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Master's degree programme Biotechnology

Through the interdisciplinary NAWI Graz master’s programme Biotechnology, internationally recognized instructors provide you with knowledge about technological processes occurring in biosystems as well as about the development and use of biotechnological applications and methods. The core areas are molecular biotechnology, biocatalysis, and environmental, food, enzyme and bioprocess technology. Students benefit from access to the excellently equipped laboratories and modern infrastructure.


  • You learn working and analytical methods used in the fields of microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and gene, enzyme and fermentation technology.
  • You carry out experiments at the cutting edge of science and technology.
  • You evaluate the results of experiments, identify problems and develop proposals for solutions.
  • You learn to critically analyse scientific data, interpret them responsibly and with integrity, and present them clearly.
  • You use modern information technologies.
  • You work in teams and present the results of projects or scientific work.

Compulsory and Elective Modules

You will gain basic knowledge in the specialised areas in compulsory modules. In addition, you can choose individual key areas in elective modules.

Compulsory modules:

  • Molecular Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
  • Bioprocess Technology
  • Environmental and Food Biotechnology
  • Laboratory Project Biotechnology

Elective modules:

  • Enzyme and Protein Technology
  • Systems and Synthetic Biotechnology
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Food Biotechnology

More detailed information about the contents can be found in the Curriculum.

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  • Duration of study: 4 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 120
  • Academic degree: Diplom-Ingenieurin or Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl.Ing. or DI), equivalent to the Master of Science (MSc)
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Admission requirements


Semester plan

Admission Requirements

The admission of graduates of the NAWI Graz bachelor’s degree programme Molecular Biology is granted without further stipulations. Other preliminary studies, for which admission without stipulations is possible, can be found in the curriculum.

Graduates of all other degree programmes offered at the TU Graz or, in the case of a NAWI Graz programme, the University of Graz, also do not have to undergo the admission procedure. You can apply for admission at the Registration Office.

All other programme applicants must undergo the admission procedure.

Registration period for the academic year 2020/21: 15 October to 15 December 2019

Registration and admission procedure

Regulations for the admission procedure

Admission Deadlines

Summer semester 2020:

7 January to 30 April 2020

Winter semester 2020/21:

13 July to 30 November 2020

Please note: You may need to complete an admission procedure before you can register for the programme.

Further informationen on admission

International degree programme applicants: admission and application deadlines

Career Options

Graduates are employed in leading positions in both the basic and applied sciences in academia and industry. Biotechnologists plan experiments and analyses, implement these, and examine existing solutions. Their problem-solving skills are needed for research and technological development.

Graduates work in the following areas:

  • industrial biotechnology,
  • chemical manufacturing using biocatalytic processes,
  • pharmaceutical research,
  • food technology,
  • environmental biotechnology,
  • agricultural research,
  • in relevant university and non-university research institutions, and
  • with public authorities or in public offices.

Information and Advice for Prospective Students