Technical Biology (M.Sc.)


Technical Biology (Master of Science)

(Technische Biologie, M.Sc.)


General Information

Degree: Master of Science
Duration: 4 Semesters
Language: German
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 Biology from the TU Darmstadt (benchmark degree) or an equivalent degree. 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 advisor’s office.
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: possible under specific conditions
Programme Start: winter semester/summer semester
Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.
Application: Online
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Brief Description

The term ‘technical biology’ refers to the interface between biology and its technical applications. The Master of Science degree programme in Technical Biology at the TU Darmstadt covers the bioscientific aspects of these intersecting fields. The goal of the degree programme is to provide students with a foundation in bioscientific methods as preparation for future research, technical implementations and applications. The focal research areas include Synthetic Biology, Stress Response Biology and Radiobiology, which will be addressed using interdisciplinary approaches and technologies.

Semester Course Schedule (print version)
Semester Course Schedule (print version)

The degree programme consists of three focal areas:

  • Molecular/Biotechnological: the application of molecular technologies with the aim of identifying and optimizing molecules and their functions in combination with therapeutic, biotechnological or foundational scientific aims.
  • Cellular/Biophysical/Biomedical: biomedical and biophysical aspects of cellular functions and dysfunctions (Cellular and Developmental Biology, Radiobiology, etc.) The area of radiobiology is offered in conjunction with the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (Association for Heavy Ion Research) and provides the opportunity to specialize in molecular, cellular biological and biophysical aspects of radiation effects and radiation therapy in human medicine.
  • Biodiversity and Functional Ecology: the diversity of organisms and their interaction in ecosystems (Applied Ecology, Assessment of Technological Consequences, etc.)

In the first two semesters, students may choose to specialize in a maximum of four compulsory modules.

Semesters three and four comprise the research phase of the degree program. Students will first take part in a research project under guidance, with the aim of designing and preparing for the Master’s thesis research project, the final phase of the Master’s degree program.

More information:

Module Handbook: Biology

Module Handbook: Biological Extension

Course Catalogue

Department of Biology


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