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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.


Admission Requirements

The entry prerequisite for a Master’s degree course is a Bachelor’s degree. For example:

  • Agrarwissenschaft
  • Agrarbiologie
  • Biologie
  • Biotechnologie

The decision on whether or not the prior course of studies matches the required profile is taken by the faculty Board of Examiners.

Prerequisite for admission to the Master’s program is also a proof of sufficient language proficiency in English. This may be evidenced by

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. or: proof of completion of an English-language Bachelor’s degree course.
  4. 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:
Goethestraße 58
Postal address: Postfach 11 14 40, 35359 Giessen
Tel.: 0641/99-16400
Detailed information on the application process


Courses start

Winter Semester (October)


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


Industrial internship

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.

Detailed information about the internship



Course Specific Academic Counselling ("Studienfachberatung")

Prof. Dr. Peter Kämpfer
Department of Applied Microbiology
Research Center for Biosystems, Nutrition and Land Use (IFZ)
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32
35392 Giessen
Phone: +49 (0) 641 99 37352
Office hours: by appointment

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