Details of the Applied Biology programme

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Programme content and structure

The programme is interdisciplinary and broad-ranging. Besides biological course content, it also offers deep insights into a range of technical applications from industry,  pharmaceutical biotechnology and applied environmental protection. The "Applied Biology" programme thus shows how biological knowledge and methodology can be widely used in industry and research.

Both theoretical and practical use of biological knowledge is important in the Applied Biology course. Already during the first semester, lectures are complemented with lab practicals in which students learn the techniques which they will later need in the workplace. The industrial application of the methods is always the focus, whether in the manufacture and purification of recombinant proteins, or the fermentation of pharmaceutical substances.

The programme is divided into foundation level and advanced level studies. The foundation level studies cover the first two semesters and advanced levels studies the 3rd to the 7th semesters. A practical internship semester in industry or in a research institute is integrated into the programme. A bachelor's thesis is written in order to complete the degree programme. This can also be carried out in industry or in an institute outside the University.

Foundation level studies

The foundation level courses are covered in the first and second semester. Key principles of biology are taught In lectures and practicals. The basic principles of Chemistry, Physics and Maths will enable you to understand, analyze, modify and optimize numerous exciting technical applications in the field of biological sciences. Strong emphasis is also put on the learning of Foreign Languages.

Advanced level studies

In your advanced studies (3rd to 7th semesters) you will deepen your knowledge of biological theory and methodology with lectures and practicals in the areas of Human Biology, Immunology, Genetically-engineered Protein Manufacture, Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Additionally you will be given the technical background to many practical bio-applications from the 3 areas of specialization in the programme: Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (red biotechnology), Industrial Biotechnology (white biotechnology), and Applied Environmental Protection (grey biotechnology). In addition, in an elective you have the opportunity to gain insights into the futuristic research area of Synthetic Biology. The answers to many urgent questions are closely connected with this area of science:

  • How can the effect of drugs be improved?
  • What role do custom-designed substances play? How can these drugs be produced at reasonable prices in the required amounts?
  • How can a growing world population be provided with high quality, healthy foodstuffs?
  • What influence does cliimate change have on the usability of particular biological raw materials?
  • How can environmentally questionable products such as packaging be replaced through biologically sustainable products, and how can these be produced in sufficient amounts?
  • What influence do microplastics have on biological organisms?
  • Can micro-organisms be designed so that the microplastics and other hazardous materials degrade in an environmentally acceptable way?
Areas of specialization

Our "Applied Biology" programme offers you several areas of specialization and insights into current research topics which will open up a large number of fields of employment and career opportunities for you. In addition, this type of interdisciplinary teaching will provide you with the problem-solving skills which are increasingly in demand in companies. In this way we are preparing our students well for the job market of today and tomorrow.

Topics of particular interest can be covered in more detail during coursework, electives, the internship, or also in work for the bachelor's thesis. During the internship semester and the thesis work you will ideally be working in a company or in some other external institution which may later turn out to be your future employer.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes - subject knowledge and skills

  • Sound knowledge of biology, chemistry or biochemistry, as well as principles of engineering and mathematical subjects
  • Ability to deal with biological systems in labs and in technical standards
  • Ability to modify, cultivate and apply biological systems for the production of value added materials
  • Ability to plan, design, carry out, evaluate and optimize biotechnological processes and experiments
  • Ability to chemically analyze and evaluate biological systems and their products

Learning outcomes - transferable skills

  • Independent scientific work skills
  • Qualification for master's studies
  • Intercultural competencies gained for example during study semester or internships abroad
  • Knowledge-based evaluation and decision-making skills
  • Teamworking skills and ability to take responsibility
  • Communication and presentation skills

Learning outcomes - employability skills

  • Ability to perform any technical function in companies
  • Ability to carry out tasks in research facilities (including PhD work)
  • Career prospects in industry, the health sector, labs and research institutes, government agencies and local authority facilities
  • Ability to carry out Research and Development in academic and industrial environments