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Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology (M.Sc.)

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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:
The future of biotechnology promises many advances in drugs, drug delivery systems, and other pharmaceutical specialities, including polypeptides, proteins, viruses, DNA and antibiotics.

The Master course "Pharmaceutical and Industrial 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. For detailed information, e.g. curriculum, course contents etc. please refer our website:

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

Set of competences to be acquired:
The M.Sc. program in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology is specially designed for undergraduates to obtain an internationally recognized degree by giving them the necessary knowledge, capabilities and methods in a way to enable them to scientific work, critical evaluation of scientific results and responsible action. You will mainly extend your practical and methodical experience.

Occupational areas

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

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


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 created in that way, that students are able to finish their program within the regular duration of 4 semesters.

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:
Diplom or Bachelor's Degree in (Bio-) Chemistry, Biology, Bio-technology, (Biochemical) Engineering, or Pharmacy.

Language Requirements:
TOEFL (at least 230/550), 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):
Please use the online portal for your application:
Deadline: July 15th

Applicants with foreign degree:
Please use the online portal for your application:
Deadline: March 31st
(The decision on acceptance will be made by the board of examiners until May 31st)

Make sure that your application is complete!

Please provide your email address and check your mailbox regularly to receive further information. You'll get a confirmation as soon as we receive your documents. Now you have to pass a selection procedure. After the deadline you'll get informed about your admission status.

Overview on Study program

No Module Credit points Final examination

1st semester (winter term)


Introduction to Pharmaceutical Biotechnology


1 written examination


Drug target identification and -validation


1 written examination


Construction of production organisms: Hosts and vectors


1 written examination


Introduction to Bioprocess technology (Upstream Processing)


1 written examination

2nd semester (summer term)


Optimization of bioprocesses


1 written examination


Legal and economical aspects of pharmaceutical biotechnology


1 written examination


Purification of products of pharmaceutical biotechnology (Down-stream Processing)


1 written examination


Validation of Process and Product


1 written examination

3rd semester (winter term)


Technological aspects of biopharmaceuticals


1 written examination




1 written examination


Biopharmaceuticals in regenerative medicine


1 written examination


Project work


written report, oral presentation/ examination

4th semester (summer term)


Master Thesis


written Master thesis,
oral presentation/

Relevant Additional Information

Tuition fee

  • Tuition fee: None
  • Fee for lab course consumables: 250,- € /year are requested to cover expenses of lab courses
  • Enrolment fee: 166,50 € / semester


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

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 52 €/month.

Arrival Support

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

Cost of Living

About 600 € /month (including rent, health insurance, semester fee and semester ticket, living expenses, language courses)


Martin-Luther-University does not offer any scholarships. Please contact German Embassy in your country or DAAD ( 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. ( During your studies we organize further language classes which have to be paid by yourselves!

Job Opportunities

Several assistant jobs (research, measurements) 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 18,000 students are matriculated at 9 faculties. Our university offers an 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
  • application form


Bitte wenden Sie sich mit Detailfragen zum Studieninhalt und -ablauf direkt an die Fachstudienberatung.


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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