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Life Science Economics and Policy

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Hinweis: Der Masterstudiengang Life Science Economics and Policy wird nicht mehr angeboten. Es werden also keine neuen Studierenden mehr angenommen, bestehende Studierende können den Studiengang aber noch ganz normal zu Ende studieren.

Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan für Ernährung, Landnutzung und Umwelt


Art des Studiums
  • Vollzeit
Erforderlicher Sprachnachweis Unterrichtssprache
  • Englisch
Art der Zulassung Beginn des Studiums
  • Nur zum Wintersemester möglich
Regelstudienzeit (in Semestern)
  • 4 Semester (Vollzeit)
Credits Kosten

Infos zum Studium

Worum geht es in diesem Studiengang?

The bioeconomy inclusive of agriculture, food processing, and biotechnology, provides us with the necessities of daily life such as: food and beverages; raw materials for clothing; energy; and building materials. In the face of global challenges affecting food security, climate change, environmental degradation and the growing demand for energy and natural resources, new, innovative and sustainable solutions need to be developed with appropriate regulations.

The M.Sc. Life Science Economics and Policy aims to create a deeper understanding of institutional and private actors in the economic and political areas connected to the life sciences. It combines economics, policy and the life sciences in an analytical framework to provide potential solutions for present and future challenges within the bioeconomy.

Wie ist das Studium aufgebaut?

The first three semesters offer a combination of compulsory and elective courses. The compulsory courses include Life Science Economics and Policy, Production and Risk Management, Human Resource Management, Value Chain Economics, International Commodity Markets and Trade Policy, Agribusiness Governance, International Environmental Policy and Conflict Resolution, Mathematics and Econometrics, a Research Project as well as an Excursion. Electives are offered from both social and natural sciences (allowing you to tailor the program to your special interests), and are complemented by a “general education” module.

The fourth semester is dedicated to the Master’s thesis and colloquium.

In welcher Sprache wird der Studiengang unterrichtet?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient English 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 English 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 English.

Welche Kompetenzen und Fertigkeiten erwerbe ich?

As a graduate of the M.Sc. Life Science Economics and Policy you will be able to determine the impact of changes in regulatory policies on society and the economy. You will also be able to evaluate and develop company strategies in response to changing legal and political frameworks.

You will possess a thorough knowledge of the most relevant cutting-edge research methods, economic theories and models. You will be versed in data collection and analysis and will be aware of the latest developments in contemporary research. Furthermore, you will have developed your social skills and are capable of coordinating interdisciplinary team efforts in a cross-cultural environment, and be able to conduct independent research.

Welche beruflichen Möglichkeiten habe ich mit diesem Abschluss?

As a M.Sc. Life Science Economics and Policy graduate, you can pursue a career in global industries operating at any link along the food value chain such as food processing, biotechnology, banking, insurance, agricultural input suppliers, or soft commodity trading. Further options could be in research and at international organizations, institutions, lobby groups or in research.

Bewerbung und Zulassung

Wie bewerbe ich mich?

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

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 a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

Welche Dokumente muss ich für die Einschreibung einreichen?

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.

Welche Bewerbungsfristen muss ich beachten?

Application period for the winter semester: 01.01. – 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.

Wie wählt die TUM die Studierenden aus?

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately rejected or invited to an admissions interview

Wo geht's zur Onlinebewerbung?

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

Muss ich ein Praktikum absolvieren?

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.

Wie kann es nach dem Studiengang weitergehen?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.