Degree Bachelor of Science
Start of study Winter semester
Application period Winter semester 01 June until 15 July
Standard period of study 7 semesters
Credits 210

Yes: 30.09.2020 until 30.09.2027

Admission restricted Yes
Admission requirements

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or entrance qualification for studies at universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife) or placement examination/special admission

Language of instruction German
Faculty/institution School of Nature and Engineering
Integrated stay abroad Yes

Learning from nature and helping to develop innovative technological solutions – that's what you study in the International Bionics degree programme. Shark skin as a model for the surface of ships’ hulls, dolphins as inspiration for a ski box, geckos as masters of glue-free adhesion or zebras as the basis for temperature regulation in buildings: there are countless examples where nature can serve as a model for technological progress. In the bionics degree programme, you will learn about many such applications and carry out your own practical projects.

The programme is aimed at people interested in natural sciences and technology, and both biological as well as engineering content is taught during the programme. You work in teams to carry out various practical projects, and excursions are also an integral part of the programme, for example to Hamburg, Sylt or Helgoland. You spend the fifth semester abroad.


Career prospects

Graduates of the International Bionics Programme have a wide range of career opportunities in all areas surrounding the research and development of new technologies and innovative products. For example, in the following industries: 

  • Aerospace industry 
  • Automotive engineering 
  • Shipbuilding 
  • Raw materials industries 
  • Automotive industry 
  • Engineering offices 
  • Architecture and design offices 
  • Pharmaceutical and medical technology 
  • Research institutions 
  • Maritime institutions  

You will acquire knowledge especially of the following sought-after professional fields: 

  • Nanotechnology 
  • Surface engineering 
  • Smart materials and sensors 
  • Biomaterials 
  • Bioinformatics 
  • Robotics 
  • Education 

Project structure

The standard period of study is seven semesters and includes six semesters of theoretical studies, an integrated semester abroad (in the 5th semester) and the final examinations including the Bachelor's thesis.

While the foundation courses in general natural sciences, mathematics and biology as well as selected contents of engineering sciences are taught during the first semesters, the subsequent in-depth studies serve to build profile in the form of specialisations. These focus areas are ‘Materials’, ‘Construction’ and ‘Locomotion’ (transport systems). The training takes place within the ongoing research projects using the most modern instruments and methods of biology and engineering sciences. 

In addition to subject-specific content and methods, you will acquire interpersonal skills (international and interdisciplinary study teams) as well as cognitive skills (dealing with highly complex, multidimensional biological constructs). Moreover, training in the areas of business management, communication technology and foreign languages are also obligatory components of the degree programme. 

Module manual (German)

Examination regulations (German)


You spend the fifth semester abroad. Some of the students use the time to study, the others work on scientific projects or undertake a work placement. 

Cooperation partners


For almost 20 years, the B-I-C has been coordinating developments in basic and and applied research. Furthermore, the Institute supports and moderates the transfer of technology from science to industry, not least within the framework of national and international networking with the diverse stakeholders in the field. Especially in the context of lifelong learning, the centre has also significantly expanded its activities in the area of further education. 

Website of Bionik-Innovations-Centrum


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