Overview

This natural sciences degree program provides a broad practical training in medical biotechnology. There, molecular biological techniques are used to research causes, diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer. In addition to applications in the medical field, molecular biotechnology is also used in the development of vaccines and active pharmaceutical ingredients. With the help of genetic engineering, cells are manipulated in such a way that they produce therapeutic proteins such as insulin and vaccines. As a graduate, you will be a biotechnological generalist with entrepreneurial skills and as a scientific/technical assistant you will be active in research and development.

Contact us

Contact us!

Elisabeth Hablas
Victoria Buchsbaum, MA
Vienna BioCenter
Helmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2, OG.A.01
1030 Wien
T: +43 1 606 68 77-3500
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3509
biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Map Vienna BioCenter (Google Maps)

Office hours
Mon to Fri, 8.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m.

Information: Application and Admission
biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Duration of course
6 Semester
Organisational form
full-time
180ECTS
Language of instruction German
60Study places
Final degree
Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences (BSc)

Application period of academic year 2022/23

1st January to 13th March 2022

tuition fee / semester:

€ 363,361

+ ÖH premium + contribution2

 

1 Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727,- per semester

 

2 for additional study expenses
(currently up to €83,- depending on degree program and year)

What you can offer

Your strengths lie in biology, chemistry and mathematics. You are interested in natural sciences, medicine and their related technologies. This includes bioinformatics. With a strong spirit of innovation you question existing applications. You want to develop them further and discover new technologies. You want to apply your manual skills in the laboratory to help people. You are a structured thinker and like to examine things extremely closely and you have the patience to take the many necessary steps to reach your findings. You are aware that alone you can achieve a lot, and in a team you can achieve everything. The fact that English is the language of life sciences awakens your linguistic ambition.

What we offer you

Located at the Vienna BioCenter, you will be able to study and conduct research in state of the art lecture halls and laboratories. You will have access to the best equipment in Central Europe, including among other things an S2 laboratory (the second highest security level). We share this important life sciences center with numerous research institutions and well-known biotech companies and maintain an active exchange of knowledge. In addition, your education and research benefit from our close partnerships with the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. We have built a strong international network that provides you with the opportunity to complete an internship or to study at prestigious universities such as King's College or Imperial College in London, which are among the top 10 universities in the world. Numerous R&D projects in the degree program offer you the opportunity to participate in application-oriented research during an internship and to make valuable contacts for your future career. Practical relevance is also guaranteed at our Campus Lecture evenings, which are open to all and feature contributions from prominent experts.

What makes this degree program special

  • Focus on medical biotechnology
  • Research for active ingredients and vaccines as well as stem cell and gene therapies
  • at the renowned life science campus Vienna BioCenter

Through your practice-oriented education, you will learn to develop and apply new recombinant active pharmaceutical agents and vaccines as well as stem-cell and gene therapies for the treatment of diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer's disease. Recombinant proteins are produced biotechnologically by inserting foreign DNA into cells so that they then produce the proteins. Therefore, the degree program focuses on the cell: You will learn the key signaling pathways and processes in detail. Your main interest is the genome.

You will learn how this important part of the cell, which contains all the genetic information of an organism, works in both healthy and diseased systems. In this degree program we guarantee you a private, fully-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratory space and the opportunity to participate in an R&D project of the Department of Molecular Biotechnology or a partner institution as part of an extensive internship in research areas such as allergy research, cell-based test systems and signaling pathways of the cell.


What you will learn in the degree program

The degree program combines comprehensive know-how about natural sciences and technology with quality and process management. You will enjoy an intensive process-oriented education. Your strongly application-oriented education will be rounded out by the fundamentals of economics and law, laboratory courses and seminars.

  • You will deal with general, analytical and organic chemistry, human biology, cell and molecular biology as well as functional genomics. Mathematics and bioinformatics complement your methodical skills.
  • You will acquire management skills in the fields of quality management, good laboratory practice (GLP) and clinical testing.
  • You will acquire the fundamentals of marketing and communication.
  • You will complete extensive laboratory courses in small groups. You will apply the methods of scientific work within the framework of your bachelor’s thesis.

Curriculum

LectureSWSECTS
Analytical Chemistry I LAB

Analytical Chemistry I LAB

Lector: Thorsten Bischof, B.Sc., Mag.pharm. Dr. Michaela Böhmdorfer, Stefanie Gutmann, Mag.pharm.Dr. Alexandra Maria Maier-Salamon, Bettina Pachmann, Mag. Dr. Stefan Poschner

6SWS
6ECTS

Lecture contents

Laboratory regulations, labelling of hazardous substances, occupational safety, proper disposal of chemicals
Measures of concentration (mol, molar concentration, relative concentration)
Basic laboratory techniques, writing laboratory protocols
Qualitative analysis of inorganic ion mixtures and inorganic and simple organic salt compounds, nomenclature of simple salts
Quantitative analysis by volumetry (acid-base titration, redox titration, complexometry)
pH and pH determination methods, preparation of buffer solutions
Semi-quantitative analysis of inorganic anions and cations using colorimetric rapid tests

Assessment methods

Course with inherent examination character.

Teaching methods

elaborating methods

Language

German

66
Molecular Biology & Genetics I VO

Molecular Biology & Genetics I VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank

2SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

Students learn the basics of genetics and molecular biology with the following topics:
• Genetics - Mendel
• Classic genetics - gene mapping
• genetic defects
• Nucleic acids (DNA, RNA) - structure and function
• Genome structure, chromatin and nucleosomes
• chromosomes
• Replication of the DNA
• cell cycle
• Mitosis - meiosis
• Mutations and repair mechanisms
• Homologous recombination
• Sequence-specific recombination
• Transposable elements

Assessment methods

Written exam on the last day of the course or in coordination with students.

Teaching methods

Lecture
Powerpoint presentations
Videos

Language

German

23
General Cell Biology VO

General Cell Biology VO

Lector: Mag.Dr. Sabine Lampert, Dr. Janek von Byern, MSc, Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag.pharm. Dr. Michael Wirth

1.5SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

Cells - the basic units of life: commons and differences between the major types. Structure of procaryotic and eucaryotic cells. Characteristics of plant and animal cells, of Bacteria and Archaea. Structure and funktion of subcellular components.

Examplyfication of the variety of eucaryotic and procaryotic cells, refering to sturctural and functional aspects with focus on tissues and organs of seed plants.

Introduction to different techniques of microscopy and their uses: bright field, dark field, phase contrast, polarization, oil immersion; method for measurement with a light microscope; fluorochrome microscopy, electron microscopy and flow-cytometrie.

Preparation methods and staining techniques for microscopy of eucaryotic cells and DNA. Basic Methods for microscopic analysis of procaryotic cells.
Scientific documentation of microscopic analyses.

Assessment methods

Written exam at the end of the LV about the contents presented during the lecture (see downloads). At least 60% of all points have to be achieved to pass the exam.

Teaching methods

lecture,
PowerPoint presentations
lecture notes for download

Language

German

1.52
Mathematics for Biology I ILV

Mathematics for Biology I ILV

Lector: Dipl.Ing. Nikolaus Maly

3SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

Elementary models of population dynamics: We study the deterministic behaviour of elementary large-ensemble models.

- Exponential growth and its underlying geometric principle, logistic growth, short discussion of the dynamics of non-linear systems (Cobweb diagram).
- Matrix models: Levkovich and Leslie models, Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues as tool to determine the asympotic behaviour of linear models.

Assessment methods

Short written exams on a regular basis. Written final report. Possibly additional oral exam to clarify questions.

Teaching methods

Integrated Online Course

Language

German

33
Microscopy Lab LAB

Microscopy Lab LAB

Lector: Mag. Aicha Laarouchi, Mag.Dr. Sabine Lampert, Dr. Brigitte Schmidt, Dr. Janek von Byern, MSc

1.5SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

Eucaryotic cells from protista, Plantae, Animales, Funghi alive and prepared.
Procaryotic cells.
Subcellular structures in light mikroskop.
scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy.
Preparationmethods for microskopy, staining methods.
Dokumentation of microscopic analysis.

Assessment methods

Course with inherent examination character. Assessment criteria are the continuous personal participation and engagement during the practical courses as well as the quality of lab reports that have to be done.

Teaching methods

Practical exercise and training with additional demonstrations.

Language

German

1.53
General Biology VO

General Biology VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny

2SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

Darwinian evolution, creationism and intelligent design. Driving forces and mechanisms of evolution, population genetics, phylogeny and formation of species. Physical and chemical basis of life and energy requirements. History of life on our planet and milestones of evolution: origin of life, oxygen, eukaryotes, sexual reproduction and multicellular organisms. Features of pro- and eukrayotic cells and the phylogeny of life. Kingdoms of life: eubacteria, archaea, protists, fungi, plants and animals. Human evolution and the scientific method.

Assessment methods

a written exam at the end of the lectures

Teaching methods

Oral presentations

23
General Chemistry VO

General Chemistry VO

Lector: Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag.pharm. Dr. Martin Kratzel

2SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

Atom: fundamental components of atoms, ultimate particles, elements, isotopes
Radioactivity: radioactive decay, radioactive displacement laws, disintegration series
Atom models: Rutherford's model, Bohr's model, orbital model
Periodic system: periods and groups, short and long periods, electronic configuration of elements, generalizations relative to the position in the periodic system
Bond theories (considering the resulting 3D stucture): metallic bonds, ionic bonds, covalent bonds, coordinate covalent bonds
Intermolecular forces, acids and bases
Conservation laws and consequences: stoichiometry, energy and enthalpy, entropy, spontaneity of chemical reactions, redox reactions
States of matter - gases, liquids, solids: rules and laws
Chemical equilibrium, law of mass action.

Assessment methods

Written exam.

Teaching methods

Lecture under support of Microsoft Powerpoint assisted by computer simulations (3D visualisation tools of atoms and molecules)

Language

German

23
Analytical Chemistry I VO

Analytical Chemistry I VO

Lector: Mag. Dr. Stefan Poschner

1SWS
1ECTS

Lecture contents

In several lecture units the theoretical basics of wet-chemical qualitative and quantitative analysis of inorganic and organic samples will be instructed:
The first unit contains analytical basics. Afterwards, the analysis and individual detection of anions, cations and inorganic salts will be discussed with special emphasis on reactions and stoichiometry. Apart from the analysis of inorganic samples, also first fundamentals of wet-chemical analysis of organic samples will be discussed with special emphasis on the detection of functional organic groups. Additionally, also extraction and separation techniques by using selected organic compounds will be explained.

Assessment methods

Written exam

Teaching methods

Lecture

Language

German

11
Business Studies VO

Business Studies VO

Lector: Dipl.-Kfm. Robert Tilenius

1SWS
1ECTS

Lecture contents

- Fundamentals of business administration
-- Definition of basic concepts of business administration
- Strategic management
-- Market environment and competitive situation
-- Corporate objectives
-- Change management
- Marketing management
-- Marketing strategies
-- Operational marketing / Marketing mix
- Human resource management
-- Personal needs and manpower planning
-- Personal development
-- leadership
- Accounting
-- General accounts and balance
-- Management accounting

Assessment methods

- Multiple Choice
- Text tasks
- Rechenaufgaben

Teaching methods

Lectures

Language

German

11
Public Law VO

Public Law VO

Lector: Dr. Alexander Forster, Mag. Dr. Andreas Lehner

2SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

The lecture gives an introduction to Austrian Public Law. It deals with the structure of the Austrian state and gives an overview of the most important constitutional bodies and their cooperation.

Assessment methods

Final written test

Teaching methods

Combination of in-person and distance teaching

Language

German

22
Scientific Communication in English ILV

Scientific Communication in English ILV

Lector: Dr.in Mary Grace Wallis

2SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

The timetable for this semester will be provided as detailed information sheets and will be discussed during the first lesson.

See also below (Ziele der Lehrveranstaltung).

Assessment methods

Your command of English, both spoken and written, will be continuously assessed during the semester and will be reflected in the final semester mark. Moreover your active participation in the lessons will also contribute to the overall mark.

Teaching methods

Spontaneous and prepared presentations. Brainstormings, Discussions, Debates. ‘Language clinics’. Individual, pair- and group-work. (Peer) Feedback und (Self-)Reflection.

Language

English

22
Social Skills I ILV

Social Skills I ILV

Lector: Monika Frauwallner

1SWS
1ECTS

Lecture contents

Presentation and appearance
• personal presentation and effect
• analysis of the target group and purpose
• structure and dramaturgy of a presentation
• visualization and medium-mix

Assessment methods

Your performance will be continuously assessed during the semester and will be reflected in the final semester mark. Moreover your active participation in the lessons will also contribute to the overall mark.

Teaching methods

Lecture, individual and group work, practical exercises
Self-assessment via exercises
• for self reflection and individual application
• practical exercises with feedback and analysis

Language

German

11

LectureSWSECTS
Chemical Calculation ILV

Chemical Calculation ILV

Lector: Dr. Judith Wackerlig

0.5SWS
0.5ECTS
0.50.5
Biochemistry I: Foundations & Building Blocks of Life VO

Biochemistry I: Foundations & Building Blocks of Life VO

Lector: FH-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda

1.5SWS
2ECTS
1.52
Mathematics for Biology II ILV

Mathematics for Biology II ILV

Lector: Dipl.Ing. Nikolaus Maly

2.5SWS
2.5ECTS
2.52.5
Quantitative Analytical Chemistry VO

Quantitative Analytical Chemistry VO

Lector: Dr. Judith Wackerlig

1SWS
1ECTS
11
Quantitative Analytical Chemistry LAB

Quantitative Analytical Chemistry LAB

Lector: Iva Cobankovic, MSc, Dr Predrag Kalaba, MSc, Michael Kirchhofer, Erich Möllner, Philip John Neill, BSc, Mag. pharm. Stefan Simic, Dr. Judith Wackerlig

3SWS
3ECTS
33
Social Skills II: Self-Coaching & Communication ILV

Social Skills II: Self-Coaching & Communication ILV

Lector: Monika Frauwallner

1SWS
1ECTS
11
Statistics for Biology I ILV

Statistics for Biology I ILV

Lector: Dipl.Ing. Nikolaus Maly, Dr. Christian Steineder

2SWS
2ECTS
22
Inorganic Chemistry VO

Inorganic Chemistry VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson

1SWS
2ECTS
12
Methods of DNA analysis VO

Methods of DNA analysis VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank

1SWS
2ECTS
12
Molecular Biology & Genetics II VO

Molecular Biology & Genetics II VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank

2SWS
3ECTS
23
Organic Chemistry VO

Organic Chemistry VO

Lector: Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Spreitzer

2SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

1. Atomic orbitals
2. Types of bonds
3. Mesomeric and inductive effects
4. Types of compounds (carbohydrates, arom. compounds. halogenides, alcohols, phenols, ethers, sulfur comp., aldehydes. ketones, carbonylic acids and derivatives, carbonic acid and derivatives, amines); nomenclature
5. Acids/Bases in organic chemistry
6. Reaction mechanisms

Assessment methods

Written tests

Teaching methods

Power-Point-Präsentation; Explanations on the board

Language

German

23
Civil Law VO

Civil Law VO

Lector: Dr. and European Attorney Katherine Cohen, RA Dr. Christian Knauder, Dr. Barbara Oberhofer, LL.M. (LSE), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eva Palten

2SWS
2ECTS
22
Scientific Communication in English II ILV

Scientific Communication in English II ILV

Lector: Dr.in Mary Grace Wallis

2SWS
2ECTS
22
Cell Biology of the Eukaryotes VO

Cell Biology of the Eukaryotes VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank

2SWS
3ECTS
23
Cell Culture VO

Cell Culture VO

Lector: FH- Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Marianne Raith

1SWS
1ECTS
11

LectureSWSECTS
Bioinformatics ILV

Bioinformatics ILV

Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf

3SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

In this lecture we talk about what Bioinformatics is and why we need it today. The studients will be introduced to basic programming and can play around with simple practical examples.
We will go through specific topics of Bioinformatics and discuss the available applications. The topics include:
- Why did Bioinformatics develop and what is it.
- Human Genome Project and its consequences
- Biological sequences, sequence comparison and database search.
- Pattern search
- Structure of biological sequences and structure prediction
- High throughput technologies and data analysis

Programming:
- practical examples in R and a short introduction in Python

Assessment methods

Exercises to be handed in using the Moodle Platform, and short mulitple choice tests also on the Moodle platform.

Teaching methods

lecture, powerpoint presentation, discussion and hands on exercises

Language

German-English

33
English in Science & Career I ILV

English in Science & Career I ILV

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson

2SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

The course will deal with all four areas of language skills: reading/writing/talking/listening.

The emphasis in the 3rd semester will be on spoken English (presentations (spontaneous and prepared)).

Oral presentations will be an important part of the semesters's work.

Grammar revision (where appropriate) will be offerred.

ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE LESSON IS VERY IMPORTANT AND WILL BE GRADED!

Assessment methods

Your command of English, both spoken and written, will be continuously assessed during the semester and will be reflected in the final semester mark. Moreover your active participation in the lessons will also contribute to the overall mark.

Teaching methods

Spontaneous and prepared presentations. Brainstormings, Discussions, Debates. ‘Language clinics’. Individual, pair- and group-work. Self-reflection is a major focus of the course.

Language

English

22
Fundamentals of Microbiology VO

Fundamentals of Microbiology VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Beatrix Kuen-Krismer, Dr. Jonas Ramoni

1.5SWS
2ECTS

Language

German

1.52
Quality & Process Management VO

Quality & Process Management VO

Lector: DI Dr. Georg Hruschka, DI Dr. Timo Kretzschmar, DI (FH) Franz Stark

2SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

This lecture gives an introduction into quality management. The following aspects will be imparted within this lecture:
- QM basics, terms and definitions
- Development of strategical approaches and models
- Introduction into process management: design and process description of a site including creation of operating procedures
- ISO 9000/9001
- Requirements on QA regarding drug manufacturing: GLP and GMP
- Documentation
- Basics on norming, certification and accreditation

Assessment methods

Moodle test

Teaching methods

Lecture

Language

German

22
Virology VO

Virology VO

Lector: FH-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda

0.5SWS
1ECTS

Lecture contents

Basics in Virology:
(a) Bacteriophages: morphology, replication, growth and quantification, application in biotechnology - examples
(b) animal viruses: morphology, replication, pathogenesis, examples (retro viruses, influenza virus)

Assessment methods

Written exam

Teaching methods

Lecture

Language

German-English

0.51
Biochemistry II: Structure Formation, Biorecognition & Catalysis VO

Biochemistry II: Structure Formation, Biorecognition & Catalysis VO

Lector: Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Heinrich Kowalski

1.5SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

Structure of proteins; four organizational levels of protein structure; classes of proteins and domains; enzymes and their classes, including examples; protein isolation and detection of proteins; in vitro vs. in vivo protein folding (molecular chaperones); thermodynamics of biochemical reactions; enzyme kinetics (Michaelis-Menten, Lineweaver-Burk); mechanisms of inhibitors; allostery and cooperativeness; cofactors (metal ions, prosthetic groups and co-enzymes); catalytic mechanisms; protein biosynthesis and glycolysis.

Assessment methods

Written; Free text questions aimed at knowledge and understanding

Teaching methods

Lectures

Language

German

1.52
Introduction to Molecular Biological Lab Techniques LAB

Introduction to Molecular Biological Lab Techniques LAB

Lector: Kay Holleis, BSc MSc, FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson

1SWS
1ECTS

Lecture contents

In this course the students will get a crash-course in "how to handle an automatic pipet". Then the students perform several restriction digestions in order to map an unknown piece of DNA. At the end of the course, the students determine the concentration of an unknown DNA-Sample spectrophotometrically (including calculation).

Assessment methods

Enthusiasm, Protocol in English

Teaching methods

Independent work in the laboratory
Introductory remarks from the lector/tutor
Independent drawing of a plasmid map
Writing of a protocol

Language

German

11
Genetic Engineering LAB

Genetic Engineering LAB

Lector: Kay Holleis, BSc MSc, Anna Koch, BSc, Gregor Sommerkamp, BSc., FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, ao. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Biol. Dr Angela Witte

3SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

In this course students learn the basics of cloning. The DNA of an ORF of a phage is amplified using PCR and cloned into the pUC18 vector. Following methods are performed: PCR, restriction digestion, DNA ligation, competent E. coli, plasmid transformation, selection, identification of the clones.
Additionally a deletion mutant is analysed by PCR and nucleic acid will be precipitated.
The students also write a scientific protocol in "publication-form."

Assessment methods

the grades include:
- protocol
- lab participation
- written test

Teaching methods

Practical course with theoretical background

Language

German

33
Immunology VO

Immunology VO

Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Decker

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

Basic knowledge about the importance and function of the immune system. Distinction between innate and acquired immunity and the interplay of the innate and acquired immune system in an antimicrobial immune response.

Assessment methods

Written exam

Teaching methods

Lectures with visual representation of the essential content. Questions and discussion by students are highly welcome.

Language

German

12
Molecular Biological & Biophysical Methods SE

Molecular Biological & Biophysical Methods SE

Lector: FH-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda, FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank

1.5SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

Topics:
Detection of Nucleic Acids
PCR
Western blot
Growth of Microorganisms
Antibodies and their use in Molecular Biology
Centrifugation
Protein Purification
Southern and Northern blot
Primer and Hybridization
Proteinexpression
Microarray
Flurescence in Molecular Biology
Sequencing
Isolation and Purification of Nucleic Acids from various Organisms
Primer and Hybridisation
Primer design for cloning of a gene

Assessment methods

Preparation, Oral Presentation, Participation in Discussions, written exam at the end of the seminar

Teaching methods

Seminar, topic preparation in small groups (4-5), oral presentation in small groups (9-10), 15 minutes presentation, discussion, preparation of a handout

Language

German

1.53
Social Skills III: Teambuilding & Conflict Resolution ILV

Social Skills III: Teambuilding & Conflict Resolution ILV

Lector: Monika Frauwallner

1SWS
1ECTS

Lecture contents

Team development and conflict strategies
• team
• phases in team development
• roles in the team
• conflict analysis
• phases of conflict escalation
• strategies for handling conflicts

Assessment methods

Your performance will be continuously assessed during the semester and will be reflected in the final semester mark. Moreover your active participation in the lessons will also contribute to the overall mark.

Teaching methods

Lecture, individual and group work, practical exercises
Self-assessment via exercises
• for self reflection and individual application
• practical exercises with feedback and analysis

Language

German

11
Cell Culture Laboratory LAB

Cell Culture Laboratory LAB

Lector: Kay Holleis, BSc MSc, FH- Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Marianne Raith

3SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

Experiment 1: Handling of Cell Lines (Splitting, Cryoconservation, Live-Dead-Ratio)
Experiment 2: Growth Curve (Evaluation of Doubling-Time and the Influence of Changed Culture conditions)
Experiment 3: Cell cycle/Mitosis
Experiment 4: Cytoskeleton/Transfection
Experiment 5: Problem-Based Learning

Assessment methods

Opening exam (Moodle)
Active participation during the whole course (technical performance and participation)
closing discussion (similar to oral exam) and presentation of the problem-based question (in groups)
every student has to write a protocol describing the experimental part of the course (deadline 2 weeks after the end of the laboratory course, see Moodle for further details)

Teaching methods

Preliminary discussion of the theoretical background of the experiments and practical implementation of the experiments. Problem-based learning.

Language

German

33
Physical Chemistry VO

Physical Chemistry VO

Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Annette Rompel

2SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

Introduction, thermodynamics, enthalpy entropy, free energy,
spontaneous and non-spontaneous processes, calorimetry, osmometry,
chemical equilibrium, phases, phase diagrams, electrochemistry,

Assessment methods

Written exam; 8 theoretical questions and practical examples; 24 points necessary for grade E
max. points: 40
Please interpret the formula and the result.
All letters used as symbols must be defined in the context of the task.

Teaching methods

Lecture

Language

German-English

23
Statistics for Biology II ILV

Statistics for Biology II ILV

Lector: Dipl.Ing. Nikolaus Maly, Dr. Christian Steineder

2SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

Poisson Processes
Fluctuation Test by Luria-Delbrück
Classic Parameter and Distributionstests
Linear Regression
One-Factor-ANOVA

Assessment methods

Short written exams on a regular basis. Written final exam (report). Possibly additional oral exam to clarify questions.

Teaching methods

Integrated Online Course

Language

German

22

LectureSWSECTS
English in Science & Career II ILV

English in Science & Career II ILV

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson

2SWS
2ECTS
22
Genome Organization ILV

Genome Organization ILV

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny

1SWS
2ECTS
12
Project Management ILV

Project Management ILV

Lector: Dr. Irmtraud Bernwieser, PMP

2SWS
2ECTS
22
Applied Microbiology VO

Applied Microbiology VO

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Lisa Kappel

2SWS
2.5ECTS
22.5
Biochemistry III: Bioenergetics and Metabolism VO

Biochemistry III: Bioenergetics and Metabolism VO

Lector: Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Heinrich Kowalski

1.5SWS
2ECTS
1.52
Gene Expression VO

Gene Expression VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank

1SWS
2ECTS
12
GxP VO

GxP VO

Lector: DI Dr. Georg Hruschka, DI Dr. Timo Kretzschmar, Mag. Dr. Birgit Spitzer-Sonnleitner, DI (FH) Franz Stark

4SWS
5ECTS
45
Instrument-based Analytics VO

Instrument-based Analytics VO

Lector: Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn. Wolfgang Holzer, Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag.pharm. Dr. Martin Kratzel

2SWS
3ECTS
23
Microbiological Lab Techniques LAB

Microbiological Lab Techniques LAB

Lector: Univ.Doz. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Busse, Mag.a Dr.in Lisa Kappel

2.5SWS
2.5ECTS
2.52.5
Protein & Enzyme Biochemistry LAB

Protein & Enzyme Biochemistry LAB

Lector: Dr. Radostina Bachmaier

3SWS
3ECTS
33
Protein Expression & Purification LAB

Protein Expression & Purification LAB

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, ao. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Biol. Dr Angela Witte

3SWS
3ECTS
33
Social Skills IV: Moderation & Problem Solving ILV

Social Skills IV: Moderation & Problem Solving ILV

Lector: Monika Frauwallner

1SWS
1ECTS
11

LectureSWSECTS
Industry Practical PR

Industry Practical PR

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson

0SWS
25ECTS

Lecture contents

The internship serves as an introduction for the students to work independently. The tasks begin with the search for a suitable internship and internship supervisor. Students learn under the supervision of a professional the relevant professional practice in a biotechnology company/research institute and/or independent scientific work. During the internship the subject-, methodological and social competencies acquired during the study, will be implemented in the desired field of occupational activity and practically consolidated.
Another important teaching content is to summarize the internship results in form of an internship report and the documentation of scientific results.

Assessment methods

Assessment of practical supervisor

Teaching methods

Practical

Language

German-English

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Bachelor Thesis I & Scientific Method SE

Bachelor Thesis I & Scientific Method SE

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank

0SWS
5ECTS

Lecture contents

bachelor thesis results frominternship

Assessment methods

Grading of the finished bachelor thesis

Teaching methods

completed bachelor thesis

Language

German-English

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LectureSWSECTS
Human Physiology VO

Human Physiology VO

Lector: Dr.phil. Dr. med.univ. Karl-Heinz Huemer

2SWS
3ECTS
23
Clinical aspects of immunology VO

Clinical aspects of immunology VO

Lector: Assoc. Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Gernot Schabbauer

1SWS
2ECTS
12
Tissue Engineering VO

Tissue Engineering VO

Lector: Mag. Dr. Daniel Spazierer

2SWS
3ECTS
23
Applied Genomics VO

Applied Genomics VO

Lector: Dr. Andreas Bergner, Dr Sebastian Carotta, Dr. Michael Gmachl, Gabriela Gremel, PhD, Dr. Jesse Lipp , Barbara Mair, PhD, Dr. Sven Mostböck, DI Dr. Jürgen Ramharter, Dr. Klaus Rumpel, Doz. Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Sommergruber, Peggy Stolt-Bergner, PhD

2SWS
3ECTS
23
Bachelor Exam BAP

Bachelor Exam BAP

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank

0SWS
2ECTS
02
Reflection of Internship SE

Reflection of Internship SE

Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Beatrix Kuen-Krismer, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson

2SWS
2ECTS
22
Developmental Biology VO

Developmental Biology VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny

2SWS
3ECTS
23
Ethics ILV

Ethics ILV

Lector: Dr.in Mary Grace Wallis

1SWS
1ECTS
11
Histology VO

Histology VO

Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Adolf Ellinger

2SWS
3ECTS
23
Intercultural Competence ILV

Intercultural Competence ILV

Lector: Barry Jenkins, BSc (Hons)

1SWS
1ECTS
11
Marketing & Product Lifecycle Management ILV

Marketing & Product Lifecycle Management ILV

Lector: Dr. Astrid Christine Erber, Mag. Ramona Lubich, MA

2SWS
2ECTS
22
Model Organisms VO

Model Organisms VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny

1SWS
2ECTS
12
Organic Chemistry LAB

Organic Chemistry LAB

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Jonas Aronow, Angelika Ebner, Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn. Wolfgang Holzer, Marlon Millard, BSc, Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Spreitzer

3SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

1. Distillation under atmospheric pressure
2. Distillation under reduced pressure
3. Extraction of an organic acid from an aqueous solution and recrystallization of the crude product
4. Synthesis of ethyl acetoacetate ethylenketal; azeotropic removal of H2O; 1H-and 13C-nmr spectra
5. Synthesis of phenylethanol; NaBH4-reduction
6. Synthesis of the antiepileptic agent phenytoine; benzilic acid rearrangement; synthesis of an
hydantoine
7. Synthesis of Acetylsalicylic acid; acetylation, esterification

Assessment methods

Evaluation is based on laboratory work

Teaching methods

Laboratory course

Language

German

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Semester dates
Winter semester 2021/22: 1st September 2021 to 4th February 20223
Summer semester 2022: Start 14th February 2022

3 depending on the lab courses

Number of teaching weeks
18 per semester

Times
Monday to Friday all day; some vocational subjects also held on Saturday


How you benefit

Your will receive an education for a growth market. Biotechnology is a key technology of the 21st century that is booming internationally as well as in Austria. In recent years Vienna has become a dynamic center for life sciences. Your career will benefit from the excellent professional reputation of your university and from the practical skills and social skills that you will also acquire during your studies. There is a high demand for well-trained experts with a strong scientific background who can immediately contribute to the success of their company. In addition to excellent career opportunities, a wide range of possible activities will be open to you. Immediately after graduation, you can work as a scientific and technical assistant primarily in research departments and laboratories at global pharmaceutical companies, universities or hospitals. With your extensive know-how of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), you are an ideal candidate to take on responsibility in project management and quality assurance in the production of medications.

  • Biopharmaceutical industry
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Food industry
  • Environmental technology
  • University, and other research institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Authorities

Master's degree program

Molecular Biotechnology

Master, full-time

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Admission

Applicants have to fulfill one of the below mentioned admission requirements, to be able to study at the FH Campus Wien. Either you hold a Higher education entrance qualification or the University entrance qualification examination or already passed the University entrance qualification examination for a study program at the University of Vienna or you can present relevant professional qualifications. However, participation in the admission procedure is mandatory.

You can find more information at on the website of the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research

  • Higher education entrance qualification:
    • School leaving certificate from a secondary school or a secondary technical school.
    • Secondary school vocational certificate (Berufsreifeprüfung)
    • Equivalent certification from abroad
      • Equivalence is determined by international agreements or validation. In individual cases the head of the academic section may also recognize the equivalence
  • University entrance qualification examination (Studienberechtigungsprüfung, short SBP)
    The following compulsory subjects of the university entrance qualification for university courses of study are recognized, in addition to an essay on a general topic (D) in accordance with the Act on University Entrance Qualifications (StudBerG) as a prerequisite for admission to this degree program:
    • Biology Level 1
    • Chemistry Level 2
    • Mathematics Level 2 or Physics Level 1
  • University entrance qualification examinations for one of the following university courses of study are recognized as an admission requirement. They were selected based on the subjects defined by the University of Vienna and the university entrance qualification examinations:
    • Natural Sciences: Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Nutritional Sciences
    • Pharmacy
    • UF Biology and Environmental Science
  • Relevant professional qualification with auxiliary examinations
    • You have professional qualifications in the vocational field of "chemistry laboratory assistant and biology technician" (applies for Germany and Switzerland).
    • Necessary additional exams for first Biology and Mathematics, for second Chemistry and Mathematics.

Proof of mandatory additional exams must be provided at the beginning of the semester in which courses are scheduled that require mastery of the subject matter of the additional exam concerned.

It is possible to provide proof of the additional exams or partial exams of the university entrance qualification examinations (SBP) by the end of the first year of study (end of second semester).

The following applies to third country applicants:

Regulation for the admission of third country citizens (PDF, 223 KB)

Information for applicants with non-Austrian (school) certificates (PDF 145 KB)

For information on the German B2 language certificate, see "German language certificate for foreign applicants".

There are 60 places available in the bachelor's degree program in Molecular Biotechnology each year. The ratio of places to applicants is currently around 1:4

For a complete application, you must upload the following documents as a scan when applying online

  • Letter of motivation (maximum one page)
  • Fully completed and signed application form (after completing the online application by email to biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at)
  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of citizenship (Passport, identity card, residence permit, ...)
  • School leaving certificate / university entrance qualification examination / verification of professional qualifications
  • If necessary, the certificate of completion of compulsory military or civil service
  • Mandatory: For those changing degree programs: transcripts of the examinations completed (“Sammelzeugnis”)
  • Portrait photo
  • Bachelor's certificate of another study program is not recognized as proof of school leaving certificate. School leaving certificate is obligatory to upload. 
  • If you are a transfer student, you are required to upload your collective certificate with your application. Otherwise, your application will be considered incomplete and cannot be considered further.
  • Applicants* who have a school leaving certificate from abroad (not AUT/German CH/D/South Tyrol) must provide proof of B2 language proficiency within the application deadline. 
  • An unsigned application form is considered a reason for exclusion from the application process. 
  • After the application deadline has ended there is no possibility to apply, without exception.

German language certificate for foreign applicants

Applicants from abroad must provide proof of German language proficiency level B2 by the application deadline*. Applicants from German-speaking Switzerland, Germany and South Tyrol are exempt from this requirement. Certificates from the following institutions are valid: 

  • Austrian Language Diploma - ÖSD Zertifikat B2, 
  • Goethe Institute - Goethe Zertifikat B2
  • telc German B2
  • German Language Examination for University Admission of Foreign Study Applicants DSH1
  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Test DaF), at least level TDN 4 in all parts
  • Language Center of the University of Vienna - course and successfully passed exam at level B2.2

The language certificates must not be older than 3 years.
*Please note that the bachelor degree program is held in GERMAN only and foreign prospective students have to provide a German level B2 according to the CEFR within the registration period. 

Please note:
A temporary caching of the online application form is not possible. You must complete your application in one session. Your online application will be accepted once you have submitted all required documents as well as the signed application form scanned per e-mail to biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at. The university entrance certificate must be submitted after successful completion of the final school examination, at the latest at the beginning of the semester.

Your online application will be accepted when you have uploaded all the required forms and documents. Please also note that you will receive an invitation to the written aptitude test for the admission procedure at the earliest AFTER the application deadline.

After completing your application, you will receive an automatically generated response email. This is your confirmation of the successful application and entitles you to take part in the written aptitude test. All further information for the admission procedure can be found in this e-mail.

Notice: The application documents are checked for completeness. Applicants with incomplete applications will not be considered for the admission procedure. We ask for your understanding that due to organizational and time-related reasons, e-mail inquiries can only be answered to a limited extent during the application phase.

The admission procedure consists of a written test and an interview with the admission committee.

  • Aim
    The aim is to ensure places are offered to those persons who complete the multi-level admission procedure with the best results. The tests are designed to assess the skills needed for the intended profession.
  • Procedure

    If the application documents are fully provided and meet the admission requirements, you will be invited to participate in the first part of the admission procedure. The first part is a written admission test on the computer on site.

    You will complete a multiple choice test to assess your basic knowledge of (molecular) biology, mathematics and chemistry and test your ability to think logically. Test content: The test covers knowledge based on general secondary school (AHS) text books and general knowledge. Questions will cover the basics of mathematics and chemistry (AHS upper level knowledge) and basic knowledge of cell biology. Botany and zoology are not relevant.

    For the written admission test, which takes place at the main location of the FH Campus Wien, your personal presence in Vienna is required.

    After positive completion of the written admission test, you will be invited to the second part of the admission procedure, which is planned as an online interview.

    An average of 120 applicants are invited to this phase of the admission procedure. The focus is on motivation, performance behavior, problem solving, ability to reflect, understanding of the profession, etc. The interview will be conducted with an online meeting tool.

    The test and the interview are scored and ranked.

  • Criteria
    The criteria for acceptance are based solely on performance. The geographical origin of the applicant or even a re-application has no influence on the admission decision. The admission requirements must be met in all cases. Applicants are evaluated according to the following weighting system:

    • Admission test (60%) and
    • Admission interview (40%)

    The admission committee (which comprises, among others, the head of the academic section and representatives of the teaching staff) awards places to the applicants who score highest in the tests. The process as a whole and all test and assessment results from the admission procedure are documented in a transparent and verifiable manner.

Participation in the selection process is mandatory and cannot be made up for on a separate date.

Waiting List
Based on the number of points achieved in the selection process, you will also be placed on the waiting list. If after the selection process you are put on the waiting list, depending on the number of people who refuse acceptance and the number of places available, it is possible that you will be offered a place in the degree program for the current winter semester. This usually takes place at very short notice and cannot be determined in advance. We ask for your understanding that for organizational reasons no information can be given about your current place on the list and you will be informed immediately if you are offered a place in the degree program.

Rejection by the Degree Program
If you receive a rejection after the selection process, you can reapply for the next winter semester as soon as the application window is open. You will have to apply online again, resubmit all the necessary documents and go through the entire selection process again.

Acceptance
You will be informed by email about the acceptance for a place in the degree program. You will be sent the education and training contract and various regulations by email. You must sign and return the contract by the specified deadline in order to secure and accept your place in the degree program. The invoice for the tuition fee will be sent to you separately from the accounting department. This may take some time. The timetable is expected to be activated one to two weeks BEFORE the start of the semester. All other study-relevant information will either be sent to you by email or you will be given the information during the starting event at the beginning of the academic year.

Rejection by Applicants
If you do not want to or cannot accept your place at the university, we ask you to please inform the office of the degree program as soon as possible via biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at. Your place will then be assigned to the next in line. Rejection or withdrawal from the education and training contract are only accepted in writing.

Application: 1st of January 2022 to 13th of March 2022

Written admission test: 28th to 31st March 2022

Interviews: 27th April to 6th May 2022

Validation and shortening programs

Perhaps your qualifications exceed our admission requirements, you are interested in the possibility of joining the program at a higher semester or you hold a degree from a university abroad?

For more information, please refer to the sections on validation and shortening programs

Shortening the Duration of Studies
For applicants who have a certain amount of knowledge relevant to the course, there is the possibility to start directly in the 3rd semester AFTER passing relevant additional exams.

Under certain conditions, there is the possibility that graduates of the HTL for Chemistry/Rosensteingasse (biochemistry and molecular biotechnology) as well as the private HTL for food technology can enter the third semester directly by means of additional exams and depending on the availability of places in the degree program in the 3rd semester.

To do this, please send an email including your complete university entrance certificate or the report card for your final year of school to biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at.

The timely submission of the application documents and participation in the admission process is mandatory.

Changing Your Degree Program
Applicants who want to change or are changing their degree program with their application must submit all report cards and certificates in the course of the application. Any crediting of exams must be checked individually and primarily have no effect on the admission procedure.

Studying with disabilities

If you have any questions regarding accessibility or if you have a specific need in the admission procedure due to an impairment, please contact Ursula Weilenmann for organizational reasons as early as possible at barrierefrei@fh-campuswien.ac.at.

Since we try to take into account individual needs due to disabilities when conducting the written admission test, we ask you to indicate in your online application to Weilenmann in which form you require support.

Your contact person in the department Gender & Diversity Management
Mag.a Ursula Weilenmann
barrierefrei@fh-campuswien.ac.at
http://www.fh-campuswien.ac.at/barrierefrei

 


Contact

Secretary's office

Elisabeth Hablas
Victoria Buchsbaum, MA
Vienna BioCenter
Helmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2, OG.A.01
1030 Wien
T: +43 1 606 68 77-3500
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3509
biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at

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Office hours
Mon to Fri, 8.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m.

Information: Application and Admission
biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Mag.a Janina Agis-Blei
Assistance
Vienna BioCenter
Helmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2, OG.A.03
1030 Wien
T: +43 1 606 68 77-3505
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3509
biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at

New study location from winter semester 2022/23
The Department of Applied Life Sciences will move to the newly built House of Science & Engineering at Favoritenstraße 222, 1100 Vienna in the summer of 2022.

Teaching staff and research staff

Cooperations and Campusnetzwerk

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