Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering (Bachelor of Science)
Does the idea of contributing to people's health inspire you? How about changing the pharmaceutical industry with innovative processes, or combining natural sciences and engineering? With the Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering program, which is unique in Germany, you will not only learn to be an outstanding process engineer, you will also gain the basic biotechnological knowledge required to analyze and improve molecular and cellular processes, process active biotechnological substances into drugs, optimize production methods, and develop new concepts in plant engineering. Redesign the biotechnological, chemical, and pharmaceutical industry – with a Bioprocess Engineering program at the TUM!
Studying Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering successfully: What can you expect?
Type of study: full time
Standard period of study, credits : 6 semesters, 180 ECTS
Start of degree program: winter semester
Admission category: unrestricted admission
Language of instruction: German
Main location: Freising-Weihenstephan (Greater Munich area)
Tuition fees: none (information about the semester fee)
Why study this particular degree program?
The Bachelor's program in Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering combines the natural sciences, engineering and economics and thus opens up a broad spectrum of roles. Knowledge from biology and biochemistry is increasingly being used for industrial production processes. Nature's capacity for synthesis is endless. Make use of this potential and develop innovative processes that are gentler on products and more environmentally friendly than chemical processes. In addition, many active substances of the human body, such as insulin, cannot be produced chemically, but only biotechnologically.
As a future expert, you will not only be distinguished by your knowledge in the fields of biotechnology, process engineering, and process automation but above all by your understanding of systems to meet the special requirements of drug production. So join us in the development of microorganisms that are used to produce biotechnological products, learn analytical methods for process monitoring and design concepts for new production plants.
Pharmaceutical bioprocess technology is a young, innovative key technology of the 21st century. Take advantage of the potential growth and the increasing economic importance of this industry for your future.
What are your career opportunities?
Research and develop new manufacturing processes, monitor the quality of medicines, plan production facilities, or be responsible for organizing the operating technology – your possible fields of activity are diverse. As a bioprocess technician, you will find jobs in these areas, particularly in the biotechnological, chemical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in plant engineering.
Still not had enough of studying? The majority of students continue their studies after their Bachelor's program with a Master's program in Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering.
What is this study program about?
At the beginning of the course of study, the focus is on the basics of natural sciences, covering the areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Later on, biology and chemistry will educate you in the fields of microbiology and biochemistry. Physics and mathematics form the foundation for a specialization in the engineering sciences.
From the 3rd semester onwards, you will begin to specialize: In modules such as Pharmacology and Toxicology or Molecular Biotechnology you will learn about the mechanisms and effects of drugs. You will then link this knowledge with areas such as bioprocess engineering or packaging technology since you know that technical processes can also affect biological systems. To be able to adapt processes or plants accordingly, you will need expertise in the fields of technical mechanics, fluid mechanics, and apparatus engineering. The laboratory internships will allow you to investigate various questions for yourself.
In the elective area, you have the opportunity to build your profile according to your interests and to follow your talents.
At the end of your studies, you will immerse yourself in your first scientific work and write your Bachelor's thesis.
A further part of your studies is the 6 weeks of work experience, during which you can gain a first insight into the professional field of bioprocess technicians.
Interested? Just take a look at an exemplary curriculum!
What competences and skills will you acquire?
The course focuses on pharmaceutical bioprocess technology on the one hand and engineering sciences on the other. Both areas are continuously enhanced and interlinked during the course – biotechnological matter is viewed in the context of real processes. After your studies, you will be able to design biotechnological plants, monitor production processes, ensure the quality of products, produce and analyze biotechnological products, and produce common pharmaceutical substances. Besides, you will be able to work safely and scientifically correctly in the laboratory, know pharmaceutical technologies, and be able to take measures for product safety.
Nobody will be able to mislead you at any level of pharmaceutical bioprocess technology after your studies.
How do you apply for a place of study?
During the application period you can easily apply for a place in the winter semester via the application portal TUMonline. You can upload your documents for the admission to the Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering course directly on the portal.
Prerequisite for admission is the general qualification for university entrance or a comparable qualification. There are no other admission restrictions; the course of study is admission-free.
When you receive the admission, you will have to submit a few certified hard copies for enrollment.
A pre-study internship before the start of the course is not required for admission. For the successful completion of your studies, however, you must complete 6 weeks of internships.
Suitable Master's programs at the TUM School of Life Sciences
- Brewing and Beverage Technology M.Sc.
- Food Technology M.Sc.
- Nutrition and Biomedicine M.Sc.
- Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering M.Sc.
Other degree programs that might also interest you:
Already in the middle of your bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering / Bioprocess Engineering? Everything you need!
Degree program documentation, module catalog
The degree chart gives you an overview and recommendation, which modules you should take in which semester according to academic and examination regulations (FPSO).
- Timetable (TUM ID required for login):
This timetable is intended to give you an overview of the planned compulsory and elective modules of a semester. It is for orientation purposes only and will not be updated during the semester!
Via TUMonline you can have a timetable created for each semester according to FSPO.
You can also create your own individual timetable, which can contain not only the dates of the selected courses but also your personal appointments.
First steps with TUMonline
- General Academic and Examination Regulations at TUM (APSO)
- Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO)
- Examination dates & registration via TUMonline
In TUMonline you can register for the module examinations that accompany your studies.
Important: You can only take most of the exams if you have actively registered yourself via TUMonline within the registration period. The registration and deregistration period will be displayed at the exam date.
Please note! In the basic and orientation exams (GOP) in the 1st and 2nd bachelor semester you will automatically be registered for all examinations during the respective semester, i.e. independent registration is not necessary in the 1st academic year.
- Board of Examination
The board of examination is a committee consisting of university professors and lecturers of the degree program. The chairperson of the board of examination of your degree program is Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heiko Briesen. Applications to the board of examination are received by the secretary and submitted to the board of examination for decision. You can reach the secretary by sending an email to recognition.wzw[at]tum.de.
Internships & excursions, bus
For the successful completion of your studies, you must complete 6 weeks of work experience.
Please send us your internship/training certificate as early as possible to praktikum.sfbl[at]tum.de – even if you already submitted it with your application. Please note that the job reference cannot be submitted in person. As soon as we have received the internship certificate, you will receive an automatic confirmation from us that we have received the documents. NB: This is not a recognition of the internship. The processing of your internship certificate may take some time. Please be patient and refrain from asking about your application status. We will confirm the recognition separately as soon as the documents have been processed. You can also check the status in your TUMonline account (marked with a green P).
A fundamental component of this course is the independent search for an internship. In addition to notices at the university, you can also find other internships in our Careers section.
A prerequisite for the recognition of a professional internship is a thematic relevance to pharmaceutical bioprocess technology and a sufficient technical reference. Internships in the areas of production, laboratory work, quality assurance, research and development, and related areas in companies in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries are generally eligible for recognition. This applies analogously to the relevant supplier companies (mechanical engineering, chemical industry, automation technology, etc.). Technical relevant vocational training that has already been completed before the commencement of studies is recognized as a professional internship. Internships in one's own or parental/relative companies are only recognized in exceptional cases and must be clarified in advance.
Internships in companies whose fields of activity are not relevant to the respective degree program are not eligible for recognition. Internships at universities in Germany and abroad are also not recognized. Please be aware of this. No recognition is possible for internships in canteens, restaurants, mail order companies, online trade, warehouses, logistics, vehicle fleets, sales, distribution, administration, marketing or pharmacies. Internships connected with online research, literature reviews or the management of brewing courses cannot be recognized either.
Example of non-recognition:
"I would like to do an internship at a bakery in sales. Will this be recognized?"
No, an internship in sales or distribution does not meet the requirements of a professional internship and therefore cannot be recognized, even if it is a food production company.
Example of recognition:
"I would like to do an internship in a bakery in the field of pasta production. Will this internship be recognized?"
This internship can be recognized because it takes place in the field of food production.
A formal prerequisite for the recognition of internship achievements is the internship certificate, which is issued by the company in the same way as a work certificate. This certificate must contain at least the following information: Duration of the employment with the beginning and end dates of the internship, exact description of the activities, and evaluation of the work performed.
An internship report is generally not required, unless the internship certificate does not clearly indicate the nature and scope of the activity, in which case an internship report must be prepared as a substitute. The accuracy of the contents must be confirmed in writing by the company.
As a general rule, professional internships are to be completed in consecutive periods. Internships shorter than three weeks cannot be recognized. Longer periods of absence (e.g. illness) during an internship must be made up for. Furthermore, the company's holiday arrangements should be included in the employment contract.
Please note that in the case of international companies the certificate must be issued or translated into German or English for recognition.
If you have found an offer for an internship position that suits you, but you are not sure whether recognition is possible, you are welcome to have the possibility of recognition checked in advance by the Study Office (brew-food-bpt.co[at]ls.tum.de).
The completion of internship or employment contracts is the responsibility of the students, i.e. the Office of Student Affairs does not offer sample contracts and does not check the contracts. The contracts should be issued directly by the relevant company’s internship office.
The completion of internships during the lecture period is generally not recommended, but sometimes it cannot be avoided. An internship completed during the lecture period can also be recognized without any problems.
More information on practical experience during studies
Guideline for the recognition of field trips in the study areas of brewing and beverage technology, food technology and bioprocess technology. (FPSO versions 2011, 2014, 2019, 2020)
Field trips organized by chairs of the TUM School of Life Sciences do not require any proof and are directly accredited in TUMonline. In addition to excursions organized by chairs of the TUM, there are numerous possibilities to collect the four excursion days required for your studies. Excursions organized by alumni associations, fraternities, student working groups, but also private excursions organized by students are conceivable. The following is a brief overview of the rules that must be observed in order for a student-organized excursion to be considered as such.
A field trip must meet the following criteria to be considered a field trip day:
- Duration of at least 4 hours for full field trip days, at least 2 hours for half field trip days.
- Allow in-depth, course-specific, technical insight into one or more plant(s), process(es), and/or process techniques that go beyond a mere process overview. In addition to plant tours, supervised by technically responsible personnel, this includes, but is not limited to, trade shows relevant to the course of study.
- An individual proof of participation in the excursion is to be provided by each student, which clearly proves that the student participated in the excursion and processed contents of the excursion day mentally independently. The evidence must indicate a contact who can be reached and who can confirm that the excursion was carried out if asked. This can be, among other things, business cards of stand personnel of visited stands or simply a proof printed on company stationery with a meaningful signature.
No field trip days will be recognized for:
- Conferences, extra-curricular and university seminars, workshops (which are not coupled with a company visit).
- consumer fairs
- Professional internships/vocational training/work-study internships/research internships
Classic evidence can be:
- Report (3500-4000 characters excluding spaces, plus visuals and attachments) on the course and content of the field trip. (If several students participate in the same private excursion, separate reports for each participating student should explain different excursion focuses in more detail (e.g. outline different projects/production features of a company and/or company profiles, which goes beyond the mere compilation of promotional materials).
- Personalized admission ticket at trade shows, with brief report and proof pictures to prove that you were there.
- Confirmation of the staff leading the excursion/stand personnel with contents of the excursion and personal signature of the company visited.
All proofs, for all missing excursion days are to be submitted in one PDF after completion of the last required excursion by e-mail to recognition.co[at]ls.tum.de.
The naming of the PDF should follow the scheme:
In semesters in which automatic deadline extensions have been granted in accordance with Art. 99 Para. 2 of the Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG) (information on this can be found at: https://www.tum.de/die-tum/aktuelles/coronavirus/studium), the following exceptions also apply in deviation from the above regulations:
- Conferences, extracurricular seminars, workshops (also digital) are eligible for recognition, provided that a subject-related reference is given and the other criteria for excursions are met.
Detailed, degree program - specific information about graduation can be found in the
Wiki Life Sciences – Study and Teaching - Graduation (TUM ID required for login)