Molecular Biotechnology (B.Sc.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Bachelor of Science (Single-subject Bachelor)

Standard period of studies:

6 semesters


Winter semester
Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2
Required course for the Assessment Test (Feststellungsprüfung):
T-Course or M-Course. To find out if you are required to take the Assessment Test, check your Certificate of Recognition.

Admission restrictions:

Restricted in all semesters


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Please keep in mind that you need a certification of recognition for all foreign certificates. The recognition process takes up to six weeks and the certificate must be included in your application.

Winter semester: June 1 - September 1

Summer semester: December 1 - March 1

If you combine a Two-subject Bachelor whose admission is open with one whose is restricted, the deadlines are:

Winter semester: June 1 - July 15

Summer semester: December 1 - January 15


Molecular Biotechnology (M.Sc.)


Molecular Biotechnology


Faculty 09: Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Geography and Geosciences


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

How are substances identified that can be used as lead structures for drug development in fields such as disease therapy or crop protection? How can I find and characterize suitable targets and investigate interactions between substances and target structures? Which chemical and biological basis do I need to identify and characterize pharmaceutically active substances from microorganisms and their biosynthetic pathways?

If you are interested in learning more about these questions, then the new degree program "B. Sc. Molecular Biotechnology" at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is just the right fit for you.
The program’s goal is to train a new generation of biotechnologists who have in-depth knowledge and skills in the fields of biochemistry, microbiology and physiology. It is an interdisciplinary program, which is jointly offered by the chemistry, pharmacy and biology departments, and includes a bachelor's degree as well as a master's degree.

The Molecular Biotechnology program lays the foundation for later interdisciplinary work in a research-oriented environment. It is interesting for people who have a broad interest in (bio)chemical, biological and biotechnological issues and see their strengths in the life sciences.

While a "technology-oriented biotechnology" is generally characterized by technical content and methods of process engineering, JGU’s Molecular Biotechnology program follows a different approach. By the term "biotechnology" we primarily mean the identification, further development, utilization and application of processes and components in and from microorganisms.

Students in the bachelor's program Molecular Biotechnology are trained in a goal-oriented manner, with a focus on the following areas: Chemistry and Analytics, Biochemistry and Clinical Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Genetics, Cell and Microbiology, Physiology, and Biotechnology and Mycology.

Their comprehensive training enables molecular biotechnologists to implement interdisciplinary approaches. Depending on their focus, they compete with biochemists, biologists, and other biotechnologists when entering the workforce.



The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).