FAQ

Here we have collected and answered a few questions about the study programme and especially about getting started in the study programme of Medical Engineering. 

Your question’s not there? Or you need further explanations on a topic? Then just send us an e-mail to fsi-medtech@fau.de!

General

Often such achievements can be accredited, for example for mathematics, electrical engineering, physics or the industry internship. The best way to do this is to contact our study advisory service (studienberatung-medizintechnik@fau.de). Further information on the accreditation of achievements can be found here.

We create Facebook groups for you, one for the Bachelor, one for the Master. They are called “Medizintechnik FAU Erlangen ab WS 20xx/xx” or “Medizintechnik Master FAU Erlangen ab WS 20xx/xx” and you can contact your fellow students via these groups. In order to get to know your new fellow students, we recommend that first-year Bachelor students also visit the Mathematics Repetitorium. There you will meet a lot of first-year students of the Faculty and surely also some medical engineers 😉

No, you don’t.

For most courses it is not necessary to purchase literature or the like. In the bachelor’s degree it is only useful for GET to buy the book on which the lecture is based. However, this book is usually sold by the FSI Electrical Engineering after one of the first lectures. In addition, many students from higher semesters sell their GET books again. Otherwise, some students buy a formulary for higher mathematics sooner or later.

Furthermore, many lecturers present literature in the first lecture, which they recommend if you want to dig deeper into a topic. However, this is to be understood rather as further literature beyond the subject matter of the lecture and it is usually not necessary to get literature to pass the exams. Furthermore, the literature recommended by the lecturers can usually be borrowed from the library.

Since there is usually no compulsory attendance at lectures at the university, you theoretically do not have to come (see also question on compulsory attendance below). However, especially in the first weeks of the semester you will miss important information about the organisation of lectures and exercises, e.g. how to get the materials for the lecture, how to register and arrange the exercises and how to hand in homework. Therefore it is always recommended to attend the first lecture of a subject. If that really doesn’t work out, you can of course ask your fellow students or simply ask the lecturer (preferably by e-mail). But remember to meet the deadlines for registration and to hand in all exercises on time.

You do not need to register for most lectures, especially those in the first bachelor semester.

You may have to register for exercises. The registration procedure varies from subject to subject. Information on this is usually provided in the first lecture of the semester. Usually, there are no exercises in the first week, so you don’t need to worry about them. Also, you should not bet on getting a specific desired date for your exercise.

You often have to register for seminars very early before the semester starts. However, this should not be relevant in the first bachelor semester.

Most of your courses will take place at the southern campus in Erlangen. Some events will also take place in the city center of Erlangen (e.g. at the University Hospital, at the Department of Biochemistry, at the Medical Valley Center). In Nuremberg you will usually have no lectures.

Where exactly your lecture takes place, you can find in the UnivIS.

No, there is usually no compulsory attendance at the university. How many courses you attend depends very much on your own learning style.

The exceptions are practical courses and some seminars. There, attendance is compulsory.

This depends very much on your personal learning style. Many people work as a tutor, hiwi or working student alongside their studies. However, we do not recommend starting with a side job in the first bachelor semester, unless it is necessary. The first semester of medical engineering is very demanding and time-consuming and you should first pass your examinations of the basic and orientation exam (GOP).

The communication medium of choice at the university is e-mail. Most university employees are very busy and not always in their office, so communicating via e-mail is much more pleasant for all concerned than a phone call or coming in person. And you can ask for an appointment by e-mail if you want a personal meeting. By the way, many people at the university have a very good mail performance, even outside working hours. So it might well be that you have an answer in your mailbox just two minutes after sending an email ;-).

You can find the contact information best in UnivIS.

At the Faculty of Engineering the exams are written during the semester break. There are two “examination periods”, the first at the beginning, the second at the end of the semester break. You can find the exact periods on the website of the examination office.

This means that you have a few weeks between the two examination periods in which you do not write any exams. You could use this time for an internship, for example – or better yet, to study for the exams in the second examination period…

Please note that exams for subjects organised by other faculties are not bound to these exam periods! This concerns e.g. the exams for “Medizintechnik in Forschung und Industrie”, “Biochemie” (5th semester) or the medical subjects in the Master’s degree (M1). These often take place in the last week of lectures.

Furthermore, oral examinations are not bound to the examination periods. Lecturers usually offer several dates to choose from.

Registration for the exams takes place via the meinCampus system. Registration is only possible within a period of 2-3 weeks during the semester. You can find the exact period on the website of the examination office.

Anyone can participate and we are always happy when new committed people join us.

The best thing to do is just drop by at one of our meetings. You can find out when the next meeting will take place on our homepage in the calendar. We are looking forward to seeing you! 🙂

All regulations concerning the study programme are laid down in the so-called “examination regulations”. At the Faculty of Engineering, a distinction must be made between the General Examination Regulations (ABMPO), which apply to all courses of study at the Faculty, and the Subject Examination Regulations (FPO), which regulate supplementary course-specific matters. Both examination regulations can be found here, for example.

The examination regulations also include the different module catalogues, which you can find on the website linked above as well.

Unfortunately, the examination regulations are largely written in bureaucratic English which is difficult to understand (or even in German only). Nevertheless, you should read through your respective FPO, because it is important to know the rules before a problem arises. If you don’t understand something or if you have any questions, just contact us. As we are also involved in the organisation of the study programme, we are quite familiar with the different examination regulations.

Depending on when you started your studies, different examination regulations apply to you. For example, if you started in the winter semester 2018, FPO 2018 applies to you until the end of your studies, even if FPO 2019 exists in the meantime.

It is important that you always make sure that you use the correct catalogues!

Please contact us if you have any questions about the differences.

Master

The QFV (qualification assessment procedure) is the admission procedure for the Master degree programme. If you are invited to an oral admission examination, you can prepare yourself for a 15-minute interview. The examiners and contents vary depending on the desired field of study. In any case, you should be prepared for questions on mathematics basics.Depending on the field of study, further questions are usually on topics such as signal processing, production engineering or other subjects.

Depending on the content of your bachelor’s degree, you may get conditional subjects for the Master’s degree. These must be fulfilled within one year in order to be allowed to continue your studies. You have to inform the examination office proactively about the passing!

Usual conditional subjects are “Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen (für Medizintechnik)” (AuD-MT), “Mathematik für Ingenieure A3” (IngMathA3) or “Grundlagen der Elektrotechnik II” (GET II). “Advanced C++ Programming” or “Engineering Mathematics” are usually assigned for the English-language fields of study. But other subjects are also possible.

Please take your conditional subjects seriously and concentrate on them first! In AuD-MT you theoretically don’t have to hand in the exercises to fulfill the condition, but we strongly recommend you to work on them!

In the Master’s programme you have a relatively large amount of freedom. There are, however, “compulsory elective modules” [sic]. This concerns in M1 Clinical Applications of Optical Technologies and Associated Fundamentals of Anatomy (or the German language version) and depending on the field of study some modules in M2/M3. You can recognize them in the module catalogue by a footnote.

You have to take these subjects in the course of your Master’s studies, unless you had an equivalent module in your Bachelor’s degree. Anatomy in particular does not have to be taken by many students because it is part of many medical engineering courses. In this case, please contact the study advisory service.

You have to pass the conditional subjects within one year. For the compulsory elective modules you have time until the end of your studies.

In addition, the obligatory electives are part of your studies as usual, but you have to take the conditional subjects additionally.
Exception: You can take a conditional subject at Free Choice Uni (M8).

No, this list would have no end and would be constantly changing. In M7, you can include any module that meets the following criteria:

  • It is graded
  • It is offered by an institution that belongs to the Faculty of Engineering.
  • It’s at master level. This is the case if it is part of a Master’s degree programme.

No, this list would have no end and would be constantly changing. You can really take anything into M8 as long as you get a grade for it.

If you feel overwhelmed by the choice, first think roughly about what you want to learn (e.g. a language, a key qualification, or something from another course that has always interested you?) The possibilities for this are really gigantic at a comprehensive university like FAU. Then you can find out more about what the respective institution offers.

Of course you can also choose another subject from our own catalogues.