Study Content

As an interdisciplinary science, medical engineering combines the principles and findings of the natural and engineering sciences with those of medicine. As a partner of the health care system, it creates new possibilities for the detection and treatment of diseases and thus improves the quality of life and lifespan of all of us. 

In recent years, its rapid development has been particularly evident with the impact of computer technology, in the new methods of biomedical imaging, in computer-assisted surgical techniques and in ever smaller and more powerful electronic implants, which even enable remote follow-up care. For exactly this reason, the focus of medical-engineering education at Hochschule Offenburg is on cardio- and neurosciences, including the following:

  • Neurosciences

Neuroimaging, neurosystems, neurostimulation, neurophysiology and anatomy, clinical neurology, psychiatry and neurobiology, functional neurosurgery in target navigation, methods and applications of biomedical imaging and diagnostic (including optical) techniques in the neurosciences, neurosystems (including neurosensors, neuroprosthetics, neurofeedback, ePriming and brain-machine interfaces), methods and applications of the systems for neuro and deep brain stimulation, audio signal processing and neuro-acoustics

  • Cardiosciences

Cardio imaging, electrostimulation, anatomy and electrophysiology of the heart, methods of cardiological diagnostics and therapy, Doppler echocardiography, technology and application of cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, high-frequency and cryoablation, methods of electrophysiology, technology and applications of electro-anatomical imaging procedures in the diagnosis and therapy of cardiac arrhythmias, electro- and impedance-cardiographic procedures, methods for individual hemodynamic implant optimization, biosignal processing

Please note that this degree programs trains engineers for medical technology. The emphasis, in other words, is on technology and engineering, especially electrical and information engineering.

The specific study contents can be roughly grouped into the following seven areas:

Natural sciencesMathematics, physics, (medical) statistics24
Electrical engieeringFoundations, measurement technology, electronics, signals and systems, control engineering, analog and digital circuit technology26
Computer scienceFoundations, programming in MATLAB, medical software development and algorithms, communication networks, embedded systems22
MedicineAnatomy, physiology, pathology, radiology and nuclear medicine, neurosciences, clinical cardiology and electrophysiology, electrocardiography, clinical testing in medical technology30
PracticeCompany internship, Bachelor’s thesis38
General foundation subjectsComputer-aided design (CAD), constructional elements, project management, quality assurance and quality management, law, business administration35
Medical EngineeringEquipment and methods of cardiology, electrostimulation, neurostimulation, hemodynamic management, equipment technology for biosignal analysis, technical basics of imaging procedures, image processing, navigation in surgery, audiology and neuroacoustics, medical materials35

Students in this program, therefore, should also bring a certain degree of curiosity towards electrical engineering and computer science, since these constitute a substantial part of the course of studies.