International Programmes 2020/2021

International Master's Programme Biofabrication MSc Biofabrication

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Master of Science Biofabrication
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are held in English (100%). Obligatory exams to achieve full admission can be taken either in German or English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
More information on beginning of studies
For starting date of each semester, please visit:
Application deadline

15 June for the winter semester
30 November for the summer semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The internationally oriented Master's programme Biofabrication is interdisciplinary in nature, representing an engineering curriculum at the intersection of technology, chemistry, material sciences, biology, and medicine. The programme is highly practice-oriented, offering you the opportunity to hone both your theoretical and practical skills.
It covers the main topics Engineering Science, Material Sciences and the Natural Sciences, Advanced Modules, Transferable Skills, and a final Master's thesis.
A detailed module handbook is provided for an overview of content and the qualification objectives of all modules, as well as the credits to be acquired as a measure of the workload and a description of the type of assessment components required for the award of credits.

Module overview:
Main topic Engineering Science:

  • Biomaterials
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry
  • Processing of Polymeric Materials
  • One core elective modules

Main topic Material Sciences and the Natural Sciences:

  • Biofabrication
  • Self-Assembling Biopolymers
  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Tissue Engineering and Quality Management
  • One core elective modules

Advanced Modules:

  • Three advanced modules OR one international advanced module at an international partner university
  • Summer School

Transferable Skills:

  • Scientific Working
  • Management Training and Entrepreneurship
Course organisation

The Master's programme Biofabrication is organised in two parts, i.e., a general part and a specialisation part. In the first year of study, the modules of the main topics Engineering Science, Material Sciences and the Natural Sciences, and Transferable Skills are scheduled. In the second year of study, the Advanced Modules as well as the Master's thesis are scheduled.
The course types include lectures, seminars, and practical lab work. The courses in Engineering Science are held in the winter semester, while the courses in Material Sciences and the Natural Sciences are held in the summer semester. The courses of the Transferable Skills and Advanced Modules are held in both the winter and summer semester, depending on the respective module and course.
A detailed study plan is provided for an overview of all courses within the programme.

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Types of assessment

Written and oral examinations, written protocols

International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

The programme offers the opportunity to spend an International Advanced Module as third semester for a study research project at an international partner university in Australia, Thailand, France, the United States, the Netherlands, or Spain. More offers to be added in the future.

International guest lecturers take part in the summer school "Biofabrication".

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Online seminar
  • Chats with lecturers
Description of e-learning elements

UBT is running a Moodle platform for e-learning.

Programme for education of student e-tutors

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
In Germany, students at all higher education institutions must pay a semester contribution. This payment (at the University of Bayreuth: 107.81 EUR per semester) has nothing to do with tuition fees; rather, it covers your contributions to student services and the student government. At the University of Bayreuth (which combines the campus in Bayreuth and our new faculty VII located in Kulmbach), it includes a "semester ticket" that allows you to use public transport in the region.
Costs of living
The cost of living in Germany, e.g., accommodation, food, clothing and recreational activities, is about average compared to other European countries. Living expenses are significantly lower than in countries like Denmark, Luxembourg or Switzerland but rather high compared to countries like Poland, the Czech Republic or Italy. Compared to other large German cities, such as Munich, Berlin or Hamburg, Bayreuth's low cost of living and affordable housing make the city and the region particularly attractive to young people and families.The DAAD website will tell you what living expenses to expect in Germany:
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Scholarships awarded via the International Office You can apply for the scholarships (monthly payments: 300 EUR) starting in the third semester of study; scholarship funding cannot be provided during the first two semesters of study. You must submit the following documents next to your application: Enrolment certificate | Copy of passport and residence permit | Letter of recommendation from an instructor at the University of Bayreuth | Evidence of coursework completed at the University of Bayreuth, including grades | CV Please check:
Academic admission requirements

A university degree (or completed studies) in the Bachelor's programmes (requiring 180 ECTS points) Materials Science & Engineering or Engineering Science at the University of Bayreuth or an equivalent degree

Language requirements

Participants have to demonstrate evidence of a B2 level English language certificate, according to the Common European Framework. The German language level should be at the A1 level.

Application deadline

15 June for the winter semester
30 November for the summer semester

Submit application to

Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are many ways for international students in Germany to earn money while they study, for example, as wait staff, academic assistants or private tutors, but there are some restrictions. For more detailed information, please visit:


Accommodation for students
Bayreuth and Kulmbach have a number of student dormitories (both private dormitories and dormitories offered by the Association for Student Affairs) and a vast array of private rooms available. Under no circumstances should you assume that you will be assigned a room in the student dormitories! You will need to actively search for a room on your own – either in a private dormitory or on the private market.

More information regarding accommodation for students is available here: Please also read the DAAD’s information.

Accommodation for international guests
All other international guests are requested to register via the Welcome Services Database (WelSe).

Accommodation for short visits
For short visits, we recommend searching for accommodation on Airbnb. In addition, a limited number of apartments are available in the Alexander von Humboldt Guest House.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Accompanying programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Visa matters

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The University of Bayreuth is a dynamic campus university with about 13,500 students. Beyond the interdisciplinary research focus and excellence in teaching, the university has a clear vision of social responsibility and entrepreneurship. 

We have a close network of strategically selected, international research partners and have strategic partnerships with universities around the globe. A wide range of innovative BA, MA and PhD programmes as well as our international summer schools are conducted in English. Presently there are around 1,770 international students from more than 100 countries on campus. Focus areas in research include Nonlinear Dynamics, Polymer and Colloid Science, Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, New Materials, African Studies, High Pressure and High Temperature Research, Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes, Innovation and Consumer Protection, Food and Health Sciences, Energy Research and Energy Technology, Governance and Responsibility.

Our university has an outstanding staff-student ratio. Our high performance levels, multidisciplinary collaborations and scientific excellence result in high ranking positions. In the 2019 THE ranking “151 under 50”, the University of Bayreuth achieved a top position among the best universities in Germany. We have proven expertise in campus and curriculum internationalisation, which is confirmed by the results of the extended internationalisation audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference, a close and successful project cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and a number of Alexander von Humboldt Awards for our international management and service

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