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Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology MSc

General information

Since the start of the International Master Course on Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in 2008, the scientific community and the industry around Halle has significantly developed also to the field of Industrial Biotechnology. Motivated by this development, the Faculty of Sciences I - Biosciences of the Martin Luther University has decided to offer a specialized education in this emerging field of biotechnology.

The new International Master Course on Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology will enroll students in the winter term 2016/2017 (starting from October 1st) for the first time.

The existing master course has slightly been modified. Now, besides central modules mandatory for both fields of specialization (80 credit points), modules on either pharmaceutical biotechnology (40 credit points) or industrial biotechnology (40 credit points) are offered.

The future of biotechnology promises many advances in drugs (including polypeptides, proteins, viruses, DNA and antibiotics) and drug delivery systems as well in chemicals produced from renewable resources.

The field  of specialization „Pharmaceutical Biotechnology“ in the master course covers all relevant aspects for the development of new biotechnology based drugs, starting from of drug target identification over up- and downstream processing till formulation. It also provides a basis for understanding the mechanisms and process involved in diseases.

The field of specialization "Industrial Biotechnology"  in the master course covers all relevant aspects on the development of new industrial biotechnological processes, starting from access to and pretreatment of renewable resources over up- and downstream processing till application and process optimization. Biocatalysis, synthetic and systems biology and metabolic engineering will be covered during the classes.

In order to assure high quality of teaching especially in the labs, an equal numbers of students in the two areas of specialization is necessary. This equal number will be achieved by distributing the students randomly to the two areas of specialization. The board of examiners is responsible for the distribution. The chance to be selected for one area of specialization is 50%. There is the possibility to change with another student from the other area on a bilateral agreement.

So please be aware, that you will be studing either industrial biotechnology or pharmaceutical biotechnology as an area of specialization.

The M.Sc. program in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology is specially designed for undergraduates to obtain an internationally recognized degree by giving them the necessary knowledge, capabilities and methods in a way to enable them to scientific work, critical evaluation of scientific results and responsible action. You will mainly extend your practical and methodical experience

After successful completion of the Master examination, the Faculty of Sciences I – Biosciences at Martin Luther University awards the academic degree Master of Science (MSc.)

General information on the International Master Course on Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology at MLU
General Info PhInBT V14 2020.pdf (333,9 KB)  vom 02.06.2020

Detailed curriculum of the Master Course on Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology
Curriculum PhInBT Pie14.pdf (102 KB)  vom 01.09.2017

Manual of the modules of the master course Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Manual of Modules PhInBT 2016 03 03.pdf (178,3 KB)  vom 03.03.2016

The initial weekly time schedule for the current or next semester is available here:

Also, the complete list of lectures can be downloaded (see pdf-file)

Attention: This plan is not updated during the semester!!!  Please refer to the information provided by the lecturers via stud-ip, if there are any changes made to the initial time schedule.
Time schedule_PhInBT_WS22-23_Pie05 final.pdf (304 KB)  vom 04.10.2022

Time schedule PhInBT SuSe 2022 FINAL.pdf (95,5 KB)  vom 07.03.2022

Time schedule_PhInBT_WS20212_FINAL.pdf (193,6 KB)  vom 30.09.2021

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