Molecular and Applied Biotechnology M.Sc.


Key Info

Basic Information

Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester, Summer Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester


Admission to Higher Semesters


Dates and Deadlines


RWTH offers a Master's in Molecular and Applied Biotechnology which is based on the Bachelor course of study and intensifies studies in four different research fields: red, gree, and white biotechnology and process engineering.

The Master course of study “Molecular and Applied Biotechnology” was designed within the interdisciplinary collaboration involving the engineering sciences at RWTH Aachen to blend the natural sciences and strong bioengineering components. In addition to molecular biology subjects, process engineering basics, reaction engineering and bioreactor technology are the main cornerstones of the training for this consecutive program and are an essential basis for the continuing training in the Master’s program.

The course of study is very much research oriented. Application-oriented research is highly valued. The interdisciplinary character between molecular biotechnology and process engineering is underscored by mandatory modules. "Red biotechnology" is represented by a selection from other faculties.

Characteristics of the RWTH Course of Study

RWTH Aachen is one of the leading technical universities in Europe. It maintains numerous international relationships and is incorporated into the Bioregio Rheinland, among others, through its Life Science activities. An interdisciplinary forum at RWTH Aachen and LifeTec Aachen-Jülich were established for life sciences. The Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA) exists between RWTH Aachen and Forschungszentrum Jülich. The main area in biology is JARA-Brain. Bionics at RWTH are integrated into the Bionik Netzwerk BIOKON and the Bionik Zentrum Bonn. Furthermore, the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology, the GAIAC environmental research institute, and starting in 2014, the Materialforschungsinstitut DWI (Deutsches Wollforschungsinstitut) from the Leibniz Association, are all located in Aachen.

The size and diversity of RWTH enables students to have a set specialization within the subject based on their own needs and abilities, unlike anywhere else. Biotechnology at RWTH Aachen is represented in many natinoal and international associations such as the Excellence cluster "Tailor made fuels from biomass“ and the EU large project Pharma-Planta.


"Tag der Aachener Biologie und Biotechnologie"

  1. There is an annual event which presents the department´s courses of study. It is held entirely in German. International students with German skills, of course, are invited to attend!
  2.   More information on the department´s webpage (de).

Degree Content

In the Master’s course of study students take three compulsory modules in the fields industrial biotechnology, molecular biology, bioanalytics, and protein and process design. The mandatory modules are organized into four pillars:

  • White Biotechnology
  • Greem Biotechnology
  • Red Biotechnology
  • Process Engineering

Every student chooses one concentration pillar. From this concentration pillar the student selects at least two lecture modules and at least two internship modules.

Programs Abroad

The faculty maintains research and teaching collaborations with a number of European and non-European universities. Academic stays or internships abroad are highly recommended. During Bachelor studies it is possible to spend a semester abroad at one of our numerous European partner universities through the ERASMUS exchange program or to complete a research program through the UROP program. The database Moveonline Exchanges is helpful if you would like an overview of all of RWTH's programs abroad.


Master's studies are very much application oriented in all of the specializations. The Institute of Biology's outstanding equipment makes it possible to offer a corresponding institute practical in almost every module. Students also have the opportunity to complete comprehensive research internships in the discipline of their choice. Research internships in industry are also supported. This supports Aachen graduates' broad spectrum of methodological knowledge and experience.



A prerequisite for starting studies in a first university degree, with which the necessary background education can be proven, as determined in the exam regulations. The exam board determines whether it fulfills the entrance requirements.

Please read the department's page with more information.


Decision Aids

Students in the biotechnology course of study advance their knowledge in molecuar biotechnology (molecular biotechnology and gene technology) and in applied biotechnology and process engineering. This is where RWTH's curriculum drastically differs from that of other universities. An understanding of economic problems is important for biotechnology, since it is the most important career field in industry. Here students have diverse and extraordinary possibilities for development.

Students who are exclusively interested in natural science and biology such as molecular and cellular biology, genetics, neuroscience, bionics, or molecular medicine, are not particularly suited to the course of study in molecular and applied biotechnology. We recommend reading the description for the Master's course of study in biology at RWTH Aachen.


Media Library

Do you want more glances and impression? Use our diverse information available! You can find our recommendations in the Bachelor in biotechnology media library.


Career Prospects

As an interdisciplinary science, biotechnology offers diverse field of work depending on one's specialization. The first possibility is research work conducted through doctoral studies. Depending on students' interests and discipline, universities and university hospitals, external research institutions, such as the Fraunhofer, Max Planck, and Helmholtz institutes, and research companies all offer a potential job market. The focus on application, technical components, and the possibility to acquire additional qualifications (such as business administration, computer science, medicine, engineering sciences, and languages) offers good possibilities for finding jobs in industry. Aside from research, examples also include employment in quality management, supervising studies, product development, marketing, or sales. Natural scientists are becoming more important in consulting. Numerous official offices and scientific services offer an interesting job market.


Module Handbook and Examination Regulations

The module handbook provides a description of all modules of a degree program and offers a comprehensive insight into the program contents.

The examination regulations are comprised of legally binding provisions on learning objectives, prerequisites for study, the course structure and processes, and examination procedures.

Regulations that generally apply to all Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, including information on language proficiency requirements, can be found in RWTH's General Examination Regulations. These general regulations are further specified and complemented by the subject-specific examination regulations.

If two examination regulations are valid for a degree program during a transition phase, the most current version shall apply to students enrolling in the program for the first time.

Please note that only the German examination regulations are legally binding.

Module Handbook
Subject-Specific Examination Regulations
RWTH's General Examination Regulations



The Master course of study in Biotechnology is offered by the Department of Biology in in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences.