Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (M.Sc.)

Hochschule Fresenius
City, country:
Idstein, Hesse, Germany
M.Sc. (Master of Science)
4 semester(s)


If you hold a Bachelor's degree in pharmaceutics, chemistry, or biology and wish to further your knowledge to take on specialist and management roles in the pharmaceutical industry, our Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Master's program is the ideal fit for you.

This four-semester program is designed to provide you with extensive knowledge and valuable skills essential for the biopharmaceutical industry. The program covers the entire value chain, from molecular structures and properties to the basic principles of good manufacturing practice (GMP) and regulatory affairs in the closely regulated environment of the pharmaceutical industry.

By the end of the program, you’ll have developed a deep understanding of the intricacies of the biopharmaceutical industry and the skills necessary to excel in your career. You’ll be equipped with knowledge of the latest developments in the field, including emerging technologies and innovative techniques.

Overall, the Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Master's program is an excellent choice for those seeking to advance their careers in the pharmaceutical industry. With a comprehensive curriculum and practical experience, you’ll be well prepared to take on specialist and management positions in this exciting and rapidly evolving field.

Job opportunities

Biopharmaceuticals are playing an increasingly significant role in the fight against diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. The development of mRNA vaccines to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by biotech firms further exemplifies the important role of pharmaceutical biotech professionals.

In terms of career prospects, obtaining a Master's degree in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (M.Sc.) will provide you with highly sought-after skills in the emerging pharmaceutical industry 4.0. You'll have access to a diverse range of career paths, including roles in
  • biopharmaceutical production
  • bioanalytical labs
  • regulatory affairs
  • quality management
  • product management
  • engineering consulting firms
As a graduate of this pharmaceutical master's program, you’ll also be well-prepared to work in an international context.


The Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Master's program offered by Hochschule Fresenius is designed to equip you with comprehensive knowledge and skills essential for a career in the pharmaceutical biotechnology industry.

Firstly, you’ll gain a solid understanding of the pharmaceutical industry through courses on the pharmaceutical industry or manufacturing practices, and will learn how to work with technical equipment. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of the manufacturing process of pharmaceuticals.

Secondly, the program will provide you with practical skills and knowledge of scientific methods, including biopharmaceutical analysis techniques. You’ll also learn about pharmacology and toxicology of biopharmaceuticals, and how to apply data science methods in this field.

Lastly, the program includes management courses to develop your leadership skills, such as project management, and professional communication and presentation.

Program Structure
This Master’s program is designed to provide you with an in-depth education in all relevant skills for a career in the field of pharmaceutical biotechnology. In order to achieve this, your classes will focus on three main areas spread over four semesters. Coursework includes:

Pharmaceutical industry
  • Introduction to the pharmaceutical industry
  • Sterile process and plant engineering
  • Good manufacturing practice
  • Upstream processing and bioseparation
  • Downstream processing
  • Qualification of technical equipment
  • Pharmaceutical process validation
Scientific methods
  • Biopharmaceutical analysis (e.g. ELISA, chromatography, mass spectrometry)
  • Pharmacology and toxicology of biopharmaceuticals
  • Laboratory work
  • Data science for pharmaceutical biotechnology
  • Biochemical process engineering
  • Project management
  • Lean management and six sigma
  • Professional communication and presentation
Since this program has a practical approach, you’ll have ample opportunities to engage in hands-on work in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

Entrance requirements

To be eligible for admission to the full-time Master's program in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (M.Sc.) at Hochschule Fresenius, you must meet the following admission requirements:

Bachelor's Degree
You must hold a Bachelor's degree in a chemistry- or biology-related field of study, such as pharmacy, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or biotechnology, with at least 180 credit points.

Language Proficiency
As the program is conducted entirely in English, you must also have English language skills at Level B2 or higher of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.

International Students
If you come from a country outside the European Union or the European Economic Area, it’s important to note that you’ll usually require a visa to study in Germany. The visa application process can take several months, so we recommend that you begin the process as early as possible.

Program start

Winter semester

Application timeframe

possible all year round

Tuition fee

750,00 € monthly

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Hochschule Fresenius began life as the “Chemisches Laboratorium Fresenius” (Fresenius Chemical Laboratory) in 1848 and has evolved into a privately owned German university with a long educational history. It is the oldest educational institution of its type in the field of chemistry. It combines teaching, research, and practical experience exactly as envisaged by its founder, Carl Remigius Fresenius.

The Fresenius name is synonymous with practical teaching that is closely linked with applied research and development. This goes for all its faculties: The long-established Faculty of Chemistry & Biology; the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences; and the Faculty of Economics & Media, both launched in 1997/98; the Faculty of Design, which became part of Hochschule Fresenius in 2013; and onlineplus, the new faculty established in 2015 for distance and online learning.

Building on its history, Hochschule Fresenius designs its study programs to be both sustainable and innovative and to serve the future requirements of society and the job market. It continuously develops its services and strategies in collaboration with its practical partners and in dialog with associations, alumni, and students.

Hochschule Fresenius

Limburger Straße 2
65510 Idstein