Medical Engineering and Assistance Systems M. Sc.

Technology Serves Humanity

In times of increasing life expectancy, your goal is to use your skills as an engineer to improve the quality of life into old age and to develop devices for novel medical treatment methods? Perhaps you once toyed with the idea of studying medicine, but ultimately found your destiny in engineering? Then why not combine both spheres and learn everything you need for successful interdisciplinary work in medical technology with us!

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The formal requirements for admission to this master's program are 

  • a master's admission qualification (see TUM's glossary of documents)
  • specialized knowledge from basic areas of mechanical engineering
    • higher mathematics
    • engineering mechanics
    • machine elements
    • materials science
    • fluid mechanics
    • control engineering
    • basics of modern information technology
  • German language skills

What you'll learn

Graduates are able to recognize where medical devices can usefully support the surgeon's work in everyday clinical practice. They understand how the devices work and know the basic algorithms for programming them and can apply them in a problem-oriented manner. They can assess for which applications such mechatronic systems can be used and where their strengths lie.

Knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of organ systems is taught, enabling graduates to carry out independent analyses of engineering problems in medical technology. They develop solutions in the field of plastics engineering, are able to critically evaluate materials engineering issues and assess approval-relevant and legal requirements in the manufacture of medical devices.

Graduates learn to apply kinematic geometry methods for the design and analysis of gears and robots and are familiar with methods for solving motion tasks involving joint structures. They are able to design software-supported kinematic processes for gearboxes and robots using Matlab calculation libraries and Catia design methods. Furthermore, they are able to analyze and evaluate stresses for humans resulting, for example, from a work activity/workplace (e.g. climate, noise, physical work, workplace design).

In addition, graduates are able to independently approve medical devices or at least consult suitable bodies. They know the central statistical procedures for evaluating multi-factorial experimental designs, apply these procedures (multi-factorial ANOVA with and without repeated measures, multiple regression) to new data sets and interpret the associated results.

Study information

The master's program offers you great flexibility to create your individual study plan. The program is structured as follows:

  • Master's modules divided into focus areas (mechatronics & device engineering, materials & implants, musculoskeletal assistance systems, regulations & study design) and profile areas (kinematics and robotics, electronics and control, information technology, design, medical technology cross-sectional subjects) as well as the engineering flexibility area.
  • Supplementary subjects
  • University internships
  • Research practice (term paper, team project or research internship)
  • Key competencies (language courses, soft skills workshops, ...)
  • Master's Thesis

The module lists can be found in the Wiki at Documents. The study program includes modules on

  • Mechatronics and device technology (e.g. automation technology in medicine, mechatronic device technology, motion technology)
  • Materials and implants (e.g. Fundamentals of Medical Technology: Biocompatible Materials 1, Biocompatible Materials 2, Plastics and Plastics Technology)
  • Musculoskeletal assistance systems (e.g. production ergonomics, kinematic design of joint structures with Matlab and Catia)
  • Regulations and study design (approval of medical devices)
  • Kinematics and robotics (e.g. assembly, handling and industrial robots, motion control by controlled electric drives)
  • Electronics and control (e.g. modern methods in control engineering 1-3, fundamentals of electrical machines, microelectronics in mechatronics)
  • Information Technology (e.g. Development of Intelligent Distributed Embedded Systems in Mechatronics, Advanced Topics of Software Engineering, Optimization Methods in Automation Engineering)

For more information on internships abroad, see the study wiki.

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 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 copies 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