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Food Technology and Biotechnology

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The Master's program Food Technology and Biotechnology trains engineers for industrial food production who have sound knowledge of the natural, economic and engineering sciences as well as specialized product knowledge.

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)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

The Master's program Food Technology and Biotechnology deals with various aspects of the industrial production of food, such as frozen pizza, yoghurt, dumpling dough or fruit juice. Engineering, process engineering, product-specific and technological production processes are deepened in this course. The requirements and quality criteria of foodstuffs are also dealt with:

  • Conception of modern, environmentally friendly, industrial manufacturing processes
  • Process monitoring and quality assurance systems
  • New planning and conversion of production plants and supply facilities under process engineering aspects
  • Strategies for food preservation
  • Control of analytical and sensory product properties
  • Development of innovative and individual products, adapted to consumer behavior

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

How is the program structured?

The Master's program Food Technology and Biotechnology is based on the Bachelor's program in Food Technology. This course also combines engineering and natural sciences to enable graduates to plan a modern production of innovative foods.

Compulsory modules in the field of engineering sciences include rheology, hygienic processing, scientific and technical computing and packaging technology. The subject-specific, scientific specialization deals, for example, with food process technology, food bioprocess technology, innovative food concepts and microstructures in food.

One third of the credits required are taken in elective modules, so that graduates can create and sharpen their individual profile. The Master's thesis is completed in the 4th semester.

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?

Graduates of the program Technology and Biotechnology of Food are able to …

  • plan and monitor the production of foodstuffs
  • develop and design new production processes
  • optimize existing production methods
  • produce food by fermentation (e.g. yoghurt) and to control fermentations
  • introduce and control quality assurance methods
  • design food packaging and thus protect the product from environmental influences
  • plan and design food production plants
  • lay out the supply facilities of the food companies
  • assess food microbially, chemically-technically and sensory
  • develop innovative products
  • evaluate the economic efficiency of food production processes

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Graduates of the Master's program Food Technology and Biotechnology are employed primarily in the food industry. However, it is not uncommon to be employed in the beverage or chemical industry or the associated plant engineering and construction. The possible tasks in the later occupation could be:

  • Organization, monitoring and optimization of production processes
  • Quality assurance during routine production
  • Monitoring of food production processes and product quality
  • Organization of the associated operating technology
  • Planning and projecting of new production plants and manufacturing processes
  • Development of innovative, new products
  • Academic or industrial research and development
  • Purchasing and assessment of raw materials
  • Operational control, production management or technical management in food manufacturing companies

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply?

This study course is offered in German only. For a detailed description see the German database entry. 

What application deadlines do I need to meet?

 Application period for winter semester: 01.04. - 31.05.

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.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

This study course is offered in German only. For a detailed description see the German database entry. 

Where can I find the online application portal?

Do I have to complete an internship?

The Master course requires 8 weeks of internship during your studies as well as 18 weeks of internship as an admission prerequisite.

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