Master's Biotechnology

Biotechnology is defined as the industrial exploitation of living organisms or the exploitation of components derived from these organisms. Its practical applications include age-old techniques such as brewing and fermentation, which are still important today. In recent decades, gene modification has revolutionized the biotechnology industry, creating countless new products and improving established processes. More and more types of fermentation are being used, and most new medicines are products of biotechnology. Modern biotechnology has become an applied area of science with a multidisciplinary approach embracing recombinant DNA technology, cellular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, as well as process design, engineering, modelling and control.

Master Biotechnology

Why this programme?

    • Multidisciplinary approach embracing gene technology and editing, microbiology, biochemistry and process engineering.
    • You learn to design processes for the production of drugs, vaccines, food or biobased materials.
    • Opportunities to specialise in the field of food, medical or environmental biotechnology as well as in cellular and molecular biotechnology or process engineering.

Study programme of Biotechnology

On the Programme of Biotechnology page you can find the general outline of the programme and detailed information about courses, theses and internships. You can also Compare Biotechnology to other master's programmes.


Within the master's programme you can choose one of the following specialisations to meet your personal interests:

Application and admission

Interested in taking part in the programme of Biotechnology? Find out more about the specific Admission requirements and the application procedures. If you doubt whether admission is possible, feel welcome to apply online. The Admission Committee will check your admissibility. We will not check files submitted by email. For all scholarship information of Wageningen University and links to others, please see this site.

Student experiences

The best way to get to know a place is by getting to know the people. Students share their experiences with you about the master's programme and student life in Wageningen on the page Student experiences.

What moves me? All new vaccines are products of biotechnology.
Student Biotechnology

Future career

What are your possibilities after graduating? Read more about Career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.


You can also compare this master's programme with others like: Biobased Sciences, Bioinformatics, Plant Biotechnology, Food Technology and Biosystems Engineering.