"Medical Engineering" is a very broad and also highly multidisciplinary subject. It contains fields from medicine, pharmacology, electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, etc. A special course of study in "medical engineering" is controversial because of this diversity.

Compared to engineers in medical technology, graduates of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, physics, etc., who have a corresponding specialization, are considered to have better career opportunities. Against this background, "Medical Engineering" was newly introduced in the winter semester 1992/93 as the 14th specialization area for students in the diploma program in Electrical Engineering at the Ruhr University Bochum. As described above, it can be selected as one of three specialization areas within the framework of the specialization studies. Correspondingly, it can also be chosen by students in the supplementary study program (for graduates of universities of applied sciences). This means that medical engineering is integrated into the electrical engineering program in a similar way to other universities in Germany (e.g., RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin, TU Dresden, Uni Erlangen-Nürnberg, TU Ilmenau, Uni Karlsruhe, TU Munich).

A specialization that covers all areas of medical technology is not possible within a reasonable time frame for students of a certain study program. Therefore, this specialization must be tailored to the respective course of study (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, etc.) and in this sense must be incomplete. For students of electrical engineering, this results in a specific technical profile. The goal of the specialization is to pick out the topics to which electrical engineers are able to make a significant engineering contribution. In this case, the goal of the study program is an M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering with a specialization in electrical engineering and information technology in the field of medical technology.

The field of specialization "Medical Engineering" should also have a positive effect on the multidisciplinary research at the Ruhr-University Bochum and complement the diverse medical-technical research activities and cooperation between medicine and the engineering faculties in the area of teaching.

Our Offered Courses

In addition to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, the interdisciplinary range of courses is provided by the Faculties of Medicine, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering as well as by the Institute of Neuroinformatics. Lectures, lectures with exercises, seminars and practical courses are offered, which can be chosen within the field of specialization. In addition, the preparation of bachelor and master theses with topics from the field of medical engineering is possible. The catalog of elective subjects currently includes in detail.

Subjects that are directly assigned to the field of specialization and are offered by the Chair of Medical Engineering:


Subjects, from other areas of specialization of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering:

  • Biomedical Applications in Plasma Engineering.
  • Fundamentals of Communication Acoustics
  • Practical Course in Acoustics


Subjects offered by other faculties as well as by the Institute of Neuroinformatics:

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering:

  • Medical Process Engineering
  • Analysis and Synthesis of Biomechanical Constructions

Institute of Neuroinformatics:

  • Vision in Humans and Machines


Subjects from other specialization areas of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the Institute of Neuroinformatics, which do not have medical-technical content, but are important because of their significance as a basic subject for medical technology and are therefore recommended by the faculty as elective subjects within the framework of other specialization areas:

  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Remote Sensing with Electromagnetic Waves (Remote Sensing)
  • Artificial Neural Networks
  • High Frequency Measurement Technology
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility


A subject catalog of the elective subjects of the specialization area gives information about the dates, the lecturers as well as the modalities of the choice of these subjects on the basis of the examination regulations.

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