At a glance

DegreeBachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Length of course7 semesters
No. of places available

Winter semester: 30
Summer semester: 30

Start of courseWinter semester and Summer semester
How to applyHochschule Mannheim 
online via the application portal
Application deadline

For the winter semester: 15. July
For the summer semester: 15. January

Admission requirements                                         General or specialised higher education entrance qualification, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences or proof of equivalent previous education


Course-related advice
Dean of Studies

Prof. Dr. Wiedemann

Application queries
Student Service Centre

General queries about studying
Department Secretariat

Further information
Go to Department B information pages



An applied science

Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary, applied science that interfaces to classic natural sciences and engineering subjects in various ways.

Insights from these disciplines are interwoven to create biological systems for manufacturing products or for employing in services in:

  • medicine (red biotechnology),
  • modern plant cultivation (green biotechnology),
  • environmental engineering (grey biotechnology), as well as
  • in the chemical industry in a resource-efficient and environmentally-friendly way (white biotechnology).     


Graduates of the Biological Chemistry degree programme undergo production and process-oriented training and find employment in the following sectors: 

Industry (chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech.): Research and development, analytics and quality control, production and technology, customer service and sales, management

Research institutions: Institutes at universities, Max-Planck institutes, Fraunhofer institutes, Helmholtz research centres (DKFZ, KIT, etc.), other major research centres (EMBL Heidelberg, etc.)

Other career options include chemical-analytical laboratories, clinics and local authorities.

Course objectives

The Hochschule Mannheim bachelor's degree programme features a high level of practical relevance and offers contact to industry at an early stage. Practically-oriented teaching is guaranteed, for instance by a high percentage of laboratory exercises in the foundation and main part of the degree course, as well as an integrated internship semester.

Hochschule Mannheim's close ties to companies and research organisations in the region (e.g. the DKFZ research centres, EMBL, MPI or major companies such as ABBVIE, BASF, MERCK, ROCHE) ensure that the course has a high degree of practical relevance and optimal career prospects.

Course structure

1. + 2. semesters

Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Basics of Biology, Molecular Cell Biology

3. + 4. semestersBiotechnological contents
Biostatistics, Physical and Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Process, Measurement and Control Engineering, Genetic Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering
5. semester           

Internship semester
In industry or in a scientific institution 

6. + 7. semesters

Options for advanced study
Bioprocesses, Cell Cultures, Quality Management, Environmental Biotechnology, Toxicology

7. semester

Bachelor's thesis
In industry or a scientific institution 

Electives/master’s degree

A three-semester master's degree programme builds on the bachelor's degree. The course has an international outlook and is conducted entirely in English, its focus is on:

  • Bioprocess Development

Why study Biotechnology in Mannheim?

Our degree programme offers practical knowledge and skills, small class sizes and applied research.

Additionally, our teaching of key qualifications fosters the objective of already providing degrees with professional relevance at the bachelor’s stage.

A special feature of our Department is the number of lasting, regional business contacts that we have built up, and which offer our students a unique learning environment. 

Further information on this degree programme

at Biotechnology

Related courses

Biological Chemistry