Sustainable Bioprocess Technology

Master of Science

Manufacture environmentally friendly products which are economical on resources

Replacing fossil fuels is one of the greatest challenges facing our society. Agenda 21, passed at the United Nations Conference for the Environment and Development (UNCED) in 1992, called for new solutions to reduce the enormous use of fossil resources such as oil, gas and coal.

An important element of this is the use of sustainable raw and residual materials in various production processes, in agriculture and elsewhere. Products such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, plastics, foodstuffs and chemicals are manufactured using modern bioprocess technologies. Biologically viable raw materials are converted into these products using enzymes or micro-organisms (biocatalysts). Bioprocess technologies also play an important role in environmental engineering.

Sustainable bioprocess technology goes one step further. Sustainable processes are, for example, those which result in multiple products, which produce no waste (because products are manufactured from this waste), that only use sustainable raw and residual materials and, if at all possible, only use renewable energy. Biorefineries are examples of such sustainable processes.

"Sustainable Bioprocess Technology" master's students will build upon a bachelor's degree in the natural sciences or engineering to contribute to these processes. The focus is on the use of biocatalytic systems in the manufacture of products, i.e. the use of enzymes or micro-organisms.

Theory taught will be applied in a practical manner during the semester project. Students will be able to plan, set up, run, evaluate and improve processes and plants. Teaching is often carried out in the form of seminars during which scientific work, the execution of complex development tasks and teamwork is also practiced. During the project semester, projects can be carried out in close cooperation with industry. A mark of the Master in Sustainable Bioprocess Technology programme is the high percentage of project work and the close proximity to industrial practice. At the same time, students are taught scientific practice and research.

The technological/natural sciences components of the programme are complemented with a  "Sustainable Business" module during which a Life Cycle Assessment, a systematic analysis of the environmental influences during the whole lifecycle of a product, is carried out.

The aim of the programme is to enable our graduates to design products in a more sustainable and future-oriented way in their future careers.

  • ECTS 90 ECTS
  • Programme duration 3 Semesters
  • Location Villingen-Schwenningen
  • Faculty Medical and Life Sciences
  • Programme begins Winter semester (October), also possible in summer semester
  • Application deadline 15 July (winter semester), 15 January (summer semester)
  • Entry requirements Practical experience or period of practical work in previous degree required, German proficiency: minimum level required, DSH 2, DaF TDN4, CEFR B2 or equivalent, English proficiency: minimum level CEFR B2 or IELTS over 6.0
  • Teaching Language German and English
  • Accreditation Yes (ACQUIN)