Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering
Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering combines scientific and engineering fundamentals for biotechnological production in the pharmaceutical industry and related fields.
Please note: Applicants with international university entrance qualification must have applied for the preliminary documentation (VPD) via uni-assist by 15.07.
- Full Time
- 6 Semesters (Full Time)
Winter semester: 15.05. – 15.09.
- Winter Semester (October)
Information on Degree Program
The Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering program combines engineering sciences with the natural sciences. This program deals, for example, with the structure of microorganisms with which biotechnological products can be produced. On the other hand, the technical properties of an industrial plant in which several cubic meters of product are to be fermented every day are the subject of this course. Pharmaceutical bioprocess technology operates in a complex environment with numerous different requirements:
- safe methods of genetic engineering
- precise analytical methods for monitoring the process and the product
- individual adaptation of the fermentation and purification process to the organisms and products used
- careful conception of the production plants
- consistent application of quality management methods in the pharmaceutical industry
- formulation of a biotechnological active substance into a medicinal product
For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:
The program is designed as a full-time study program. The standard period of study is six semesters (180 credits). Most of the modules to be completed are compulsory modules (148 credits). The Bachelor's program is divided into the following sections:
Basic and orientation examination (1st – 2nd semester): A sound scientific understanding is created in this training section. The basic subjects include biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.
Bachelor's examination (3rd – 6th semester): In this section of the course, students specialize in engineering sciences and bioprocess engineering. Important subjects in the Bachelor's examination are e.g. technical mechanics, plant construction, bioprocess engineering, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biotechnology and pharmaceutical technology. Laboratory internships combine theory and practice.
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.
Graduates of the Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering Bachelor's program are able to …
- plan biotechnological production facilities
- produce biotechnological products, e.g. pharmaceutical drugs, in accordance with legal and hygienic requirements
- monitor production processes and organize them in accordance with quality management methods
- analyze and evaluate biotechnological products
- produce common dosage forms such as tablets and injections
- work safely and scientifically correct in the laboratory
Most students continue their studies with the consecutive Master's program in Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering after completing the Bachelor's program. Graduates will find jobs in the biotechnological, chemical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries as well as in plant construction. Possible tasks in the future career could be, among others:
- Monitoring, control, evaluation of biotechnological processes
- Quality assurance
- Planning and projecting of new plants
- Optimization of manufacturing processes
- Organization of operating technology
- Documentation of plant qualification and validation
Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application
Application and Admission
How does the application process work? [Bachelor]
Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.
During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.
If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.
Generally, applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.
- Higher Education Entrance Qualification
- Proof of German Language Proficiency
- Complete and Current Résumé
- Preliminary Documentation (VPD) by uni-assist - for international applicants only
We may require additional documents depending on your educational background and your country of origin. Complete the online application to receive a comprehensive list of the required documents.
- Application for Enrollment (signed)
- Higher Education Entrance Qualification (certified copy)
- Most Current Photo (as for ID)
- Student Health Insurance Certificate
We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.
Application period for the winter semester: 15.05. – 15.09.
Information about applying for a higher subject semester
During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.
We will review your application as soon as it is complete. 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.
After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.
We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.
You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.
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
- and after your documents have been reviewed.
Please note: This degree program requires that you have completed an internship before the start of the program. (More information is available under “Internship”).
The internship before you start your studies is not required for admission. However, in order to successfully complete the degree, a six-week internship must be completed.
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.
Questions about application and admission
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