Biotechnology & Food Engineering | Bachelor

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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.
  • Next starting date: Fall 2019
    Application: ongoing

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.


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.

Christoph Griesbeck
FH-Prof. Dr. Christoph Griesbeck Head of Department & Studies +43 512 2070 - 3800

If you have any questions concerning the study program, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel:+43 512 2070-3800


Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. The required documents are to be submitted online. Applicants are welcome to apply for multiple programs of study, as long as a plausible rationale is given. The final decision may be taken by the end of the application procedures.



Entrance Exam &

Additional Exam

Date 1* 19, Nov 2018 10-12, Dec 2018 11, Dec 2018
Date 2 04, Feb 2019 25-27, Feb 2019 26, Feb 2019
Date 3 01, Apr 2019 23-25, Apr 2019 24, Apr 2019
Date 4 03, Jun 2019 24-26, Jun 2019 25, Jun 2019


 *recommended for applications from non-EU countries

The program accepts

  • Applicants with a relevant university entrance qualification (A-levels, high-school graduation certificate or similar school-leaving certificate or equivalent qualification).
  • Applicants with a relevant professional qualification (e.g. apprenticeship, supervisory training, technical college degree, advanced technical college entrance qualification) plus supplementary certification in German, Mathematics, English, Physics and Chemistry.

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

Résumé - 20%
Special attention will be paid to the applicant’s professional and educational background, degrees as well as educational and professional goals.

Written entrance exam - 30%
The written entrance exam consists of assignments on logical thinking, deductive reasoning, numerical ability, long-term memory, English skills, and personality traits relevant for the study program. The exam is computerized, takes 2 hours and is held on-site at MCI. Calculators, dictionaries and similar tools are not permitted

Interview - 50%
The interview will mainly be assessed on the basis of how applicants present themselves, and on how well they explain the information provided in their application as well as their educational and professional goals.

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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: Choice of electives in 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 / 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 24%
Fundamentals: Engineering 15,5%
Special subjects: Biotechnology & Food technology 27%
Elective subjects: Biotechnology & Food engineering 6,5%
Academic research / R&D / internship 16,5%
Business administration / English & social skills 10,5%


  1 2 3 4 5 6
Mathematics 1 4 I 5          
Mathematics 2   4 I 5        
Technical physics I & mechanics 5 I 8          
Technical physics II & thermodynamics   5 I 7        
General & inorganic chemistry 8 I 9          
Organic chemistry   4 I 5        
Biology 3 I 4          

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Fundamentals of process engineering 1      9 I 12      
Fundamentals of process engineering 2        9 I 12    
Plant and process engineering          3 I 4  

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Introduction to biotechnology & food engineering    7 I 9        
Genetics & molecular cell biology      4 I 5      
Biochemistry & analytics      7 I 9      
Molecular biology        3 I 4    
Biochemistry & food technology        6 I 8    
Technical microbiology & quality assurance          4 I 5  
Fermentation technology          3 I 4  
Project (biotechnoogy & food engineering)          3 I 4  

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Elective 1: Environmental biotechnology        2 I 3    
Elective 2: Food analytics        2 I 3    
Elective 3: Pharmaceutical biotechnology          7 I 9  
Elective 4: Food technology & hygiene          7 I 9  

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Bachelor thesis / R & D            2 I 15
Internship            15

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Business & Management / English & Key competences 4 I 4  4 I 4  4 I 4 3 I 3   4 I 4  


  • 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

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.

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

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.

  • Algal Biotechnology

The innovations in Molecular Biology that triggered the revolution in modern biology and enabled the establishment of the field of Biotechnology will critically determine everyday life in the 21st century. For the positive use of these technologies at the MCI research focus algal biotechnology we apply the range of biotechnological methods to identify as yet unknown substances from this often poorly known group of photosynthetic organisms for applications in medicine, chemistry or food technology. Microalgae have also the potential to serve as ideal organisms for the transgenic production of complex molecules. The required research for this application is another focus of the MCI biotechnology cluster.

  • Agro & Food Technology

In recent years, the subject of food and beverages has related to far more than nutrient uptake. Growing demand for functional and convenience food products provides opportunities for additional research activities in the food technology. Since the introduction of the program in 2011, food and raw material research has focused on product development driven by innovative and sustainable ideas on the one hand, and on upgrading manufacturing processes from the food and raw materials industries inspired by growing limitations on fossil resources on the other.

Algal Biotechnology

Molecular Biotechnology of Microalgae
Cultivation and Processing of Microalgae
Screening for Novel Compounds

Agro & Food Technology

Agroecology & Biogenic Raw materials
Microbial Fermentation
Product Analysis

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

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).
Source: GZ BMWF-52.330/0195-I/6/2013

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.

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:

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.

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.

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