Pharmaceutical Engineering (M. Sc.)

Department Applied Biosciences and Process Engineering

Course content and objectives

The program’s objective is to convey extensive knowledge and skills in the areas of producing and monitoring medicine and cosmetics as well as synthetic and biotechnological ingredients and those produced using genetic engineering. Graduates are able to ensure the quality of starting substances, products, and finished medicinal products according to international standards, apply scientific methods and insights specific to their professional field, and solve cross-sectional problems such as qualifying factories and validating processes in the pharmaceutical industry. Another program objective is to teach basic social, economic, and working competences that enable graduates to work cooperatively and solve management tasks.

The master's degree program in Pharmaceutical Engineering is focused on research. This means that graduates can take on especially tasks in research, development, and management in scientific institutes, research institutions, and businesses in various industries: In the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry as well as in the industrial production of medicinal products or even in environmental protection. With the master’s degree, graduates have the right to start a doctorate, enabling them to gain further scientific qualification. Graduates can also enter into higher civil service (höherer Dienst).


  • University Degree

     A qualified university degree in pharmaceutical engineering or comparable courses of study amounting to 210 credits is required.
    If the standard period of study of the degree program in which the bachelor's degree was obtained is 6 semesters (180 credits), an adaptation semester totaling 30 credits must be completed before the start of the program.

  • Language Skills
    • TestDAF Niveaustufe 4xTDN4
    • DSH2
    • or another acceptable German language certificate
  • Aptitude Test Procedure

    1. first university degree:

    • Overall grades up to 2.5 (German grading scale) can be admitted
    • Overall grades between 2.6 - 3.0 (German grading scale) go into the selection process
    • Overall grades of lower than 3.0 cannot be admitted


    2. further criteria:

    • if necessary aptitude interview