Biotechnology & Food Engineering | Bachelor

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Application date: November 14, 2021

Short Facts
  • Time model & language: Full-time | German
  • Duration of study: 6 semesters | 180 ECTS
  • Prerequisites: University entrance qualification or relevant professional qualification with additional exams
  • Academic Degree: Bachelor of Science in Engineering | BSc or B.Sc.
  • Tuition fee: EUR 363,36 / semester plus membership fee for the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) for EU and EEA citizens
  • Apply now for a start date in fall 2022.

Before studying

As a commencing student you may have many questions: What does the desired course of studies teach me? How do I apply? What are the requirements for admission to studying at MCI, and what is the application deadline? What are my career options after graduation? Below you will find all the answers and information you may need.


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The main target group are individuals interested in natural sciences and, above all, in transforming raw materials into food products or medication as well as making these products available to society.

The Biotechnology & Food Engineering study program offered by MCI is primarily concerned with the development and manufacturing of products for the health, food, and environmental protection sectors. With its strong interdisciplinary focus, the program combines biosciences with chemical science and food engineering.

Due to their enormous potential for growth and advancement in research, biotechnology and food engineering are considered key disciplines of the 21st century, offering excellent career prospects. Over the past years, biotechnology has generated a range of new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, while food technology has secured the supply of healthy food products. Moreover, the disciplines have contributed substantially to the development of eco-friendly and efficient procedures in terms of renewable resources, renewable energy, and environmental engineering.

Students of Biotechnology & Food Engineering learn to understand, revise, and optimize processes in biotechnology and food technology from the genetic foundations to the final product. With its focus on process engineering, the program enables students to convert bio scientific laboratory findings into full-scale industrial processes. The study program is not only characterized by its high practical relevance, but also by innovation and a proactive approach. Solution-oriented thinking forms an integral part of the course.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Griesbeck | Head of Department & Studies Bachelor's program Biotechnology & Food Engineering
Prof. Dr. Christoph Griesbeck Head of Department & Studies +43 512 2070 - 3800

If you have any questions about the study program, please contact us.

Beratungsgespräch am MCI.


Applications for admission are accepted on an ongoing basis via our online application platform. In the sense of your personal further planning, we recommend that you submit your application early.

Applicants are welcome to apply for multiple programs of study, as long as a plausible rationale is given.

Entrance Exam Interview Additional Exam*
Date 1 14, Nov 2021 29, Nov – 01, Dec 2021 06, - 07, Dec 2021 07, Dec 2021
Date 2 30, Jan 2022 tbd 21, - 23, Feb 2022 22, Feb 2022
Date 3 03, Apr 2022 tbd 25, - 27, Apr 2022 26, Apr 2022
Date 4 29, May 2022 tbd 20, - 22, Jun 2022 21, Jun 2022


*Additional exams are to be taken only by those applicants who do not have a university entrance qualification. For details see prerequisites.

Detailed information (procedure, dates, etc.) will be provided to applicants in time.

An application as early as possible is recommended.

Generally, admission to the program is available to the following persons:

  • Individuals with a university entrance qualification for a social, business or legal sciences study program (e.g. school-leaving exam, appropriate university entrance equivalency exam etc.)
  • Individuals without a university entrance qualification, but with relevant professional qualification, provided that one of the following requirements is fulfilled:
    • school-leaving certificate from a relevant vocational secondary school
    • completion of a dual education course with a relevant apprenticeship

Persons without a university entrance qualification but with relevant vocational qualifications must additionally sit entrance exams in German, English (Level I), Mathematics (Level II), Chemistry (Level II) and Physics (Level I). The level of the exams corresponds to that of a non-school university entrance qualification in natural sciences.

Persons in their last year at school wishing to apply for a place on the program before taking their final exams must include their most current school report with their application. Successful applicants must subsequently submit their school-leaving examination certificate before the start of the first semester.

Places are allocated on the basis of the following criteria:

Career background & motivation - 30%
Particular attention is paid to educational background and qualifications, any professional career, further training, etc. Special consideration is given to motivation and study and career goals.

Online admission test - 20%
The online admission test consists of questions on deductive thinking, numerical abilities, English language skills, as well as a study-related personality profile.

Multiple Applications: The admission test applies to all business-related studies and has only to be taken once.

Online admission interview - 50%
The interview gives applicants the opportunity to present themselves personally, to expand on the information provided in the application and to explain their academic and professional goals.

Applicants will be informed of the admission decision as soon as possible. Applicants who cannot be admitted due to limited places will be put on a waiting list and - if they are still interested - may be admitted if a place becomes available.

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While studying

MCI study programs stand out due to the quality of their content, relevance to the business world, and their international orientation. The close cooperation with partners from  industry and integrative internships enable students to gain practical experience as early as in their Bachelor’s studies. In addition to providing expert knowledge, MCI places great importance on encouraging personal development and the development of social and intercultural competencies.

Biotechnology & Food Engineering

Biotechnology & Food Engineering provides students with the opportunity to specialize in one of the two main branches, biotechnology or food technology. In the fourth semester, they can choose to deepen their knowledge in environmental biotechnology or food analysis. The fifth semester offers numerous options to gain additional expertise in pharmaceutical biotechnology or food technology. With these electives, students can choose individual focus areas for the second half of their studies. The first part of the program teaches a combination of biotechnology and food technology basics.


Time model & language
Full-time | German
Academic year
Winter semester: beginning of October - end of January
Summer semester: beginning of March - end of June
1st – 2nd semester: Fundamentals
from 2nd semester: Specialization
4th and 5th semester: Specialization in either the field of biotechnology or food technology
5th or 6th semester: International semester
5th or 6th semester: Internship
6th semester: Bachelor thesis and final exam
Tuition fees
For students from EU & EEA countries: EUR 363,36 / semester plus membership fee to the Austrian Student Union (ÖH). Details & information for students from third countries can be found at admission.

Module overview

Fundamentals: Mathematics & natural science 28,89%
Fundamentals: Engineering 12,78%
Special subjects: Biotechnology & Food engineering 15,56%
Elective subjects: Biotechnology & Food engineering 15%
Academic work / R&D / internship 16,67%
Business & Management / english & key competences 11,11%


  1 2 3 4 5 6
Mathematics I 3 | 4          
Mathematics II   3 | 4        
Physics & Biostatistics 4 | 6          
Biophysics & Thermodynamics    6 | 8        
General chemistry 4 | 5          
Anorganic & analytical chemistry 4 | 5          
Organic chemistry   4 | 6        
Fundamentals of biology / Introduction to bio- & food technology 4 | 6          
Microbiology & Molecular cell biology I   6 | 8        

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Fundamentals of process engineering I     4 | 5      
Chemical process engineering      3 | 4      
Thermodynamics & analytics      4 | 6       
Thermal process engineering       3 | 4    
Mechanical process engineering       3 | 4    

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Biochemistry     5 | 6       
Microbiology & Molecular cell biology II     4 | 5      
Biochemistry & Food chemistry       4 | 5     
Biological process engineering       3 | 4    
Fermenatation technology & process informatics 6 |         6 | 8   

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

   1 2 3 4 5 6
A.  Biotech, Biodata & Pharma            
  Molecular biology & bioinformatics        7 | 9    
  Pharma biotech          7 | 9  
  Biodata Science         5 | 5  
  Project Biotech, Biodata & Pharma         3 | 4  
B. Food Tech & Science            
  Food production & analytics        7 | 9    
  Merchandise knowledge & sensory systems          4 | 4  
  Quality assurance & hygiene          4 | 5  
  Beverage- & food technology         4 | 5  
  Project Food Tech & Science         3 | 4  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Bachelor thesis & Bachelor seminar            2 I 15
Internship               | 15

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
General Management 4 I 4  4 I 4  8 I 4 4 | 4  4 I 4  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits



The Bachelor program Biotechnology & Food Technology is a full-time degree program. In full-time studies, lectures and seminars are held on weekdays, with blocked units allowing for an intensive immersion into individual topics.
The classes usually take place from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:15 and / or from 13:00 to 16:15. In exceptional cases, the times may vary and the lessons and / or examinations may take place outside the specified times or possibly on Saturdays.

Study cooperation with RAUCH Fruchtsäfte:

The cooperation offers MCI students the opportunity to apply for integrative study cooperation positions at RAUCH Fruchtsäfte. The selected students will complete their professional internship at RAUCH Fruchtsäfte during the lecture-free period between the 4th and 5th semesters and then write their Bachelor's thesis there in the 6th semester. In addition to the content-related dimension of the support, the students receive a monthly payment from the end of the 4th semester until the end of their bachelor's degree. Interested students will receive further information on the cooperation and the application process during their studies.

Dr. Schär is a South Tyrolean family business founded in 1982. The Dr. Schär group specializes in the development, production and sales of innovative foods for special dietary needs. To promote talented students in the fields of food technology, Dr. Schär provides two MCI students per year with a EUR 500.— scholarship.


Graduates of the program are conferred the academic title of Bachelor of Science in Engineering, in short BSc or B.Sc. This is attested by a leaving certificate, the Bachelor diploma, the international diploma supplement, and further documents where relevant. MCI Alumni are entitled to combine their academic degree with the brand “MCI” to provide trust and orientation in an increasingly intransparent international education market. Example: BSc (MCI). 
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Studying abroad

One of the most essential components of MCI study programs is their international orientation. This is reflected not only in the curriculum and assigned projects, but also in the backgrounds of our faculty and students. Each program also includes the opportunity for students to spend a semester abroad at one of MCI’s many partner institutions.


At MCI, each program of study requires students to complete an integrative internship of at least 13 weeks at a national or international company. Students receive support from the respective department in organizing this internship and are supervised in coordination with the company.

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Our department and the MCI Career Center regularly provide up-to-date information about internship positions and the situation on the labor market in general.

As part of practice-oriented projects, students are provided with the opportunity to work with local and international businesses. This allows them to immediately apply their newly acquired knowledge in practice and in collaboration with the project team. Their theoretical knowledge is further deepened by a mandatory internship of several weeks duration.

Christoph Raggl, Graduate Bachelor Biotechnology, Stundent Master Biotechnology

Besides the transfer of technical and bioscientific knowledge, Biotechnology at the MCI offers the opportunity to gather valuable experiences abroad, to establish contact with interesting companies and to acquire the key competences needed to adapt in an increasingly complex working environment. Demanding courses, first-class lecturers and the development of effective solutions to complex problems are characteristics of this study program.

Christoph Raggl, Graduate Bachelor Biotechnology, Stundent Master Biotechnology

Julia Elisabeth Mayer, Graduate Bachelor Environmental, Process & Biotechnology and Master Biotechnology

The interdisciplinary orientation and the quality of the contents of my studies have prepared me perfectly for my career.

Julia Elisabeth Mayer, Graduate Bachelor Environmental, Process & Biotechnology and Master Biotechnology

Thomas Samitsch, Graduate Bachelor Biotechnology, Student Master Biotechnology

What I appreciate most about MCI, is the combination of engineering, bioscience and general management and thus, the perfect educational background for working in a variety of industry sectors. In addition, MCI ensures that students acquire the ability of critical thinking and presentation skills. Supporting students in their endeavors is only one of many advantages.

Thomas Samitsch, Graduate Bachelor Biotechnology, Student Master Biotechnology

Maximilian Götz, Graduate Bachelor Biotechnology, Stundent Master Biotechnology

The Bachelor’s degree programme Biotechnology at the Management Center Innsbruck defines itself through its exceedingly proficient and dedicated staff and lecturers. Another compelling factor of this degree, and certainly all of the MCI, is its internationality and its practical relevance. As for me, I was able to experience this for myself not only in my semester abroad, but also in numerous guest lectures, partnership programmes and international internships.

Maximilian Götz, Graduate Bachelor Biotechnology, Stundent Master Biotechnology

Johanna Framm, Graduate Bachelor Biotechnology, Stundent Master Biotechnology

"The combination of biological and technical subjects with hands-on practical classes in the lab made the program particularly valuable for me. The internship allowed me to directly implement everything I had learned."
"What made the program particularly valuable for me was the combination of biological, technical and economic subjects. Our internships and our work in the labs ensured that we gained hands-on experience."

Johanna Framm, Graduate Bachelor Biotechnology, Stundent Master Biotechnology

Dr. Georg Singewald, MBA; Head of Global Quality Control, Roche

Doing now what patients need next“: dazu brauchen wir bei Roche Talente, die gemeinsam mit uns innovative Technologien & Prozesse erarbeiten und implementieren. Studierende des Masterstudiengangs Biotechnologie helfen uns dabei bereits seit 2013, indem sie mit ihrer exzellenten Ausbildung und einer weltoffenen Haltung immer bereit sind, die richtigen Fragen zu stellen.

Dr. Georg Singewald, MBA; Head of Global Quality Control, Roche

Christian Rinderer, MSc; Applied Material & Method Research, Global Operations, Red Bull GmbH

The part-time format of the Master Degree program in Food Technology & Nutrition enables practical knowledge from professional life to be combined and consolidated with academic content. During the weekends, lecturers from the business world, external universities and MCI internal experts convey a diverse picture of the world of food in a concentrated manner. The personal contact between the lecturers and staff of the study program and the students is particularly appreciated, which despite the demanding months, ensures that the fun of learning is not lost.

Christian Rinderer, MSc; Applied Material & Method Research, Global Operations, Red Bull GmbH

Michael Durach; Head of Mustard & Delicatessen; Develey Senf & Feinkost GmbH

In the MCI we have found a university partner with a similar philosophy and understanding: Exciting and enriching for both sides is the practical exchange, whether through cooperation with students from the Food Technology & Nutrition program or through joint research projects or supervision of master's theses.

Michael Durach; Head of Mustard & Delicatessen; Develey Senf & Feinkost GmbH

Karl Christian Handl MBA; CEO Handl Tyrol GmbH

Handl Tyrol GmbH has once again been able to successfully implement projects in the field of innovation and development on several occasions with the "Food Technology & Nutrition course" at the MCI together with professors and students. Always an enriching and inspiring experience.

Karl Christian Handl MBA; CEO Handl Tyrol GmbH

Research & Development

At the Entrepreneurial School®, providing a consistent link between science and practice has top priority. Therefore, we provide our students plenty of opportunity to put their newly acquired knowledge to practice, even during their studies. The collaboration with companies and organizations of different sizes and sectors forms one of the cornerstones of the MCI concept. Such cooperative work does not only benefit our students, but also, ­to a large extent our partners.

Food Science & Biotechnology

Innovations from the fields of food technology, biotechnology, functional & convenience foods and bioengineering will have a decisive impact on future viability. The growing demand in this area offers the opportunity to expand research activities in a targeted manner. The central topic here is the solution of current questions that arise along the value chain, from the production of plant raw materials and algae to technological utilization and product characterization. Novel approaches from engineering and natural sciences are used.

Partner (Selection)

Roche • Dechema • Vereinigung Deutscher Biotechnologie-Unternehmen (VBU) • Biotechnet • Wacker • REWE • Naturabiomat • Land schafft Leben • Darbo • Handl Tyrol • TIROL Agrarmarketing • Recheis • Landwirtschaftskammer Tirol

After studying

Studying at MCI is an investment in a successful future. Through close cooperation with industry and the practical orientation of all courses, MCI graduates are in particularly high demand on the job market and have several job offers even before graduation.

Professional Opportunities

  • biomedical research and development
  • pharmaceutical industry and diagnostics
  • agriculture, food and animal feed industry
  • chemical industry
  • apparatus and plant engineering for biotechnological purposes
  • measuring, testing and analysis
  • environmental engineering
  • public infrastructure, associations and special interest groups
  • international cooperation and organizations
  • consulting, freelancing

MCI Alumni & Friends

MCI Alumni & Friends provides a dynamic service platform promoting contacts, image, professional careers, and personal development of MCI and its graduates. We are delighted with all the graduates who choose to stay in touch even long after completion of their studies, and allowing us to be a part of their various careers:

Success Stories

MCI Alumni & Friends provides a dynamic service platform promoting contacts, image, professional careers, and personal development of MCI and its graduates. We are delighted with all the graduates who choose to stay in touch even long after completion of their studies, and allowing us to be a part of their various careers:

Continue studying

The MCI offers a number of internationally oriented Master's courses. The master programs in Biotechnology and Food Technology & Nutrition are aimed directly at the graduates of this bachelor program. The completion of a master's degree qualifies for the relevant doctoral studies.

Questions & Answers

During the first three semesters, all students in the Bachelor’s in Biotechnology & Food Engineering program attend the same courses. In the fourth semester, you may choose courses from either one of the specializations worth three ECTS points; in the fifth semester, courses worth nine ECTS points are available for specialization. For each of these semesters you can independently choose which subject you would like to specialize in.

No. The first three semesters are designed to give students an idea of both fields of study. Only once the first three semesters have been completed will you be required to choose an area of specialization. Detailed information is provided at the beginning of your studies and in respective information sessions.

If you are unsure about the area you would like to specialize in, we are happy to advise you and allocate appropriate classes.

No. Unfortunately it is not possible to attend or combine classes from both areas of specialization, as some of them take place at the same time. However, the specializations in the fourth and fifth semesters can be chosen independently of each other, allowing an insight into both subject fields.

Yes. In the fifth semester, you will have the opportunity to study at one of our partner institutions. In the sixth semester, you may also choose to apply for an internship abroad to complete your Bachelor’s thesis at a foreign institution or firm. For those of you who do not wish to leave Innsbruck, we also provide the option of completing the fifth semester together with incoming students from our partner institutions at MCI. During this semester, all lectures will be held in English.

Students of this study program have the choice within their curriculum, but also as part of their extracurricular activities, to choose between modules, specializations, additional courses, electives, etc. Additionally, the semester abroad at one of our numerous partner universities, the internship, as well as projects and final papers, enable our students to make their study program a truly unique experience.    

Yes. The fifth semester is officially deemed an international semester. All courses attended during this semester are held in English. MCI also regularly invites international experts and guest lecturers to give talks and presentations in English.

Our students work in the laboratory as from the first semester. This is to allow you to immediately apply your newly acquired theoretical knowledge to practice.

Yes. Each year, only as many students as we can accommodate are admitted to MCI study programs. This is to ensure that all our students have their own laboratory place, and to avoid any delays in your studies due to a lack of study space.

The mandatory twelve-week internship is to be completed during semester breaks between the fourth and sixth semesters. It is also possible to split the internship time and visit several companies to get a taste of different professions. Should you have completed a relevant internship or gained professional experience already prior to the fourth semester, our department will consider the possibility of recognition for this.