Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Anyone who wants to be professionally successful in the chemical and biotechnological field needs broad knowledge from both disciplines. The interdisciplinary Master's programme in Chemistry and Biotechnology (M. Sc.) provides the necessary basic knowledge. The three-semester programme focuses on bioprocess technology and process analytics, process modelling and simulation, statistical methods, database management, hygienic design and natural product chemistry. In addition, there is the possibility of specialisation in chemical technology with a focus on microreactor, interface and nanotechnology or in biotechnology with a focus on heterologous expression systems and immunology as well as biomaterials and tissue engineering. More detailed information on the programme can be found on the website of the Faculty of Chemistry and Biotechnology.
The production, research and service landscape in Darmstadt and the Rhine-Main-Neckar region is characterised by small, medium-sized and large chemical and biotechnology companies. Graduates of the programme are thus offered attractive career opportunities with positions of responsibility. The diverse range of courses enables them to work successfully in interdisciplinary project teams and provides optimal preparation for a career in the natural or life sciences. Those interested in science can opt for a doctorate.
The sequence of the first two semesters can be freely chosen. Students can therefore begin their studies in October or April. The winter semester focuses on bioprocess technology, statistics and databases. The summer semester focuses on process analytics and the modelling and simulation of chemical and biotechnological processes. The third semester is devoted to the Master's thesis, which can be written independently or in cooperation with partner institutions or companies. Students can set and deepen their personal focus through electives and the choice of topics for the Master's thesis. A detailed presentation of the course contents can be found in the module manual (German).
Admission requirement for the three-semester Master's programme in Chemistry and Biotechnology is a qualified Bachelor's degree in the field of chemical technology or biotechnology or in a related field, with at least 210 CP and an overall grade of at least 2.0. Students who have previously completed a six-semester Bachelor's programme with 180 CP must complete an additional five-month professional internship or a five-month project thesis (30 CP) before beginning the Master's thesis. In the case of another leading university degree, the examination board will examine individually whether admission can be granted. A detailed description of the admission requirements can be found in the Special Provisions of the Examination Regulation (German) as well as in the Admission Regulations (German).