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Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (M.Sc.)

Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Faculty/department Life Sciences/Biotechnologie
No. of semesters 3
Applications accepted Winter semester: June 1st - July 15th; Summer semester: December 1st - January 15th
Language of instruction English
Fees/charges Semester contribution 335,60 €
Full-/part time Fulltime
Location Campus Bergedorf, Ulmenliet 20, 21033 Hamburg

The master degree programme Pharmaceutical Biotechnology is a consecutive course of studies, building upon a bachelor degree programme in Biotechnology. The aim is a stronger weighting on pharmaceutical products and processes considering the demands of the industry, especially in production and development, to the qualification of the graduates. Great importance attaches to the determination of new active pharmaceutical ingredients as well as pharmacological aspects. The programme also fosters the interdisciplinary competences of students in research and development. The master programme was certified by ASIIN in 2015.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Good reasons to study Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at HAW Hamburg

Our department looks back on a wide experience in the field of Bioprocess Engineering including various aspects in upstream and downstream processing. Since 2009 the focus in the master programme is on Pharmaceutical Biotechnology which is well recognized in the pharmaceutical industry throughout Germany. The programme provides a well-balanced mix of theoretical and special training courses with the option to conduct the master thesis in industry. Usually, applicants quickly find good jobs throughout Germany and Europe. Alternatively, they benefit from the qualification of this Master of Science degree to start a doctoral research study in a related field.

Antwort auf/zuklappen The right course for you?

Teaching and assessments are in English language, but German is spoken in all laboratories and is the predominant language at the University. Therefore, knowledge in English and German language is essential.

The target group are biotechnology graduates wishing to specialize for the pharmaceutical or related industry. Enrollees graduated at a Fachhochschule (polytechnic or equivalent) and having a diploma or equivalent degree in a related degree programme may be appointed to follow a customized course programme comprising specific degree subjects and core competences of the master programme and specialisation of the enrollee.This customized programme must be approved by the advisor and the examining board. Study programmes in Biology, Pharmacology, or Pharmacy, for example, do not qualify to enroll in this master programme due to missing engineering subjects.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Course content and structure

Eight modules are offered in the first academic year, subdivided into lectures, seminars, practical courses and projects. Soft skills and key qualifications are acquired within the courses.
In the module "Biopharmaceutical Engineering", students will be enabled to understand and to design bioprocesses and to recognise or to estimate complicated circumstances in integrated bioprocesses as well as to develop independently new bioprocesses. The modules "Bioprocess Automation" and "Process Simulation" provide knowledge of the automation- and technical-based functions of a bioreactor. In these modules, students will learn how to identify model parameters. The students will be enabled to independently analyse bioprocesses and to simulate process guidance strategies with the aid of computer programs.

The modules "Pharmaceutical Technology", "Purification Techniques", "Cell Culture Systems" and "Bioanalytics" are provided, following the usual sequence during development of a new active ingredient in the pharmaceutical industry. The students will be enabled to recognise the connections of identification, production and administration of active substances. They know about the meaning of pharmacological parameters and are familiar with quality control and quality assurance of developed products. In practice, they can pronounce recommendations suited for use, realise these recommendations in a team on their own responsibility and indicate developments or improvements in a self-contained way.

The deepening of various key competences is aimed in the module "Biopharmaceutical Research", but also in different lectures. Contributions of students are introduced in lectures individually or as a group and are discussed in the plenary. In addition, project results are reported from research projects that way. In the Research seminar, the atmosphere of a research institution is practiced.

The study ends with the master thesis, where students prove their interdisciplinary competence in research and development. A period of 6 months is allowed for completion.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Entry requirements

Entry requirements are:

  • First degree as Bachelor (in related disciplines) qualifying for a professional career or a comparable course of studies or a Diploma of a university with 210 CP.
  • Knowledge of English language proven by Abitur - or Fachhochschulzeugnis (s. Auswahlordnung) or accepted certificates: TOEFL-test (at least 87 points internet-based), IELTS (minimum Band 5.5) or CAE, CPE, FCE (minimum C) or certificates about good performance in foreign countries.
  • German language certificate level A2 by acknowledged institutions like Goethe-Institut
  • Applicants holding a first academic degree (bachelor, diploma etc.) from non-EU-countries: Graduate Record Examination (GRE); further information at

Additional papers to be submitted:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of motivation

Documents you may submit (optional):

  • Letter of recommendation from a university professor
  • Proof of particular professional experience


Important note for applicants with 180 CPs (ECTS) for courses which require 210 CPs (ECTS) from the first degree: Applicants whose bachelor diploma consists of 180 credit points (ECTS) must acquire another 30 credit points during the first semester of their studies. The specific department decides which examinations and tuition must be completed. Applicants will then be temporarily admitted and enrolled for one term in order to complete the missing 30 credit points. After the end of the first semester, the department will inform the student administration centre and the examination office whether the missing credit points have been acquired and the student may continue his studies.

Important for applicants with 180 CPs (ECTS) who have not done 20 weeks of industrial internship during or after their first degree studies: These applicants can be temporarily admitted and enrolled under the requirement of catching up missing weeks of practice within the master programme. This will probably prolong the total time of study. Details will be defined by the department.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Application and admissions procedure

The degree programme admits students for the winter and the summer semester. Application periods: 1st June - 15th July and 1st December - 15th January.

Applications for all Master programmes are made online. The online process is only activated during the application period. It is not possible to apply outside of the application periods. You can find more information under  or send an email to master-application(@)

Antwort auf/zuklappen Contact

Applications and admissions
HAW Master Admissions Office
Stiftstrasse 69, 20099 Hamburg (Berliner Tor campus)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9898
Find opening hours here:

Specifically subject-related queries
Prof. Dr. Stephan Noll
Ulmenliet 20, Room BT 102, 21033 Hamburg, Germany
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75 6351 (consulting hours only)

For general queries on HAW Hamburg degree courses and course choice
Student Counselling Team (Zentrale Studienberatung)
Stiftstrasse 69, 20099 Hamburg (Berliner Tor campus)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9110
Drop-in hours: Mon/Tues 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Thurs 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Advice and information by phone: Mon/Tues 10:00 – 11:00 am, Thurs 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Contact for applicants with disabilities or chronic health conditions
Meike Butenob
Alexanderstrasse 1, 20099 Hamburg, room 4.10
Tel.: +49.40.428 75-7220
Current contact hours:

Letzte Änderung: 26.02.20

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