Letztes Update: 30.07.2018
DAUER:4 Semester
ABSCHLUSS:Diplomingenieur bzw. Diplomingenieurin (abgekürzt Dipl.-Ing. oder DI)
STUDIENGEBÜHR:prinzipiell nein

Über das Studium:

Biotechnology is the integration of biological sciences, chemistry and process technology. It uses organisms, cells and enzymes to manufacture, process and prepare products from bio- genic raw materials for the good of the general public and the environment.

The academic education provided within the master’s degree in Biotechnology features highly interdisciplinary basic courses in biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and bioprocess engineering. In addition to the teaching of scientific and technical subjects, impor- tance is also given to personal development. Therefore, guidance in independent, critical and logical thinking, the ability to work abstractly, the ability to communicate and work within a team, as well as ethical and social responsibility is promoted.

Graduates of the master’s degree programme in Biotechnology develop a consolidated knowledge on biotechnological processes and on related areas of expertise such as biophysical chemistry, biochemistry, cell- and molecular biology, nanobiosciences, biostatistics and process engineering. They can analyse and evaluate chemical, biochemical, genetic,  cell biological and process technology-related results of biotechnological processes. They have developed a critical comprehension of theories and scientific foundations and can apply them to analyse and describe processes. Graduates are capable to process large amounts  of data to answer complex questions. They are also enabled to assess scientific questions in the field and apply chemical, biological and engineering techniques for the identification, de- sign, production and implementation of biotechnological resources or for the disposal of spe- cific substances. Graduates can perform research and develop and assess relevant tech- niques. The obtained results can be illustrated, presented and argued in suitable ways. Graduates are used to working in teams and take over the role as instructor and team leader.

Upon graduation, students have state-of-the-art knowledge on scientific research and devel- opment in the areas of expertise stated. They are competent to follow and critically evaluate developments in their field of expertise based on the study of scientific literature. Further- more, graduates are enabled to serve the development of the field. Graduates are also equipped with concepts of quality management and relevant social scientific, economic and legal principles, rules and regulations. This enables them to effectively develop, construct, analyse and improve biotechnological products, processes and organizational structures. Graduates deal with ethical and social questions in the context of the entire field of expertise and can critically reflect and reason their own actions.

In addition to the qualification profile stated above, students have the possibility to complete one of six optional specializations in the course of their study programme in Biotechnology:

  • Graduates of the specialized programme in Bioinformatics are enabled to critically evaluate and utilize scientific methods from the fields of bioinformatics, biostatistics and molecular simulation. Furthermore, they can independently develop efficient ex- perimental designs and complex computer analyses.
  • Graduates of the specialized programme in Bioprocess Engineering are equipped with a broad understanding and knowledge in respect to biotechnological production processes including their biological and technical elements. Due to their scientific background they are in a position to plan, develop and operate industrial processes in detail.
  • Graduates of the specialized programme in Medical Biotechnology are able to de- sign, develop, produce, characterise and formulate medically relevant biotechnologi- cal products.
  • Graduates of the specialized programme in Nanobiosciences and Nanotechnology possess knowledge and skills that allow them to design, produce and characterise biomimetic and self-organised nanosystems. Furthermore, they are theoretically and practically trained in scientific fields such as biosensing and glycobiology.
  • Graduates of the specialized programme in Plant Biotechnology have gained a solid foundation in the fields of plant sciences, molecular biology and biochemistry. This serves as basis for the development, enhancement, production and use of plants for the food and animal feed sector, for industrial raw materials as well as medical purposes.
  • Graduates of the specialized programme in Environmental Biotechnology are qualified to develop and use biotechnological procedures for the treatment of waste streams and environmental contamination. Furthermore, they know how to avoid the development of future environmental problems.


The following six optional specializations in the study programme in Biotechnology are available:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Medical Biotechnology**)
  • Nanobiosciences and Nanotechnology
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Environmental Biotechnology

**) The specialized programme in Medical Biotechnology is offered in cooperation with the Medical University of Vienna.

A requirement for a specialization in the study programme – to be stated as a specialization in the final documents – is the successful completion of the core subjects as well as all compulsory courses of the respective specialized study programme and the composition of a master thesis that is assigned to the respective specialized study programme.

The master study programme Biotechnology can also be completed successfully without a specialization. In this case, 28 ECTS credit points (that is equivalent to the amount of ECTS credit points for a specialized study programme) have to be completed successfully. These 28 ECTS credit points can be freely chosen from all specializations in the study programme offered. Only up to 6 ECTS credit points of these may come from the course types “exercise course” (UE) and “practical course” (PR).

The official language of the study programme is English.

Berufsaussichten / Jobs:

The employment opportunities are diverse, from occupations in scientific research and development, in the planning, control and monitoring of biotechnological processes and applications, to the development of processes in the production of biological substances. Opportunities for specialization exist in the following fields of employment: bioinformatics, bioprocess engineering, medical biotechnology, nanobiosciences and nanotechnology, plant biotechnology and environmental biotechnology. In addition, the curriculum allows students to become competent in the areas of economics and management. International relations are promoted through exchange programmes, international co-operation and foreign language modules.

Graduates of this master’s study programme work in the public sector (organizations, interest groups, research- and testing institutions, certification offices, quality management) as well as the private sector (biotech-, chemical- and pharmaceutical industry, start-ups and consulting).

An industrial work placement of one month’s duration supports the vocational education.


Graduates of the bachelor’s programme in Food Science and Biotechnology offered by BOKU – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna are eligible for admission with no further requirements.

For graduates of other bachelor’s programmes, mastery of the following learning outcomes is required for admission:

  • Competence in mathematical, physical, chemical, biological, process technological, legal and economic foundations on an advanced theoretical and practical level as far as this is essential for biotechnological processes.
  • The ability to choose and evaluate biological and engineering principles and methods for the production of resources or for the disposal of specific substances.
  • Practical skills in organic and inorganic chemistry, in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology as well as process engineering.
  • Basic IT knowledge, text and data processing, statistical programs, biotechnologically relevant databases and bioinformatic software.
  • Knowledge of basic concepts of quality management and codes of good manufactur- ing practice.
  • Comprehension of scientific, technical, social, economic and legal aspects to bio- technological applications.
  • Familiarity with ethical concepts in the context of biotechnology.

In addition, knowledge of English at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is required. Alternatively, one of the following certificates will be accepted as verification of English language skills:

  • BOKU language course (at least level English III)
  • IELTS Academic Test (score 6.0 and above)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE, score 169 and above)
  • TOEFL iBT (score 82 and above)
  • TOEFL PBT (score 577 and above)
  • TOEIC (score 785 and above), or
  • Completion of a study programme that was entirely taught in English

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