RWTH offers a Master's in Molecular and Applied Biotechnology which is based on the Bachelor course of study and intensifies studies in four different research fields: red, gree, and white biotechnology and process engineering.The Master course of study “Molecular and Applied Biotechnology” was designed within the interdisciplinary collaboration involving the engineering sciences at RWTH Aachen to blend the natural sciences and strong bioengineering components. In addition to molecular biology subjects, process engineering basics, reaction engineering and bioreactor technology are the main cornerstones of the training for this consecutive program and are an essential basis for the continuing training in the Master’s program.

The course of study is very much research oriented. Application-oriented research is highly valued. The interdisciplinary character between molecular biotechnology and process engineering is underscored by mandatory modules. "Red biotechnology" is represented by a selection from other faculties.

Programme Structure


In the Master’s course of study students take three compulsory modules in the fields industrial biotechnology, molecular biology, bioanalytics, and protein and process design. The mandatory modules are organized into four pillars:

  • White Biotechnology
  • Greem Biotechnology
  • Red Biotechnology
  • Process Engineering

Every student chooses one concentration pillar. From this concentration pillar the student selects at least two lecture modules and at least two internship modules.

Entry Requirement

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects

As an interdisciplinary science, biotechnology offers diverse field of work depending on one's specialization. The first possibility is research work conducted through doctoral studies. Depending on students' interests and discipline, universities and university hospitals, external research institutions, such as the Fraunhofer, Max Planck, and Helmholtz institutes, and research companies all offer a potential job market. The focus on application, technical components, and the possibility to acquire additional qualifications (such as business administration, computer science, medicine, engineering sciences, and languages) offers good possibilities for finding jobs in industry. Aside from research, examples also include employment in quality management, supervising studies, product development, marketing, or sales. Natural scientists are becoming more important in consulting. Numerous official offices and scientific services offer an interesting job market. The Federal Employment Agency annually publishes investigations into the job market for academics in Germany and into the job market for the natural sciences and computer science.

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