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Biotechnology / Bioengineering

Dive into the depths of biomolecules and cellular systems - in the Master's programme you also gain direct experience in the practice of "red" and "white" biotechnology.

Your studies in a nutshell
  • Duration  3 semesters
  • Language  German / English
  • Location  Campus Weihenstephan
  • Semester  Summer semester / Winter semester
Master of Science (M. Sc.)
Admission restriction


Application deadline

29 April – 31 July 2024

Bioengineering & Biotechnology at the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf

In the interdisciplinary Master's programme, you will deepen your knowledge from the Biotechnology Bachelor's degree or expand your natural science study profile to include specific biotechnical aspects. At the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, a strong practical focus also awaits you. Practical studies at cooperating companies from the life science sector as well as the exchange with other life science students open up new perspectives and interesting tasks for you in the biotech, pharmaceutical, food and chemical industries, among others.

The Biotechnology Master's programme is organised and offered in cooperation between the Department of Bioengineering (Sciences) at the University of Applied Aciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf and the Department of Applied Sciences and Mechatronics of the University of Applied Sciences Munich. With our cooperation company Roche Diagnostics, we can offer you valuable insights into practical work in "red" and "white" biotechnology: "Red" stands for medical applications, "white" for the industrial use of biotechnological knowledge, for example in the production of detergents or cosmetics.

Study contents in the Biotechnology Master in Weihenstephan & Munich

Masterstudent der Biotechnologie pipettiert im Labor der HSWT
  • Theory of Biotechnology: In the Master's degree programme, you will gain an in-depth understanding of biological processes and their technical applications, for example the planning, construction or operation of bioprocess engineering plants. In addition, you will acquire a broad spectrum of engineering tools and methods, for example, describing the electronic processing of data, molecules and cell systems.

  • Competences in management & leadership: In addition to technical knowledge, you will also acquire the methodological tools to take on leadership tasks in business and biotechnological research. Due to the interdisciplinary structure of the Biotechnology Master's programme, you will also develop skills such as efficient project management and working in teams.

  • Practice & applied research: Students have access to the laboratories of the HSWT and HM for research projects and master's theses. In addition, two Biotechnology Master's students per semester have the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary way at the Roche Group's Research, Development and Production Centre in the Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics business areas.

Examples of biotechnological research at the HSWT:

Cooperation with Roche

  • Location: Roche plant Penzberg
  • Benefit: Practical experience during the studies at the Penzberg plant & an attractive salary

  • Info: Information event at the beginning of the first Master's semester in Biotechnology.

  • Application: After your online application, you will go through an internal selection process.

The Biotechnology Master's programme is made up of these modules

In the first two semesters, the Biotechnology/Bioengineering Master's degree programme is structured in the form of modules:

  • Compulsory modules: They provide extended basic knowledge in the sector of Biotechnology and Bioengineering. They cover the topics of Protein Engineering and Immunological Applications, Bioanalytics, Biotechnology with Cell Cultures, Industrial Bioprocess Engineering and Intelligent Data Analysis.

  • Subject-specific elective modules: A catalogue of at least 15 subject-specific elective modules is offered, from which four modules are selected. This allows you to deepen your subject knowledge in areas such as Micro- and Nanotechnology or Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.

  • Interdisciplinary elective modules: A catalogue of at least five modules is offered, from which you select at least one. These modules teach interdisciplinary skills such as project or quality management.

The third semester is solely for writing your Master's thesis.

The large number of required elective modules allows students to set their own individual focus, for example in the direction of "red" or "white" biotechnology or in the direction of biomedical engineering, bioinformatics or biophysics.

Career Prospects for Bioengineering & Biotechnology Masters

Biotechnology and bioengineering are an integral part of research and development work in many industries today, but they are also part of everyday production. Whether it's the development or production of new drugs or diagnostics, plastics or cosmetics, textiles, fuels or plants - after graduation you will take on demanding technical and management tasks in the biotech, pharmaceutical, food and chemical industries.

Your career opportunities after the Master's degree:

  • Roche Diagnostics supports at least four Biotechnology Master's students per year: They complete paid practical assignments and write their Master's thesis at Roche in Penzberg.

  • Thanks to excellent international contacts with various universities and research institutions, you have the opportunity to do a doctorate after completing your Master's degree.

  • You also have the chance to do a cooperative doctorate in the BayWISS joint college "Life Sciences and Green Technologies".

Admission & Application for the Master's Programme in Biotechnology

Students can apply for the Master's programme if they meet the following admission criteria:

  • Suitable, completed Bachelor's degree with 210 EC or at least 180 EC plus requirements: This applies to you if you have a Bachelor's degree in natural sciences or engineering or have studied Biotechnology at HSWT or Bioengineering at HM.
  • Basic knowledge from previous degree programme: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Process Engineering / Chemical Engineering and Instrumental Analysis 5 ECTS each and in total at least 45 ECTS
  • Relevant practical experience of at least 18 weeks, through completion of a practical study semester or experience with clear reference to biotechnology or bioengineering in industry or research and development institutions
  • Above-average degree with an overall examination grade of at least "good" (better than 2.6) or among the best 50 % students
  • German-language basic studies or proof of sufficient minimum language skills according to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • Preliminary examination documentation (VPD) by uni-assist if the first degree was obtained abroad

There are some deadlines for applying to the Biotechnology Master' s programme, which you can also read about on the general application page. The most important at a glance:

  • Online application by 15 January or 15 July: Your Bachelor's degree certificate does not have to be available by this date. You can find the current deadlines for Master's programmes under this link.
  • The examinations office of the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf will check your documents and coordinate them with the joint examination board of the University of Applied Sciences Munich.
  • Acceptance: If your application is complete and meets all admission requirements, you will receive an offer of a place on our programme. You will be enrolled at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences and subsequently also at the University of Applied Sciences Munich.
  • Subject-specific questions can be clarified via the subject advisory service.

Your Biotechnology Master's in Weihenstephan - that speaks for the programme!

  • Individualised Master 's degree due to high elective portion (50%) & broad module offer

  • equivalent start in SS & WS with about 15 students each

  • Small groups with about 10 to 30 participants

  • high practical relevance, good company contacts & excellent career prospects

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