TU Kaiserslautern - Distance and Independent Studies Center
berufsbegleitend / distance learning
Zertifikat (Zertifikat)
6 Semester


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.
Prof. Dr. Egbert Oesterschulze

Job description and job opportunities

Upon successful completion of this distance study program the graduates have acquired skills that enable them to strongly improve products and processes in the organizations in which they operate. Thus the study program makes a contribution to the high demand for skilled workers in the field of nanobiotechnology.

The two on-campus weekends contribute to the acquisition of practical skills. This is done in the context of lab work about different characterization procedures in nanotechnology and screening methods in biology.

An important secondary objective of the distance study program is learning of working in an international environment.

The learning outcomes of this study program are:
  • Basic knowledge of fundamental concepts of quantum physics and molecular biology.

  • Insight into several applications of nanotechnology like biosensors, linear and rotary molecular motors and the employment of nanoparticles in drug delivery and diagnostics.

  • Advanced knowledge of the different characterization procedures on the nanoscale as well as of screening methods in biology.

  • Insight into synthesis processes for nanoparticles in which the essential particle formation steps are the result of physical and chemical phenomena.

  • Knowledge of the preparation of advanced materials like nanosized powders, coatings, ceramics, compacts, monoliths, and glasses.

  • Knowledge of the interaction phenomena between biological entities and non-biological substrates, of the basic concepts of biomaterials for implantation, and of nanotechnological methods that are used to improve biomaterial interactions with biological tissue.


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

Admission/Entrance requirements

study fees:
CHF 820

The study fees for the distance learning program "Nanobiotechnology" are EUR 820 per semester, plus the registration fee for the standard period of study.

Target Group:
The 12 month certificate program is aimed at people, who have already obtained a university or university of applied science (Fachhochschule) qualification in a natural science or engineering or medical subject.

The course is held entirely in English - therefore good English language skills are a necessity.

You can apply for the "Nanobiotechnology" distance learning program from mid-May to 15th July of the respective year. Courses start at the beginning of October.
The application deadlines can be found

Languages and semester abroad

Sprache verpflichtend:
semester abroad:
not possible
The course is held entirely in English - therefore good English language skills are a necessity.

Schedule and organization:

The standard course duration for this part-time study, including examination time, is 12 months. It is also possible to take a break during the course and then return to complete it. The lectures and exercises are provided in the form of written study materias, which were developed specifically for distance learning. A weekly commitment of around 10-18 hours is required to study the material.

On campus events:
Two compulsory on campus events are held for all participants in the "Nanobiotechnology" distance learning program. These events always take place on the weekend. Their goal is to reinforce the course contents within the scope of group work and workshops, discuss questions regarding the study material and debate the practical implementation of the program content. Written examinations are also a part of these on campus weekends.

Assignments are to be sent in and examinations taken over the course of the study program. Once all assignments and examinations have been completed, the program is concluded with a graded certificate from the University of Kaiserslautern.

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The Distance and Independent Studies Center (DISC) is one of the leading establishments in Germany for distance-learning postgraduate courses. The establishment has over 25 years of experience in developing and designing academic courses for guided self-study.

It was created from the Centre for Distance Learning and University Education (ZFUW), which was founded at the University of Kaiserslautern in 1992.
We offer accredited Master's degrees in attractive subject areas and accompany you throughout your course of studies with advice, service and support.

Distance Learning

Even if you have many commitments both at work and home, a distance learning degree at the DISC enables you to make your postgraduate learning goals a reality with accredited Master's degree courses and university certificate programs.

When you choose a course at the DISC, you not only study at a time and location that suits you, you can also set up your course flexibly to meet your own personal requirements.

Even an overseas stay or frequent relocations do not have to get in the way of your professional qualification aspirations. Depending on the course taken, the duration of study is two, four or six terms.

Further Information

TU Kaiserslautern - Distance and Independent Studies Center

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