Technische Universität Berlin
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Biotechnologie, B. Sc.

Program overview

Biotechnology is one of the key technologies of our time. It encompasses a broad and heterogeneous field of application and work extending to food production, wastewater treatment, plant cultivation, pharmacy, and medicine. In the Biotechnology bachelor’s program, youlearn to recognize the biochemical capacities of singled-celled organisms and systems and to implement these into technical processes. The degree program has a high degree of practical orientation, requiring students to apply interdisciplinary knowledge from biology, chemistry, and process engineering. Subject material from process engineering forms a focal point of the curriculum, as it is built on an engineering science rather than natural science foundation. Biotechnological processes are of particular significance in industrial applications. During the second half of your studies, you will choose between a process engineering/analytical specialization and one that is more oriented towards medicine.

DegreeBachelor of Science
Standard period of study 6 semesters
Credit points180
Program start Winter semester
Admission Restricted admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

As for every other bachelor’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants must possess a university entrance qualification certificate to apply. As a rule, the Abitur serves as the university entrance qualification certificate. If you do not have a formal university entrance qualification, you may still be able to study at TU Berlin if you can provide proof of certain professional qualifications.

The Biotechnology bachelor’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission. Some mandatory technical courses are taught in English. Knowledge of English is, therefore, useful, and will be indispensable for the advanced stages of your studies.

As this study program combines content from the fields of math, natural science, and engineering, you should possess an interest in and basic understanding of natural science and technology. It is particularly useful if you took advanced courses in these subjects in school.

Program structure

Students first receive a comprehensive education in the mathematic, natural science, and engineering basic principles needed in biotechnology. Through projects you gain experience with the working methods and approaches used in engineering and natural science work. You will also work on biotechnological topics and questions in groups. During your technical studies, you take integrated courses where you learn about biotechnology in further detail as well as gain skills and competences honed and expanded in seminars and labs. The final program component is the scientific bachelor’s thesis which you complete independently.

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of six semesters. It provides an example of which modules to take in which semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It’s simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies.

You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulationsapplies to applicants.

Examination regulations

Content and modules

The bachelor’s degree program in Biotechnology is modular in design. A module combines curriculum content relating to a specific topic. Modules often include a variety of different study and teaching formats such as lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, and practical projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

A current overview of all modules in the bachelor’s program in Biotechnology is available in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the contents of modules, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, types of assessment, etc. The module catalogue is based on the study and examination regulations.

To module database

Internships

Two industry internships are mandatory for this bachelor’s program: a basic internship and a technical internship. We strongly recommend completing the 6-8-week basic internship before beginning your studies.

The basic internship teaches you about production and processing methods used in industry and provides you with initial experience in a technical or industrial field. You are free to complete the basic internship in an industrial firm of your choosing. Ideally, these should be completed in plants, institutes, or institutions that work in biotechnology, medicine, chemistry, food production, engineering, etc. 

During the technical internship you learn about work in industry and technology or at institutes from an engineering perspective. It provides an opportunity for you to apply the knowledge and methods skills you have acquired in your studies to an industrial environment. The technical internship is also intended to provide you with professional orientation, offering you insight into how you might wish to specialize and expand your knowledge. Students should complete this internship in plants, institutes, or research institutions in the fields of biotechnology, medicine, chemistry, or engineering. Ideally this should be in a different sector, or if not, then at least a different institution than that of the basic internship. 

The two industry internships combined last a total of 12 weeks. Students are to submit proof of having completed all 12 weeks before registering for their final exam in the bachelor’s program.

Further information is available in the program’s internship regulations.

Stays abroad

You can generally complete parts of the program abroad, either in the form of study abroad or internships. General information regarding stays abroad can be obtained from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) and from the Career Service (internships abroad).

Acquired skills

In the Biotechnology bachelor’s program you gain the necessary knowledge to handle and solve biotechnological problems with both generic and technical methods, equipping you for work in all areas of biotechnology. You gain a sufficiently comprehensive understanding of the natural science and technical principles of biotechnology. This is the foundation for a largely practical-oriented education in selected biotechnological core subjects such as bioprocess engineering, technical microbiology, applied molecular biology, and cellular biology. The program focuses on both the biotechnological creation of products as well as the application of biotechnology in environmental engineering.

After your studies

The bachelor’s study program in Biotechnology offers an ideal preparation for current professional demands. While research is a traditional field of employment, biotechnology has expanded to find application in both classical branches of industry as well as medicine and product development. Our graduates typically work as product, process, or development engineers in the fermentation, food, chemical, or pharmaceutical industries; in process development or consulting within the plant engineering or equipment construction industry; in the development of medical agents or the clinical testing of medicines.

They also have the possibility of pursuing a master’s in biotechnology or biological chemistry to advance and specialize their skills.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs – Undergraduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board