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Molecular Biotechnology

Course of studies



Duration of study (semesters)





Weihenstephan, Garching

Description of course of studies

Molecular Biotechnology is a modern area in science dealing with the production and construction of natural as well as artificial biomolecules by means of cells and organisms. Among those biomolecules are macromolecules like proteins, nucleic acids (DNA or RNA), and polysaccharides (carbohydrate) and also low molecular weight compounds. Proteins are the most important functional biomolecules in nature. As enzymes, hormones, receptors, and antibodies, membrane, structure, transport, or storage proteins they fulfil a multitude of tasks within and outside the living cell. Their chemical structure is directly encoded in genes, and their multiple functionalities have already prompted practical application for many years. Certain enzymes, for example, serve as biocatalysts in chemical syntheses. Blood clotting factors, signalling molecules, like growth hormone, and especially antibodies gain increasing importance in medical diagnosis and therapy of diseases. Nevertheless, in most cases these biomacromolecules cannot be chemically produced and only the modern biosynthetic methods have made possible the preparation of the required quantities of these substances. The subject of classical biotechnology, which is offered by several other German universities, was mainly devoted to the production process and technological problems associated with it (like fermentation, etc.). In today’s era of gene technology, however, it has become easier to optimize the biosynthetic capabilities of the cell itself. In addition, there is no longer the limitation of merely "overproducing" natural substances, the construction and efficient synthesis of artificial biomolecules with improved or even novel properties has become possible, as well. Thus the technological know how and the commercial value is no longer primarily related to the production process but rather to the structure and function of the biomolecule. Protein design has enabled, for example, the creation of novel reagents in medicine and also of “molecular tools” for various technical applications (from environmental analytics to bio-chips). In particular this area requires the interdisciplinary combination of genetic engineering, protein chemistry, and biophysical methods together with computer simulation (bioinformatics). Its growing role in academic research as well as in the modern biotech industry leads to an increasing demand of well educated and highly qualified professionals. This has already been recognized in the USA and in several European countries. Consequently, the Technical University Munich offers new courses in Molecular Biotechnology in order to teach the relevant knowledge in an appropriate combination and comprehensive format.

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Course of studies

Molecular Biotechnology



No internship

Application and admission



Application period for winter semester: 01.04. - 31.05.
Application period for summer semester: 01.11. – 15.01.
Our online application portal will create a checklist with documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment.

You must submit the signed application form and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline, i.e. before 31.05. for winter semester and before 15.01. for summer semester.

You must submit all documents you need for enrollment before 15.09. for winter semester or before 15.03. for summer semester. If individual documents for enrollment are not available at that date, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received.

Please check your TUMonline account regularly to see if we have any questions concerning your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

Aptitude assessment


Start of course

Winter or summer semester

Admission notification

Online after verification of application documents

Application documents

Transcript of records of bachelor’s degree or equivalent (officially authenticated copy), curriculum vitae, personal ID (copy), motivational letter, passport-size photo, health insurance
Attention! You will get a checklist of the required documents after completing the online application.

Application documents (International students)

Transcript of records of bachelor’s degree or equivalent (officially authenticated copy), curriculum vitae, personal ID (copy), motivational letter, passport-size photo, health insurance, proof of german language proficiency
Attention! You will get a checklist of the required documents after completing the online application.

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Information | Counselling

Academic counseling

Dr. Verena Schüller; Dr. Astrid Bauer; Prof. Dr. Arne Skerra

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Study and examination regulations

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Examination information

Examination and academic issues will be handled by the secretary of examination board.

Further links

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