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Master of Science
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Restrictions on admission
nein | individuelle Zulassung
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Standard period of study
4 Semester
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Start of studies
1. Oktober
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Requirement for admission
Abschluss eines verwandten Bachelorstudiums
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Brief description

Biotechnical chemistry deals with the chemistry of living nature and its application in biotechnology. The focus is on the discovery, identification, synthesis, metabolization and mechanism of action of biologically active compounds.

The Master's degree course in Biotechnical Chemistry has a modular structure. The course is divided into a one-year specialization phase and a one-year research phase. The first year focuses on in-depth lectures on modern areas of bioinorganic and bioorganic chemistry, in which students are introduced to the current state of research. The teaching content is supplemented by corresponding practical courses, which can also be carried out in the working groups. Furthermore, the basics of microreaction technology, nanotechnology and quantum chemistry are taught. Applicants are expected to already have a very good basic knowledge of chemistry and biotechnology and a good knowledge of biochemistry and physics, and familiarity with the thinking and working methods of chemists is a prerequisite.

Building on this, the Master's degree program in Biotechnical Chemistry offers a close interlinking of teaching and research in the working groups of the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology and in those of the classical engineering disciplines.

Application with German certificates

Application with foreign certificates

Why Ilmenau?

The Master's degree program in Biotechnical Chemistry in Ilmenau is unique in Germany. The combination of natural and engineering sciences with a focus on chemistry and biotechnology can only be found here. The nature and scope of the internships in Ilmenau also make the course uniquely application- and research-oriented. You will be taught by internationally renowned experts.

If you wish, you can work as a student researcher in the subject areas right from the start and immerse yourself even more deeply in practice.

The distances from lecture hall to lecture hall, seminar room or laboratory are short. Contact with teaching staff is quick and direct. This means you will receive particularly intensive support in Ilmenau.

But you can also develop and get involved outside of your studies in Ilmenau, for example in one of the numerous student associations and clubs at the university or in university sports.

Natalie studies Biotechnical Chemistry at the TU Ilmenau

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Content of study

Bioinstrumental analytics

5 %

Theoretical Chemistry ( e.g. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and Introduction to Quantum Chemistry)

10 %

Advanced biotechnology (e.g. biotechnology, bioorganic chemistry and applied biochemistry)

15 %

Fields of specialisation: Biotechnical chemistry (e.g. medicinal chemistry, natural products chemistry, catalysis and bioinorganic chemistry) or  miniaturised biotechnology (e.g. biomicrosystems technology, biophysics, biomaterials, microreaction technology).

15 %

Research project and Master's thesis

40 %
Detailed subject overview: Modultafel Biotechnische Chemie (Master)

Fields of work

  • Research activities at universities
  • Basic research in large research centres (e.g. Fraunhofer Institute)
  • Development and production in pharmaceutical industry
  • Life Science Industry
  • Molecular diagnostics in e.g. hospitals
  • Scientific career in research and education


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