M.Sc. Medical Engineering

Study period

4 semesters (2 years)



Study begin

Winter and summer semester

Study place

Campus Duisburg and Essen




The Master's degree programme in Medical Engineering offers the opportunity to acquire a second professional qualification in the field of medical engineering. The Master's programme is designed to deepen the qualifications acquired in the first professional qualifying degree and, in addition, to provide skills used to not only apply scientific methods in the field of medical technology to complex problems, but also to analyse and develop them further. Students in this Master's programme will also be able to communicate on a level with medical professionals and engineers.

As part of the two Master's profiles Telemedicine and Biomedical Engineering, the Master's programme Medical Engineering offers students an in-depth examination of current topics in medical engineering, which in turn have a high affinity with the ongoing research activities of the involved departments and institutes of the Faculty of Engineering.

In the Master's programme in Medical Engineering, the subject-specific and interdisciplinary qualifications taught in the previous degree programme are deepened at a higher level. The students thus acquire the ability to solve complex tasks and problems in their scientific and technical environment. This is exemplified by in-depth fundamentals and complex problems of the respective selected Master's profiles Telemedicine or Biomedical Engineering. Dealing with complex problems from the field of medical technology should also enable students to work independently, systematically and scientifically, so that methods for analysis and design - namely engineering - can also be further developed in this highly interdisciplinary context.

Graduates should also be prepared to take on project responsibility and leadership through suitable electives and subject-specific project work or the Master's thesis.

Graduates understand the mathematical terms, definitions and correlations required for medical technology and in particular for their chosen Master's profile and can apply corresponding calculation methods. They understand the medical, natural science and engineering phenomena essential in medical engineering and can derive their mathematical description (if required) from basic equations and definitions. Graduates are able to select and apply suitable methods and technologies for the analysis of interactions, mechanisms and for the design of components, devices and systems from the area of application of their Master's profile and can use these to develop corresponding systems or quantitatively evaluate system-immanent interactions. They are able to independently familiarise themselves with further related fields of knowledge and methods of medical engineering and know how to systematically classify the knowledge gained.

Study at UDEStudy plan

Study plan

Study plan

You can find the examination regulations for your study program here: Examination regulations according to study programs

Study plans as well as information about the modules in the study program can be found in the module database VDB:

Medical Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) Graphic illustration
Medical Engineering (Telemedicine) Graphic illustration

Information material

Prospective students will find an overview of the master study program here.

Here you can find additional information for the profiles Biomedical Engineering and Telemedicine.

Study plans as well as information about the modules in the study program can be found in the module database VDB


Admission requirements

​The qualification for the study of the Master's degree programme in Medical Engineering is provided by the successful completion of the following

  • a Bachelor's degree in Medical Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen or
  • an equivalent natural science or engineering degree programme with a scope of at least 180 ECTS credits.

The overall grade of the degree must generally be at least 2.5 or better. Furthermore, proof of knowledge and skills in the field of medicine or medical technology totalling 45 ECTS credits is required.

As a rule, the following are considered equivalent:
- the successful completion of the first section of the medical examination in the course of study in medicine (1st state examination) in association with the successful completion of a bachelor's degree in engineering.

The examination board is responsible for the equivalence examination. In justified cases, the examination board may make access dependent on proof of requirements amounting to up to 30 ECTS credits.


Upon presentation of the above-mentioned admission requirements, this degree programme has an unrestricted admission. Enrolment takes place during the enrolment period in the student registrar's office.
Enrolment in Master's degree programmes is possible until the end of the lecture period at the student registrar's office.

Prospective students from non-EU countries apply at the International Office of the Essen Campus.

Language Skills

The language of instruction at the University of Duisburg-Essen is German (except in the English-language programs). Therefore, you must have good German language skills if you want to study successfully. The majority of foreign applicants must pass the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" (DSH 2 level; with some exceptions) before beginning their studies.

  • German nationals (persons who have acquired their higher education entrance qualification in Germany or at a German school abroad) do not require any special proof of German language skills.
  • Citizens of an EU member state (and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) or German citizens with a foreign educational qualification, as well as
  • Citizens of a country outside the EU with a foreign university entrance qualification must pass the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" (DSH 2 level) or the TestDaF (TDN 4) before the begin of their studies.

Information on the German Language Test for University Entrance (DSH)

Additional language skills

Applicants should have sufficient English language skills to be able to follow lectures in English as well as specialist literature in English.

Internships accompanying studies 

The students learn the working methods in their future environment in practice-oriented projects with topics from their corresponding profile. In the projects, they put their specialist knowledge into practice and apply modern engineering methods.

General Information

Living & Studying at the University of Duisburg-Essen


The academic year is divided into semesters.

  • Winter semester: from October to March
  • Summer semester: from April to September

Lecture period

The winter lecture period usually starts in mid-October and ends in mid-February. In summer, the lecture period usually starts in mid-April and ends in July. During the winter semester there is a break of about two weeks during the Christmas holidays.

Examination phase

The examination phase begins about one week after the end of the lecture period and lasts about seven weeks.

Semester fee

All students have to pay a semester fee (social contribution) of about 320,- Euro per semester. You can find the current amount here. The social contribution includes, among other things, a semester ticket for public transportation in North Rhine-Westphalia and discounts on meals in the university's canteen and cafeteria.

Living expenses

We recommend to consider approximately 800 to 1000 Euro of personal expenses per month. 


Accommodation is possible in dormitories of the Studierendenwerk and in premises of the free housing market. The rent in a room in a student dormitory is about 300,- Euro per month. You can find more information about housing options here.


You have questions? We have answers!

Universitätsstr. 15 45141 Essen

Support Center for (International) Engineering Students Student advisory service

SCIES Duisburg
room: SG 119
Geibelstr. 41
47057 Duisburg
Tel.: +49 (0)203 379 3776
E-mail: scies@uni-due.de
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Student council Medical Engineering

We are your point of contact! If you have questions about your studies or general concerns about us or our lecturers, you can contact us. We will solve your problems and answer your questions directly if possible or forward you to the right people. Just write us an email  (fsr.medizintechnik@uni-due.de) or contact us via Facebook or Instagram.

Website of the student council

For prospective students and enrolled students General student counseling

ABZ offers counseling to prospective students, enrolled students and graduates on all questions concerning the choice of study program, studies and the transition into working career.

ABZ student counseling

Support in the Faculty

Responsible person, Coordinator
Dr.-Ing. Stefan Werner
BB313, Tel.: 0203/3792707
Opening hours: by appointment

Responsible person, Medicine
Dr. rer. nat. Kirstin Obst-Pernberg
Universitätsklinikum Essen, Institut für Anatomie, 5. OG R6
Tel.: 0201/7234399
Opening hours: by appointment

Board of examiners