Chemical Biotechnology

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Learn from biology! Think like a chemist! Act as an engineer! The interdisciplinary bachelor's in Chemical Biotechnology at TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability.

TUM - Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability

Due to the current situation, the application deadlines for bachelor's programs  for the winter semester 2020/21 will be extended once until July 31st, 2020.

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

!Industrial biotechnology, best described as chemical biotechnology, is one of the key technologies for making conventional industrial processes more cost-effective and ecologically friendly, as well as for tapping renewable resources for industrial purposes. The development of processes in biotechnology therefore demands interplay between biology, chemistry, and process engineering.

From this point of view, the aim of the bachelor's program in Chemical Biotechnology is to cultivate comprehensive knowledge of a combination of topics in chemistry, engineering, and biosciences that is tailored to the area of conversion processes, as these relate to biotechnology and chemical substances.

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

The english version of this page is currently under review. Please refer to the German version for more information.

In detail:

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 usually German. This means that most of the modules are offered in German. Some courses may, however, be taught in English. The language of instruction for each module is detailed in the module overview. To learn more about the language of instruction for each module, contact the departmental student academic advisor of this program.  

The bachelor's program in Chemical Biotechnology conveys the scientific and technological fundamentals and general content of the core disciplines of chemistry, molecular biology, and process engineering, as well as cultivating the associated skills required for practical laboratory work and scientific experiments. These skills are acquired during the course of extensive practical lab modules.

As a graduate, you can draw upon your interdisciplinary knowledge of chemical biotechnology to independently plan projects. You are also able to pursue a professional career in industry and research that directly relates to your education and training.

Given the intensive cultivation of practical, methodological, and analytical skills, the bachelor's program in Chemical Biotechnology provides you first and foremost with a degree that qualifies you for a professional career. By way of example, you have the opportunity to work as an engineer in the chemical industry or as a scientist at a research institute, be it within a university or independent of such an institution, or at a state authority. After the successful completion of the bachelor's program in Chemical Biotechnology, you can pursue a master's program with a similarly interdisciplinary profile so as to accrue a further qualification required for a highly skilled scientific occupation.

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.

In detail:

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. – 15.07.

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

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. 

During your first year of studies, the "Grundlagen- and Orientierungsprüfung" has to be completed. It consists of six examinations based on the mandatory modules in mathematics, physics, statistics, general chemistry, physical chemistry and basics of organic chemistry.

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

An internship is not required for admission to this program.

From the first semester onwards, skills required for practical laboratory work and scientific experiments are acquired during the course of extensive internship modules. In the fifth semester, a major research internship worth 10 CP accompanies your studies.

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. 

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