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Nanobiotechnology (Certificate)

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Taught language


Program Emphasis
Biologie, Chemie, Physik

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Dipl.-Phys. Simone Plog
Programme Management Nanobiotechnology
Nanobiotechnology is a very recent and fascinating area of activity and research, which may be called the "Fundamental Technology of the 21st Century". Several potential applications can already be identified, for example in the field of medical diagnostics and therapeutics and the development of new materials. The distance learning program, unique in Germany and offered by the DISC since 2004, caters to the highly interdisciplinary nature of nanobiotechnology.

The distance learning program is made up of 11 topics, which include characterization techniques, chemical and physical synthesis of nanoparticles, processing coatings, ceramics and composites, basics of molecular biology, genetics, screening methods in biology, chip technology, nanotechnologically modified biomaterials, nanomotors, and nanoparticles for diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

Program Emphasis

The course includes the following modules:

Study contents in the first semester:
Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics
Fundamentals of Molecular Biology, Genetics
Nanoparticles as Therapeutic Drug Carriers and Diagnostics
Molecular Nanosystems: Sensors and Molecular Motors

Characterization of Nanostructures
Screening Methods in Biology, Chip Technologies

Study contents in the second semester:
Physical and Chemical Synthesis of Nanoparticles
Processing Coatings and Their Applications
Processing Ceramics and Composites and Their Applications
Interactions between Biological and Non-Biological Devices
Nanotechnologically Modified Biomaterials

Requirements / Application

Access with a first degree

The application is open to persons with a first degree in a discipline related to engineering, natural sciences, pharmaceuticals or medicine. Further information can be found here.

Evidence of knowledge

Since the programme is taught in English, sufficient evidence of English language skills must be provided. More information can be found in the examination regulations.

Tuition / Fees

At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 820 per semester as well as the social contribution of currently EUR 102 per semester. The tuition fees do not include travel and accommodation expenses or meal allowances during the on-campus phases. Only the social contribution is charged in the first and second semester after the end of the standard period of study. Tuition fees are reduced to 30 percent of the original fee as of the third semester exceeding the standard period of study. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled. An installment payment request is possible, further information can be found here.

Financial Aid

The government can support you in financing your studies with individual tax incentives. Based on your personal rate of taxation and your professional situation, you can, for example, offset the costs as professional or special expenses. Please get in touch with your local revenue office or tax advisor for more information on this. In certain circumstances, the German government can also support you in your professional training with so-called training and qualification cheques (Bildungs- und Qualifizierungschecks).

Employers are often also willing to contribute to the costs of training for their workforce. And low-interest bank loans geared specifically to funding training courses and offered by the government and by banks, such as the KfW Development Bank, represent another good option. However, financial support as per the rules of Germany's Social Security Code (SBG III) or Federal Education and Training Assistance Act (BAföG) is not possible, unfortunately.

Duration of study

The Certificate programme in Nanobiotechnology has a standard period of study of two semesters (part-time). Mandatory on-campus phases in Kaiserslautern or Hanover take place once per semester over a (long) weekend. The written module examinations are completed during mandatory on-campus phases.

A weekly commitment of around 20 hours is required to study the material, complete the mail-in exercises and take the examinations (amongst others).

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