Molecular Bioengineering

TU Dresden

24 months
250 EUR/year
250 EUR/year
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The rapidly growing field of Molecular Bioengineering at TU Dresden necessitates the development of a new generation of scientists whose know-how is interdisciplinary and reflects a thorough knowledge of state-of-the-art technology across all relevant disciplines. 


The master’s program in Molecular Bioengineering at TU Dresden has established a novel combination of the fields of biology, biochemistry, biophysics, materials science, medical science, bioinformatics and nanotechnology.

A graduate is able to combine his knowledge of biomedical contents with an engineering approach to current research questions and can contribute to an efficient technology transfer. He will be qualified to work in a wide range of R&D work fields.

20th century physics and biology took science to the atomic and molecular level. To meet today's technological challenges we have to follow this trend and move from micro- to nanotechnology. At this level of spatial resolution, technology meets biology. The machines in our cells and in all life on earth are nanomachines encoded in a genetic language. These nanomachines provide functionality at a much smaller scale, greater efficiency, consuming less energy and creating less pollution as is currently possible with micro-technologies. We have to understand how to engineer such cellular machines.

Professional Field

  • The dynamic development in life sciences and biotechnology creates a huge demand for qualified scientists in these areas. 
  • Graduates of the Molecular Bioengineering program will be able to find appropriate positions in research institutes as well as in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and software industry.
  • The great majority of our students go for a PhD after graduation.

Programme Structure

  • The master’s program aims to teach students the fundamentals in biomedicine and bio-nanotechnology combining biology and technology, which are linked in two ways: On the one hand, biological knowledge on cells is applied to develop the notion of molecular factories; on the other hand, nano-technology and bioinformatics are enabling technologies applicable to engineer biomaterials for medical applications.
  • The courses taught in the first three semesters fall into two categories: a biomedical area (Chemistry with Biomolecules, Genomics, Proteomics, Genomes and Stem Cell Engineering, Protein Networks and Protein Engineering) and a biotechnological area (Bionanotechnology, Bioinformatics, Biomaterials, Biophysics, Cellular Machines). In the second and third semesters students can specialize in one of these two areas by choosing either “Application to Biomedicine” or “Application to Technology”. The fourth semester is dedicated to the master’s thesis.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A university degree in an engineering (preferably materials science, nanotechnology, computer science), medical or science field,
  • English language proficiency (IELTS: Level 6.5 o. TOEFL 92 points (internet-based test),
  • good knowledge in the fields of Biochemistry, Cell biology, Materials science, Mathematics and Physics.
  • Where appropriate, an assessment is made by an aptitude interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.

The TU Dresden is a public university and does not charge tuition fees.


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