Biomolecular Engineering (Bachelor of Science)
(Biomolecular Engineering, B.Sc.)
|Degree: Bachelor of Science|
|Duration: 6 semesters|
|Internship: internships within the study programme (see semester course schedule)|
|Requirements for Admission: Entrance qualification for higher education, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information|
|Admission Procedure: The study places for the Biomolecular Engineering programme with a Bachelor of Science degree are distributed on the basis of an Eignungsfeststellungsverfahren (aptitude assessment procedure). Initially, all prospective students must submit a motivational essay with their application, in which they explain their personal interest in the study programme. Depending on their preceding performance in school, they are either admitted to the programme directly or invited to an aptitude interview with at least one professor.|
|Part-time Studies: No|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: July 15|
|Application: Online Application|
|Special Features: For this degree programme, the Technische Universität Darmstadt offers Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study.|
Biomolecular Engineering is an interdisciplinary field of science. It has assumed a central role in the field of molecular biosciences as it transfers theoretical knowledge of chemical and biological processes into practice using engineering principles. In this context, new chemical methods, techniques, and syntheses are developed in order to study biological processes in molecular detail. Furthermore, molecular-biological procedures are implemented in order to design biomolecules and to change biological systems selectively.
The Bachelor’s programme Biomolecular Engineering at TU Darmstadt is a joint course of study offered by the Departments of Chemistry and Biology. It comprises, in particular, the essential methods and skills of modern general, organic, and physical chemistry as well as of the molecular biosciences. The design of molecules and microorganisms to be utilised in the field of bioengineering is in the focus of the programme.
Please find detailed information on the programme in the module handbook.
Further information on the department may be found at: www.chemie.tu-darmstadt.de
How to Prepare for the Course
For a beginning, start with TU Darmstadt's own specific Online Self-Assessment tool.
As mathematical knowledge is very important for the study programme, the Fachbereich (Department) organises a Mathematik-Vorkurs (supporting mathematics course for beginners).
Alternatively/additionally it is recommended that beginners participate in the online mathematics pre-course offered by the Department of Mathematics.
Please do also check the general information on pre-courses.
The study programme starts with the Orientierungswoche (OWO) (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.
Advice for Prospective B.Sc. Students
The foundation for a successful course of study of Biomolecular Engineering at the TU Darmstadt is an interest in chemistry and biology as well as in interdisciplinary scientific research – this also includes mathematics.
Mathematics – Why? What? What for? Who? How? Where? Further information? You will find answers to these questions here.
The motivation to acquire skills in the fields of molecular biology and bioengineering in order to apply these later on is also of great significance. In other words: Prospective student should be willing to concentrate on biological systems down to the level of atoms. They should be interested in theoretical fundamentals as well as in their practical application in a laboratory as the programme consists of equal parts of theoretical and practical laboratory units. The objective is always to design, produce, and characterise new, unprecedented molecules with the acquired skills.
Related Degree Programmes
General Information: With the Bachelor of Science, the students will acquire a first professional qualification. However, the Master of Science is considered the standard qualification at TU Darmstadt. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.|
Please note that admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. This particularly applies to non-consecutive courses of study (meaning with a Bachelor’s degree in a different area of focus or field of study than the desired Master’s degree programme) and to applicants of other universities. If you have any questions, please contact the respective departmental advisor’s office.
|Biomolecular Engineering (M.Sc.)|
|Chemistry (M.Sc.) (Chemie, M.Sc.)|
|Technical Biology (M.Sc.) (Technische Biologie, M.Sc.)|
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science programme Biomolecular Engineering have a number of opportunities on the labor market. They can find employment particularly in the field of chemistry (e.g. in the laundry detergent industry; production of special chemicals), in the pharmaceutical industry, and in the field of bioengineering (e.g. in the development and production of alternative fuels or dietary supplements). Due to their broad-based, fundamental, and research-oriented training, they may also be in demand in unrelated occupational fields such as internet and telecommunication, financial and insurance services, or consulting. Apart from subject-specific Master’s degree programmes (e.g. M.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering or M.Sc. Chemistry), it may be appropriate to complete a graduate programme or do further training in the respective fields.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (German Chemical Society)
Verband Biologie, Biowissenschaften und Biomedizin in Deutschland (German Life Sciences Association)