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Agrobiotechnology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #351 (WUR) Gießen, Germany
Germany's first English-taught Master's Program in Agrobiotechnology - an interdisciplinary program combining the areas of Plant Biotechnology, the Nutritional Sciences, Applied Microbiology and Genetic Technology as well as Risk Assessment and Biotech Management.
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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.

Programme Structure

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: C+
Recommended score: C+

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

The entry prerequisite for a Master’s degree course is a Bachelor’s degree with a relevant subject profile and a minimum grade of ‘good’. 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

  •  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: "UNIcut II" certificate.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Gießen

  • 630 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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