Medical Informatics

You want to help shape the digital future of healthcare? In this course, you will learn how medical informatics can be used to create greater safety, efficiency, and quality of treatment for patients.

Unique in Switzerland, this bachelor’s programme combines medical process knowledge, computer science and management skills, making you a highly sought-after professional. Your studies are practice-based and include project work on a full-time or part-time basis, partly in hybrid and online classes.

“My highlight: participating in the DMEA in Berlin.” Student testimonies on the BSc Medical Informatics.

Start your studies in autumn 2023.

Factsheet

  • Title/Degree Bachelor of Science in Medical Informatics (BSc)
  • Specialisations Advanced Data Processing
    Design Thinking
  • Mode of study Full-time (6 semesters)
    Part-time or work-study programme (8 semesters)
  • Start date 18 September 2023
  • Application deadline 31 July 2023
  • ECTS credits 180 ECTS credits
  • Teaching language German
  • Location Biel
  • School School of Engineering and Computer Science

Main areas of study

Data-based medicine and user-friendliness of smart applications in hospitals, medical practices or private households are two of our focal points. The basics: Medicine, Informatics, Design and Processes.

What you will gain your degree

You design forward-looking IT and digitalisation solutions for our healthcare system, and you build and implement prototypes. In the course of your practice-based studies, you will have an exclusive access to our Living-Lab, unique in Switzerland, which includes all stations of the healthcare system.

Your future professional activities are in project management teams or in the management and development of medical applications.
Your employers are hospitals, industry, public authorities, and consulting offices.

Career prospects

As a Bachelor in Medical Informatics, you design medical software and ICT architectures, are responsible for the further development and operation of medical applications or the implementation of integration projects of various hospital software.

You are familiar with medical processes and combine these with your IT, digitalisation and management skills in project and development management & management functions in hospitals, industry, government, insurance companies and research. Thanks to our integrated research institute, you also benefit from BFH’s large network.

Admission requirements

Many paths lead to the Bachelor of Science in Medical Informatics. If you are uncertain, there is the ‘sur dossier’ admission procedure. Please contact us about this.

Academic requirements

You will be admitted to the degree programme with:

  • Vocational training with the Federal VET Diploma and a vocational baccalaureate in a profession related to the discipline.
  • Vocational training with the Federal VET Diploma and a vocational baccalaureate in a profession not or only partly related to the discipline and a vocational internship of up to one year
  • A Swiss general baccalaureate and a one-year vocational internship
  • A Swiss general baccalaureate and our Passerelle scheme
  • A Swiss general baccalaureate or a Swiss vocational baccalaureate in a different discipline and work-study bachelor degree programme (WSB) for individual degree programmes
  • A Swiss or foreign school-leaving qualification (upper secondary level) equivalent to the Swiss vocational baccalaureate and a one-year vocational internship in a related profession.
  • A Swiss specialised baccalaureate and a one-year vocational internship

Professional prerequisites

Meeting one of the following professional prerequisites qualifies you to study at Bern University of Applied Sciences:

  • A federal diploma from a professional education institution in a technology or science discipline and vocational training with the Federal VET Diploma in a profession related to the discipline. Previous academic achievements may be recognised in certain cases, allowing you to start off in a higher semester or complete fewer modules than are included in the normal curriculum.

At the Biel location, you will complete your entire studies in German.

  • You are also welcome to apply if you hold a foreign degree (‘sur dossier’ admission procedure).

  • Do you have a degree from a traditional Swiss university, ETH or another university of applied sciences in a related discipline? Provided you have not been exmatriculated for unsatisfactory performance, you can continue your degree with us and parts of your previous academic achievements may be recognised (application after successful matriculation). Depending on your professional experience in the field of your degree, you may be required to obtain additional practical experience through a vocational internship or work-study bachelor degree programme.

Advice + information

Still have questions about the programme? The head of the degree programme, lecturers and students will be able to answer your questions at one of our information events.

Advice

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Information event

Visit one of our information events and find out all about the degree programme, the admission requirements and your career prospects.