Which NIT offers an MSc in Biotechnology

Master of Science Biotechnology

  • The MSc program in Biotechnology is characterized by a clear research orientation with a wide range of possible specializations in various key areas of modern biotechnology. The biotechnology course in Münster is thus embedded in one of the main research areas of the department, which focuses in particular on the processing of organisms. You will be prepared for the independent work on a research project and included in the ongoing projects. The Master in Biotechnology also creates an excellent basis for a doctorate and for scientific activities in industry, business, universities and research institutions.

    The accreditation by the ASIIN guarantees that the training objectives and the course content correspond to international quality standards.

    Begin: each for winter semester and summer semester
    Normal period: 4 semesters
    Graduation: Master of Science (MSc)
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    The biotechnology course offers:

    • Research orientation with a wide range of possible specializations
    • Focus on laboratory internships
    • small group sizes and very good care (Internships with 2 to max. 12 participants)
    • free choice of the modules
    • Integration and promotion of Stays abroad
    • practical introduction to the Methods and concepts of scientific research
    • arranging interdisciplinary key qualifications, e.g. in the areas of project management, communication and teamwork
    • Introduction to subject-specific Business and patent law basics
    • intensive editing of a Research project in the master's thesis
  • The advanced modules and research modules can be freely selected from a wide range of different subject areas.

    As part of your degree, you will complete

    • 4 advanced modules (FGM, 5 credit points each), list of FGM offered
    • 2 research modules (FOM, 10 credit points each), list of FOM offered
    • the module patent law and innovation management
    • a project management module
    • the master's thesis (including accompanying modules and final disputation; approx. 9 months)

    Advanced modules and / or a research module can also be carried out in the context of external events in other departments or in external research institutions or in industry (max. 15 CP). The module patent law and innovation management introduces you to the subject-specific business and patent law fundamentals.

    In the first and / or second year of study, in addition to scientific competencies, interdisciplinary key qualifications in the area of ​​project and teamwork as well as leadership skills are acquired as part of the project management module.

    The master's thesis is written in the second year of study. In the master's thesis, a scientific research project is worked on independently (length of 9 months) and then reinforced in the context of a public scientific lecture. The modules 'Methodical and Organizational Basics of Experimental Life Sciences' (MGel and OGeL) and 'Current State of Research' are an integral part of the Master's thesis. These modules are completed during the master’s thesis in the working group in which the thesis is being prepared.

    The Occupational fields of the Masters in Biotechnology encompass a broad spectrum of scientific activities in life science - especially biotechnological - areas in industry and business as well as universities and research institutions.
    The master’s degree offers you the opportunity to gain further qualifications in relevant doctoral programs.

    The biological and chemical sciences and thus biotechnology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster are through one high degree of interdisciplinarity in research and teaching marked. This both basic and application-oriented biotechnological research creates a broad basis for cooperation with related disciplines.

  • Canditature: locally at the WWU, online via the student secretariat
    The award is made according to the following criteria of the currently valid version of the access and admission regulations.

    Application deadline for the winter semester

    Application deadline for the summer semester

    Information for the online application can be found here:
    Application information

    Admission to the course takes place through a selection process that is initiated by the Selection committee of the course is carried out. The minimum requirement for admission is one BSc final grade from 2.30. It is sufficient if the preliminary certificate shows a corresponding grade. As an alternative, you can provide evidence that the applicant belongs to the top 40% of the year.

    The decision on admission is based on the final bachelor's grade and, if applicable, proven additional qualifications.

    The following documents have to be uploaded to the student office together with the online application:

    • completed application form
    • Proof of university entrance qualification
    • Bachelor's certificate (if no final certificate is available, a provisional certificate must be attached)
    • Proof of course and examination achievements (e.g. transcript of records)
    • a letter of motivation
    • curriculum vitae
    • If applicable, evidence of additional qualifications relevant to the Master’s degree (e.g. job references, additional qualifications, relevant internships)
    • Proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language (if a study qualification was not acquired at a German-speaking institution)
  • Prospective students, change of subject and location:
    Dr. Robert Klapper

    Study organization / study coordination:
    Dr. Robert Klapper

    Academic Advising:
    Prof. Dr. Bodo Philipp


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