Why study Sustainable Bioprocess Technology?

After finishing my Bachelor of Science degree in Bio and Process Technology at Furtwangen University it was clear that I was going to continue and go deeper into the subject! "Sustainable Bioprocess Technology" gave me the chance to build on my knowledge, to specialise further and to find new areas of interest. The seminar-style structure of the programme is well thought-out and the variety of subject areas which can be worked on in the project semester make it what is probably one-of-a-kind in Germany. If you asked me if I would take this course again, the answer would definitely be yes! (Christian Fittkau, NBT graduate)

Why study Sustainable Bioprocess Technology?

Details of programme (I1350-1)

  • Bioprocess technology, biotechnology and sustainability - 3 future-oriented fields in one degree programme
  • Work on interesting bioeconomic projects with companies and scientists while you are still at university
  • Furtwangen University has over 20 years of experience in bio and process technology
  • Profit from current and industry-related research and development
  • Develop project management and leadership skills
  • Specialize in engineering or natural sciences
  • After graduation with a master's degree, take a doctorate or start your career in the working world

Programme content

Details of programme (I1356-1)

The Master of Sustainable Bioprocess Technology programme prepares graduates to implement and manage complex research, development and optimization projects as well as projects involving the operation of biotechnology processes and biorefineries, taking economic and ecological factors into consideration.

Students groups will work in close cooperation with companies and/or in R&D projects. Business and economics courses are taught by the HFU Business School. Leadership and project management skills are specifically developed through the unusually high amount of project work which is carried out under real life working conditions.

Programme objectives

Details of programme (I1351-1)
  • Ability to plan/design complex equipment, processes and procedures, experiments, operation processes, etc. using scientifically sound methods
  • Drafting of complex equipment, processes/procedures, experiments, operation processes, etc., implementation planning
  • Set up of experiments, pilot equipment, equipment, test rigs, devices, etc.
  • Execution and operation of experiments, pilot equipment, equipment, test rigs, devices, etc., including the capture and processing of (process) data (analytical, measurement) using scientific methods
  • Characterization of biogenic raw materials and biological systems (cells, micro-organisms, populations, enzymes) and mixtures of substances, as well as processes and basic operations (sub-processes)
  • Systematic analysis/evaluation of experiments, trial and process data/operation information and data, etc., as well as data and information about markets, the environment and existing products using mathematical methods
  • Optimization of equipment, processes, experiments, operation procedures, etc., and optimisation as regards the closing of gaps in the market/gaps in needs through, for example new or improved products
  • Evaluation of new products and processes taking ecological, economic and social factors (sustainability) into consideration. Synthesis of new, sustainable processes and production strategies
  • Development and implementation of strategies of sustainable business management
  • Strengthening of skills: cooperation, communication, leadership

Programme structure

First semester

In the first study semester you will take 5 modules (each 6 ECTS).

  • Sustainable process technology
  • Project planning & process evaluation
  • Test and process planning/optimization
  • Engineering mandatory elective module, for example:
    •  Methods and techniques of product extraction
    • Energy & biomass
  • Advanced bioprocess engineering
  • Natural sciences mandatory elective module, for example:
    • Biomass use and biotransformation
    • Special water treatment techniques

Upon request, students can take modules from other master's programmes from the Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences or the HFU Business School.

The modules are taught by staff from the Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences, HFU Business School and University College London. These include engineering, natural science and business studies modules which are regularly adapted to meet the current state of scientific and technological knowledge.

Second semester

The second study semester is a project semester carried out in close cooperation with companies and/or research projects. The project modules are taught in chronological order following the main phases of project management.

  • Project planning (1st semester)
  • Methods and their validation
  • Project implementation 1
  • Project implementation 2
  • Evaluation and scientific documentation

Every module includes project work and lectures to teach theory and skills – in particular those connected with engineering work and project management. It is possible to carry out projects with University College London.

Third semester

In the third and final semester, the master's thesis is written. This can build on the topic of the project semester, but must clearly go much deeper into the subject matter.