Life Science Engineering (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Life science engineering is a discipline of engineering that deals with transforming materials through chemical, physical, biological, microbiological and/or biotechnical processes. The aim of this is to improve product properties and reduce the number and amount of byproducts and waste through the application of new processes or the continuous optimisation of existing ones.

The degree programme lasts four semesters and builds on the knowledge and skills learnt in the Bachelor's degree programme. Students of the degree programme acquire in-depth knowledge of academic methodology and a range of subjects, in particular traditional and biological process engineering, medical biotechnology and pharmaceutical technology.

Modules and degree programme structure

The degree programme allows students to choose their own areas of specialisation and includes elective 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.

It offers an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge in different core areas of Life Science Engineering. Students must pass three of the following modules:

  • Bioreaction and bioprocess engineering
  • Medical biotechnology
  • Bioseparation
  • Mechanical process engineering

A choice of elective modules on a wide range of current, research-oriented topics - of which students select seven - allows students to choose their own focus area. The elective modules catalogue is updated at the beginning of each semester.

Students can choose elective modules such as

  • Immunobiotechnology
  • Food technology
  • Pharmaceutical technology
  • Bioprocess automation
  • Biophysics/Biomechanics
  • Environmental bioprocess technology

Students must also select two more modules, one from the catalogues of the Faculties of Engineering and Sciences and one from the catalogue of the entire university.

Further information can be found here.

120 ECTS credits are required to successfully complete the Master's degree programme.

Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU

Good reasons for choosing this degree programme at FAU

  • Good career prospects
  • Gain initial professional experience during your studies through a work placement in industry
  • Apart from specialisation in three areas of Life Science Engineering, students can form their personal profile according to their interests through elective modules.
  • A practice-oriented 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. Life Science Engineering qualifies graduates for doctoral studies and for a career in various fields:

  • In the biotechnological, pharmaceutical and agrochemical industry, medical and environmental engineering, food technology, the paper and pulp industry, the textile industry, at waste disposal companies and in water treatment (in research, development, production, project management, marketing)
  • At planning, manufacturing and installation companies for processing procedures 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 Life Science Engineering. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in life science 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 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.

Here is the link to the degree programme and examination regulations.

Consecutive degree programme for the following Bachelor's degree

  • Life Science Engineering

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

  • Chemical Engineering – Sustainable Chemical Technologies
  • Energy Technology
  • Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering

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

Studying abroad

There is a wide range of opportunities 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).

Erasmus+ programme

The Department's partnerships with other universities: 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 Life Science 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
Admission: Qualification assessment