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MSc in Biotechnology (MBT)

Degree to be obtained

Master of Biotechnology

Program description

The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland) and the University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg (Germany) invite to apply for a Master’s program Biotechnology. After successfully completing three semesters, students earn a “double MSc” and are awarded certificates from both universities. 

The program takes three semesters to complete: first semester at The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, second semester at the University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg and third semester (master thesis) is conducted either at one of the participating universities or externally at a suitable company or research institution.

This program focuses on problems related to the use of biotechnology in engineering and environmental protection, food production as well as in the bioeconomy, including recovery of bioproducts and energy from waste materials. The program provides microbiological knowledge on the basics of biotechnological processes in environmental engineering and presents the possibilities of biotechnology transfer from a laboratory scale to a technical scale. Students will have the opportunity to develop soft skills and creative thinking. They will learn about trends, perspectives and limitations, including ethical ones, of a biotechnology-based economy. 

Graduates of the MBT specialization are prepared to work with modern biotechnologies related to engineering and environmental protection, bioenergy production and food. The most important assets of graduates of the Master’s program Biotechnology are wide theoretical and practical knowledge, knowledge of modern biotechnologies and research methods, including molecular ones and the ability to work individually and in an international team. MBT graduates can find employment in international corporations dealing with biotechnology in engineering and environmental protection, industry, food production, biogas and biorefineries, in state and local government administration bodies operating in the bioeconomy, in research institutes or continue their education in Ph.D. studies.


3 semesters (1.5 years), ECTS 90




Free of charge, registration fee 85 PLN (about 18 Euro).


Online application  
The studies start in February of a particular academic year. Application is up to the beginning of February but apply much earlier if you need to obtain additional documents, e.g. a visa.


The course is open for applicants who have successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree with 210 ECTS or equivalent, or applicants who have completed a Master’s degree in one of the following areas: Civil Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemical and Process Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Protection, Agriculture, Chemical Technology, Food Technology and Human Nutrition, Zootechnics, Bioengineering of Food Production, Agricultural and Forestry Technology, Management of Renewable and Mineral Resources, Food Processing Engineering, Commodity Science or any similar subject. The admission procedure requires the Bachelor’s Degree Diploma with a transcript of records. 


For questions about these studies, please contact:

Dr Hab. Eng. Agnieszka Cydzik-Kwiatkowska
Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Phone +48 89 523 4194
Fax: +48 89 523 4131

Dr Hab. Eng. Magdalena Zielińska
Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Phone: +48 89 523 4185
Fax: +48 89 523 4131

Subjects conducted at MBT

1) Biorefineries
2) Bioproducts from Waste Materials
3) Molecular Biology Techniques in Biotechnology
4) Environmental Biotechnology
5) Biological Methods of Food and Feed Preservation
6) Introduction to Food Biotechnology
7) Enzyme Technology and Bioinformatics
8) Electives Environmental Biotechnology
     8a) Biotechnology of Solid Waste
     8b) Reuse and Recycling of Solid Waste
     8c) Biomarkers of Environmental Contamination
     8d) Toxic Chemical Risk
9) Electives Food Biotechnology
     9a) Fermented Products in Food and Feed Chain
     9b) Innovation in Food Biotechnology
     9c) Food and Bioprocess Engineering
     9d)Membrane Processes in Food Industry 
10) Writing Scientific Papers
11) Design Thinking
12) Master’s Thesis
13) Presentation and Defense
14) Biotechnological Processes from Lab to Market
15) Biotechnical Processes from Lab to Market – Lab
16) Regulatory Affairs and Safety in Biotechnology
17) Process Control Engineering
18) Bioenergy
19) Bioenergy – Lab
20) Biobased Industry
21) Bioperspectives and Bioethics
22) Electives Non-Technical Competences
     22a) Intercultural Competences
     22b) Managing Complexity
     22c) German Culture and Society
     22d) Tools to Manage Environmental Affairs
     22e) Polish (survival course)