Biotechnology (M.Sc.)

General Information

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences has teamed up with Springerscientific publishing to offer a part-time Master’s programme in biotechnology. This distance-learning programme covers methods used in the field of biotechnology and the whole process chain of resource manufacture from the genetically engineered development of the cell and the cell cultivation (upstream processing) through to the processing of the biotechnology products (downstream processing). Students develop sound knowledge of bioreaction techniques, sterile techniques, processing techniques, fermentation techniques, cell culture techniques, microbial expression systems, of quality management systems and GMP, strain development, metabolic engineering and “omics” technologies.

The main elements of the curriculum are eight compulsory modules which cover the complete biotechnology spectrum and are a mandatory part of the workload. Four out of six compulsory elective modules allow students to choose between a bioprocess engineering and a molecular biotechnology specialisation. The bioprocess engineering skills which are taught in the mandatory courses and in the electives allow students to systematically analyse, develop and optimise bioprocesses. The aim here is to sustainably improve production processes and thus not only increase efficiency but also significantly reduce costs. The molecular biotechnology specialisation covers the topics of “pharmaceutical biotechnology”, “biomedicine” and “immunotherapy and gene therapy”.

The course content is taught by means of study folders, which the students compile themselves, teaching videos produced by the instructors, and two-weekly tutorials. The tutorials take place online to give students maximum flexibility and serve to clarify outstanding questions and consolidate the study material. Students’ progress is monitored by means of independent study checks, written examinations, oral exams, presentations and assignments.

Important fundamentals of biotechnology are taught primarily by way of lab. practicals in three phases of face-to-face teaching lasting four weeks in total at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. The concentrated phases of face-to-face teaching and the high proportion of online study mean this study programme is ideal for combining with a full-time job.

Degree programme leaflet Biotechnology (M.Sc.)

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Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures - at a glance

Degree awardedMaster of Engineering (M.Eng.)
FacultyNatural Sciences
CampusEsslingen City Centre Campus
Number of semesters5,5
Language of instructionGerman
Application PeriodsFor the winter semester: up to July 15th

Orientierung an Entwicklungen und Bedürfnissen der Industrie, Prozesskette der Wertstoffherstellung von der gentechnischen Entwicklung eines Produktionsstammes über das Upstream und Downstream Processing zum biopharmazeutischen Produkt in Theorie und Praxis

Application and Admission

Bewerbung und Zulassung

General information

The degree programme is open to graduates with a Bachelor’s or Diplom degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, technical biology, food technology or a related field. Students must generally have at least one year’s subject-specific professional experience after completing their degree.

Further information on the admission requirements can be found in the Examination Regulations for External Students.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted to the cooperation partner of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences:

Application for admission at Springer publishing.

Career prospects

Graduates of this degree programme will be qualified to:

  • solve demanding tasks, e.g. undertake research-related development work
  • head development projects
  • manage manufacturing processes in a production department
  • assume overall technical responsibility in smaller companies

Graduates of this degree programme will be qualified to work in the following fields:

  • chemical and pharmaceutical industries
  • biotechnology industry
  • food industry
  • environmental and agricultural engineering
  • scientific institutes, research and training institutions
  • civil service e.g.  monitoring and environment agencies
  • manufacture of measuring, laboratory and medical devices
  • planning and building of biotechnology plants

Apply for winter semester 2021/22!

“Hochschulstart”, the central portal for applications, has put back the starting date for the submission of applications for Bachelor degree programmes commencing in the winter semester 2020/2021. Applications will be accepted from 1 July to 20 August 2020.

The application period for our Master degree programmes runs from 15 April to 15 July.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Richard Biener