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
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.
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 does the application process work?
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.
You must apply online using the TUMonline application portal. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.
- Applying for a master’s program: Application, admission requirements and more
- Important information about your application from the TUM school or department
Which application documents do I need to submit?
- Online Application Print-out (signed)
- Degree Certificate and Diploma or Subject and Grade Transcript of Studies to Date (certified copy)
- Transcript of Records (certified copy)
- Proof of English Language Proficiency (certified copy)
- Complete and Current Résumé (CV)
- Letter of Motivation
- Passport (copy)
- Most Current Photo (as for ID)
- Student Health Insurance Certificate
- Preliminary evaluation by uni-assist for graduate certificates (i.e. a bachelor's degree) obtained in a country outside of the EU/EEA
We may require additional documents depending on the type of secondary school diploma you earned and your country of origin (e.g. GRE, GATE, APS). After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.
What application periods and deadlines do I need to meet?
Application period for winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.
Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment.
You must submit the signed application form before the application deadline. We also ask you to submit the documents you need for admission within the application deadline. If individual documents for admission are not available to you in time, you can hand them in until 15.08. for the winter semester and until 15.02. for the summer semester.
Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollment as soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received.
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.
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.
What are my options after earning this degree?
You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.
If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information on doctoral studies at TUM, here.