Molecular Biotechnology

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

The bachelor's program in Molecular Biotechnology is devoted to the production and construction of natural as well as artificial biomolecules. In addition, it combines the basics of natural science with content from biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology.

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?

Molecular biotechnology is the science of producing or constructing natural as well as artificial biomolecules with the aid of cells or organisms. These biomolecules include macromolecules like proteins, nucleic acids, and polysaccharides (carbohydrates and sugars).

New biotechnologies increasingly enable these molecules, which have important functions, to be artificially synthesized. Genetic engineering and further procedures also enable new biomolecules with improved or entirely new functions to be developed and produced. All of which plays an increasingly important role in medicine and also in technical areas such as environmental analysis or in biochips. Against this background, the degree course combines the methods of genetic engineering, protein chemistry, and biophysics with bioinformatics, in a single interdisciplinary approach.

How is the program structured?

  • During the first semesters, the degree program deals with the fundamentals of natural science as regards physics, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, and informatics.
  • These are expanded upon during the course of your studies through discipline-specific modules in biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology.
  • General education subjects complement the course content.
  • The sixth and last semester is devoted to the 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?

As a graduate, you possess fundamental knowledge of the areas of biotechnology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology. You can actively use this knowledge when handling questions of molecular biochemistry and understand the scientific principles that form the basis for this discipline. You know the fields of application for molecular biotechnology in industry and research, and independently develop initial ideas for possible new uses.

You are a confident operator in a laboratory setting and know the relevant codes of conduct and safety measures. In addition, you will have been able to build upon your personal and social competencies as a result of interdisciplinary work in teams. 

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Should you decide to embark upon a professional career after successfully completing the bachelor's program, opportunities arise in research as well as in pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology sectors. 

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:

What application periods and deadlines do I need to meet?

Application period for winter semester: 15.05. - 15.07.

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 and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline

Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollment as soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, 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?

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure evaluating your ability to successfully manage the particular qualitative requirements of the bachelor’s program.

In the first stage, your overall secondary school grades, your grades in subject-specific courses, and any relevant practical experience or additional qualifications will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview.

In detail: The aptitude assessment procedure for the degree program

Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

Do I have to complete an internship?

This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, it is recommendable, as a rule, to gain practical experience as soon as possible.

What are my options after earning this degree?

After successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, you are able 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. 

Additional Information

If you have further questions concerning the bachelor's degree program in Molecular Biotechnology, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Astrid Bauer.

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