What questions concern us today and in the future?

How is a vaccine produced? How can diseased tissue be replaced or regenerated in patients? What can we learn from microorganisms and how can we use them to produce biofuels and materials? How is drinking water purified? What turns milk into yogurt and why does sauerkraut turn sour? How is beer brewed? Why does food taste and smell so good? Bioprocess engineering answers all these questions.

What needs to be done and how can it be done?

Become an engineer in bioprocess engineering and plan, build and operate biotechnological production processes for the sustainable manufacture of products to supply the world's population with food or medicines, for example. This requires the interdisciplinary application of natural sciences - especially biology and chemistry - and engineering. Many everyday products are manufactured using biotechnological production processes. Biotechnological substance transformations are also used to recycle and minimize by-products and residues in the interests of sustainable production. By combining specialist knowledge, technical and communication skills, we train engineers who think in an interdisciplinary and solution-oriented manner in terms of a sustainable economy and bioeconomy.

What can you expect during your study?

In the bachelor's program, the focus is on basic education. The focus is on both the methodological and theoretical foundations of biotechnology and process engineering. Therefore, especially at the beginning of the program, the mathematical and scientific subjects predominate. In the further course you will get to know all areas of technical microbiology and bioprocess engineering and thus not only methods of biochemistry, genetics as well as microbiology, molecular biology and cell biology, but you will also gain insights into classical process engineering. Numerous practical courses and innovative teaching methods facilitate the understanding of the theoretical basics. The bachelor thesis as the first scientific work is gladly done in cooperation with research projects and practice partners. The TU Hamburg has numerous Erasmus-Plus partnerships with European partner universities and supports studying abroad.

What are the follow-up options to the degree program?

With the bachelor's degree, you acquire your first academic degree that qualifies you for a profession and you become an engineer. You can already start your professional life.

And of course you can also start a master's degree. The specializations of the bachelor's program are arranged and coordinated in such a way that you are optimally prepared for further master's studies and a seamless transition to subsequent master's programs at the TU Hamburg is made possible.

The following master’s study programs are available for further studies. The study duration is four semesters.

In which professional fields can you work?

The Bioprocess Engineering program trains engineers for whom there is a high demand today and in the future. The spectrum of employers ranges from industrial companies to energy suppliers, utilities and waste management companies to engineering and planning offices and authorities, but also research institutions.

The Bioprocess Engineering program is a course of study offered by the Department of Process Engineering. Here you can find an overview of the whole diversity of the deanery of studies.

Important contact persons

Information on Study Program

The Infothek is where to go for detailed information on study programs and extensive information material. If required you can register for talks with prospective students or arrange for an interview with a faculty counselor in your subject. Here is how to contact Ms. Köther and Ms. zur Borg at the Infothek:

Phone: +40 40 428 78-2232, e-mail

Contact with Students

In addition to the AStA, or Students’ Union, the Process Engineering Student Council (Fachschaftsrat) is happy to provide information from the student’s viewpoint at www.tu-harburg.de/fsrv.

International Students – Studying Abroad

The International Office advises and looks after international students. The International Office’s website also contains information about studying abroad for TUHH students. The TUHH welcomes and promotes student exchange. If you have any queries, please contact the International Office.

Further information

All modalities for admission to the bachelor's program "Bioprocess Engineering" are regulated in the statutes governing the study program. The Technical University of Hamburg conducts an online application procedure in the bachelor's degree programs. Criteria for admission are the Abitur grade and the subject grades in mathematics from the last four semesters. Admission to the 1st semester is only for the winter semester. The application period is from May to July 15th. The requirements for admission and the details of the procedure can be found here.

The general conditions for examinations at the TUHH are defined by the General Study and Examination Regulations (ASPO) and the Subject-Specific Study and Examination Regulations (FSPO). The Module Handbook describes the concrete design of the modules provided for in the curriculum and their learning objectives. They also provide information on content, recommended prior knowledge and literature for preparation.

All regulations relevant to the study program can be found here.

For even more information about the Dean of Studies Process Engineering please click here.