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Insect Biotechnology and Bioresources (MSc)

Master of Science (MSc)


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Englischer Studiengang

This course of study is taught in English.

OverviewTeaser Englisch

The English Master‘s program Insect Biotechnology and Bioresources is offered by the faculty 09 Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, and Environmental Management in cooperation with the faculty 08 Biology and Chemistry and the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences.


With more than a million scientifically described species, insects form the largest group of organisms on earth. As an emerging interdisciplinary research area, insect biotechnology explores insects as well as insect-associated micro- and macroorganisms as newly emerging bioresources for medicine, plant protection, pharmacy, industrial food and biotechnology.

During your studies you will work intensively on the systematics and ecology of insects, acquire specific scientific and technical knowledge and learn about various methodical research approaches in order to investigate insects and their associated organisms as a new resource for food and luxury food, enzymes and bioactive natural products and finally to refine fully-developed products.

The study program stands out with its strong emphasis on research and practical relevance and as well as with a high level of interdisciplinary approaches and projects.

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Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the Study Programme


Master of Science (MSc)

Duration of studies

4 semesters – 120 credit points (cp)


Composition of degree programme

The study program is organized in modules. Each module comprises four semester hours per week and is completed with a final examination as given in the module description. The final grade of the study program is calculated from the achieved module grades.

The course consists of 8 mandatory modules (core modules) and 8 optional modules (profile modules) and the master thesis. The concept of choosing individually profile modules enables a diverse range of study focuses on the basis of a fundamental scientific education (core modules).


Core Modules

  • Applied Statistics (6 CP)
  • Natural Product Chemistry (6 CP)
  • Entomology I (6 CP)
  • Insect Biotechnology an Integrated Pest Management (6CP)
  • Entomology II (6 CP)
  • Food Technology (6 CP)
  • Bioprocess Engineering I (6 CP)


Profile Modules

Students tailor their individual profile by selecting 8 modules from the entire profile module catalogue of the faculty. Selection of recommended English modules for this study program:

  • Food and Nutrition Security and Development
  • Plant Breeding for Resistance and Quality Breeding
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Host-Intestine-Microbe Interactions
  • Lab Course: Tissue Culturing and Genetic Transformation
  • Lab Course: Methods in Molecular Phytopathology
  • Biotechnology for Pest Control
  • Microbial Diagnostics
  • Molecular Plant Breeding
  • Methods of Regional Analysis and Planning
  • Molecular Techniques
  • Milestones of Insect Biotechnology & Bioresources
  • Antibiotics: Present, Past and Future
  • Food Analysis
  • Laboratory Course I
  • Laboratory Course II
  • Insects for Food and Feed Production Systems
  • Python for Environmental Scientists
  • Empirical Research Methods for Natural Resource Analysis
  • Gender and Development
  • Democracy and Postcoloniality
  • Climate Change and Economic Development
  • Farming Systems in the Tropics
  • Concepts of Ecological Economics
  • Field-Work based Research in Socio-Economics
  • Land Governance for Sustainable Land Use in Africa
  • Agriculture, Ecosystem Functioning and Climate Change
  • Econometrics & Modelling Applications
  • Regulation of Agricultural Value Chains
  • The Economics of Nitrate Pollution
  • Special Topics of the UN Sustainable Development Goals I
  • Special Topics of the UN Sustainable Development Goals II
  • Introduction to International Trade
  • Applied Econometric Methods for the Social Sciences
  • International Agricultural Development
  • Genomic Tools in the Evaluation of Biodiversity Loss
  • Sustainable Plant Protection
  • Crop Abiotic Stresses
  • Practical Genome Sequencing and Bioinformatics
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Statistical Learning
  • Transition to a Sustainable Bioeconomy
  • Land Use Change Projection with Q-GIS
  • Fruit Breeding
  • Pharmaceutical Basics
  • Quality Management



The Master's degree program offers a voluntary internship that enables our students to gain an initial insight into the various areas of professional activity in which they hope to pursue in the future. The internship also enables them to collect hands-on professional experience and establish contacts with potential employers. The internship can be conducted in various areas such as the chemical industry, agricultural corporations, the foodstuffs industry, government agencies or NGOs. The variety of contacts that our faculty possesses allow us to provide expert support to students seeking an internship.

More information about the internship 


Master Thesis (24 CP)

The major part of the 4th semester is dedicated to writing the master’s thesis. With the thesis students proof their capability to independently research a given topic scientifically within a limited period.



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Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester.



Application procedure

Depending on where you obtained either your university entrance certificate or your Bachelor degree, we differentiate two application procedures:

Case A

You need to use JLU’s application portal if

  • you hold a completed Bachelor’s degree obtained at a German university (the country of origin of your university entrance certificate is of no importance).
  • your JLU Bachelor programme is not yet complete. Please provide a preliminary report. The country of origin of your university entrance certificate is of no importance.
  • you obtained your university entrance certificate in Germany and attended a Bachelor programme at a German university other than JLU. Please provide a preliminary report if your programme is not yet completed.
  • you want to change to another degree programme at JLU. The country of origin of your university entrance certificate is of no importance.

Case B

You need to submit your application to uni-assist if

  • you hold a completed Bachelor’s degree obtained at a foreign university (the country of origin of your university entrance certificate is of no importance).
  • you obtained your university entrance certificate abroad and attended but not completed yet a Bachelor programme at a German university other than JLU or at any other university within EU. Please provide a preliminary report.
Application: deadline, intake capacity, fees

Intake capacity ("Numerus Clausus")

The intake capacity of this degree programme is not limited internally by the university.



Application for enrolment starts June. Please note that the application via uni-assist opens in May.
Application deadline: June 15



No study fees are charged for this study program. However, students have to pay a semester contribution of approx. 300 EUR for administration and semester tickets (details).

Application: Entrance requirements

Entrance requirement

Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree with at least 180 ECTS-points in one of the following scientific fields:

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Food Chemistry

 Other Bachelor's degrees can be accepted as an equivalent degree by the board of examiners.


The application includes a letter of motivation with 500 words (+/- 10%) outlining the candidate’s personal motivation and his or her subject-specific knowledge.

Applications will be examined individually as to whether the study requirements are fulfilled. A specialist commission at JLU will then finally decide on the admission. The criteria for the evaluation of the motivation letter are given in the examination regulations. We cannot provide information on the status of acceptance before the application process is fully completed.

Application: Language requirements

Language requirements

As the entire degree course is taught in English, applicants must provide proof of sufficient knowledge of written and spoken English. Accepted proofs of language proficiency:

  1. either: TOEFL-Test ITB (internet-based test) with at least 95 points or IELTS-Test with at least grade of 7 in the academic test;
  2. or: Proof of obtaining a local higher education entrance qualification in one of the following countries: Australia, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom, South Africa;
  3. or: Proof of a Bachelor’s degree in English in one of the following countries: Australia, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom, South Africa;
  4. or: Proof of the UNIcert III certificate.


Further information-admission international

For further information please contact:

Registrar’s Office / Studierendensekretariat
Goethestrasse 58
Postal address: Postfach 11 14 40, 35359 Giessen
Tel.: 0641/99-16400

Career Options

Career Options / Career Opportunities

Career Options / Career Opportunitie

Graduates of Insect Biotechnology and Bioresources are trained to work on all levels of agricultural production and pest control, medical biotechnology, bioinformatics, food production, business management and marketing.

A great number of employment opportunities are offered in the agricultural industry (seeds, fertilizer, pesticides), the areas of biomedicine, pharmacy, food biotechnology and the healthcare sector. Furthermore, producers and professional organizations, research institutes, consultancies, development services and international organizations are potential employers.


Graduates with a master's degree take on management positions in national and international authorities and associations. Additional vocational fields of activity are quality management, further education, consulting and research, public relations or marketing.



Course Directors

Insect Biotechnology and Bioresources (englischsprachiger Studiengang)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas
Department of Insect Biotechnology

Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32

35392 Gießen

Phone: +49 641/99-37600


Prof. Dr. Marc Schetelig

PD Dr. Thomas Degenkolb


Further Information

Further Information: Dokumente

PDF documents for the courses of study


Prüfungs- und Studienordnungen

Courses offered in the course catalogue

 Electronical course catalogue (in German)

 List module (Informationen in English)

Master's Degree Programmes of Faculty 09

taught in German

taught in English

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