Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Standard period of study
4 Semester - 120 Credit Points (CP)
since 28 September 2007
What is "(Agro-) Biotechnology"?
Biotechnology has produced a new and leading technology that is helping determine the direction of Europe’s economic development and international competitiveness. Since the early 1990s, there has been rapid progress in this sector, caused mainly by the results of genome research and, more
recently, by rapid developments in cell biology (cell factories). 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.
Starting in the winter semester 2005/2006, Justus Liebig University Giessen set up a new international Master’s Degree in Agrobiotechnology to cope with the burgeoning world-wide importance of biotechnology, not least in university education, for plant and animal production, and for the nutritional sciences. Justus Liebig University was the first German university to take up the global challenge of inaurgurating 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.
The entry prerequisite for a Master’s degree course is a Bachelor’s degree. For example:
The decision on whether or not the prior course of studies matches the required profile is taken by the faculty
Prerequisite for admission to the Master’s program is also a proof of sufficient language proficiency in English. This may be evidenced by
- 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.
- Foreign applicants outside the European Union who do not have a German ‘Abitur’ (university entrance certificate) must submit their application to JLU Giessen via uni-assist (details).
- You are welcome to apply from May 1, the application deadline is 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).
For further information you may contact:
Postal address: Postfach 11 14 40, 35359 Giessen
Detailed information on the application process
Winter Semester (October)
Structure of the Master's Degree Course
The Master’s degree course consists of 16 modules (120 credits):
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
Special Biochemistry II
Biotechnology and Genomics
Microbial Food Biotechnology
Animal Nutrition and Feed Science
Risk Assessment, Biosafety and Patent Law
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.
Course Specific Academic Counselling ("Studienfachberatung")
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