Biotechnology is one of the most modern and the most innovative disciplines at present. It combines the classic biology and technology into one of the most fruitful interdisciplinary knowledge dimension. Biological principles and mechanisms are applied and supported by means of technology to produce, optimize and analyze products.
Both in the area of natural science and engineering research as well as in the business community, there is a considerable demand for qualified personnel with interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary training.
To respond to this demand, University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven has developed the Master’s programme Biotechnology with specialisation of Bio-Analytics / Marine Bio-resources. Independent of specialization, the fundamental study is the same: in addition to Molecular Genetics, Bioinformatics and Applied Biochemistry, courses such as Genetic Engineering, Bio-resources, Quality Assurance and Science Law are also in the curriculum. While the prospective Bio-analytics specialize in the field of protein analysis and special molecular biology, the specialization Marine Bio-resources focuses on topics such as marine ecosystems and resources as well as marine aquaculture / marine bio-diagnostics.
Graduates from the specialization Bio-Analytics are capable to develop new diagnostic methods, to evaluate technologies and to contribute to the setting-up and management of research and manufacturing environments as quality manager or researcher. They can be quality manager in food industry or head of laboratory in service laboratories. They can also take on important tasks in pharmacy forensic medicine, medicine, science/research and authorities. The graduates conceptualize new experiments as project managers, not only in contract researches but also in international scientific projects.
Those who specialize in Marine Bio-resources are trained for all kinds of activities in the field of environmental consulting and monitoring of offshore projects such as wind energy or drilling projects. Furthermore, the graduates can work in the field of quality management in environmental associations, industrial companies as well as supply and disposal companies. Other possible occupations are the design and control of aquaculture installations and system design as well as their management.
The university has established an extensive network with research institutes and the business such as the Bremerhavener Institute for Applied Molecular Biology (BIAMOL) and Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Maritime Research (AWI). In this way, the students have access to practice-oriented education as well as contacts and input which are helpful for the completion of their internships and Master’s thesis.