Biotechnology (M.Sc.)

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences has teamed up with Springer scientific publishing to offer a part-time Master’s degree 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 focus on either bioprocess engineering or molecular biotechnology. The skills in bioprocess engineering which are taught in both 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 portfolios, which the students compile themselves, teaching videos produced by the instructors and two-weekly tutorials. The tutorials take place online to give participants maximum flexibility and serve to clarify outstanding questions and consolidate the coursework materials. 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 learning mean this programme is ideal for combining with a full-time job.

More information

Further information on the degree programme can be found on the website of Springer publishing.

Degree programme leaflet Biotechnology (M.Sc.)

Scientific manager

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Richard Biener

Facts and Figures - at a glance

Degree awardedMaster of Engineering (M.Eng.)
FacultyScience, Energy and Building Services
CampusEsslingen City Centre Campus
Number of semesters5,5
Language of instructionGerman

  Application until 15th Juli

Information on admission requirements
  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Diplom degree in a biotechnology-related subject
  • Generally one year of professional experience after completing the first degree
  • Further information on the admission requirements can be found in the Examination Regulations for External Students

The course focuses on industrial developments and the needs of industry, the process chain of resource manufacture from the genetically engineered development of a production strain and the upstream and downstream processing through to the biopharmaceutical product in theory and practice.

Target groupsBiotech professionals who want to gain a postgraduate, practice-oriented qualification.

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Application and Admission

General Information

The degree programme is open to graduates with a Bachelor’s or Diplom degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, technical biology or 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


Applications must be submitted to the collaboration 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
  • public sector e.g. monitoring and environment agencies
  • manufacture of measuring, laboratory and medical devices
  • planning and building biotechnology plants.

Interested? Apply now! for the wintersemester 2024/2025