Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology (One-subject Master)

Version: 13.11.2019

General Information

Degree Master of Science
Characteristic One-subject Master
Credits 120 CP
Standard Period of Study 4 semester
Start of Studies Winter Semester only
Form of Study Direct Study, Full-time Study, International Study
Language English
Tuition Fees none
Admission Restriction restricted (Uni-NC)
Study without Abitur no
Specific Admission Requirements yes (Details)
Faculty Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät I - Biowissenschaften
Institute Institut für Pharmazie

Programme Goals

Biotechnology and biotechnology-based methods are increasing in importance in a global bioeconomy. The future of biotechnology promises many advances in drugs (including polypeptides, proteins, viruses, DNA and antibiotics) and drug delivery systems as well in chemicals produced from renewable resources.

The master programme Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology 120 CP is specifically designed for undergraduates from (bio-)chemistry, biology, biotechnology, biochemical engineering and pharmacy to acquire the necessary knowledge and capabilities to carry out scientific work and critical evaluation of scientific results in a responsible and independent manner. Students will also have the opportunity to learn a range of methodologies and modern laboratory techniques. Successful completion of the programme will result in the award of an internationally recognized degree.

The 2-years master programme offers specialization in the fields “Pharmaceutical Biotechnology” or “Industrial Biotechnology".

The field of specialization „Pharmaceutical Biotechnology“ covers all relevant aspects for the development of new biotechnology based drugs, starting from of drug target identification over up- and downstream processing till formulation. It also provides a basis for understanding the mechanisms and process involved in diseases.

The field of specialization "Industrial Biotechnology" covers all relevant aspects on the development of new industrial biotechnological processes, starting from access to and pretreatment of renewable resources over up- and downstream processing till application and process optimization. Biocatalysis, synthetic and systems biology and metabolic engineering will be covered during the classes.


Dieser Studiengang ist akkreditiert.

Career Opportunities

The programme qualifies for positions in industrial and pharmaceutical biotechnology and related fields:

  • Research and development
  • Production
  • Teaching
  • Management, administration and quality assessment
  • Counseling, sales and marketing

The programme also qualifies for PhD positions at German universities.

Programme Structure

One-subject Master (120 LP)

  • Modules of the programme (90 CP)
  • Master thesis (30 CP)

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Modules Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology 120 CP

The content, learning objectives, workload, requirements and prerequisites of specific modules are detailed in the module catalogue and in the study and examination regulations (in German only), respectively.

Module CP rec. sem.
Compulsory modules (80 CP)
Construction of production organisms: Hosts and vectors 10 1
Introduction to Bioprocess technology (Upstream Processing) 5 1
Introduction to Industrial and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 5 1
Analytical Methods 10 2
Optimization of bioprocesses 5 2
Purification of products from biotechnological processes (Downstream Processing) 10 2
Project work 5 3
Master thesis 30 4
Compulsory optional modules (40 CP) (1 field of specialization must be selected)
Field of specialization: Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Drug target identification and validation 10 1
Legal and economical aspects of biotechnology 5 2
Biopharmaceuticals 5 3
Biopharmaceuticals in regenerative medicine 10 3
Technological and clinical aspects of biopharmaceuticals 10 3
Field of specialization: Industrial Biotechnology
Introduction to Chemical Biotechnology 10 1
Agro- and economical aspects of biotechnology 5 2
Applied Biocatalysis 10 3
Pretreatment and Thermochemical Processes 10 3
Systems and Synthetic Biology 5 3


Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Admission Requirements

Applicants for Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology 120 CP must

  • hold a bachelor's degree (minimum 180 CP) or equivalent degree in (Bio-)Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, (Biochemical) Engineering, Pharmacy, or related fields with a final mark of at least 2.5;

  • prove sufficient knowledge of English language (i.e., non-native speakers) by means of an internationally recognized test result such as

    • TOEFL iBT (at least 90/120),TOEFL CBT (235/300), or TOEFL PBT (580 / 677)
    • IELTS (at least band 6.5),
    • UNIcert-II (writing and speaking).

At the beginning of the course, students should have previous knowledge of biochemistry (chemical, physical and molecular biological basics of life processes in organisms, experimental skills), biotechnology (upstream and downstream processing, protein and enzyme technology, experimental skills), or biology (basics of cell and molecular biology, experimental skills). Basic knowledge in the other disciplines as well as in-depth knowledge in mathematics (differential and integral calculus), physics (experimental physics, optics, atomic and molecular physics) and chemistry (general/inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, preparative skills, chemical arithmetic) are additionally required.

For detailed information on admission requirements, please consult the study and examination regulations (in German only). Decisions on compliance with the prerequisites are taken by the study and examination board of the programme.

Zulassungsvoraussetzungen (German version)

Der Studiengang wendet sich vor allem an AbsolventInnen eines universitären Bachelor-Studienprogramms in (Bio-) Chemie, Biologie, Biotechnologie oder (Bio-) Ingenieurwissenschaften; es können auch AbsolventInnen eines vergleichbaren Studienganges bzw. Studienprogramms wie z. B. Pharmazie zugelassen werden.

Voraussetzung für die Zulassung zum Studium des Ein-Fach-
Masters Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology 120 LP ist der

  • eines qualifizierten Abschlusses (grundsätzlich Note gut, d. h. besser als  2,5) in einem Bachelor-Studienprogramm (Bio-) Chemie, Biotechnologie, oder (Bio-) Ingenieurwissenschaften mit mindestens 180 LP oder eines vergleichbaren Studienganges bzw. Studienprogramms;

  • ausreichender Kenntnisse der englischen Sprache mittels eines international anerkannten Sprachtests:
    • TOEFL iBT (mindestens 90/120), TOEFL CBT (235/300), oder TOEFL PBT (580/677)
    • IELTS (mindestens band 6.5)
    • UNIcert II (Schreiben und Sprechen).

Für den Studiengang sollten bei Studienbeginn Vorkenntnisse in Biochemie (chemische, physikalische und molekularbiologische Grundlagen von Lebensvorgängen in Organismen, experimentelle Fähigkeiten), Biotechnologie (Up- und Downstream Processing, Protein- und Enzymtechnologie, experimentelle Fähigkeiten), oder Biologie (Grundlagen der Zell- und Molekularbiologie, experimentelle Fähigkeiten) vorhanden sein. Grundkenntnisse in den jeweils anderen Disziplinen sowie vertiefte Kenntnisse in Mathematik (Differential- und Integralrechnung), Physik (Experimentalphysik, Optik, Atom- und Molekülphysik) und Chemie (allgemeine/ anorganische, organische und physikalische Chemie, präparative Fertigkeiten, chemisches Rechnen) sind zusätzlich erforderlich.

Ausführliche Informationen entnehmen Sie bitte der gültigen Studien- und Prüfungsordnung. Über die Erfüllung der Zugangsvoraussetzungen entscheidet der zuständige Studien- und Prüfungsausschuss oder eine für diesen Zweck vom Studien- und Prüfungsausschuss bestimmte Kommission.


The admission to the Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology 120 CP programme is currently limited by quota (Uni-NC).

  • Applicants who obtained their access in Germany must apply via the University until July 15th.

  • Applicants who obtained their access abroad must apply via until March 31st. (!!! APPLICATION FEE for applications via UNI-ASSIST !!!)

Please note that the MLU reevaluates the quota of its study programmes on an annual basis. Please check around May to see if the quota for your programme of choice has been lifted or maintained.

You might apply with a previous graduation certificate, respectively
your recent transcripts. The final graduation certificate
should be handed with the enrolment at university, respectively
max. 4 months later, i.e. January 31st.

Information for international applicants

For any questions regarding application and admission please contact:

Registration Office: International Students Section
Mrs. Kati Gaudig
Tel: +49-345-552 13 14
Fax: +49-345-552 70 52


Note: Indian students should not apply through any consultant company! Application at MLU is possible directly without creating any further costs!

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Programme Advisor

For detailed information concerning the contents, goals and structure of the programme, please contact the programme advisor.

Prof. Dr. habil. Andreas Hilgeroth

Institut für Pharmazie

Wolfgang-Langenbeck-Straße 4
Room: 393
06120 Halle (Saale)

Phone: 0345 55-25168

Prof. Dr. Markus Pietzsch

Institut für Pharmazie

Weinbergweg 22
06120 Halle (Saale)

Phone: 0345 55-25949

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