Biomolecular Engineering (Master of Science)
Molekulare Biotechnologie (M.Sc.)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Language: German (some lectures in English)|
|Internship: programme-internal internship (see semester course schedule)|
Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s Degree programme (and thereby university enrollment) consist of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomolecular Engineering or an equivalent degree with a major focus in the field of chemistry, biotechnology and molecular biology. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental student advisory service. |
Please also note the general information on Master’s Degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.
|Admission Procedure: Aptitude Assessment Procedure; further information.|
|Part-time Studies: No|
|Programme Start: winter semester/summer semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: Online application|
|Special Features: Students may take selected courses at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, which has a joint partnership in the Molecular Biotechnology Master’s programme. Further information may be found here.|
The degree programme Master of Science in Biomolecular Engineering or Molecular Biotechnology offers students the opportunity to target current issues of their own choosing in molecular biosciences and biochemistry.
The Biomolecular Engineering programme conveys theoretical knowledge about chemical and biological processes at the molecular level and creates a technological platform for a targeted structuring of biologically active molecules and production/synthesis processes. This allows students to gain insight into how biological macro-molecules function and into how innovative products and processes are developed, leading from custom-made enzymes to biomolecular-based analytical methods and drugs.
The Biomolecular Engineering Master of Science degree programme consists of chemical, molecular biological and biotechnological components and consists of the following areas:
- Elective Subject Module Biology (15 CP);
- Elective Subject Module Chemistry (15 CP);
- Elective Subject Module Biology and Chemistry (15 CP);
- Curricular Focus (12 CP);
- Specialisation (Biological Focus; Chemical Focus; Biological and Chemical Focus) (18 CP);
- Research Laboratory (15 CP).
In the last six months of the programme, the student completes the Master’s thesis (30 CPs). Especially in the core areas there is a wide range of different modules students can choose from and decide where to put their focus of studies.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing students with more depth and breadth scientifically and more insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focus and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
Related Degree Programmes
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Graduates from Molecular Biotechnology typically go on to research careers in the chemical industry or at a university. For this reason it makes sense for holders of Bachelor’s degrees to go to do a Master’s degree. The Master of Science in Biomolecular Engineering is designed to train bioengineers and molecular biotechnologists who can successfully meet various challenges in their future careers. Graduates may take up careers in industry, for example, or in research institutes (e.g. research, development and production in the pharmaceutical or biotechnological industry, or in the food industry), or engage in research as part of a doctoral program.
Students of Biomolecular Engineering will acquire a broad foundation in the natural sciences in the initial semesters and be confronted with various interdisciplinary issues. It therefore makes sense for Bachelor degree holders to choose to do a Master’s degree in any of the related science departments.
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 (Association of German Chemists)
Verband Biologie, Biowissenschaften und Biomedizin in Deutschland (Association of Biology, Biosciences, and Biomedicine in Germany)