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Molecular Bioengineering

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Timetable - summer term 2014

- Timetable Molecular Bioengineering of the summer term 2014
- Schedule for the lectures Genome Engineering and Dynamics of Protein Networks of the summer term 2014

Contents

 

20th century physics and biology took science to the atomic and molecular level. To meet today?s technological challenges we have to follow this trend and move from micro- to nanotechnology. At this level of spatial resolution, technology meets biology. The machines in our cells and in all life on earth are nanomachines encoded in a genetic language. These nanomachines provide functionality at a much smaller scale, greater efficiency, consuming less energy and creating less pollution as is currently possible with micro-technologies. We have to understand how to engineer such cellular machines.

To realize this vision of molecular bioengineering, the master program brings a novel combination of biology, biochemistry, biophysics, materials science, medical science, bioinformatics and nanotechnology together. The program Molecular Bioengineering aims to teach students the fundamentals in biomedicine and bio-nanotechnology combining biology and technology, which are linked in two ways: On the one hand, biological knowledge on cells is applied to develop the notion of molecular factories; on the other hand, nano-technology and bioinformatics are enabling technologies applicable to engineer biomaterials for medical applications.

Degree

Master of Science

Duration 

4 semester (3 semester coursework + 1 semester thesis) 

Intake

only for winter semester, starting on October 1st

Language 

English

Teaching Staff 

The major share of teaching in the master program is covered by the BIOTEC professors and their assistants. Their expertise is complemented by teachers from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), Max Bergmann Center for Biomaterials (MBZ), Leibniz-Institute for Polymer Research (IPF) Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) and the Medical Theoretical Center (MTZ). 

Accreditation 

The Master in Molecular Bioengineering has been succesfully re-accredited by the national accreditation agency ACQUIN in  September 2010 for 7 years until 2017. 

Career Prospects 

The dynamic development in life sciences and biotechnology creates a huge demand for qualified scientists in these areas. Graduates of the Molecular Bioengineering program will be able to find appropriate positions in research institutes as well as in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and software industry.

Curriculum and Modules

The modules taught in the first three semesters fall into two categories: biomedical and technological modules. The biomedical modules comprise genomics and stem cell engineering proteomics, and chemistry with bio-molecules and the technological modules include bioinformatics, bionanotechnology and polymeric materials, biophysics and cellular machines. Starting in the 2nd semester the students may choose one out of of 2 optional modules: Application in Biomedicine or Application in Technology. Both include a seminar series in which leading researchers present the state-of-the-art and their current research results relevant to the respective specialisation. Furthermore, a workshop on public and economic aspects of bioengineering discusses ethical and legal issues, patenting, and how to found and lead biotechnological companies. After covering these modules the students devote the last of the four semesters to a thesis. 

The documents outlining the contents of each module, the kind of exams to be taken and the course of studies can be downloaded here. Please note that the current versions (see below) have been officially approved by the Scientific Board of the BIOTEC. Right now they are legally checked by the university administration. Once this is completed, they will be signed by the rector. This is an English courtesy translation - only the German version is legally binding! 

Funding

 Living expenses in Dresden


The TU Dresden is a public university and does not charge tuition fees. Students only have to pay a registration or service fee (called "Semesterbeitrag") of currently approx. EUR 220 per semester which includes a ticket for Dresden?s public transport network.

In general, living costs in Dresden are relatively low as compared to other German cities. Students may expect monthly expenses of minimum EUR 650-700. This will cover the following:

  • Rent: approx. EUR 150-250 (in a student residence or shared flat/WG)
  • Health insurance: EUR 60-100
  • Other expenses 

 Scholarships 

GoWest Scholarship Program for nationals from Middle and Eastern Europe, including the Community of Independent States 

In cooperation with the Haniel/Klaus Tschira foundations, we offer up to 3 GoWest scholarships to very good students from Middle and Eastern Europe, including the Community of Independent States, for all 3 master programs.

The scholarship amounts to 625 EUR per month and includes a German language course. In order to apply for it, you just have to state this in the online application form. The selection committee of the master program selects the eligible candidates among the admitted students and submits a shortlist to the Haniel and Klaus Tschira foundations for approval. Successful candidates are notified by the BIOTEC student office.

TU Dresden participates in the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project "MUNDUS ACP" with several African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. University Graduates from these countries may apply for a scholarship for their master studies at TU Dresden and other European universities. Please find detailed information on the program at the MUNDUS ACP website

The Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a limited number of scholarships to foreign graduate students interested in studying in Germany. Application forms for these DAAD grants are available at German embassies, the DAAD offices and from the educational institution itself. Scholarships may also be available from national, bi-national, or international organisations of many countries. Students interested in such scholarships should inquire at the nearest DAAD office or at their university as early as possible.  

Student Jobs

In order to earn money, some of you may look for part-time work. Students from EU member states (except Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Hungary), countries of the EEA and Switzerland do not need a work permit as the same conditions apply to them as to German citizens. This includes getting a tax card (Lohnsteuerkarte).

Students from other countries can also work without a work permit as long as they do not work more than 90 days full-time per year or alternatively 180 days part-time up to four hours a day.

Professors of the master program might offer you some work as a student assistant in their lab which is also a good possibility to gain some more experience.

 Another possibility of finding a temporary job is the Studentische Arbeitsvermittlung e.V. (StAV), TU Dresden Campus, Student Council Office - Studentenrat, Room 11, 01062 Dresden (wooden house on the campus Südvorstadt, behind the Hörsaalzentrum). Please note that this last possibility might be difficult for students who do not speak German.

Application

Please APPLY NOW for the winter term 2014/15! Application deadline: 31 May 2014. For more information on the requirements and application procedure, please see below.

WHO can apply

Do you have

1. a Diploma degree or a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification in one of the following fields:

  • Biology / Life Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry / Biochemistry
  • Computer Science
  •  Materials Science
  • Medicine
  • Nanotechnology
  • Physics

Please note: from most countries (including India, China...) a minimum of a 4-year Bachelor degree or 3-year Bachelor degree plus 1-year Master degree is required as a minimum (i.e. a minimum of a 4-year study duration)!

2. a good command of English

  • TOEFL: minimum level 550 points paper-based OR 213 points computer-based OR 79-80 points internet-based
  • IELTS: minimum level 6.0
  • certificates of other tests of equivalent standard will also be considered, e.g. UniCERT, CAE, CPE

3. proven basic knowledge in biochemistry, cell biology, materials science, physics and mathematics

If you fulfil these eligibility criteria, please apply for our master course Molecular Bioengineering! 

For further details please refer to the admission regulations!

Please note: The German text of the official publication is the authoritative version. The English version is a courtesy translation. In case of ambiguity, please refer to the German documents.

HOW to apply

The application round for the winter term 2014/15 is opened.

Please note that you need to complete the following steps for your application:

1. You need to apply online at: https://www.biotec.tu-dresden.de/teaching/masters-courses/apply/.

2. In addition, you need to send certified copies of the following documents and certified English or German translations (if the documents have not been issued in one of these languages) to us by post.

  • your university degree certificate(s)
  • latest transcripts of records
  • your higher education entrance qualification (Abitur, Baccalaureate, School-Leaving Certificate, O- and A-Levels etc.), including list of grades
  • CV in English
  • motivation letter in English 
  • two letters of recommendation from professors of your college or university qualified to evaluate your academic achievements and your potential for graduate study
  • proof of your English proficiency 
  • applicants from China, Mongolia and Vietnam must provide the APS certificate by the Akademische Prüfstelle from the German Embassy in Beijing, Ulan Bator or Hanoi. Please find more information here.
  • we require a Bachelor's degree from most Asian applicants (including India, China etc.) with a minimum of four years of study or, alternatively, a three year Bachelor's degree plus one year of Master's studies.

In order to consider your application we need all the documents listed above. 

Please do not send original documents; certified copies are acceptable at the time of application. However, please note that we do have to see the originals upon your arrival when you register at the TUD. 

If you want your documents back in case you are not admitted, please enclose 5 international reply coupons (international students) or a self-adressed, prepaid envelope (German students)!
 
Please send required documents via snail mail (not by fax) to the BIOTEC student office:

BIOTEC - TU Dresden
 Student Office/Application for Molecular Bioengineering
 Tatzberg 47/49
 01307 Dresden
 GERMANY

We will confirm the receipt of your documents at our office by email!.

3. For foreign applicants only: please also register in the online registration system of the TUD registration office at https://qis.dez.tu-dresden.de/qisserverausl/rds?state=wimma&stg=m&imma=einl and include a print-out of the form in the documents you sent to us.

WHEN to apply

We offer admission only once a year, for winter term starting in October. Application Deadline is May 31 (This is the date of receipt in our office - NOT the date of despatch and NOT the date of the online registration!). 

The applications are evaluated by the selection committee of the master program within approx. 4 weeks after the application deadline. Decisions on admittance will be based on your grade point average (GPA) and your educational and professional background. 

If your application is successful, the committee is going to mail you a confirmation letter, stating that you are selected for the program. Simultaneously, we pass on your application details to the Registration Office (for German students) and International Office (for international students) at the Technische Universität Dresden who will check that all formal requirements are met. 

German students should report to the TUD Immatrikulationsamt directly if they arrive here at the beginning of the semester. 

International students are going to receive an admission letter (referred to as "Zulassungsbescheid") from the TUD International Office. This letter should be used to apply for a student visa at the German Embassy of your home country. Along with the admission letter you will also receive a detailed checklist with the formalities to be completed before and after your arrival in Dresden. Please also kindly refer to the FAQ section on this website which might answer some of your related questions already! 

Good luck for your application!

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