Biotechnology

Bachelor of Science

Languages of Instruction/Examination: German

Qualification Profile of the Graduate: Learning is based on a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. The aims are to provide students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge base, professional DS BB Page 2 of 5 awareness, critical faculty, interpretative and communicative skills and ethical responsibility expected of informed professionals working within specialist. The Biotechnology programme provides the student with a wide range of specialist knowledge and skills in biotechnology and related interdisciplinary fields. Roughly 27% of the programme content aims to provide the student with a solid foundation of scientific knowledge and skills (Maths, Physics and Chemistry). This is followed by bioscientific modules (Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology), which are more specialized in nature and account for 24-29% of the content, depending on the elective chosen. In comparison to other natural sciences study courses, the programme has a more specialized profile with 17-19% of the content (depending on the elective chosen) given over to engineering modules (Process Engineering, Measurement and Control, Bioreaction Engineering and Bioprocess Engineering).  

The programme qualifies the graduate for jobs in a wide range of fields, from bioprocess development to biotechnological production. A work experience semester further develops the student’s skills, while the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills enable the graduates to understand complex biotechnological questions and to develop solutions and strategies. The programme lays special emphasis on internationality. This includes some courses being taught in English and maintaining a wide range of cooperative agreements with foreign universities and research centers, encouraging students to work or study abroad. 

Profile of the study programmes in Biotechnology

The BSc and MSc programmes in Biotechnology were introduced as consecutive courses. The subject matter in the Bachelor programme is extended and treated in greater depth in the Master programme. 

The Bachelor degree programme has been designed to be broad and covers the entire spectrum of biotechnology from microbiology to bioreaction engineering and environmental biotechnology. 

The Bachelor degree programme can generally be completed in seven semesters. This includes a work-experience semester (5th semester) and a semester devoted to a final project (7th semester). These two semesters can be considered project phases and are conducted in research laboratories, which also emphasizes the strong emphasis on research in this programme. 

Biotechnology has its base in the sciences and profits from a close link between basic research and applications. The life-science industry spends an overproportionally large amount of its budget on research, and some companies are completely research-oriented, working on a contractual basis with large firms. In modern biotechnology, technology transfer is no longer a sequential progression from basic research to development, but more an iterative process in which constant feedback, for example from operations back to research centers and vice versa, is the rule. Experts for this industry must tap on their own experience in experimental research. This should extend beyond familiarity with a broad spectrum of methods and modern techniques and should include knowledge of scientific theories and the ability to apply this knowledge using scientific methods. As the assignments for skilled workers in the pharmaceutical industry and in the new biotechnology firms become increasingly interdisciplinary, a list of additional scientific qualifications are gaining in importance. This is especially true for highly qualified scientific employees in the laboratory, for whom a broad scientific background must be be complimented by in-depth knowledge and specialisation in a particular area. To prepare students for research positions, special emphasis is placed on research projects. The practical aspect of the degree programme is determined primarily by the specialisation of the research project. 

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Diploma Supplement

The function of this Diploma Supplement is to elaborate on the information provided by the Bachelor-Urkunde (graduation certificate) and the Bachelor-Zeugnis (transcript) awarded by Mannheim University of Applied Sciences.

Further Information can be found on Department of Biotechnology