Programme details

Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Bachelor degree programme / Full-time

The Bachelor programme in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology provides a strong international focus on research, production, marketing and quality management for medicines and organ replacements.

We are an interdisciplinary team of professors and lecturers from a variety of national backgrounds with experience in higher education, research and industry. Using innovative teaching methods and working closely with leading representatives from science and industry, our mission is to prepare our students for successful professional careers.

Medical biotechnology

The goal of medical biotechnology is the replacement of damaged cells or organs, not with transplants or artificial systems like dialysis, but with the body’s own naturally grown cells.

Today, burns patients have their own skin cells bred up in the laboratory and then transplanted onto the wounds. In the case of damaged cartilage, the patient contributes cartilage cells which are multiplied in the laboratory to create cartilage tissue and then implanted in the patient again. Extracorporeal systems are used to cleanse the blood of poisons, thus replacing the liver, or to remove autoantibodies from the blood in the case of autoimmune diseases.

Pharmaceutical biotechnology

Traditional biotech products used in pharmacy are antibiotics, which are produced by microorganisms in large fermenters. Methods from molecular biology can also be used to produce proteins such as insulin, specific antibodies or novel vaccines.

Core modules

Fundamentals of natural sciences

  • Basics of physics and chemistry
  • Mathematics, statistics and software applications
  • Introduction to scientific methods and laboratory work

Fundamentals of medicine and biology

  • Theory and practice in the laboratory
  • Structure and function of human organs and tissues
  • General fundamentals of biology and microbiology


  • Theoretical and practical introduction to current methods of biochemical analysis and their applications
  • Biophysical approaches to biological and biomedical problems
  • Biophysical methods and their applications


  • Lectures and laboratory practicals
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Cell culture

Bioprocess technology

  • Properties of technical and biological materials and their interactions
  • Fundamentals of electrotechnology, measurement technology in bioprocess technology, control technology, and plant engineering and process development for industry

Quality management

  • Fundamentals of quality management
  • Statutory regulations applicable to the pharmaceuticals industry (from development through approval to production of therapeutic agents, including quality control, safety and environmental aspects)
  • Best practice in cleanroom operations and cleanroom monitoring

Fundamentals of business

  • Fundamentals of business administration and cost accounting
  • Fundamentals of project management
  • Medical and pharmaceutical marketing

Communication and social skills

  • Specialised business English
  • Fundamentals of ethics and ethical discourse
  • Introduction to psychology and personality training

Practical work in research and industry

The centrepiece of this module is the 22-week internship and the preparation of the Bachelor thesis.