Synthetic Biology

Master of Science; tuition language: English

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Synthetic biology uses an engineering approach to endow biological cells with new molecular functions. The English-taught master’s degree program of Synthetic Biology incorporates current findings in molecular biology as well as engineering and materials science. It is the first degree program that directly address the interdisciplinary approach of synthetic biology and optimally prepares students for this exciting new research and professional field.

There is an emphasis on laboratory-based work using a wide range of modern methodologies and techniques. In addition, you will develop an understanding of mathematical modelling of biological systems and the application of engineering principles to solve biological problems.

This degree program does not stop by teaching scientific knowledge. You will gain the ability to think creatively and innovatively and to work independently. Through our strong focus on practical experience and research, you will be able to transfer your theoretical knowledge into practice and develop your own projects. This project work is completed with training in intercultural and scientific communication.

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Study Regulations with Semester Course and Examination Schedule (German; legally binding)

Study Regulations with Semester Course and Examination Schedule (English. The English translation is for information purposes only. The legally binding document is the German version.) (opens in new tab)

Course Catalogue

Departmental information on the programme

Department of Biology

Centre for Synthetic Biology

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Semesters 4
Language English. Individual courses can be offered in German. Please be aware that scientific literature is be read and edited also in German.
Start of studies Winter semester
Internship programme-internal internship (see Semester Course Schedule)
Admission requirements 1. A degree B.Sc. Biologie of TU Darmstadt (reference programme) or an equivalent degree;

2. additional requirements:
Study regulations
Competences description;

3. Formal and language requirements for applicants with international qualifications.

General information on applying to a master's degree programme
Admission procedure Provided that the admission requirements (entrance examination) are met, there are no numerical admission restrictions.
Admission Application deadlines and online application

Early application deadline for international applicants: The application portal TUCaN is already open for international applicants from 1st March 2024 to 15th July 2024 for an application for the winter semester 2024/25. This serves, for example, for the application for a visa or for submission to the Foreigners' Registration Office. More information can be found on our website.
Good to know Costs and budget
Preparatory courses for international students
Part-time studies
Doctoral Studies

The Master’s degree programme prepares graduates for careers in industry or in university-external research institutes (research, development and production in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries), and also to undertake an individual research project as part of a doctoral programme.

Potential career areas for master in synthetic biology include, for example: Life sciences and biotechnology and here especially emerging technology fields within the bioeconomy such as gene therapy, medical technology, biosensors, bioinformatics and data analytics. Potential career areas also include science journalism, administrative or expert activities and consulting, for example in technology assessment, genetic engineering, patenting and biosafety.

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