Education

All partners of the Global Bioeconomy Alliance have a varied offer of degree programs in the field of bioeconomy. This refers to both Bachelor and Master programs. The following sites give you an overview of the various study courses at TUMCS, UQ and UNESP.

One of the alliance`s main objectives for the near future is to intensify the educational exchange of students and staff between the partner universities.

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TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability

Bachelor degree programs (B. Sc.)

1. Chemical Biotechnology

Industrial biotechnology, best described as chemical biotechnology, is one of the key technologies for making conventional industrial processes more cost-effective and ecologically friendly, as well as for tapping renewable resources for industrial purposes. The development of processes in biotechnology therefore demands interplay between biology, chemistry, and process engineering.
The bachelor’s program in Chemical Biotechnology conveys the scientific and technological fundamentals and general content of the core disciplines of chemistry, molecular biology, and process engineering, as well as cultivating the associated skills required for practical laboratory work and scientific experiments. These skills are acquired during the course of extensive practical lab modules.
Graduates can draw upon their interdisciplinary knowledge of chemical biotechnology to independently plan projects. They are also able to pursue a professional career in industry and research that directly relates to their education and training.
The full time study is structured as follows: The first two semesters deal with the relevant fundamentals of mathematics and the natural sciences. From the third semester onwards, these are built upon through the cultivation of advanced knowledge relating to the three main areas of chemistry, molecular biology, and process engineering. From the forth semester onwards, students can begin to partially specialize through their choice of various elective modules. In the fifth and sixth semesters, students build upon their chosen specialty by completing a major research internship and the bachelor’s thesis.

2. Management and Technology

Today, many companies are looking for managers with a background in engineering or natural sciences. They need passionate individuals who combine entrepreneurial skills and a detailed knowledge of business with a solid understanding of innovation and technology. Our Bachelor in Management & Technology (TUM-BWL) conveys the interdisciplinary focus needed, putting students at a distinct advantage when it comes to shaping their career.

The program combines courses in management with options in engineering or natural sciences. There is also plenty of room for specialization. Our teaching draws on the latest research and state-of-the-art industrial practice. As well as lectures, we run regular tutorials and small-group seminars. Practical experience is ensured through project work.

The full time study is structered as follows: The first 4 semesters communicate the basic knowledge of the disciplines management, mathematics, law and economics. Starting in the second semester, students get insights into their chosen specialization in technology (chemistry, mechanical engineering, informatics, electrical and information technology, computer engineering and renewable resources). The specialization in Renewable Resources is taught at TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability. Within the upper terms, the students get the chance to prove their team working skills during the module “Project Studies” and can choose a specialization in the management or/and technology area depending on their personal interests. Through the mobility window we give our students the possibility to complete a semester abroad at one of our partner universities. Finally, the sixth semester is devoted to the Bachelor’s thesis.

3. Renewable Resources

The interdisciplinary bachelor’s program in Renewable Resources provides students with fundamental knowledge of the natural, life, and engineering sciences. It covers the entire value chain as regards renewable resources, from plant-breeding and cultivation through harvesting and the use of crops for the purposes of energy and as raw materials to marketing. Throughout, the central focus is on economic as well as ecological aspects.

Graduates are familiar with all of the central aspects of the value creation process relating to renewable resources. Given their interdisciplinary knowledge of the areas of agriculture and forestry, the use of resources for chemical and material purposes and to generate energy, as well as of economics, they are able to analyze complex systems in relation to their discipline. They can design sustainable agricultural, agroforestry, and forestry systems for the production of biogenic resources. Their knowledge of methodologies enables them to assess the quality of resources. Furthermore, they will have acquired a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of relevant disciplines: chemistry, biotechnology, economics, ecology, and power engineering.

The full time study is structured as follows: Students will start off with the necessary fundamentals in biology, chemistry, engineering, and economics and business administration. A further focus lies on the production of biogenic resources through agriculture and forestry, e.g. breeding, cropping, and harvesting. In the course of the program one will study ecology including sustainability, ecosystems, and stressphysiology. Emphasis is placed on the energetical and industrial use of renewable resources, including but not limited to electricity and energy conservation as well as biopolymers and biorefinery. In addition, students will recieve a thorough overview of the political and economic aspects, management and marketing of biogenic resources. The final semester is dedicated to the bachelor’s thesis required of every student.

Master degree programs (M. Sc.)

1. Renewable Resources

The interdisciplinary master’s program in Renewable Resources expands upon and advances students’ existing knowledge of the natural, life, and engineering sciences. It covers the entire value chain as regards renewable resources, from plant breeding and cultivation, through harvesting and the use of crops for the purposes of energy and as raw materials, to marketing. Throughout, the central focus is on economic as well as ecological aspects.

Students can choose one of four available specialties. The specialties on offer are cultivation systems for renewable resources, the chemical and material use of renewable resources, the use of renewable resources for generating energy, and the economics of renewable resources. Students also have the opportunity to combine two of these areas.

Graduates are familiar with all of the central aspects of the value creation process relating to renewable resources. They think in an interdisciplinary manner and use methods from various disciplines in order to meet the complex challenges in their discipline. Thanks to the strong practical orientation of the vocational education and training, they are able to apply their knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies efficiently and in a goal-oriented manner.

The full time study consists of required modules, adaptation modules, and required elective modules. This allows the individual a high degree of free choice when developing their specialization within the discipline. Adaptation modules enable students with different academic backgrounds to attain a comparable level of knowledge. The required modules provide them with fundamental knowledge of the discipline and its methods. The required elective modules are devoted to discipline-specific content in the chosen specialties. These are accompanied by project work. The degree concludes with the master‘s thesis.

2. Biomass Technology

The full time master’s program in Biomass Technology is a joint international degree program (Joint Degree) with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna. It offers the possibility of a broad education in the field of biomass production and utilization – from the sustainable production of renewable raw materials to the technological utilization of biomass.

The interdisciplinary degree program conveys the basic and scientific contents of the relevant chemical, material and energetic technologies for the processing and utilization of biomass. In addition, economic issues as well as environmental and sustainability aspects for the production and the utilization of biomass are also dealt with.

University of Queensland

Bachelor degree programs (B.Biotech (hons))

The University of Queensland has research strengths, institutes and industry alliances in all fields of biotechnology. Drawing on these strengths, the Bachelor of Biotechnology (honours) program at the University of Queensland offers eight majors including Chemical Biotechnology and Bioprocess technology. The other majors are bioinformatics, drug design and development, microbial biotechnology, molecular biotechnology, nanotechnology and plant biotechnology. The elective courses within each major are devoted to discipline specific content for the chosen major. A dual major in Innovation Management (offered in collaboration with the School of Business) can be taken with any of the majors. A dual degree , Bachelor of Biotechnology (hons)/Bachelor of Engineering (hons) is also available in the bioprocess technology major. All of the majors retain strong core training in the core disciplines of chemistry and molecular biology, whilst exposing students to the commercial and intellectual property aspects of biotechnology, so vital to enabling the translation of biotechnology inventions to the community. In the fourth year of study students undertake a major, semi-independent biotechnology research project in a university, university institute (for example the Global Change Institute, or the Advanced water Management Centre) or with an industry partner. This equips them for a career in research or research and development in academia or in the world of commercial biotechnology. Students who complete the B.Biotech. (hons) achieve a full semester of credit towards a Master of Business (M.Bus.).

Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters degree programs in Biotechnology

A suite of postgraduate coursework programs is offered. If students possess a previous degree, they can directly enter a Master of Biotechnology program, or, alternatively, they can start with a Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (one semester) or Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (two semesters), with cumulative credit building towards a one and a half or two year (research extensive) Master of Biotechnology. Study consists of four compulsory courses (Biologics, Quality Systems Management, Business Planning in Biotechnology and Issues in Biotechnology), core training in technical skills such as molecular genetics, molecular biology and protein technology, with an option to take some business courses. All students in the Masters program undertake a major research project of at least one semester duration in any field of biotechnology, with an applied or industry focus. Students with a strong business and entrepreneurship focus can undertake a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in the field of study of biotechnology. Progression to studies towards a higher degree (Doctor of Biotechnology or a Ph.D.) is possible.

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