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The "Nanobiotechnology" distance learning program (held in English)

University-based further training in the base technology of the 21st century

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.

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.


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

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 10-15 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.


Program content

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.


Authors & modules

The course includes the following modules:

Textbooks / Titles Authors
Study contents in the first semester:
Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Korsch
Fundamentals of Molecular Biology, Genetics Dr. Peter Reichmann
Dr. Angelika Roth
Nanoparticles as Therapeutic Drug Carrier and Diagnostics Prof. Dr. Claus-Michael Lehr
M. N. V. Ravi Kumar, PhD
Prof. Dr. Udo Bakowsky
Molecular Nanosystems: Sensors and Molecular Motors Prof. Dr. Christiane Ziegler
Prof. Pia Vogel, PhD
Characterization of Nanostructures Prof. Dr. Christiane Ziegler
Dr. Christine Müller
Screening Methods in Biology, Chip Technologies Prof. Dr. Roland Ulber
Dr. Frank Stahl
Study contents in the second semester:
Physical and Chemical Synthesis of Nanoparticles Prof. Dr. Frank Einar Kruis
Processing Coatings and Their Applications Dr. Stefan Goedicke
Dr. Frank Groß
Dr. Nora Kunze
Dr. Stefan Sepeur
Processing Ceramics and Composites and Their Applications Prof. Dr. Rolf Clasen
Interactions between Biological and Non-Biological Devices Dr. Axel Blau
Nanotechnologically Modified Biomaterials Prof. Dr. Eva Eisenbarth



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.



The tuition fees for the "Nanobiotechnology" distance learning program are EUR 750 per term. These tuition fees cover all costs for teaching material, participation in the on campus events, term exams, and all administrative expenses. However, they do not include any travel, accommodation, or meal expenses for the on campus weekends. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and are tax-deductible.


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). You can find information on this on the internet, for example at www.bildungspraemie.info.

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.



You can apply for the "Nanobiotechnology" distance learning program from mid-May to 31th August of the respective year. Courses start at the beginning of October. Here you find the important information about the application procedure.