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Life Science Engineering (BSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Life Science Engineering links engineering and life sciences. It combines scientific foundations with technical applications. These applications serve the purpose of health protection (pharmaceutical and medical biotechnology) or environmental protection (waste water treatment, energy efficiency). Interdisciplinary life science engineering is a rapidly expanding field thanks to current and future developments in society.

What can I do with this degree?

In Life Science Engineering, you can develop production processes and products which promote people's health. This includes functional food, medical devices, new medicines and production processes and aspects of environmental protection (designing new analysis methods).

  • Designing processes on a small, large and industrial scale
  • Development, production planning (of biotechnological products)
  • Optimising processes for efficient use of energy and raw materials
  • Development of (small) medical devices and processes
  • Planning and designing plants and equipment
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • interest in the mathematical and physical aspects of the world
  • interest in applying concepts from mathematics and physics
  • team skills
  • interest in interdisciplinary work
  • ability to work independently (self-organisation)
  • interest in experiments
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • Teaching is interdisciplinary and includes experts from industry.
  • Practical courses, student assistant jobs and numerous collaborations of the department's institutes with research institutes and industry help students to gain insight into process engineering.
  • Almost all disciplines of modern medicine are represented at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen.
  • Cluster initiatives and Energie Campus Nürnberg are only two examples of many employment opportunities in the region.
Potential challenges
  • Life Science Engineering is an engineering degree programme, it is not a purely scientific or medical degree programme.
  • Examination periods are at the beginning and end of the semester breaks, meaning that you will need to use the breaks to study for examinations.
  • You must have well-structured independent working methods and carry out careful preparation and follow-up work in order to complete the degree programme within the set period.
  • In the first semester, you will already have to complete the preliminary examination (GOP) within a set period to prove that your skills and knowledge are suitable for the degree programme.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree programme: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Size: (50-99 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering