Biomedical Computing (BMC)
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
The master’s program in Biomedical Computing combines computer science with aspects of biology and medicine. It is an interdisciplinary program involving both the TUM Department of Informatics and the TUM School of Medicine.Department of Informatics
Due to the current situation, the application deadlines for Master's programs for the winter semester 2020/21 will be extended once until June 30, 2020.
Information on Degree Program
What does this program cover?
Computer-assisted medical imaging technology plays a crucial role in modern clinical environments, as medical diagnosis and treatment are increasingly supported by imaging procedures. Consequently, there is a growing demand for specialists in this field, situated at the intersection of computer science and medicine. The dynamic field of biomedical computing, thus, combines computer science with aspects of biology and medicine. A master's in Biomedical Computing qualifies graduates for a range of exciting careers in research institutes or industry, in both theoretical and application-oriented fields.
For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:
How is the program structured?
The Master’s in Biomedical Computing is taught in English over four semesters, beginning in the winter semester. It consists of lectures, seminars, practical courses, and a clinical project in which students gain valuable practical experience.
In semesters 1-3, you will complete compulsory modules in the fields of computer science and medicine, including computer-aided medical procedures, medical instrumentation, computer-aided trauma surgery, medical information processing, and pathophysiology. You will also choose elective modules from the following areas:
- Mathematical methods and scientific computing
- Programming and software engineering
- Image processing, computer vision, and pattern recognition
- Computer graphics, augmented reality, and visualization
- Professional and transferrable skills
In semester 4, you will work on a master's thesis involving the independent, in-depth study of a chosen area of biomedical computing.
What is the language of instruction?
Required language skills for admission:
You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.
This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.
Language of instruction:
The language of instruction for this program is English.
Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?
The program bridges the gap between computer science and medicine, focusing on software and imaging solutions for computer-aided medical procedures. As a graduate, you have acquired key skills in the areas of medical data acquisition and management, medical ontologies and the physics of medical imaging, medical image processing, visualization, advanced user interfaces, and computer-aided medical solutions. The mandatory clinical project and the medical courses, taught and directed by experts from the TUM School of Medicine, provide you with a unique understanding of medical problems in imaging, interventions, and diagnosis. Moreover, the program is designed to allow students to create their own unique academic profile from the extensive range of modules offered through the TUM Department of Informatics.
Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?
A master's in Biomedical Computing qualifies graduates for a range of exciting careers in research institutes or industry, in both theoretical and application-oriented fields.
Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application
Application and Admission
How do I apply?
Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.
During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.
If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.
Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.
Which documents do I need to submit during the online application?
- Application for Admission (upload - signed)
- Degree Certificate and Diploma or Subject and Grade Transcript of Studies to Date
- Transcript of Records
- Proof of English Language Proficiency
- Complete and Current Résumé
- Letter of Motivation
- Curricular Analysis
- Module Catalog
- Preliminary Documentation (VPD) if the qualification for graduate studies (e.g. a bachelor's) is obtained outside the EU/EEA
We may require additional documents depending on your educational background and your country of origin. Complete the online application to receive a comprehensive list of the required documents.
Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?
- Application for Enrollment (signed)
- Degree Certificate and Diploma (certified copy)
- Transcript of Records (certified copy)
- Student Health Insurance Certificate
- Most Current Photo (as for ID)
We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.
What application deadlines do I need to meet?
Application period for the winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.
During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.
We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.
After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.
We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.
You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.
On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?
Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.
In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to an admissions interview. For international applicants living abroad, the interview may be conducted via phone or the internet.
Where can I find the online application portal?
The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.
Do I have to complete an internship?
This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, it is recommendable, as a rule, to gain practical experience as soon as possible.