TU Darmstadt: Biomolecular Engineering
Standard length of study: 4 semesters
Biomolecular Engineering (BME) is an interdisciplinary field of science. Its goal is to specifically change living organisms, cells, and their biosynthetic ingredients. Of particular importance are organic macromolecules and genetically modified organisms. Biomolecular Engineering also overlaps with Molecular Biotechnology, Medicine, Pharmacy, Food Chemistry and Computer Science, Process Engineering and Environmental Technology, Food and Agriculture.
The discipline of Molecular Biotechnology allows detailed insights into the functioning of biological macromolecules and enables the development of innovative products and processes, ranging from tailor-made enzymes to new biomolecule-based analysis methods or medications. This content requires an interdisciplinary approach with elements of molecular, cellular and structural biology, biochemistry, organic, physical and analytical chemistry, and finally the molecular biotechnology. Apart from that, the difference between "Biomolecular Engineering" and the chemical and biological basis disciplines is being established by focusing on aspects of the application and the providing of customized cell systems and chemical and biological molecules.
The course provides knowledge on chemical and biological processes at the molecular level with a focus on biotechnology, systems or structural biology. This master´s program is designed to enable students to design and produce chemical and biological molecules based on engineering principles, covering a broad spectrum of research and application. These range from energy generation and storage on the provision of environmentally friendly bio-catalysts for the chemical industry to the development of biological agents and diagnostics in medicine.
- Students working with the microscope;
Foto: TU Darmstadt/Andreas Arnold
Specific aims of the BME degree program are:
- Establishment of a broad base of theoretical knowledge and experimental experience in organic, chemical, molecular and cell biological, biochemical and biotechnological methods.
- Acquisition of skills essential for recognizing relationships of a complex issue and experimental problem solving.
- At the same time pre-vocational skills such as teamwork, presentation skills and the ability to work effectively; organization and project planning as well as work instructions will be taught.