Chemical and Biological Engineering (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Chemical and biological engineering is a discipline of engineering that deals with transforming materials through chemical, physical and biological processes. Acting as a link between chemistry, biotechnology, mechanical engineering and construction, chemical and biological engineers are responsible for implementing the processes developed in laboratory conditions in a production environment.

The degree programme lasts for four semesters and builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the Bachelor's degree programme. Students of the degree programme learn advanced scientific methods and gain more in-depth knowledge of chemical and biological process engineering.

Modules and degree programme structure

The degree programme allows students to choose their own areas of specialisation and includes elective modules and supplementary modules, a three-week project development course, a twelve-week work placement in industry and a Master's thesis which is completed over six months.

Students can choose four specialisations out of the eight core subjects to match their interests and career aspirations.

A choice of elective modules on a wide range of current, research-oriented topics – of which students select four – allows students to choose their own focus areas. The elective modules catalogue is updated at the beginning of each semester. Students are also required to take four different supplementary modules.

Students can choose from the following specialisation modules:

  • Simulation of granular and molecular systems
  • Bioreaction and bioprocess engineering
  • Mechanical process engineering
  • Process machines and process technology
  • Chemical reaction engineering
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Technical thermodynamics
  • Separation science and technology

Students can choose from supplementary modules such as:

  • Plant development
  • Production processes
  • Management practice
  • Process simulation
  • Transport processes
  • Environmental process engineering

More information is available in the module handbook and list of elective modules. 120 ECTS credits are required to successfully complete the Master's degree programme.

Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • Good career prospects
  • Gain initial professional experience during your studies through a work placement in industry
  • With a choice of specialisations and elective modules you are free to decide whether you prefer a broad education covering various areas of chemical and biological engineering or wish to specialise in either chemical or biological process engineering
  • A practice-orientated curriculum – many modules include laboratory work
  • Project development course: students plan the project development for a complete industrial plant in small groups with the involvement of industrial partners

Master of Science (MSc) is an internationally recognised academic degree and a professional qualification. The Master's degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering qualifies graduates for doctoral studies and for a career in various fields:

  • In the chemical, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industry, iron and steel industry, plastics industry, wood and construction materials industry, glass and ceramics industry, paper and pulp industry, textile industry or food industry, at waste disposal companies and at energy companies (in research, development, production, project management, marketing)
  • At planning, manufacturing and installation companies for processing machines and plants (management, planning, sales)
  • At supervisory or approval authorities (management, implementation and compliance)
  • At technical associations and organisations
  • At public or private research institutions (project management, basic research)
Admission requirements

There are several admission requirements for the Master's degree programme in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in chemical and biological engineering with a grade of 2.5 or better or with an average grade of 3.0 or better in the modules of at least four core subjects (see the examination regulations) qualify for admission to the Master's degree programme. Applicants with a degree that is not fully equivalent and/or a final grade worse than 2.5 will only be admitted to the Master's degree programme if they pass the oral admission examination. The Master's Admissions Committee has the final decision on an applicant's suitability for the degree programme.

Furthermore, you must submit proof of German and English language proficiency of at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Link to examination regulations.

a) Consecutive degree programme for the following Bachelor's degrees:

  • Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering – Sustainable Chemical Technologies
  • Life Science Engineering

b) Related Bachelor's degrees/admission to the Master's degree programme possible with additional courses:

  • Computational Engineering – providing that the branch of study or the technical application field in the Bachelor's degree was thermal fluid dynamics
  • Energy Technology

Application via the online application portal campo. More information on the application procedure is available here.

Studying abroad

There are a wide range of possibilities for students who want to spend some time studying abroad. The most common option is to spend a semester studying at a university abroad. Students can make use of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering's partnerships and exchange programmes or find a university in another country themselves (as a free mover).

The Department's partnerships with other universities:

Erasmus+ programme

The Erasmus+ programme was set up by the European Commission to promote the mobility of students and lecturers in Europe. Students of the Master's degree programme Chemical and Biological Engineering can also take part in the programme and spend up to two semesters at a partner university. In order to study at a university in another country, there must be a cooperation agreement between the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the university abroad that you wish to go to. The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has partnerships with universities in Budapest, Castelló de la Plana, Cosenza, Ljubljana, Perugia, Prague and Turku, four universities in Poland and three universities in Spain.

Degree program start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree program: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: Partially in English
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering