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Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology (Master of Science – 120 LP)

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Allgemeine Informationen

Studienabschluss Master of Science
Umfang 120 LP
Regelstudienzeit 4 Semester
Studienbeginn Nur Wintersemester
Studienform Direktstudium, Internationaler Studiengang, Vollzeitstudium
Hauptunterrichtssprache Englisch
Studiengebühren keine
Zulassungsbeschränkung zulassungsbeschränkt (Uni-NC)
Studieren ohne Hochschulreife nein
Fachspezifische Zulassungsvoraussetzungen ja (Details)
Fakultät Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät I - Biowissenschaften
Institut Institut für Pharmazie

Charakteristik und Ziele

Characteristic and aims

Main focus

Biotechnology and biotechnology-based methods are increasing in importance in a global bioeconomy. The 2 years Master Course (120 credit points, ECTS) offers specialization in the fields “Pharmaceutical Biotechnology” or “Industrial Biotechnology.

The field of specialization „Pharmaceutical Biotechnology“ covers all relevant aspects for the development of new biotechnology based drugs, starting from of drug target identification over up- and downstream processing till formulation. It also provides a basis for understanding the mechanisms and process involved in diseases.

The field of specialization "Industrial Biotechnology" covers all relevant aspects on the development of new industrial biotechnological processes, starting from access to and pretreatment of renewable resources over up- and downstream processing till application and process optimization. Biocatalysis, synthetic and systems biology and metabolic engineering will be covered during the classes.

For detailed information, e.g. curriculum, course contents etc. please refer our website


This degree was established at MLU to cover basic aspects of biotechnology as well as the applications relevant to pharmacy and industrial production.

Set of competences to be acquired

The MSc program in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology is specifically designed for undergraduates from (bio-)chemistry, biology, biotechnology, biochemical engineering and pharmacy to acquire the necessary knowledge and capabilities to carry out scientific work and critical evaluation of scientific results in a responsible and independent manner. Students will also have the opportunity to learn a range of methodologies and modern laboratory techniques. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of an internationally recognized degree.


The master Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology is accredited. You can find additional information at


Career opportunities

Occupational areas

The course qualifies for positions in pharmaceutical and industrial biotechnology and related fields:

  • Research and development
  • Production
  • Teaching
  • Management, administration and quality assessment
  • Counseling, sales and marketing

The course also qualifies for PhD positions at German universities.

Struktur des Studiums


Educational Organization

The curriculum is organized in a way, that students are able to finish their program within the regular duration of 4 months.
Mandatory couses (80 credit points (CP)) are identical for both fields of specialization. Students will decide during the enrollment procedure which of the two fields of specialization (40 CP each) will be studied.

Forms of Assessment

  • credit points (ECTS)
  • oral and / or written exams at the end of each semester
  • Master’s thesis and oral presentation / examination

Language of Instruction and Examinations


Important files (to be downloaded from our web sites)

  • General regulations for study courses at MLU: Studien- und Prüfungsordnung (in german only)
  • Curriculum (detailed)
  • Detailed description of modules
  • application form


Content of the programm

Compulsory modules



1st semester (winter term)

A-Both: Introduction to Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology


C-Both: Construction of production organisms: Hosts and vectors


D-Both: Introduction to Bioprocess technology (Upstream Processing)


2nd semester (summer term)

E-Both: Optimization of bioprocesses


G-Both: Purification of Products from Biotechnological Processes (Downstream Processing)


H-Both: Analytical Methods


3rd semester (winter term)

P-Both: Project work


4th semester (summer term)

M-Both: Master Thesis


Compulsory optional subject

Specialization (one specialization has to be chosen)

Specialization “Pharmaceutical biotechnology” (all modules compulsory)

1st semester (winter term)

B-PhBT: Drug target identification and validation


2nd semester (summer term)

F-PhBT: Legal and economical aspects of pharmaceutical bio-technology


3rd semester (winter term)

I-PhBT: Technological and Clinical Aspects of Biopharmaceutics


K-PhBT: Biopharmaceuticals


L-PhBT: Biopharmaceuticals in Regenerative Medicine


Specialization “Industrial biotechnology” (all modules compulsory)

1st semester (winter term)

B-InBT: Introduction to Chemical Biotechnology


2nd semester (summer term)

F-InBT: Agro- and Economical Aspects of biotechnology


3rd semester (winter term)

I-InBT: Pretreatment and Thermochemical Processes


K-InBT: Systems- and Synthetic Biology


L-InBT: Applied Biocatalysis




Master of Science (M.Sc.)



Academic / Other Requirements

  • Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in
  • (Bio-) Chemistry,
  • Biology,
  • Biotechnology,
  • (Biochemical) Engineering, or
  • Pharmacy (Staatsexamen).

Language Requirements:
TOEFL iBT (at least 90/120), CBT (235/300), PBT (580 / 677), IELTS (at least band 6.5), or UNIcert-II (writing and speaking) for applicants whose native language is not English

Fachspezifische Zugangsvoraussetzungen

Der Studiengang wendet sich vor allem an AbsolventInnen eines universitären Bachelor-Studienprogramms in (Bio-) Chemie, Biologie, Biotechnologie oder (Bio-) Ingenieurwissenschaften; es können auch AbsolventInnen eines vergleichbaren Studienganges bzw. Studienprogramms wie z. B. Pharmazie zugelassen werden.

Mit der Bewerbung muss u.a. eingereicht werden

  • Nachweis eines qualifizierten Abschlusses (grundsätzlich Note gut, d. h. besser als  2,5) in einem Bachelor-Studienprogramm (Bio-) Chemie, Biotechnologie, oder (Bio-) Ingenieurwissenschaften mit mindestens 180  LP oder eines vergleichbaren Studienganges bzw. Studienprogramms;
  • ausreichende Englischkenntnisse
    • TOEFL: iBT (mindestens 90/120) oder CBT (235/300) oder PBT (580/677)
    • oder IELTS (mindestens band 6.5)
    • oder Unicert II (Schreiben und Sprechen);
  • Für den Studiengang sollten bei Studienbeginn Vorkenntnisse in Biochemie (chemische, physikalische und molekularbiologische Grundlagen von Lebensvorgängen in Organismen, experimentelle Fähigkeiten), Biotechnologie (Up- und Downstream Processing, Protein- und Enzymtechnologie, experimentelle Fähigkeiten), oder Biologie (Grundlagen der Zell- und Molekularbiologie, experimentelle Fähigkeiten) vorhanden sein. Grundkenntnisse in den jeweils anderen Disziplinen sowie vertiefte Kenntnisse in Mathematik (Differential- und Integralrechnung), Physik (Experimentalphysik, Optik, Atom- und Molekülphysik) und Chemie (allgemeine/ anorganische, organische und physikalische Chemie, präparative Fertigkeiten, chemisches Rechnen) sind zusätzlich erforderlich.
    Über die Erfüllung der Zugangsvoraussetzungen entscheidet der zuständige Studien- und Prüfungsausschuss oder eine für diesen Zweck vom Studien- und Prüfungsausschuss bestimmte Kommission.



Applicants with German degree (Bachelor or Diplom):

German applicants please use the online portal for your application

  • select "Master (konsekutiv) on page "Angestrebter Studienabschluss"
  • select "Pharmaceut. and Industrial Biotech. MA120" on page "Studienfach für Hauptantrag"

International applicants,

please use the online portal for your application

!!! APPLICATION FEE for applications via UNI-ASSIST !!!

  • Payment has to be made according to the regulations on the UNI-ASSIST homepage.

Please make sure that your application is complete and an email address is given! As our correspondence will mainly managed by email, you are advised to check your mailbox regularly to receive further information.

You will get a confirmation as soon as your application has been received. Now, you have to pass a selection procedure. After the respective deadline, you’ll get informed about the status of admission.

For any questions regarding application and admission please contact

Admission affairs // International Students Office:

Mrs. Kati Gaudig

Tel: +49-345-552 13 14
Fax: +49-345-552 70 52


Note: Indian students should not apply through any consultant company! Application at MLU is possible directly without creating any further costs!


For international students
March 31st

For German students
July 15th
for winter term admission (starting Oct., 1st).
(Please get these dates confirmed from our website!)