Master Medical Engineering and Assistance Systems

Technology Serves Humanity

In view of the rising life expectancy today - are you interested in applying your skills as an engineer to improve people's quality of life also in the years of advanced old age and to design equipment for novel medical treatments? Perhaps you were once toying with the idea of studying medicine before you switched to engineering? How about linking the two spheres and choosing our program in order to acquire all the knowledge you need for successful interdisciplinary work in the arena of medical engineering!

What experience or characteristics do I need?

The formal requirements for acceptance on this Master degree course are:

  • a Master's degree qualification (see TUM glossary of documents),
  • specialised knowledge of fundamental subject areas relating to mechanical engineering:
    • higher mathematics,
    • technical mechanics,
    • machine elements,
    • material science,
    • fluid mechanics,
    • control engineering,
    • principles of modern information technology,
  • knowledge of German.

Why study with us?

You will benefit in many ways, experiencing top-ranking teaching and research in the field of Medical Engineering and Assistance Systems and taking advantage of outstanding interdisciplinary offerings of other TUM departments – quite apart from cooperations of TUM and its Mechanical Engineering Department with companies, partners from industry and distinguished research institutes.

  • This TUM study program stands out by its strong emphasis on assistance systems outside hospitals and the in-depth coverage of regulatory requirements while special attention is given to the design of studies.
  • There are three priorities of the medical engineering and assistance systems program: kinematic interrelations, fundamentals of precision and methodological aspects of design.
  • This study course benefits from the proven networking of research and education between a total of 14 TUM departments. In the metropolitan region of Munich, further cooperation opportunities are opening up, for instance with the Robotics section of the German Aerospace Center (DRL), the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) and various Fraunhofer institutes. Moreover, a multitude of medical-technological companies are offering stimulating internships.
  • Our engineers set national and international benchmarks in research and teaching, as evidenced by numerous Rankings.
  • In our modern, light-flooded building everything is under one roof: all lecture rooms for the Master degree course, all of the department's aerospace professorships, together with related workshops, laboratories and technologies, advice and support services for students, such as the student advice service, the Mechanical Engineering Student Council, language centre and library. Take advantage of close proximity and make contact with tutors, students and advisors. We will be happy to help you.

As a graduate of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, many excellent prospects for the future will be open to you!

Structure and content of the Master degree course

Structure of the degree course

To successfully complete the Master degree course in Medical Engineering and Assistance Systems, you will require a total of 120 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits. The following diagram shows the number of credits allotted to the different areas.

You will choose your MSc modules (each usually worth 5 credits) from six subject areas related to the degree course. Detailed information can be found in the Examination and Study Regulations relating to this degree course.


Four semesters are normally required to complete the Master degree course in Medical Engineering and Assistance Systems. You will put together an individual curriculum, taking modules from the catalogue of modules approved for the degree course.

The following diagram shows a suggested arrangement of individual modules over the four semesters allowed.

Content of the degree course

You will find the list of modules at the degree course documentation site. The degree course comprises modules covering

  • Mechatronics and equipment technology (e.g. automation technology engineering in medicine and surgery, mechatronic device technology, kinematics)
  • Materials and implants (e.g. fundamentals of medical mechnology: biocompatible materials 1, biocompatible materials 2, plastics and plastics technology)
  • Musculoskeletal assistance systems (e.g. production ergonomics, kinematic design of linkages using Matlab and Catia)
  • Regulations and design of studies (approval of medical equipment)
  • Kinematics and robotics (e.g. assembly technologies, motion control in electrical drive systems)
  • Electronics and control (e.g. modern control 1-3, basics of electrical machines , microelectronics for mechatronics)
  • Information technology (e.g. development of distributed intelligent embedded mechatronic systems, advanced topics of software engineering, optimization processes in automation technology)

What skills will you acquire?

Our graduates will be able to pinpoint where in everyday clinic life medical equipment can be expected to conveniently assist surgeons in their work. Understanding the equipment functions and knowing the basic programming algorithms, they are capable of utilizing the equipment in a targeted manner. Besides, their awareness of the special strengths of mechatronic systems enables them to estimate which applications are best suited in each case.

During the courses, students acquire knowledge in the fields of anatomy, physiology and pathology of body systems. Once graduated, they are able to independently analyze medical engineering problems. Besides developing solutions in the arena of plastics technology, they can critically assess issues of materials science as well as the pertinent approval conditions and legal requirements applying to the production of medical products.

Apart from learning how to use kinematic geometry methods for designing and analyzing gearboxes and robots, the students are familiarized with ways of solving motion problems of articulated structures. Resorting to Matlab math libraries and Catia design procedures, they carry out software-assisted ratings of kinematic processes for gearings and robots. In addition they are able to analyze and evaluate stresses affecting humans, for instance, during work or at their workplace (e.g. climate, noise, manual labor, workplace design).

Finally, our graduates are in a position to independently approve of medical products or at least to consult appropriate bodies. They are acquainted with principal statistical procedures of evaluating multifactorial experimental plans, with applying such procedures to new datasets (multifactorial ANOVA with and without repeated measures, multiple regression) and eventually with interpreting the results obtained.

Study and internships abroad during your degree course

Studying abroad

Would you like to study abroad for part of your degree? If so, why not apply for an exchange student place at one of TUM's many partner universities, see diagram above. Would you like to do an internship in another country? Here too there are many assistance schemes offered by TUM.

Application, admission and enrolment

From your application to beginning your studies


  • Detailed information on application and enrolment
  • Department-specific information:
    • In addition, please also send in the university qualification curriculum from which the modules you studied and the competences learnt emanate (eg. module handbook, module descriptions).
    • Teaching will be held in German. International applicants therefore require a German language certificate. The Department of Mechanical Engineering recommends a language level of C1 for all of its master's programs, due to the high demands that the program also places on students' language skills.
    • Before a student is awarded a place, the Department of Mechanical Engineering will carry out an aptitude assessment.

Beginning of degree course

Information on the beginning of the degree course can be found on the beginning your studies site for current students.

Details on aptitude assessment at the Department of Mechanical Engineering

A condition of acceptance to study is the successful completion of the aptitude assessment, based on a complete application submission. All students, who can prove their suitability during this process, will be awarded a place.

Details on the assessment can be found in Appendix 2 of the Examination and Study Regulations (FPSO).

In the first stage of the assessment an evaluation will be made based on:

  • your covering motivation letter (max. 20 points),
  • your average marks in relevant modules at the time of application (max. 20 points) and
  • your specialist knowledge (max. 60 points).

In the diagram below you can see the assessment time flow. If you achieve 70 points or more, you be accepted directly. If you achieve less than 50 points, you will be rejected. If you have between 50-69 points, you will be invited to a written test.

If you achieve a total of 110 points or more, after you have done the written test, you will be accepted. Apart from the marks for the written test, the points for your specialist knowledge and the average marks in stage 1 will be taken into consideration.

Further information on the aptitude assessment

Proof of a university qualification giving eligibility to study for a Master degree

If you do now have a degree graduation certificate at the time of application, you may only apply if you have proof of having achieved at least 140 credits in a six-semester BSc degree course, at least 170 credits in the case of a seven-semester course and at least 200 credits from an eight-semester degree. (The number of semesters relates to the time usually required to complete the course.)

Proof of having achieved the required number of credits should take the form of a stamped, signed grade transcript from your examination board/degree course office. Please submit your BSc certificate to the enrolment office as soon as possible after receipt, at the latest one year after commencing the Master degree course.

The module handbook

Universities often provide a so-called module handbook, in which all modules relating to the degree course are described. Other universities refer to a curriculum. It must be clear from the descriptions of individual degree courses, what modules are included in the course in question and what competences are taught. This information is of great significance when checking qualifications during the aptitude assessment. The study plan itself is not sufficient. Should your university not provide a module handbook, please obtain written confirmation of the modules and content you studied. Please note: In this case it is your responsibility to collate information on the curriculum of the module subjects.

The covering motivation letter

An essential cornerstone of the aptitude assessment – apart from university qualification certificates – is a covering letter giving your reasons for choosing the degree course in question and wishing to study at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Together with any additional, existing qualifications (please enclose proof of these qualifications), this part of the assessment can be awarded up to 20 points in the first stage of the assessment.

The covering motivation letter (max. two pages) should be written by you without help. Please outline, based on your degree studies to date, which competences, specific talents, interests and career wishes you have that make you particularly suitable for your desired degree course at TUM. Should you have any additional qualifications (eg. vocational training), please include them in your letter and enclose a copy of any records you may have relating to the qualifications.

The written test

The test:

  • is a written test,
  • lasts 80 minutes and is held at the Department of Mechanical Engineering building, Boltzmannstraße 15, 85748 Garching,
  • is divided into four blocks of assignments, each of which can be given up to 20 points,
  • includes questions on higher mathematics, technical mechanics, machine elements and material science,
  • takes place only once per application period for all Master degree courses in mechanical engineering. It is not possible to do the test at a later date.
  • might take this form:

Conditional admission

If during the aptitude assessment, it has been determined that only individual prerequisites from a first degree are lacking, you may be accepted on the condition that you take basic examinations from our B.A. Degree Course in Mechanical Engineering (= conditional admission). The conditional admission measures are therefore the written examinations from the compulsory basic level of the B.A. degree course, which then have to be passed in the first year of the M.A. degree course. As the tuition language of the B.A. Degree Course in Mechanical Engineering is German, the examinations are only offered in German. If you have not passed them by the end of the first year of the M.A. course, they are considered to have been failed for good. Acceptance on the M.A. degree course will then be withdrawn and the student in question will have to leave the university.

Information for Bachelor's students at the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering

Information about progressing to the Master's programme

Dates and deadlines

  • The application portal is activated at least one month before the application deadline.
  • Deadline for degree courses starting in the winter semester: 31 May
  • Deadline for degree courses starting in the summer semester: 31 December
  • Date of written test:
    • Probably Wednesday, 10 March 2021 (application for summer semester 2021)
    • Probably Wednesday, 18 August 2021 (application for winter semester 2021/2022)
  • Start of degree course and lecture period

Summary: Facts on the degree course

  • The degree course may be commenced either in the summer or winter semester
  • Final degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Tuition language: German
  • Main location: Garching near Munich
  • No. of semesters usually required to complete course: 4 semesters
  • Fees and financial aid
  • Full-time degree course
  • Study abroad is possible

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