Bioprocess Engineering

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

The bachelor's program in Bioprocess Engineering deals with the relations between process engineering, biology, technology and biochemistry, as found in biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry.

TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 6 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

In line with its interdisciplinary orientation, the program in Bioprocess Engineering combines branches of engineering with the natural sciences. This dovetailing of disciplines is complemented by economics. As such, a broad spectrum of interests is advantageous for this program. The combining of engineering and natural sciences opens up a broad field of activities for graduates.

The curriculum covers the broad spectrum of requirements in the complex field of Bioprocess Engineering, from the development of new methods of production and fermentation to the optimization of existing production processes through to establishing methods of quality assurance in the manufacturing process. In addition, the program also gives due consideration to the area of production plants, including, for example, the construction of utilities. Further content concerns the analytical monitoring of product characteristics. Given that the biopharmaceutical industry is comparatively young, the development of innovative procedures is very relevant. During their studies, students are specifically prepared for the development of new methods.   

How is the program structured?

The program is structured as a full-time degree program. The standard duration of study is six semesters (180 Credits). Most modules to be completed are required modules (140 Credits). The bachelor's program is subdivided into the following building blocks:

  • Fundamentals and Orientation Examinations (1st–2nd semesters): The goal of this training block is to acquire a solid understanding of the natural sciences that provides the foundation for dealing with scientific questions. Fundamental principles in the areas of biology and chemistry provide the basis above all for gradually expanding further into the field of microbiology and biochemistry. Mathematics and physics comprise the foundation for further specialization in engineering.
  • Bachelor's examination (3rd–6th semesters): This study block concentrates on the areas of engineering and process engineering, as well as of bioprocess technology. Acquired knowledge of theory is linked to practice through wide-ranging internships in laboratories. In addition, students first become thoroughly acquainted with scientific modes of working, including for example during the preparation of a bachelor's thesis. 

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.   

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is German.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

In preparation for future employment in industry and research, students are guided step-by-step through the foundations of the specialization to bioprocess engineering itself. The first year of study provides well-founded basic training in the areas of mathematics and the natural sciences. Following which, students concentrate during the second and third years on specializing in engineering and other discipline-specific areas. The focus area "Engineering and Process Technology" is a central element of the bachelor's program, which also deals comprehensively with the discipline-specific focus area of bioprocess engineering. Students are trained with an equal level of intensity in both areas of focus, in parallel. A high proportion of required courses, delivered in a pre-arranged sequence, enables the building of competencies and thus guarantees the continual advancement of students' understanding of the area, as well as the integration of competencies stemming from engineering and discipline-specific fields of activity. The degree covers the following thematic areas:

Engineering and process engineering:

  • Process engineering in unit operations
  • Utilities in industrial plants
  • Process steps in pharmaceutical production
  • Planning and realization of biotechnological facilities
  • Protecting pharmaceutical products against environmental influences


Bioprocess engineering:

  • Manufacture and characterization of biotechnological products
  • Microbiological, chemical-technical and structural evaluation of products
  • Pharmaceutical technologies
  • Assessment of processes
  • Biotechnical alteration of micro-organisms
  • Product safety measures
  • Mechanisms of pharmaceutical products

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Upon concluding the bachelor's program, most students continue their studies with a consecutive master's program in Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering. Graduates mainly find jobs in the biopharmaceutical industry. Employment in the cosmetics industry is not uncommon. Possible duties once in professional employment are listed as follows:

  • Monitoring, steering and assessing fermentative processes
  • Quality control of manufactured products
  • Planning and development of new production facilities
  • Development of new manufacturing procedures
  • Organization of relevant plant technologies
  • Documentation of plant qualification and validation
  • Research and development in the university or in industry

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How does the application process work?

Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.

You must apply through the application portal at TUMonline. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

Applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist  

In detail:

Which application documents do I need to submit?

We may require additional documents depending on the type of secondary school diploma you earned and your country of origin (e.g. GRE, GATE, APS). After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

What application periods and deadlines do I need to meet?

Application period for winter semester: 15.05. - 15.09.

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher upper-division semesters. Application deadline: 15.01. 

Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment.

You must submit the signed application form before the application deadline. We also need the documents for admission in order to process your application.

When applying with an international higher education entrance qualification, please be sure to complete the application for your VPD Certificate before 15.07. (winter semester) or 15.01. (summer semester) and submit proof of your German language proficiency before the application deadline.

Should you with to apply as a qualified professional, please submit proof of successfully completing at least 2 years of vocational training and of at least 3 years of subsequent full-time work experience.

If individual documents (except the above listed) are not available to you in time, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received.

Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

This is a program with unrestricted access. There is no selection procedure. You will receive confirmation of your application after submission of the online application and all documents in a formally correct manner by the deadline. 

Please note: This degree program requires that you have completed an internship before the start of the program. (More information is available under “Internship”). 

In detail: Admission procedure for degree programs with unrestricted admission

Where can I find the online application portal?

Do I have to complete an internship?

The bachelor's degree program requires 12 weeks of internship. The first six weeks of internship have to be completed before the beginning of your studies. You need to submit the respective verification until 31.10. at the very latest. For more information, please contact the internship office:

What are my options after earning this degree?

After successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, you can choose to apply for the consecutive master's degree program in Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering or to enter a profession. The team at Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

After earning their bachelor’s degree, many students go on to pursue a master’s degree. These programs allow you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge or to expand it with a new field of study. The Student Academic Advising Office can assist you in selecting an appropriate master’s program.