Letztes Update: 09.01.2018
DAUER:4 Semester
ABSCHLUSS:Diplomingenieur bzw. Diplomingenieurin (abgekürzt Dipl.-Ing. oder DI)

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.


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