68167 Mannheim



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