Food Technology and Biotechnology

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

The bachelor's program in Food Technology and Biotechnology deals with procedural, biological, technological and biochemical processes that occur throughout the value-added chain in food production. Content relating to economics completes the program.

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?

Central to the bachelor's program in Food Technology and Biotechnology are the processes relating to process engineering, biology, technology and biochemistry, as seen in the production of various foods. Equal consideration is given to quality assurance and general plant technology, as well as packaging technology.

The study plan covers the broad spectrum of demands relating to the complex process of food manufacture: from the purchase and assessment of raw materials, through the organization and optimization of the widest possible range of production steps, to establishing quality assurance systems in the manufacturing process. In addition, the program handles problems associated with the planning of new and conversion of existing production facilities. Further degree course content includes that relating to the analytical or sensory monitoring of product characteristics. A central focus lies on the development of innovative and individual products tailored to consumer behavior. 

How is the program structured?

The program is structured as a full-time degree. The standard duration of study is six semesters (180 Credits). The majority of the module catalog consists of required modules (140 Credits). The bachelor's degree is subdivided into the following building blocks:

  • Fundamentals and Orientation Examinations (1st–2nd semesters): The goal of this training block is to achieve 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 for later expanding above all into the fields of microbiology, biochemistry and food chemistry. 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 food technology. Acquired knowledge of theory is linked to practice through wide-ranging internships in laboratories. In addition, students learn their first 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 from the foundations to specializing in food production. 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 program. The bachelor's degree in Food Technology and Biotechnology takes food technology itself as the second focus area. Students are trained with an equal level of intensity in both focus areas, in parallel. A high proportion of required courses, delivered in a pre-arranged sequence, enables the advancement of competencies, and thus guarantees the continual advancement of students' understanding of thematic areas, as well as the joining up 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 food production
  • Planning and realization of food production facilities
  • Packaging and food
  • Protecting products against environmental influences 


Food technology:

  • Production of food
  • Characterization of food
  • Microbiological, chemical-technical and structural evaluation of products
  • Application of various food technologies
  • Assessment and evaluation of food production processes
  • Economic feasibility of food production processes 

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Following the bachelor degree, most students proceed directly to the consecutive master's program in Food Technology and Biotechnology. Graduates find professional positions above all in the food and beverage industry, but employment in the pharmaceutical or chemical sectors is not uncommon. Possible fields of activity once hired are listed as follows: 

  • Organization, monitoring and optimization of production processes
  • Quality assurance in operational production plants
  • Monitoring of food production processes
  • Organization of relevant plant technologies
  • Planning and project management of new production facilities
  • Development of new manufacturing procedures
  • Plant control, production management or technical management in food production plants
  • Research and development in the university or in industry
  • Purchase and assessment of raw materials

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. - 15.09.

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?

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

Do I have to complete an internship?

The Bachelor course requires 12 weeks of internship. The first six weeks of internship have to be completed before the beginning of your studies.

What are my options after earning this degree?

After successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, you can either choose to apply for the consecutive master's degree program in Food Technology and Biotechnology or 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.