Master of Science (M.Sc.) Biomass Technology


Program Description

The M.Sc. in Biomass Technology is a joint degree with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. It offers comprehensive training in utilizing and harnessing the potentials of biomass.

The National Cancer Institute's Natural Products Branch at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research is the largest program to collect materials worldwide from marine, plant, and microbial sources so they may be studied for possible medical uses.

Learning outcomes

With the compulsory modules (e.g. Mechanical process engineering and Conceptual process design) you will be given the profile of sustainable energy use, further the ability of the development of products out of biogenic resources. Biogenic raw materials became a key role not only at the energy supply but as well at the supply of raw materials in general. In order to get a structural change in the sense of bioeconomy to sustainable energy and material economy, engineers and scientists will be needed, who know about the complex structure of biogenic raw materials as well as energy technology and process engineering.

The further expertise and skills the students will acquire depend on the choice of their elective modules. The possibilities are renewables, Cooperative design projects, biomass utilization, leading in the process engineering fields, knowledge of sustainability aspects, etc.


This master program covers 4 semesters (120 Credit Points). In the first two semesters, there are 6 compulsory modules (e.g. Mechanical process engineering and Conceptual process design) with together 34 credit points. Further on there are Election modules (at least 56 credit points). In the fourth semester, you can write your master’s thesis (30 credit points).

Career opportunities

Graduates can develop new methods in processes and in the research of the biogenic chain of material value-added. For a job in the industry, they can develop products, that are built on biogenic resources.

The future development of the economy in times of climate change offers you numberless challenges in these fields.

Application and Admission

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hard copies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

Application documents

  • Application for Admission (upload - signed)
  • Degree Certificate and Diploma or Subject and Grade Transcript of Studies to Date
  • Transcript of Records
  • Complete and Current Résumé
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Passport
  • Preliminary Documentation (VPD) if the qualification for graduate studies (e.g. a bachelor) is obtained outside the EU/EEA

We may require additional documents depending on your educational background and your country of origin. Complete the online application to receive a comprehensive list of the required documents. 

Required language skills for admission

You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.  

Language of instruction

The language of instruction for this program is usually German. This means that most of the modules are offered in German. Some courses may, however, be taught in English. The language of instruction for each module is detailed in the module overview. // To learn more about the language of instruction for each module, contact the departmental student academic advisor of this program.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability is a new Integrative Research Center at the Technical University of Munich. Its focus in research and teaching makes the new center unique: It ... Read More

The Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability is a new Integrative Research Center at the Technical University of Munich. Its focus in research and teaching makes the new center unique: It will concentrate on renewable resources, biotechnology, and bioeconomy. For this, new interdisciplinary degree programs will be established, that nationwide are only offered by TUM in Straubing. Read less