IMC Krems University of Applied Sciences

Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

  • MSc
  • Full-time
  • English
  • 4 semester
  • Krems

Looking for an internationally respected master programme that will open up exciting career opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry and research? Potential employers hold our English-language Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology master programme in high regard thanks its broad curriculum.

What to expect from the master programme

  • Theoretical knowledge: While the Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology bachelor programme has a strong focus on the natural sciences, on the master programme you enhance your method-based and problem-solving competencies, putting you in a position to overcome the challenges associated with developing and producing innovative treatments for cancer, autoimmune conditions and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Electives: Right from the first semester, you have the opportunity to tailor your degree according to your specific interests and select one of 2 electives
  • Research: The research phase is a core element of the master programme. You can start the research work for the master thesis already after the 2nd semester as the lectures of the 3rd and 4th semesters are online lectures and with that spend up to one year at a respected biotechnology company or research facility in Austria or abroad. 

Choose one of 2 electives!

  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Advanced Therapeutics Development


A particularly attractive option is the dual degree we offer together with the Linköping University in Sweden. Besides obtaining a master of science at IMC Krems, you will also be accredited with completing the Experimental and Medical Biosciences programme at our partner institution.

Career paths

As a graduate of the Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology master programme you will be especially well placed to assume positions at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies or medical research institutes. The professional areas open to graduates include:

  • R&D responsibilities in research and industry
  • Clinical trials and drug approval
  • Planning and management of biotechnological processes (fermentation)
  • Biomedical and analytical testing procedures
  • Coordination responsibilities in production, quality control, quality assurance and approval
  • Marketing and sales
  • Medical engineering
  • Food technology and food safety
  • Industrial and environmental biotechnology

Entry requirements

To qualify for a master programme, you must have completed a bachelor degree – with a workload of minimum 180 ECTS and lasting at least six semesters – in a related subject or hold an equivalent degree from a recognised Austrian or foreign higher education institution.


Application mode:
Online application

Application time:

Appointment for the admissions process:
As of February 2024

Admission procedure:
Admission interview

Start of studies:
October 2024

Study information days:

Tuition fee:
Students from EU/EEA countries: € 363.36 + € 21.20 ÖH contribution per semester. Non-EU nationals: € 200 registration fee (one-time) and € 9,500 EUR + € 21.20 ÖH contribution per semester

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