What does a bioengineer do?

Basically, the professional field is multifaceted and very broad. Bioengineers

  • work in research, development and production in the chemical, biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry, as well as in the areas of food engineering, agricultural engineering, and energy and environmental engineering
  • work in other branches of production which are also partly based on biotechnological and chemical-technical issues (cosmetics industry, paper and textile industry, water supply)
  • work for engineering consultancies
  • develop new products using renewable resources and/or imitations of naturally occurring mechanisms and principles
  • plan and design apparatuses and laboratory equipment for biotechnology
  • offer services for and promotes biotechnological and environmental equipment
  • plan and optimize biotechnological production processes
  • work in public administration, technical monitoring (approval and supervision), patent system, public relations, etc.

Study contents:


  • Mathematics and natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics)

  • Engineering (mechanics, design of machines, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics) 


  • Enzyme technology, bioprocess engineering, reprocessing

Unit operations, methods and processes

  • Mechanical processes: crushing, separating, mixing, etc.

  • Thermal processes: distillation, extraction, drying, etc.

  • Chemical processes: chemical reactions, catalysis, etc.

Study at KIT - Bioengineering

Kooperation im Masterstudiengang Bioingenieurwesen

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