Master’s in Biotechnology (Germany) Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg

Application Deadline

Jan. 15, 2019

Program Commencement

April 1, 2019

Duration of the Program

Three Semesters

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Program Details

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in applied Biotechnology offered at the Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus–Senftenberg (BTU) is an intensive, laboratory-based, research-oriented training programme that follows a Bachelor’s programme in Biotechnology of seven or six semesters. The Master’s programme starts every year in the summer semester (for the programme with a regular duration of three semesters) or winter semester (for the programme with a regular duration of four semesters). The programme will be conducted on the campus in Senftenberg.

To provide the students with a broad theoretical background and extensive practical training, lectures and lab courses are offered in the following specializations:

  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Bioanalytics
  • Laboratory Diagnostics

All lectures, seminars, and laboratory courses are taught in English.

After two or three semesters of intensive training, students complete the programme with a five-month thesis project leading to the Master of Science degree. The thesis project involves experimental work under the supervision of a faculty member of the Master’s programme. This work can also be done outside the university, i.e., in research institutes or companies.

Eligibility/ Requirements

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in the subject area or an equivalent degree with
    • 210 ECTS credits, equivalent to European seven-semester study (for the programme with a regular duration of three semesters) or
    • 180 ECTS credits, equivalent to European six-semester study (for the programme with a regular duration of four semesters).
  • Relevant Bachelor’s programmes are in particular Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioengineering, Molecular Biology, and research-oriented Human or Veterinary Medicine (with focus on one of the previously mentioned subjects). Bachelor’s degrees in other areas of Human or Veterinary Medicine and in Pharmacy are not accepted.
  • Degrees without a thesis or an equivalent publication are not accepted. Applicants have to submit the thesis/equivalent publication during the application process. (If the thesis/equivalent publication is not in English or German, you have to submit the paper(s) in the original language and to add a meaningful summary in English or German.)
  • At least 70 ECTS credits or 60 semester hours of biological, biomedical, biochemical or biophysical subjects in the Bachelor’s programme.
  • A proof of practical laboratory work of at least six months (e.g., during the preparation of the thesis, practical semester).

Application Process

For an application, the following must be submitted:

  • your fully completed and signed online application form (on uni-assist),
  • a certified copy of a document proving the completion of a bachelor’s or higher level degree including transcripts of records/list of subjects taken (if the original is not in English or German, then you need a notarized translation to English or German from a sworn translator),
  • a simple copy of the higher education entrance qualification (a notarised translation to English or German from a sworn translator is required if the original is not in English or German),
  • a concise up-to-date curriculum vitae with details about your educational history, lab experience, research interests, etc.,
  • thesis or equivalent publication (if the thesis/equivalent publication is not in English or German, you have to submit the paper(s) in the original language and to add a meaningful summary in English or German),
  • a separate proof of practical laboratory work (of at least 6 months) if it is not apparent in the transcripts of records, internship reports etc.
  • a proof of English language skills (described in the handout),
  • a simple copy of passport/official personal identification,
  • a simple copy of a valid residence permit for Germany, if available,
  • APS (Akademische Prüfstelle/Academic Verification Office) certificate for Chinese, Vietnamese and Mongolian applicants.

International applicants have to apply via uni-assist. Uni-assist verifies applications on their credentials – it does not grant admissions. If the verification of uni-assist is successful, the application is forwarded to BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg where the application will be evaluated with regards to the admission to the programme. A submission of application documents directly to the university is not possible.

Find more information about the program here.

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