Master degree course

Pharmaceutical Engineering

Start of studies: winter semester

Duration: 4 semesters

Degree: Master of Science

Application period for online application: June, 1st to July, 15th of the respective year.

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The master’s program Pharmaceutical Engineering connects process engineering and pharmaceutical aspects. This combination of knowledge is especially valuable at the process chain from drug substance synthesis to the ready dosage form. Herein, an effective, process-tailored formulations are required as well as scalable processes from lab to production scale.

Job description

Characteristic tasks of pharmaceutical engineers are the development and optimization of production and formulation processes, the design of production plants, quality assurance, as well as validation and qualification of plants and processes. Graduates of other, classical degree programs need long years of job experience to professionally fulfill such tasks as process engineers initially need to acquire knowledge on relevant regulations and pharmacists need to acquire process engineering know-how.

This degree program will enable its graduates to much faster take over responsibilities for jobs on the interface of pharmacy and process engineering. By that, they will connect these sectors of science and production in pharmaceutical companies or at universities.


The master’s program addresses bachelor graduates of programs with pharmaceutical as well as process engineering backgrounds. To do justice to this heterogeneity of the educational training, complementary qualifications will be assigned to each individual student. Within these courses, primary in the first semesters, students learn the so far unknown basics before the compulsory modules impart the fundamental competencies of pharmaceutical engineers in the second and third semester.

Masterarbeit - Master's Thesis
Pflichtanteil - Core Modules
Wahlpflicht - Specialisation Modules
Überfachliche Profilbildung - Interdisciplinary Qualification
Fachkomplementäre Qualifikationen - Complementary Qualifications

Compulsory courses are accompanied by general skills as well as elective modules that allow the students to develop their own professional and scientific profile according to their interests. Completion of the program is achieved with a master’s thesis in which specific questions of current research projects are dealt with individually.

Admission and entry requirements

The master’s program on pharmaceutical engineering is a consecutive program for students that acquired a bachelor degree in natural sciences/pharmaceutics and/or an engineering/process engineering program. Bachelor’s programs fulfill these requirements if at least 50 credit points were assigned to pharmaceutical and/or process engineering modules.

Due to complementary qualifications, the master’s program is open to students whose educational background is limited to either pharmacy or process engineering.

In addition to the bachelor’s degree, admission to the master’s program comprises an individual letter of application that states the student’s motivation to start his or her studies in pharmaceutical engineering. Letters of application will be graded and summed up with the grade of the bachelor’s degree.

Technische Universität Braunschweig 
Fakultät für Maschinenbau
Schleinitzstr. 20
38106 Braunschweig

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