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Last degree

Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology (M.Sc.)

Allgemeine Informationen

Name des Studienfachs: Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology
Abschluss: Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master (120 LP)
Umfang: 120 LP
Regelstudienzeit: 4 Semester
Studienbeginn: Wintersemester
Studiengebühren: keine
Zugang: zulassungsbeschränkt, Uni-NC

Studieren ohne Abitur: Nein

Spezifische Zugangsvoraussetzungen: Ja. [ mehr... ]

Fakultät: Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät I - Biowissenschaften

Institut: Institut für Pharmazie

Description of content

Main focus:

Biotechnology and biotechnology-based methods are increasing in importance in a global bioeconomy. The 2 years Master Course (120 credit points, ECTS) offers specialization in the fields “Pharmaceutical Biotechnology” or “Industrial Biotechnology.

The field of specialization „Pharmaceutical Biotechnology“ covers all relevant aspects for the development of new biotechnology based drugs, starting from of drug target identification over up- and downstream processing till formulation. It also provides a basis for understanding the mechanisms and process involved in diseases.

The field of specialization "Industrial Biotechnology" covers all relevant aspects on the development of new industrial biotechnological processes, starting from access to and pretreatment of renewable resources over up- and downstream processing till application and process optimization. Biocatalysis, synthetic and systems biology and metabolic engineering will be covered during the classes.

For detailed information, e.g. curriculum, course contents etc. please refer our website http://downstream.pharmazie.uni-halle.de/pharmaceutical_biotechnology_msc

This degree was established at MLU to cover basic aspects of biotechnology as well as the applications relevant to pharmacy and industrial production.

Set of competences to be acquired:
The MSc program in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology is specifically designed for undergraduates from (bio-)chemistry, biology, biotechnology, biochemical engineering and pharmacy to acquire the necessary knowledge and capabilities to carry out scientific work and critical evaluation of scientific results in a responsible and independent manner. Students will also have the opportunity to learn a range of methodologies and modern laboratory techniques. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of an internationally recognized degree.

Occupational areas

The course qualifies for positions in pharmaceutical and industrial biotechnology and related fields:

  • Research and development
  • Production
  • Teaching
  • Management, administration and quality assessment
  • Counseling, sales and marketing

The course also qualifies for PhD positions at German universities.


Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Start of the instruction period

The program starts in the winter semester (October)

Duration of Instruction Period

Regular duration: 4 semesters (3 semesters + 1 semester Master's Thesis)

Language of Instruction and Examinations


Educational Organization

The curriculum is organized in a way, that students are able to finish their program within the regular duration of 4 months.
Mandatory couses (80 credit points (CP)) are identical for both fields of specialization. Students will decide during the enrollment procedure which of the two fields of specialization (40 CP each) will be studied.

Forms of Assessment

  • credit points (ECTS)
  • oral and / or written exams at the end of each semester
  • Master’s thesis and oral presentation / examination

Required Entry Qualification Profile

Academic / Other Requirements:

  • Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in
  • (Bio-) Chemistry,
  • Biology,
  • Biotechnology,
  • (Biochemical) Engineering, or
  • Pharmacy (Staatsexamen).

Language Requirements:
TOEFL iBT (at least 90/120), CBT (235/300), PBT (580 / 677), IELTS (at least band 6.5), or UNIcert-II (writing and speaking) for applicants whose native language is not English

Application procedure and Deadlines

Applicants with German degree (Bachelor or Diplom):

German applicants please use the online portal for your application

  • select "Master (nicht-konsekutiv) on page "Angestrebter Studienabschluss"
  • select "Pharmaceut. Biotech. MA120" on page "Studienfach für Hauptantrag"

International applicants, please use the online portal for your appli-cation

!!! APPLICATION FEE for applications via UNI-ASSIST !!!

  • Payment has to be made according to the regulations on the UNI-ASSIST homepage.

Please make sure that your application is complete and an email address is given! As our correspondence will mainly managed by email, you are advised to check your mailbox regularly to receive further information.

You will get a confirmation as soon as your application has been received. Now, you have to pass a selection procedure. After the respective deadline, you’ll get informed about the status of admission.
For any questions regarding application and admission please contact

Admission affairs // International Students Office:

Mrs. Ina Hieronymus
e-mail: ina.hieronymus@verwaltung.uni-halle.de

Tel: +49-345-552 13 14

Fax: +49-345-552 70 52

URL: http://www.uni-halle.de/ssc/bewerbungsinformationen/

Note: Indian students should not apply through any consultant company! Application at MLU is possible directly without creating any further costs!


For international students
March 31st

For German students
July 15th
for winter term admission (starting Oct., 1st).
(Please get these dates confirmed from our website!)

Overview on Study Program

Compulsory modules



1st semester (winter term)

A-Both: Introduction to Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology


C-Both: Construction of production organisms: Hosts and vectors


D-Both: Introduction to Bioprocess technology (Upstream Processing)


2nd semester (summer term)

E-Both: Optimization of bioprocesses


G-Both: Purification of Products from Biotechnological Processes (Downstream Processing)


H-Both: Analytical Methods


3rd semester (winter term)

P-Both: Project work


4th semester (summer term)

M-Both: Master Thesis


Compulsory optional subject

Specialization (one specialization has to be chosen)

Specialization “Pharmaceutical biotechnology”(all modules compulsory)

1st semester (winter term)

B-PhBT: Drug target identification and validation


2nd semester (summer term)

F-PhBT: Legal and economical aspects of pharmaceutical bio-technology


3rd semester (winter term)

I-PhBT: Technological and Clinical Aspects of Biopharmaceutics


K-PhBT: Biopharmaceuticals


L-PhBT: Biopharmaceuticals in Regenerative Medicine


Specialization “Industrial biotechnology”

(all modules compulsory)

1st semester (winter term)

B-InBT: Introduction to Chemical Biotechnology


2nd semester (summer term)

F-InBT: Agro- and Economical Aspects of biotechnology


3rd semester (winter term)

I-InBT: Pretreatment and Thermochemical Processes


K-InBT: Systems- and Synthetic Biology


L-InBT: Applied Biocatalysis


Relevant Additional Information


Cost of Living

About 650 € /month (including rent, health insurance, semester fee and semester ticket, living expenses)
Non-EU students will have to provide evidence to the German Embassy in your home country or to the alien registration authority as to how you intend to finance your stay. Usually you will have to deposit the money for the first twelve months on a blocked account.

Health insurance

Is compulsory in Germany! If you come from outside of Europe, please do not bring health insurance cover with you! You will sign it here after your arrival for about 75 €/month.


- Single apartments in student’s hostels at or near the campus offered by STUDENTENWERK (Student’s Services).
- Single/double apartments near the campus from a private provider
All apartments are furnished. The price is at about 200 €/month. Reservation is necessary! Please contact wpvhalle@studentenwerk-halle.de.

Arrival Support

Guidance before and after your arrival in Halle offered by contact students.


Martin Luther University does not offer any scholarships. Please contact German Embassy in your country or DAAD (http://www.daad.de) where you will find a scholarship database. Make sure to apply for scholarship before you enter Germany.

Language courses

We deeply recommend an intensive German language course before you start the Master’s program. So it will be easier to manage your daily life in Germany. Please contact Goethe Institute in your home country or the Institute for German Language and Culture at our University (http://www.sprache.uni-halle.de). During your studies we organize further language classes which have to be paid by yourselves!

Job Opportunities

Assistant jobs (research, measurements) can be offered by lecturers after the first (passed!) semester

About Halle and the University

100 km to the south of Berlin, Halle is a center of science, culture, and industry in the eastern part of Germany. Our city is located about 20 km from Leipzig-Halle Airport. Martin-Luther-University, founded in 1502, is one of the oldest German universities. More than 19,000 students are matriculated at 9 faculties. Our university offers excellent up to date equipment and libraries in order to teach all essentials for your professional career – further a wide range of leisure facilities (sports center, students clubs etc.).

Important files

(to be downloaded from our web sites)

  • General regulations for study courses at MLU: ABStPOBM (in german only)
  • Study course specific regulations for: Studien- und Prüfungsordnung (in german only)
  • Curriculum (detailed)
  • Detailed description of modules


Bitte wenden Sie sich mit Fragen zu Einzelheiten des Studieninhalts und -ablaufs sowie zur Anerkennung von Studien- und Prüfungsleistungen direkt an die Fachstudienberatung des Institutes.


Prof. Dr. habil. Andreas Hilgeroth

Institut für Pharmazie
Wolfgang-Langenbeck-Str. 4
Raum 393
06120 Halle (Saale)

Telefon: 0345 55-25168
Telefax: 0345 55-27207

nach Vereinbarung

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Institut für Pharmazie
06099 Halle (Saale)


Prof. Dr. Markus Pietzsch

Institut für Pharmazie
Weinbergweg 22 (Biozentrum)
06120 Halle (Saale)

Telefon: 0345 55-25949
Telefax: 0345 55-27260

nach Vereinbarung

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Institut für Pharmazie
06099 Halle (Saale)

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