Bio- and Pharmaceutical Analysis (M.Sc.)

Hochschule Fresenius Idstein
City, country:
Idstein, Hesse, Germany
Fulltime and parttime
M.Sc. (Master of Science)
2 Semester
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The increasing significance of biopharmaceuticals (biologicals), services in modern medical diagnostics, and the solving of complex forensic cases, would all be inconceivable without cutting edge analysis.

Up to now, there have only been a few study courses available on the European market specialising in the field of analytical chemistry. The English language Master’s programme Master of Bio-and Pharmaceutical Analysis at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences picks up here and offers in-depth knowledge of analytical methods such as immunoassays or mass-spectrometric analysis and their specific areas of application.

Holders of a Bachelor degree or diploma attending the study course learn about different methods and how to apply, compare and valuate them. Additionally, they gain knowledge about the main legal requirements of relevance to the development, registration, production and distribution of medicinal products. Another important aspect are quality assurance measures, including for the analytical methods themselves.

Prof. Dr. Erwin Metzmann
Dean of Study Bio-and Pharmaceutical Analysis

Job description and job opportunities

Fast and precise analytical methods are more crucial than ever in research, quality control, and for monitoring production methods. Analytical chemistry, which deals with identifying and quantifying chemical substances, plays an important role in practically every branch of chemistry.

After successfully gaining your Master’s degree in Bio- and Pharmaceutical Analysis, you will be able to take up an executive position in the chemical, pharmaceutical or diagnostic industries, at public authorities or research institutes.

The deployment area is extremely diverse, ranging from research and development, quality assurance, product management, support and projects or application analysis, through to technical-scientific sales or after-sales service.


This two-semester programme leads to advanced expertise in the field of analytical sciences, representing the state of the art in this field of study. It is consecutive to the course of study International Bachelor of Applied Chemistry.

The programme covers five modules:
1st semester:

  • Bioanalysis
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Clinical and Forensic Analysis
  • Applied Research Lab
2nd semester:
  • Master Thesis
Lecturers cover topics such as:
  • analysis of proteins
  • nucleic acids
  • polysaccharides and lipids
  • the 3D-structure elucidation of biomolecules
Major legal requirements concerning the:
  • development, registration, production, trade and examination of pharmaceuticals are imparted as well as the
  • analysis of the product environment, packaging materials, containers, devices, raw materials and active ingredients.

Advanced analytical approaches in clinical and forensic analysis are presented. All lectures are accompanied by laboratory classes with real-life application examples.

Students should be capable of evaluating, selecting and applying appropriate methods to analytical problems. For this purpose, modern instrumental analytical equipment, e.g. LC-MS/MS, MALDI-ToF-MS or DNA sequencer are applied to various matrices and types of samples.

During the second semester, when the master thesis is conducted, students apply the knowledge acquired, in complex and multidisciplinary contexts. Results of the thesis must be presented and disputed in front of a committee.

Practical relevance

Numerous practical phases that take place in the laboratory enable students to work on different projects (independently as well) and to gain experience with modern analytical appliances.

The study programme is rounded off by the consideration of case studies and excursions to companies operating in the pharmaceutical and bioanalysis industry, including integrated workshops, which help the students to find a suitable subject and potential cooperation partners for the concluding Master’s thesis. They can also work on their thesis abroad.

Admission/Entrance requirements

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The Fresenius University of Applied Sciences is a university in independent agencies whose programs are recognized by the state, but not refinanced by the state. For this reason we have to charge fees for the study. For a detailed overview of costs visit the website.

The Master's study course in Bio- and Pharmaceutical Analysis (Master of Science) is directed at certified engineers specialising in chemistry or graduates holding a comparable degree, as well as at prospective students with a Bachelor degree in the fields of analysis, chemistry, pharmacy, physics or biology.

  • Bachelor degree (240 ECTS-Points) or equivalent with at least 240 ECTS points in a chemistry-related study area (analysis, chemistry, pharmacy, physics, biology) and a minimum grade: good/B- and (Please note: Please note: Applicants who have less than 240 ECTS points or an insufficient knowledge of biochemical and instrumental analysis methods can attend a bridge course to make up the deficit in points or knowledge. The bridge course is only available in German and requires adequate German language skills. Bridge courses are conducted as a 1 to 2 semester full-time or part-time course depending on prior knowledge and required ECTS points.)

  • Proficient English language skills

If English is not the applicant’s native language, one of the following language certificates must be provided:

  • TOEFL: Internet 85 points or
  • IELTS: at least 6.0 pointsor
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade B

Languages and semester abroad

Chinese, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Spanish
semester abroad:
nicht möglich

Your benefits:

The study course in Bio- and Pharmaceutical Analysis (M.Sc.) at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences offers you distinct benefits:

  • Practice-oriented teaching by experienced professional practitioners
  • Teaching material includes research projects
  • Market and needs-oriented training
  • Close cooperation with the industry
  • Small groups & a personal learning atmosphere
  • International prospects
  • Extensive partner network in almost every European country
  • University’s own Research Institute (IFAR)
  • E-learning platform for preparation and evaluation of the lecture material
  • Full-time and vocational part-time teaching models
  • Advanced qualification prospects

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The Fresenius University of Applied Sciences has its roots in the Fresenius Chemical Laboratory founded in 1848 by Carl Remigius Fresenius, and it can look back on over 165 years of educational tradition under private governorship in Germany. This makes it the oldest educational establishment of its kind in the field of chemistry. True to the intent of its founder, it combines teaching, research and practical application. The Fresenius name stands for practice-oriented teaching closely linked to applied research and development.

The knowledge, abilities and experience of our staff are the most crucial prerequisites for attaining the high standards and relevance of the course contents we offer. We encourage the individual development of our staff members on the basis of a trustworthy management culture. This personal development focuses on the ongoing attainment and development of technical, methodical and didactic skills.

What makes the university campus in Idstein so special is that it offers more study and training courses than any of the other campuses. Students and pupils learn in laboratories and practical training rooms fitted with state-of-the-art equipment. Here students are guaranteed to look beyond their own horizons as scientists automatically meet up with the therapists and economists of tomorrow.

Studying in Idstein

Idstein is the oldest campus of the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences. The privately run university with its affiliated technical colleges has been at home here since moving from Wiesbaden in 1995. The historical brick building in the centre was joined by a modern new building erected in 2008 to accommodate the growing number of students and pupils. This visually underscores what really makes the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences stand out: tradition and innovation functioning alongside one another.

The peaceful, yet vibrant provincial town with its numerous recreational opportunities offers not only a wholesome contrast to restless large cities, but also everything that is important to student life away from the university: a large variety of shops and stores, sport facilities, restaurants and cafés, events that attract visitors from the region and much further afield, and lots more besides.

Young people who set great store by an informal atmosphere with personal supervision will find just the right conditions at this privately run accredited university located in the immediate vicinity of the medieval town centre. Picturesque Idstein is attracting more and more full-time and vocational students who are specifically looking for a learning environment close to the countryside where they can feel both at home and secure.

Course guidance/Information

University Secretariat
+49 (0)800 / 9 291 966
Hochschule Fresenius Idstein
School of Chemistry, Biology & Pharmacy
Limburger Straße 2
65510 Idstein
+49 (0)800 / 9 291 966
+49 (0) 6126/ 9352 - 10
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