Überblick / Overview
- englischsprachiges Studienangebot / taught in English
The English Master‘s program Agrobiotechnology is offered by the faculty 09 Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, and Environmental Management. Biotechnology has produced a new and leading technology that is helping determine the direction of global economic developments and international competitiveness. There has been rapid progress in the sector of biotechnology, caused mainly by the results of genome research and, more recently, by rapid developments in cell biology (cell factories) and technological progresses. It can be assumed that growth in these areas is predicted to accelerate further. It is crucial for our future that the energies resulting from the knowledge explosion taking place in these fundamental domains be harnessed to the development of technologies useful to society at large.
Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) offers an international Master's degree program in Agrobiotechnology to cope with the burgeoning worldwide importance of biotechnology, not least in university education, for plant and animal production, and as well as nutritional sciences. JLU was the first German university to take up the global challenge of inaugurating an internationally oriented degree course designed to provide the highest level of academic training for entry into the biotechnology and agriculture sector of the world economy. The overall objective of Giessen's Master's program in Agrobiotechnology is to equip scientists in both the traditional "pure" disciplines and in the domains of agriculture and nutrition for coping with managerial tasks at the cutting edge of the agricultural and food sector.
One important educational goal is to teach students practical methods and expertise on a broad scientific basis. Of critical importance in fulfilling this aim are the following factors:
- research-oriented study
- the solving of problems in current farming practice
- the acquisition of international expertise and the fostering of creativity and a willingness to innovate
- alertness to the need for identifying and assessing the effects of technological processes.
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 6 optional modules (profile modules), an Industrial internship 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).
Structure of the Master's Degree Course
The Master’s degree course consists of 16 modules (120 credits):
Modules Core Competence 8 mandatory modules 48 credits Profile Competence 6 optional modules 36 credits Industrial internship 1 module 12 credits Master’s thesis 1 module 24 credits Total 16 modules 120 credits
Core Modules (Mandatory Courses)
- Biostatistics and Experimental Design
- Plant Protection and Bioengineering
- Molecular Phytopathology
- Special Biochemistry II
- Biotechnology and Genomics
- Microbial Food Biotechnology
- Animal Nutrition and Feed Science
- Risk Assessment, Biosafety and Patent Law
Students tailor their individual profile by selecting 6 modules from the entire profile module catalogue of the faculty. Selection of some recommended English modules for this study program:
- Plant Breeding: Special Topics of Resistance and Quality Breeding
- Molecular Plant Breeding
- Plant-Microbe Interactions
- Insect Biotechnology and Integrated Pest Management
- Biotechnology for Pest Control
- Molecular Techniques
- Laboratory Course: Tissue Culturing and Genetic Transformation
- Laboratory Course: Methods in Molecular Phytopathology
- Instrumental, Biochemical and Trace Analytical Methods in Food Analysis
- Method Development in Food Analysis and Food Biotechnology
The international "Agrobiotechnology" Master's degree program contains a compulsory industrial internship that enables our students to gain an initial insight into the various areas of professional activity which they hope to pursue in the future. The internship also enables them to gain initial hands-on professional experience and establish contacts with potential employers. The internship can be conducted in various areas such as the chemical industry, an agricultural corporation, or the foodstuffs industry. The variety of industry contacts that our faculty possesses allow us to provide expert support to students seeking an 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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Irrtümer und Änderungen vorbehalten.
- Application: Commencement of studies
Commencement of studies
Only possible in the winter semester;
- Application: admission and registration (extended July 15)
- Foreign applicants outside the European Union who do not have a German ‘Abitur’ (university entrance certificate) and a German Bachelor Degree, must submit their application to JLU Giessen via uni-assist (details).
- The application deadline is June 15.
Please note that the application period has been extended: deadline this year is July 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).
For further information you may contact:
Postal address: Postfach 11 14 40, 35359 Giessen
Detailed information on the application process
- Application: Admission requirements
The entry prerequisite for a Master’s degree course is a Bachelor’s degree. For example:
- Agricultural Science
- Agricultural Biology
Applications without a relevant Bachelor degree will be examined individually as to whether the study requirements are fulfilled. A specialist commission at JLU will then decide on which qualifications can be accepted or whether additional qualifications are necessary. Any information on the status of acceptance without having completed the application process is not possible.
- Application: Language requirements
As the entire degree course is taught in English, applicants must provide proof of sufficient knowledge of written and spoken English. The required level of proficiency can be certified as follows:
- either: TOEFL Test iBT (internet-based test) with at least 80 points, or IELTS test with a minimum grade of 6 in the academic test.
- or: proof of university entrance qualification awarded for one of the following countries: Australia, Ireland, Canada, Aotearoa/New Zealand, the USA, the UK, South Africa.
- or: proof of completion of an English-language Bachelor’s degree course.
- or: "UNIcert II" certificate.
- Contact: Study Advisor
Prof. Dr. Peter Kämpfer
Department of Applied Microbiology
Research Center for Biosystems, Nutrition and Land Use (IFZ)
Phone: +49 (0) 641 99 37352
Office hours: by appointment
- Further Information: Dokumente
PDF documents for the courses of study
Prüfungs- und Studienordnungen
- Examination- and study regulations (in German)
(mit Modulbeschreibungen und Studienverlaufsplänen)
- Examination Committee and Regulations (Informationen in English)
- General study regulations for modular and multi-stage study programmes
Courses offered in the course catalogue
- Examination- and study regulations (in German)
- Masterstudiengänge des Fachbereichs 09
- Bioinformatik und Systembiologie (in Zusammenarbeit mit den Fachbereichen 07, 08, 10, 11)
- Getränketechnologie (in Zusammenarbeit mit der Hochschule Geisenheim)
- Insect Biotechnology and Bioresources (englischsprachig)
Oenologie (in Zusammenarbeit mit der Hochschule Geisenheim)
Transition Management (englischsprachig)
Weinwirtschaft (in Zusammenarbeit mit der Hochschule Geisenheim)
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