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Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The main focus of this interdisciplinary study program is the application of new research-driven natural and engineering principles and findings in both medicine and life sciences in order to develop new methods for prevention, diagnosis and therapy.

Department of Physics

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • English
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Possible for both winter and summer semester
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

The areas of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics at TUM are focused on the improvement and development of novel imaging modalities for microscopy and biomedical imaging as well as on the development of biosensor technology for Lab-On-Chip technology. Other examples include the application of artificial intelligence for the analysis of medical data, the improvement of therapeutic methods, the development of tracers or methods to support radiotherapy, as well as various biomedical applications of biomechanics and biophysics to the broad field of biomedical engineering.

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation.

How is the program structured?

The Master's program is divided in a course phase in the first two semesters and a research phase in the second year. The basis of the course phase of the first year is the module ‘Biomedical Physics 1 & 2’.
During the course phase students chose modules from a catalog, which covers selected topics of Biomedical Engineering. Here the diversity of the research activities at TUM within this area is visible and accessible to the students. The ‘Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics Lab Course’ and a course from a non-natural science catalogue complete the profile. A mentor supports students in choosing their focus area.

The research phase brings the students directly in contact with current topics of research in biomedical engineering. After a period of vocational adjustment (Master's seminar and Master's training, 3rd semester) students work on their own research project for the Master's thesis. An intense supervision during the whole research phase is assured by the large number of senior scientists at the campus Garching and students benefit from the excellent research environment with a broad national and international research network.

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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 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 courses on the Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics Master teach the basics and the skills required to successfully carry out research or industrial projects across the interdisciplinary boundaries between natural sciences, engineering and medicine. In addition to the necessary background knowledge and practical know-how, the self and social skills required in the academic or industrial environment of biomedical engineering should also be promoted. This profile is intended to enable graduates to be deployed in a wide range of industrial and service industries.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Typical fields of application for the graduates of this master's program are in experimental research activities, in the planning and documentation of research projects as well as in adjacent fields of activity of the biotech and medical technology industry, for example in patenting, development, project planning or in public institutions.

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.

In detail:

Applying for a master’s program: Application, admission requirements and more
Important information about your application from the TUM school or department

Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?

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 winter semester: 01.04. - 31.05.
Application period for summer semester: 01.09. - 30.11.

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 and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline.

Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollmentas 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.

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Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

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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 of doctoral studies at TUM, here.

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