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Biomedical Engineering, M. Sc.

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Biomedical Engineering is located at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering due to the technically oriented basis of the course. Exchanges with other faculties and cooperation with the Hannover Medical School and the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation provide you with a unique range of courses. The course of study was established with the aim of providing you as a prospective engineer with a well-founded and interdisciplinary technical and medical knowledge, since most problems extend far beyond the field of technology.

What can you expect during your studies?

You are largely free to choose the modules and schedule of the Master's programme. Your course of study consists of compulsory, elective and optional modules. The compulsory modules provide you with advanced skills in engineering and biomedical technology. The compulsory and elective modules are divided into three areas of specialization: "Medical Process and Implant Technology", "Medical Device and Laser Technology", "Medical Imaging and Computer Science". The selection of a total of 25 LP (20 LP elective) in one of these specializations leads to the designation of a specialization on your certificate. In the third semester, you will be required to write a student research project and optionally to complete a specialized internship. Through the mobility window, which is also anchored in the third semester, you can also complete these study achievements at partner universities abroad. Further practical relevance, presentation skills and soft skills are provided by the module Key Skills (excursions, presentation of the thesis and tutorials). The module Studium Generale also offers you the opportunity to take non-technical or non-subject modules. By writing the master thesis (900h) you complete your studies.

Duration and conclusion

As a rule, the course of study takes 4 semesters. After passing the master thesis you will receive the degree Master of Science.

Qualification goals

  • Tasks and requirements in biomedical engineering

    Biomedical technology is concerned with the development and provision of technical products for the benefit of the patient. The integration of medical-biological and technical issues requires interdisciplinary thinking in order to realise innovative solutions to problems under technical, medical and patient-oriented quality requirements.

  • The main qualification goals in biomedical engineering are ...
    • the ability to apply engineering knowledge and engineering methods (design, materials science, production engineering, process engineering etc.) to medical issues (diagnostics, therapy, care, rehabilitation)
    • a basic understanding of biological processes and functions, medical approaches and measures, biomedical procedures and the specifics of medical technology (biocompatibility, sensor technology, robotics, imaging, etc.)
    • the ability to develop medical technology products and processes: Analysis of the biological-medical context, definition of functional requirements for the artefact, design of technical solutions, consideration of quality-oriented requirements (manageability, usefulness and compatibility) and of testing and approval procedures
    • the ability to work in an interdisciplinary way: communication-oriented cooperation with physicians, sensitivity for multidisciplinary perspectives, attention to disciplinary differences, development of innovative potentials through multidisciplinary thinking
    • the ability to carry out independent scientific work (design and execution of a research plan, use of adequate scientific methods, presentation and critical appraisal of research results)
  • Graduates are able to ...
    • familiarise themselves independently with medical technology issues on the basis of a broad basic knowledge of engineering science, to research knowledge and generate ideas for solutions
    • transform medical questions into engineering problems, to develop, design and optimise technical solutions for medical purposes and to assess interactions between the human organism and medical devices
    • test and evaluate medical devices with regard to technical-functional, ethical, economic and legal criteria
    • deal with complex problems in a systematic and structured manner and to think in an abstract, creative, innovative and networked manner in the process of finding solutions
    • moderate and manage interdisciplinary work contexts and project development with medical doctors, scientists and other participants in a goal-oriented manner and to communicate technical issues and work results in an address-oriented way
    • work on current issues in research and development based on scientific standards
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Areas of activity

Characterized by a high degree of interdisciplinarity, biomedical technology combines the latest findings and developments from the fields of technology, medicine and natural science. The product cycles are very short, which is illustrated by the fact that companies achieve about one third of their turnover with products that are not older than 3 years. Biomedical technology is considered a promising and promising cross-sectional technology with a constantly increasing demand for engineers with interdisciplinary training. According to a survey carried out by the DGBMT, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular are dependent on very broadly qualified specialists, and the field of life sciences also represents an extensive field of employment.

Possible professional fields for you are in biotechnical, pharmaceutical and medical research institutions as well as biotechnological companies. Without doubt, the medical technology and biomedical engineering industry offers you the greatest employment opportunities. Frequent fields of activity are research & development, followed by product management, quality management and medical device approval.

The Master of Science degree entitles the holder to take up doctoral studies.

Exam regulations

Exam regulations biomedical engineering, M. Sc.
Presentation of the study programme on the central website of Leibniz University Hannover.


Torben Hildebrand, M. Sc.
Torben Hildebrand, M. Sc.