What are the benefits of studying biomedical engineering

Medical technology - what is it anyway? Imagine the devices in a doctor's office or in a hospital. Or think of the devices that correct and compensate for 'errors' in the human body. You can probably think of a lot. EKG, X-ray machines, ventilators, pacemakers, prostheses, braces. Developing these things and researching new technologies is the job of medical technicians.

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1. Frequently asked questions

2. What can you expect from a medical technology degree?

Medical technology is about devices for medical prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation. Nowadays, a person with only one real leg can walk almost as well as one with two - thanks to a prosthetic leg. A failing heart can beat like a healthy one - thanks to a pacemaker. Crooked teeth can be straightened out - thanks to braces. In short: medical technology does great things. Those who study this course will most likely never have to listen to 'learning nothing useful' '.

But what exactly are the contents of a course of study? Medical technology is a cross-sectional technology, so knowledge from various areas is required. You should therefore already have a broad technical interest at the start of your studies, because all STEM subjects await you during your studies. To be more precise, you shouldn't be afraid of:
  • physics
  • biology
  • Medicine (e.g. basics such as bone structure, physiology)
  • mechanics
  • Electrics and electronics
  • Computer science (e.g. digital image processing)
  • chemistry
  • Math and statistics
Medical technology is sometimes referred to as a mixture between engineering and medicine. But this gives the wrong picture, because the medical part only makes up a very small part of the degree. It is primarily about technical processes. At the end of your studies you will be an engineer and not a doctor. Accordingly, patient contact does not belong in the professional field of medical technology. However, contact with people in general can definitely be part of it - for example if you later want to pursue an advisory role.

Usually you have compulsory, specialization, compulsory elective and economic-social areas in a degree. There is usually the option of specializing, e.g. in medical measurement technology or medical information systems. Generally speaking, the course has one strong practical relevance. The practical modules take place either in a company or in a university-internal or external research facility. The master’s focus is on research.

Previous knowledge & related subjects

The main requirement is one great interest in technology and science. You should definitely bring this with you, otherwise you will not enjoy the rather demanding study.

In some cases, you have to complete a pre-study internship lasting several weeks for your studies, which differs from university to university.

The health industry is a huge and steadily growing branch, so it is not surprising that the medical technology course is being offered at more and more universities.

Due to the variety of medical technologies, more specialized courses have developed in recent years, e.g. on the other hand, medical technology is sometimes also offered as a focus in the courses of study in physics or computer science. In addition, there are courses with almost equivalent content that are simply named differently, for example medical engineering (included in medical technology because of the similarity in the course lists).

All closely related courses can be found in our medical technology department.

3. Duration of medical technology studies and degrees

The medical technology course usually lasts 7 semesters and is called Bachelor of Science completed with a bachelor thesis. A total of 210 ECTS points (credit points) are earned. Very often 6-semester courses are also offered, these with 180 credits.

You can then complete a master’s degree in medical technology or a similar master’s degree. The Master of Science can in 3 semesters to be completed, with 90 credits must be provided. There are also more 4-semester master’s courses with 120 credits.

In Germany, the bachelor's and master's degree should total 300 ECTS, spread over 10 semesters of standard study time. After a six-semester Bachelor with 180 ECTS, a three- or even two-semester Master with less than 120 ECTS each cannot be directly followed. Depending on the university, the missing credits can often be made up in a bridging semester.

Forms of study in medical technology

The classic form of medical technology studies is full-time face-to-face studies. You study full-time at a university where you go to events (lectures, exercises, tutorials, depending on the subject, also projects, laboratory, etc.) and where the exams take place. Full-time means roughly 40 hours / week, whereby in reality there are usually phases with less time expenditure compared to others (especially before larger exams) in which more time per week is spent on studying.

There are also part-time courses, i.e. the course is organized in such a way that you can complete your studies with less time per week, but with a correspondingly longer period of study.

Medical technology can - albeit rarely - be studied part-time. This can be useful if you have already completed an apprenticeship and - perhaps even with the support of your employer - want to expand your knowledge.

A combination of training and study represents a dual course of study, medical technology can also be studied in this way.

4. What does studying cost?

Total cost of living

During a medical technology degree you need a financial basis for accommodation at the place of study, for food, clothing, travel expenses, telephone & internet as well as books & workbooks. Depending on the location and your own thrift, the monthly expenses between € 630 and over € 1,500. On average, students now spend over € 850 a month.

Munich is the front runner in terms of rents and the cost of living per se, but Frankfurt / Main, Hamburg, Cologne and increasingly Berlin are also well above average. It is cheaper to live in smaller cities away from the metropolises, especially in the new federal states.

Main cost: rent

The Rent for a room in a flat share, depending on the city 269 ​​euros and 585 euros (2018 values ​​plus five percent). Since the 2019/20 winter semester, thanks to the 26th BAföG Amendment Act, the rental fee has been at least € 325. Despite the increase, this amount is not enough in many cities to cover the costs of a room in a shared apartment or even an apartment.

Costs depending on location and personal situation

There is another half-yearly for the course Semester fee to pay. This enables cheaper cafeteria prices, for example. In some study cities, a semester ticket for local public transport is included, which increases the semester fee, but is significantly cheaper than other season tickets for the respective transport association. There are also student bicycle workshops at some of the larger universities.

Health insurance costs must be taken into account if family insurance through the parents is no longer possible.

Do I have to pay tuition fees to study medical technology?

Practically all bachelor's and consecutive masters can attend state universities without tuition fees to be started. Consecutive Master’s degrees follow on from a bachelor’s degree in the same subject (or at least a similar one) and do not require any professional experience. In some federal states, however, a long course or a second course is subject to a fee.

At private universities become tuition fee raised. The amount varies depending on the degree program and university.

5. How can I pay for my medical technology degree?

Parental support

A job of yours parents is it to give you one adequate professional training to enable. This also includes you during your studies financially or with board and lodging to help out. The decision as to whether it should be a degree and which subject area is primarily up to you, if your school leaving certificate enables you to take this path. The state supports your parents with child benefit, among other things, which in exceptional cases can also be paid out directly to you.

If your parents have little income or are no longer obliged to support them, BAföG comes into play.

Apply for BAföG: State funding, half free!

BAföG for students step in when your parents - from the perspective of the law - have too little incomein order to provide sufficient support for the (planned) studies. If you are under 30 years of age and have not started any vocational training, BAföG is usually safe for your studies - otherwise check your BAföG entitlement. With our BAföG calculator you can calculate the amount of your BAföG.

Student BAföG is a social benefit, of which a maximum of 50 percent must be paid back. The BAföG repayment is limited to € 10,010, starts only years later and only if enough is earned. If you've been at work for a long time, you might Parent-independent BAföG give for you.

Scholarships for medical technology studies

Scholarships are available to a much smaller group than BAföG. Greatest advantage: Received through grants Funding is given. Often there is also one ideal support. In order to apply for a scholarship, a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, recommendations and certificates are usually required. You can only be suggested for a few scholarships.

The large student funding agencies award scholarships according to BAföG rules (i.e. depending on the parents' income). In addition, there are 300 euros “book money” per month for everyone. The application process usually begins six months in advance.

In addition to the large student funding agencies, there are still many other foundationswho each award a few (or really only individual) scholarships. Such small foundations often prosecute special funding purposes, so that not always just performance is crucial.

For Stays abroad during your studies there can be funding in the form of ERASMUS grants or through the DAAD.

Jobs as a student trainee / mini job / self-employed

Most students work at least part of the time during their studies, often as Mini jobbers or as Working student. Working hours are allowed during the lecture period 20 hours per week do not exceed.

The BAföG will be credited if your average earnings are over 450 euros in the month. In contrast to tax, the decisive factor is not the calendar year, but the period in which the BAföG is granted.

Special features apply if you are self-employed as a student.

State education loan and other options

There is the for students in higher semesters or in the Master’s program state education loan with low interest rates and a payout of up to 300 euros / month for at most two years.

A student loan (or an education fund), on the other hand, should only be considered as a last resort if the cheaper options are insufficient or if, for example, at the end of your studies you should be able to concentrate on studying without a job.

If you have already reached the last semesters of your studies, can possibly - especially in social emergencies - also a Graduation loan or bridging loans are possible. Do not be afraid to inquire and - if possible for you - to take advantage of one. The conditions are significantly better than for educational loans or even student loans!

We have collected all the relevant sources of funding for your studies: BAföG, educational loans, jobs, child benefits, scholarships, student loans, parental support and much more

6. What are the job prospects?

The engineering associations VDI and VDE describe the career prospects for graduates in medical technology as ,,outstanding''. Since the market for medical technology products is growing steadily, this is not surprising. Medical technology even belongs one of the largest growth industries worldwide. Graduates can find employment in the following professional fields, among others:
  • Product development, management, sales, marketing, consulting and training
  • Support, maintenance and operation of complex devices in medical facilities
  • Planning and installation of systems in hospitals, medical practices and care facilities
  • Certification and approval of devices and systems
  • medical research and further development of medical procedures
  • Participation in testing, monitoring and standardization committees (quality management)

7. Salary of medical technology graduates

Salary in € Master / Diploma FH
Ø Specialist group mechanical engineering; Survey: DZHW.

As an approximation, we give salary values ​​for mechanical engineers with a master's degree or diploma. This differs depending on whether the degree was obtained from a university or a technical college Starting salary. Graduates who have completed their engineering studies at a University may have completed the first year with a salary in excess of 41.800 € calculate. When graduating from a FH is the average starting salary with 44.000 € something about it.

Five years after graduation puts on the annual salary 58.250 € (University) / 61.200 € (FH) to (numbers for mechanical engineering). 10 years after graduation it is included 72.416 € (University) / 71.105 € (FH). You can find out what differences there are between studying at a technical college and a university here.

As with all salary information, the following applies: Depending on the specific position in the company, industry, size of the company, place of employment and much more, concrete salaries differ more or less strongly from average figures. Since the numbers are a few years old, the current salaries should be even higher.

Source: DZHW graduate surveys. All salaries for full-time employees including bonuses, rounded to the nearest hundred. Starting salary as of 2013. Salary after 5 years as of 2014. Salary after 10 years as of 2015. Surcharges for 5/10 years self-estimated.

For all departments and many degree programs, details on the salary prospects for starting a career and five and 10 years later

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