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Biotechnology / Bioengineering (Master's)

The Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences offers the master's degree programme in Biotechnology/Bioengineering in cooperation with the Department of Applied Sciences and Mechatronics at the Munich University of Applied Sciences.


Academic qualification

Master of Science (M. Sc.)

Duration of studies

3 semesters (90 ECTS)

Language of instruction

German and English


Weihenstephan and Munich

Programme start date

Winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions



Information about events for potential students can be found on the German page for the degree programme.

Students working in the laboratory


Course content in the Biotechnology master's programme in Weihenstephan & Munich

In addition to providing an in-depth understanding of biological processes and their technical applications, this interdisciplinary master’s degree programme in the intersection between natural sciences and engineering also covers a broad spectrum of engineering tools and methods. This will allow graduates to take on challenging tasks in the biotech, pharma, food and chemicals industries, to name just a few.

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Modules in the biotechnology programme

In the first two semesters, the Biotechnology/Bioengineering master’s degree programme is composed of the following modules:

  • Obligatory modules: They provide extended basic knowledge of the biotechnology and bioengineering sector. They cover the topics of protein engineering and immunological applications, bioanalytics, cell culture in biotechnology, industrial bioprocess engineering and intelligent data analysis.
  • Subject-specific modules: A catalogue of at least 15 subject-specific modules is offered, from which students choose four modules. Students can thus extend their knowledge in areas such as micro- and nanotechnology or pharmaceutical biotechnology.
  • Interdisciplinary modules: A catalogue of at least five modules is offered, from which students choose one module. These modules cover interdisciplinary skills, such as project and quality management.

The third semester is reserved exclusively for the master's thesis.

The large number of required elective modules enables students to choose their own specialisation, for example in 'red' or 'white' biotechnology or in biomedical technology, bioinformatics or biophysics.

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Biotechnology master's student in the laboratory


Career options for Biotechnolgy / Bioengineering graduates

Nowadays, biotechnology and bioengineering are an integral part of research and development work in many sectors, but they also play a part in day-to-day production. Whether developing or manufacturing new drugs or diagnostics, plastics or cosmetics, textiles, fuels or plants – our graduates take on demanding specialist and management roles in the biotech, pharmaceutical, food and chemical industries.

Your opportunities

  • Roche Diagnostics sponsors at least four students per year in the biotechnology master's degree programme: they complete paid practical assignments and write their master's thesis at Roche’s Penzberg site.
  • Excellent international contacts with a variety of universities and research institutions mean our graduates have the opportunity to pursue a doctorate after completing the master’s degree.
  • Our graduates have the opportunity to pursue a collaborative doctorate in 'Life Sciences and Green Technologies' with BayWISS.
Biotechnology graduate Janis Brockhaus, Roche Diagnostics GmbH

"By participating in the university partnership between Roche Diagnostics and HSWT, students can start gaining experience and insights into a global biotechnology company. They also have the opportunity to select a field for their master’s thesis from the company’s many different areas of activity."

Janis Brockhaus, Roche Diagnostics GmbH, Penzberg, CPS R&D Early Development & Reagent Design Department

Biotechnology graduate Anna Schröder working on her master's thesis

"Alongside the opportunity for professional specialisation (e.g. red biotechnology), students are able to select topics from various biotechnology-related subject areas. At Roche Diagnostics in Penzberg I was able to complete my final master’s thesis in the Pharma Research and Early Development department. By establishing a cytotoxicity test with the aim of assessing the functionality of naturally occurring variants of selected synthesis proteins, I was able to focus on expanding my expertise in the fields of cell culture, molecular biology, toxins and protein chemistry."

Anna Schröder, Daiichi-Sankyo Europe GmbH, Pfaffenhofen a. d. Ilm


Application & admission to the master's programme

  • Completion of an appropriate bachelor's degree programme with 210 EC or at least 180 EC plus additional requirements
  • Basic knowledge from the previous degree course: biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, process technology / chemical engineering and instrumental analytics (5 EC each; at least 45 EC in total).
  • Relevant practical experience lasting a minimum of 18 weeks, by completing a practical study semester, or professional or research experience directly connected to biotechnology or bioengineering in industry or research / development institutes.
  • Above-average degree results with a minimum overall examination mark of 'good' (better than 2.6 in the German grading system) or among the top 50%
  • Undergraduate German studies or demonstration of sufficient minimum language skills equivalent to Level B2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference.
  • Applying with a degree from outside of Germany: To support their application for the Biotechnology / Bioengineering degree programme, applicants who completed their undergraduate degree outside of Germany will need to obtain a preliminary review documentation from uni-assist (Vorprüfungsdokumentation – VPD).
    Bewerberinnen und Bewerber, die ihren ersten Studienabschluss im Ausland erworben haben, benötigen für die Bewerbung zum Studiengang Biotechnologie / Bioingenieurwesen eine "Vorprüfungsdokumentation" (VPD) durch uni-assist. Detailed information is available on our Website for International Applicants. An uni-assist evaluation report cannot be accepted instead of the VPD!

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What makes us the right choice for you

  • Individually-tailored master's degree by means of a high proportion of required elective modules (50%) and wide range of modules
  • Equivalent course start dates in summer and winter semesters with an intake of approx. 15 students in each
  • Small groups with roughly 10 to 30 participants
  • High pratical relevanceg, good industry contacts and excellent career prospects


Do you have questions which have not been answered here?

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how we can help:

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Prof. Dr. Jörg Kleiber, subject advisor, every Monday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., T +49 157 73 77 680

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Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Fakultät Bioingenieurwissenschaften
Am Hofgarten 10
85354 Freising

T +49 8161 71-4059
F +49 8161 71-5116

Subject Advisor at HSWT

Subject Advisor at MUAS

Prof. Dr Markus Hilleringmann
T +49 89 1265–1654
markus.hilleringmann [at]

Examination regulations

Second statute for the amendment of the study and examination regulations for the joint master’s degree programme Biotechnology/Bioengineering at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences and Munich University of Applied Sciences (SPO-M-BT) (Zweite Satzung zur Änderung der Studien- und Prüfungsordnung)

Offered in collaboration with Department of Applied Sciences and Mechatronics, Munich University of Applied Sciences.
Offered in collaboration with Department of Applied Sciences and Mechatronics, Munich University of Applied Sciences.