Bridging the Natural Sciences and Engineering

Modern biotechnology, or bioengineering, is a complex, multi-faceted field. On the one hand, bioengineering focuses on the development of new products from biological systems, for example detergents, cosmetics and active pharmaceutical ingredients. On the other hand, its scope extends beyond that, to developing and realising solutions to the challenges of the future: finding a cure for cancer, reversing the effects of climate change, finding alternative resources and energy sources, and addressing the health-related issues of an aging human population. These examples all share a common link: a discipline which bridges the gap between natural sciences and engineering and technology.

Our Bioengineering course provides a thorough understanding of the diverse and complex aspects of biotechnology. The tight intermeshing of natural and engineering sciences, from the very first semester, allows you to fully understand and utilise the potential of biotechnology.

To enhance the learning experience and ensure that students are able to actively apply their theoretical knowledge, you’re given numerous opportunities to work in small groups with close supervision from professors and lecturers. Our excellent facilities and modern laboratories further enhance your training by allowing you to learn and use equipment that its actively used in the field of biotechnology.


Course Structure

The course of study Bioengineering includes scientific and engineering disciplines. First, a comprehensive basic knowledge in natural and engineering sciences will be provided. Subsequently, the various aspects of modern biotechnology will follow; important examples are microbiology, molecular biology, bioprocess engineering as well as downstream processing. The students also acquire insight into the three branches of modern biotechnology, often described by different colours: medical (red), agricultural (green) and industrial (white) biotechnology. Particularly in elective courses these areas will be broadened. The integrated approach gives great importance to the tight coupling of biological-chemical with technical subjects. This reflects industrial reality that regards the development of production organisms and process development concurrently. Furthermore, the students will gain core competencies in the fields of economics, management, law, communication and presentation, marketing as well as quality management.

Practical work experience of 8 weeks until the beginning of the 3rd semester is obligatory as well as a semester abroad or an internship in industry during the 6th semester. This ensures close contacts to companies in this field. Since even German companies act globally, this course of study will be held in English exclusively.  Qualified by this course of study, graduates will be prepared perfectly to start their career or to continue with a master course.


Career Paths

Successful graduates will find jobs in the various areas of the chemical, pharmaceutical or biotechnological industry. Further typical employers are research institutes or governmental agencies as well as the food industry, agrotechnology, environmental or waste management. Possible occupational fields are:

  • Research and development
  • Production and downstream processing
  • Analytics and validation
  • Quality management and quality assurance
  • Occupational safety
  • Diagnostics
  • Environmental protection
  • Plant engineering and construction
  • Project management





Place of study

Campus Kleve

Start date

Winter semester



Duration of study

7 semesters of full-time study

Study model

Full-time studies

Degree awarded

Bachelor of Science


Mandatory 8-week preparatory internship/work placement. This must be completed no later than the 4th semester enrolment deadline.

Restricted admission


Student Advisory Service

Phone: 02821 - 806 73 - 360
E-mail: Studienberatung

Course-specific Advise

from our heads of study programme

Prof. Dr. Joachim Fensterle

Phone: +49 (2821) 806 73 - 219
E-mail: Joachim Fensterle


Prof. Dr. Björn Neu

Phone: +49 (2821) 806 73 - 247
E-mail: Björn Neu