Brief description

Biotechnology is the integration of biological sciences, chemistry and process technology.

Biotechnology is the integration of biological sciences, chemistry and process technology. It uses organisms, cells and enzymes to manufacture, process and prepare products from biogenic raw materials for the good of the general public and the environment. The programme (specialization in Medical Biotechnology) is offered in cooperation with the Medical University of Vienna.

The academic education provided within the master's degree in Biotechnology features highly interdisciplinary basic courses in biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and bioprocess engineering.

Graduates develop a consolidated knowledge on biotechnological processes and on related areas of expertise such as biophysical chemistry, biochemistry, cell- and molecular biology, nanobiosciences, biostatistics and process engineering.

In addition to the teaching of scientific and technical subjects, importance is also given to personal development. Therefore, guidance in independent, critical and logical thinking, the ability to work abstractly, the ability to communicate and work within a team, as well as ethical and social responsibility is promoted.

Upon graduation, students have state-of-the-art knowledge on scientific research and development in the areas of expertise stated. They can perform research and develop and assess relevant techniques. Graduates are also equipped with concepts of quality management and relevant social scientific, economic and legal principles, rules and regulations. An industrial work placement of one month's duration supports the vocational education.

In addition students have the possibility to complete one of six optional specializations:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Medical Biotechnology (in cooperation with the Medical University of Vienna)
  • Nanobiosciences and Nanotechnology
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Environmental Biotechnology

Admission requirements

Graduates of the bachelor's programme in Food Science and Biotechnology offered by BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna are eligible for admission with no further requirements.

For graduates of other bachelor's programmes learning outcomes required for admission are defined in the curriculum. In addition, knowledge of English at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is required.

Employment opportunities

Graduates of this master's study programme work in the public sector (organizations, interest groups, research- and testing institutions, certification offices, quality management) as well as the private sector (biotech-, chemical- and pharmaceutical industry, start-ups and consulting).

The employment opportunities are diverse, from occupations in scientific research and development, in the planning, control and monitoring of biotechnological processes and applications, to the development of processes in the production of biological substances.