TU Kaiserslautern - Distance and Independent Studies Center
Part-time / distance learning
Zertifikat (Zertifikat)
12 Monat(e)
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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 aim of this advanced online course is to convey a well-founded, wide-ranging basis of knowledge for developing, implementing and evaluating nanobiotechnological applications.

The distance learning program is made up of 12 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. Christiane Ziegler
Scientific head

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In this way, the course graduates should find themselves in a position, where they are able to assess the manifold inter- relationships and effects of these new technologies. On this basis, they will have the ability to elaborate useful applications for their own institutions.

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 subject.


Study contents of the first term:

  • Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Molecular Biology
  • Nanoparticles as Therapeutic Drug Carriers and Diagnostics
  • Molecular Nanosystems and Biosensors
  • Characterization of Nanostructures
  • Screening Methods in Biology
Study contents of the second term:
  • Physical Synthesis of Nanoparticles
  • Processing Chemical Synthesis of Nanoparticles
  • Processing Ceramics and Composites
  • Interactions between Biological and Non-Biological Devices
  • Nanotechnologically Modified Biomaterials

Admission/Entrance requirements

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The study fees for the "Nanobiotechnology" distance learning program are EUR 750 per term. The study fees are exempted from German VAT and are tax-deductible.

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 subject.

The course is held entirely in English.

Please visit the DISC Homepage for the current application deadline at

Languages and semester abroad

semester abroad:
not possible
The course is held entirely in English.

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 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. In certain circumstances and based on a written application, students who are unable to attend these events have the option of taking the examinations at a Goethe Institute or a German embassy.


Assignments have to be solved 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 20 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.

Studying in 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

Dr. Maria Elisabetta Berbenni
TU Kaiserslautern - Distance and Independent Studies Center
Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße, Gebäude 57
67663 Kaiserslautern
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