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 Biomedical Engineering/ Medizintechnik (Master)

 Fakultät Life Sciences

In which career fields will I work?

Biomedical Technology belongs to the leading growth sectors in a national and global perspective. Key technologies like physiological and technical control loops, medical imaging, or assisted minimally invasive surgery are getting more important every day. Globalization of markets and a strong customer orientation, which are typical for the field of biomedical engineers, ensure very good employment perspectives.  

Activities of biomedical engineers are:

  • Research and development
  • Product management
  • Marketing and sales
  • Quality management
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Training and education
  • Safety advisor
  • Hospital planning
Our graduates use engineering know-how to research in, evaluate and solve problems in medicine, thereby providing an improvement of health care. They work with other health care professionals including physicians, nurses, therapists and technicians. The degree "Master of Science" qualifies for positions in research and development and delivers skills required for scientific work up to postgraduate programs (e.g. PhD, Promotion).
What is the content of the degree programme?

The objective of the Master's program in Biomedical Engineering is to prepare graduates for research- and/or innovative development-oriented jobs in national and international companies and universities. Graduates are well prepared to develop cutting-edge biomedical devices and conduct independent scientific research and have the skills to continue with advanced research in order to acquire a PhD qualification.

The ECTS CP which have been acquired in the preceding study influence the curriculum. Students who enter the master program with 210 CP will have to study a core curriculum consisting of the following modules: Applied Mathematics, Data Acquisition, Advanced Biosignal Processing, Medical Image Processing and Application of Imaging Modalities, Advanced Control Systems, Modelling Medical Systems, Medical Realtime Systems, Simulation and Virtual Reality in Medicine, HTA/Regulatory Affairs and a Biomedical Project.

Dependent on the students individual interests and personal backgrounds, one of those modules may be replaced by an individually compiled module which can be chosen from the postgraduate teaching provision of our university or of other national or international universities (after approval of the individual combination of modules/courses by the examination board).

The mediation of subject-matter content (technical qualification) throughout the study program is accompanied by training of soft skills. The study closes with a master thesis (to be written in six month) in which the student shall demonstrate achieved competence in research and development preferably in interdisciplinary settings.

What is particular to the degree programme?
 Teaching and assessments are in English language, but German is spoken in all laboratories and is the predominant language at the University. Therefore, knowledge in German language is useful to have.
Are there special requirements for foreign students applicants?
 Foreign applicants should clarify admission requirements, courses of studies, and acceptance of foreign reports and certificates well in advance of coming to Germany, ideally as early as eight months to one year before the intended start of the degree program. Information can be found online: and
Can I study abroad?
 Students planning to spend a semester or other academic training abroad find useful information on the website of the International Office:
How do I apply?

Applications for all Master programs are made online. The online process is only activated during the application period. It is not possible to apply outside of the application periods. You can find more information under

online-application.html  or send an email to

When can I apply?
  The degree program admits students  for the winter- and the summersemester. Application periods: 1st June - 15th July and 1st December  - 15th January.
What are the entry requirements?
  1. First degree as Bachelor (in related disciplines) qualifying for a professional career or a comparable course of studies of at least three years or a Diploma of a university (minimum grade 2,5).
  2. Knowledge of English language proven by Abitur - oder Fachhochschulzeugnis (s. Auswahlordnung) or accepted certificates: TOEFL-test (at least 87 points internet-based), IELTS (minimum Band 5.5) or CAE, CPE, FCE (minimum C) or certificates about good performance in foreign countries.
  3. Applicants holding a first academic degree (bachelor, diploma etc.) from non-EU-countries: Graduate Record Examination (GRE); further information at
  4. Curriculum vitae.
  5. Statement of motivation.
  6. Letter of recommendation from a university professor (optional)

In case the final grade is worse than 2.5 it might be compensated by a proof of exceptional professional work.

Important note for applicants with 180 CPs (ECTS) for courses which require 210 CPs (ECTS) from the first degree: Applicants who possess 180 credit points (ECTS) from their bachelor degree must acquire a further 30 credit points. Applicants can find out from the department concerned which examinations and tuition must be completed. They will then be temporarily admitted and enrolled for one term in order to complete the missing 30 credit points. After the end of the first semester, the department will inform the student administration centre and the examination office which of the students who had been provisionally admitted gained the missing 30 credit points and which did not.

Important for applicants who have not done 20 weeks of industrial internship during or after their first degree studies: These applicants can be temporarily admitted and enrolled under the requirement of catching-up missing weeks of practice within the master program. This will probably prolong the total time of study. Details will be defined by the department.

Is there a restricted number of places?
 Yes, further information is available on our homepage .
When do lectures start?

Lectures start as follows:  Summersemester 2016: March 7th 2016, Wintersemester 2016/17: September 12th 2016.
Further information is available on our homepage

How long is the degree programme?
 3 semesters
Do I have to pay fees?

All students have to pay a semester contribution of 317,90 EUR .
This includes 75,- EUR for the service of the Students' Organisation Hamburg (Studentenwerk Hamburg),  18,50 EUR for the work done by the self-governing Student Administration (AStA), 4,50 EUR for the Semsterticket-Härtefond and 169,90 EUR for the semester ticket allowing unlimited travel on Hamburg's public transport system. It also includes an administrative fee of 50,- EUR.

Besides of the semester contribution there are no further tuition fees.

Do I need to complete a pre-study placement?
 No, there is no need for any practical experience in advance for the Master's degree. All important requirements for your application can be found at point 9 \"What are the entry requirements for this degree programme?\"
Which degree qualification will I be awarded?
 Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Who can help me with questions regarding Application and Admission

HAW Master Admissions Office
20099 Hamburg (Campus Berliner Tor)
Stiftstraße 69, 20099 Hamburg

T +49.40.428 75-9155/-9156/-9157
Open office hours: Mo-Tu 11-1 am, Thur 2-5 am
Info Center: Mo-Thur 10-4 am, Fr 10-13 am
Telephone hours: Mo + Tu 9-10 am, Thurs 9-11 am

Hotline +49.40.42875-9898
Mo- Thur 8 - 5 am, Fr 8 - 5 am

... specific questions about the contents of degree programme
 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Flick
Ulmenliet 20, Room N 5.07
21033 Hamburg, Germany
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-6384 
... general questions about degree programmes

General Student Advisory Team
Stiftstraße 69
D-20099 Hamburg (Campus Berliner Tor)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9110 
Office hours: Mon + Tue 11am - 1pm, Thur 2pm - 5pm
Telephone advisory service: Mon + Tue 10am - 11am, Thur 1pm - 2p

... questions about studying being handicapped/suffering from a chronic desease

Disabilities Representative
Meike Butenob
Alexanderstraße 1, 20099 Hamburg, Room 4.10
Tel. +49.40.428 75-7220
Counselling hours

Additional information can find on our website 

Fakultät Life Sciences

Department Medizintechnik

Ulmenliet 20, 21033 Hamburg

Letzte Änderung: 28.11.13

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