Molecular Biotechnology (Bachelor of Science)

Do biomolecules and biotechnology make your heart beat faster? How about reprogramming and optimizing cells, obtaining biomolecules, or constructing them with improved or new functions, or combining knowledge from genetic engineering, protein chemistry, and biophysical methods with databases and simulation methods? Is this exactly your thing? Then start your TUM Bachelor's program in Molecular Biotechnology with us in Freising and Garching in the heart of Bavaria.

Studying Molecular Biotechnology 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: aptitude assessment for bachelor's degree

Language of instruction:  German

Main location: Freising-Weihenstephan

Tuition fees: none (information about the semester fee)

The TUM Bachelor’s program in Molecular Biotechnology deals with the production or construction of natural and artificial biomolecules with the help of cells or organisms. In times of genetic engineering and synthetic biology it has become much easier to reprogram or optimize the construction of natural and artificial biomolecules with the help of cells or organisms. It is also possible to create artificial biomolecules with improved or innovative functions. Through protein design but also proteomics, metabolomics, animal and plant biotechnology, cell culture technology, and modern microbiology you can create new molecular "tools". For example, you can develop new active ingredients and antibodies for medicine, biocatalysts for use in industrial biotechnology or make your contribution to climate protection through applied biotechnology. To do this, you use genetic engineering, protein biochemistry, and biophysical methods in conjunction with databases and computer simulation methods (bioinformatics).

In the foreground of this interdisciplinary course is the scientific construction and manipulation of biomolecules, cells and organisms in connection with modern biotechnological production processes. Get into new technologies and change the future.

Still not had enough of molecular biotechnology? Most graduates follow a consecutive master's program that enables them to carry out scientific work with professional decision-making competence. Still not enough? A doctorate allows you to become scientifically active independently.

Not looking for an academic  career? The Bachelor of Science is of course already a first professional qualification, which allows you to start your career directly in an industrial company. In addition to the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, the biotechnology sector is of particular relevance to your skills. This industry is currently showing strong growth, giving you very good chances in the job market.

The goal of the Molecular Biotechnology program is a comprehensive education in molecular biology, biotechnology, and biochemistry. At the beginning of the program, the focus is therefore a thorough grounding in the core subjects of natural sciences, especially chemistry, as well as bioinformatics and statistics. For this reason, the lectures are initially also held across faculties, both at the TUM School of Life Sciences, the TUM School of Natural Sciences, and the TUM School of Engineering. You will benefit from the fact that you will always be taught by the respective specialists in the field and thus be at the cutting edge of science.

Compared to the traditional study of biochemistry, which has many similarities with molecular biotechnology, you will focus on constructive-synthetic research approaches in contrast to the deductive-analytical research approaches of biochemistry. Thus, you do not focus on analysis, but rather on the construction of molecules to solve medical or biochemical problems.

In addition to your compulsory modules such as Biochemical Analysis, General Pharmacology and Molecular Genetics, the elective modules allow you to pursue your own interests and thus build your own profile.

In the sixth and final semester of your studies, you will complete a Bachelor's thesis on a topic of your choice and conclude it with a presentation.

Interested? Take a look at the curriculum.

At the end of your studies you will have strong fundamental knowledge in the fields of biotechnology, mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, chemistry, physics and biology and will be able to further apply this knowledge. The degree program prepares you for an independent scientific working environment with experimental methods through a close interlocking of theory and practice. You will be a specialist in the fields of genetic engineering, protein engineering, and metabolic engineering and your knowledge will help you to solve scientific problems. Due to your numerous laboratory internships you will be skilled in the use of modern analytical instruments, handling of microbial and human cell cultures, ELISA tests, cell staining, real-time PCR, purification of proteins, molecular biological DNA techniques and will have methodical and technical competence.

You will be familiar with the different fields of application of molecular biotechnology in research and industry. You will be able to familiarize yourself with new biotechnological topics of research relevance and work on them using your professional competence based on the current state of scientific knowledge. You will then be able to evaluate, explain, and interpret the results and place them in their scientific context.

In addition to your biotechnological knowledge, you will learn entrepreneurial thinking and trading methods, have expertise in soft skills, project management, patent law and bioethics, among others.

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 Molecular Biotechnology course directly in the portal.

After your documents have been checked, you will receive, depending on the points you have achieved, immediate admission, a rejection or an invitation to an interview at the university.

If you are offered admission immediately or after the interview, you will have to submit some certified hard copies.

Prerequisite for the study program is the general university entrance qualification or a comparable qualification.

A pre-study internship before the start of your studies is not required for admission.

The admissions process of the degree program is described in the admission regulations of the study program.

A course of study for the future

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#1 in Germany (Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022)

Already in the middle of your bachelor's degree in Molecular Biotechnology? Everything you need!

  • Degree program documentation

    The degree program documentation presents the concept of the study program.

  • Module catalog
    We update the module catalog every semester. Depending on your start of studies (i.e. depending on your version of the Fachprüfungs- und Studienordnung (FPSO)) you can find the module manual here, in which all currently offered modules are described.
    • Module catalog 20231 (from start of degree program WS 23/24) – available from WS 23/24!
    • Module catalog 20191 (from start of degree program WS 19/20)
    • Module catalog 20131 (until start of degree program WS 18/19)

  • Curriculum
    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

  • 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. Brigitte Poppenberger. 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

A pre-study internship before the start of the course is not required for admission.

More information about

Bus connection Weihenstephan – Garching

Detailed, degree program - specific information about graduation can be found in the
Wiki Life Sciences – Study and Teaching - Graduation (TUM ID required for login)

Personal student advising

Dr. Michael Scharmann

Campus Office
ground floor, room 07
Tel. +49 8161 71 3804

Consultation hours: Mon-Fri from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., open presence hours Wed 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. and by arrangement

Everything you need to know!

Many general questions can already be answered by the FAQs.

FAQs about studying

Current and course-specific information for students of the TUM School of Life Sciences

Wiki Study and Teaching (with TUM login only)

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