In the interdisciplinary NAWI Graz master’s degree programme Biotechnology, you will learn significantly more about the technological preparation of biosystems as well as the development and operation of biotechnological applications and processes.
You will learn working and analytical techniques in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetic engineering, enzymology and fermentation technology. In addition to the focal point of gene expression, protein production and biocatalysis, you will also learn the basics in the area of environmental and food biotechnology.
In practical laboratory courses, for example, students learn how to use process control, adjust a pH and scale-up a fermentation process. You will be supported by an experienced team and will have access to optimal laboratory infrastructure with state-of-the-art fermentation plants of various sizes (pilot plants).
You will acquire basic knowledge in the subject in the following compulsory modules:
In addition, you can choose individual focal points in the following elective modules:
Biotechnology is a key technology of the 21st century with a focus on applications in industry, agriculture, the environment and medicine. The interdisciplinary curriculum, positioned at the interface of basic and applied research, promotes problem solving capacities to educate and train bio-engineers prepared to tackle the challenges of the future.
Mario Klimacek, Dean of Studies
The close cooperation with acib (Austrian Research Centre of Industrial Biotechnology) enables students to establish firm contacts with potential employers and carry out master's thesis work with industrial partners. acib currently is constructing a network of about 300 partners in the field of industrial biotechnology.
In addition, firmly established networks with industrial partners in the pharmaceutical sector (e.g. Bayer Pharma AG, Sandoz GmbH, La Roche), as well as in the field of green chemistry (e.g. BASF SE) offers the students a good insight into practical applications.
The prerequisite for admission is a completed bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject (see curriculum).
Additionally, you need to provide evidence of competence in the English language.
For the academic year 2023/24 there will be no admission procedure. You can go directly to the next step (2. Admission).
Registration for the admission procedure: 15 December 2023 to 15 March 2024
If you have already been admitted to a degree programme at TU Graz, or have studied at TU Graz before, please come to the Registrar's Office in person to complete your admission during the admission period.
Biotechnologists work in both the private sector (biotech, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, consulting) and the public sector (research and test facilities, certification authorities, quality management, interest groups).
The employment opportunities are diverse. They range from careers in scientific research and development to the planning, control and monitoring of biotechnological processes and applications and on to the development of processes for the production of biological substances. Biotechnologists are active in the following areas:
Graduates apply their knowledge practically, for example, as follows: