Fermentative processes play an ever greater role in the manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients or other chemical products. Many products that formerly were obtained in different ways can be efficiently and cost effectively manufactured today in controlled bioprocesses.
Engineers active in this area must not only be outstanding process engineers, they must also have expert biotechnological knowledge. Consequently the course of study includes the natural science and engineering disciplines at the interface between molecular and process engineering biotechnology.
Graduates of this degree program have excellent career opportunities in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry, however they also find a variety of plant engineering and research opportunities. Due their interdisciplinarity they are particularly well qualified for interface functions.