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Molecular Bioengineering




Winter term 2017/18
- Timetable Molecular Bioengineering, 1st semester
- Timetable Molecular Bioengineering, 3rd semester

Summer term 2017
- Timetable Molecular Bioengineering, 2nd semester



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.


Master of Science


4 semester (3 semester coursework + 1 semester thesis) 


only for winter semester, starting on October 1st



International Students

Our Master's program is very international, with approx. 1/3 of the students coming from Germany and 2/3 from all over the world, e.g. from Mexico, Brazil, India, Russia, Ukraine, the USA, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Greece...

PhD Option

Through a cooperation between the Dresden International PhD Program (DIPP) and the three Master‘s programs Molecular Bioengineering, Nanobiophysics and Regenerative Biology and Medicine, a Fast Track (after one year of study) or Early Admission (after 3 semesters) to our PhD program is possible for selected students. Decision will be made based on performance and recommendation.

Fast Track:
Outstanding students (a maximum of 6 students) in the first year (2nd semester) are invited to apply to the PhD program for a „fast track“. In that case, admitted candidates will enter the PhD program without completing the Master's degree.

Early Admission:
Outstanding students (a maximum of 6 students) in the second year (3rd semester) are invited to apply to the PhD program for an „early admission“. Admitted students may either directly enter the PhD program without completing the Master's degree or first complete the MSc, and then join the PhD.

Teaching Staff 

The major share of teaching in the master program is covered by the professors and group leaders of the BIOTEC 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). 


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. Furthermore, a workshop on public and economic aspects of bioengineering discusses ethical and legal issues, patenting, and how to found and lead biotechnological companies. Half of the 3rd semester consists of the work on a lab project. The 4th semester is devoted to the master's 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. This is an English courtesy translation - only the German version is legally binding! 


 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 260 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 


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.


The application for the winter term 2017/18 is closed. Next application period: February-May 2018 for admissions in winter term 2018/19.

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: 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.

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 2017/2018 is closed. Next application period: February-May 2018 for admissions in winter term 2018/19.

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

1. You need to apply online through our online application database between February and 31 May.

The following documents are required:

  • university degree certificate(s) (if already available; if not, confirmation of your university about current status and expected date of graduation)
  • latest transcripts of records
  • 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 (part of the online form)
  • 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 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.

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:

  • university degree certificate(s)
  • latest transcripts of records
  • higher education entrance qualification (Abitur, Baccalaureate, School-Leaving Certificate, O- and A-Levels etc.), including list of grades
  • Please also add a copy of your CV in English (simple copy, not certified)

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

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

3. For foreign applicants only: Please register additionally in the online registration system of the registration office (Immatrikulationsamt/Akademisches Auslandsamt) of TU Dresden:

This registration starts on April 1 so if you apply to us earlier than this, please make sure you remember to complete the registration at the TU Dresden later and send us the print-out by e-mail attachment (pdf preferred).

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 dispatch!).

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 with your application!

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