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Certificate in Nanobiotechnology

Postfach /P.O. Box 3049, D-67653 Kaiserslautern, Germany

+49 (0)631 205 4925

+49 (0)631 205 4940

E-mail address

Type of course
Part-time (distance study)

Language of tuition

Length of course
1 year (2 semesters)

Date of commencement

Application deadline
The registration deadline is July 15

Class size

Cost / fees
The study fees for the distance learning program "Nanobiotechnology" are EUR 820 per semester, plus the registration fee for the standard period of study.
Further information can be found at

Not available (accommodation during residential stays have to be booked by student)

Admission requirements
Undergraduate degree in natural science, engineering sciences or medicine
A sufficient proof of proficiency in English is necessary.

Programme Director
Prof. Dr. Christiane Ziegler

Contact details for application
University of Kaiserslautern, DISC
P.O. Box 3049, D-67653 Kaiserslautern
Simone Plog (Academic staff member - Nanobiotechnology, Nanotechnology)
Tel: +49 (0)631 205 4941
E-Mail: nano(at)

University of Kaiserslautern
Distance and Independent Studies Center

Certificate Programme Nanobiotechnology

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. 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.

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.

Other Programmes offered by University of Kaiserslautern

Distance and Independent Studies Center (DISC)
University of Kaiserslautern

The Distance and Independent Studies Center is one of the University of Kaiserslautern‘s key scientific institutions. Its tasks comprise the initiation and development of further qualifications for university graduates who have already obtained an initial professional qualification. The range of measures that are offered in collaboration with the University’s departments and subject areas comprise program, program sequences, and study programs of varying lengths. One of the Center’s key focal points is the provision of distance learning programs, which can be taken on a part-time basis while pursuing a career.

More than 3,800 students are currently enrolled in the distance learning programs of Adult Education, Human Resource Management, School Management, Social Sciences: Organization and Communication, Systemic Management, Organizational Development, Systemic Consulting, Management of Health and Social Institutions, Management of Cultural and Non-Profit Organizations, Economy and Management, Commercial Law for Business Practice, Sustainable Development Cooperation, Software Engineering for Embedded Systems, Medical Physics, Medical Physics and Technology, Structural Fire Protection/ Safety Engineering, Child Psychology: Learning and Learning Disabilities, Nanotechnology and Nanobiotechnology.

The University of Kaiserslautern


The University of Kaiserslautern was founded on July 13, 1970. At the beginning, it was part of the twin University Trier / Kaiserslautern. In the winter semester 1970/1971, student and scientific activities started with the matriculation of 191 new students in the faculties of Mathematics, Physics, and Technology. In 1972, the set-up of the faculties Chemistry and Biology gave a boost to the extension of a scientifically specialized structure. At the same time, the faculty of Technology was split into the faculties Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Architecture / Regional and Environmental Planning / Educational Sciences. The University of Kaiserslautern became independent after the separation from its partner university in Trier in 1975. The following faculties, which were established successively, continuously strengthened the university‘s scientific character: Electrical Engineering (1975), later Electrical and Computer Engineering (1999), Computer Science (1975), Engineering (1975), later Mechanical and Process Engineering (1995), Architecture / Regional and Environmental Planning / Civil Engineering (1978-1979) and Social and Economic Studies (1985), which was separated in 2003 in two independent departments. The official name of the university is “Technische Universität Kaiserslautern” according to the new law on Higher Education of the Land Rhineland-Palatinate, which came into force on September 1, 2003.

Studies and Prospects

Future-oriented programs, education with practical orientation, and a modern infrastructure: these are the conditions for students at the University of Kaiserslautern. Since its establishment in 1970, the only technology- and natural science-oriented university in Rhineland-Palatinate has gained a considerable reputation and can easily stand comparison with well-established universities of technology. Incontestable proof is provided by the latest German university rankings, which were carried out by the magazines Stern, Spiegel and CHE “Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung” (Center for University Development) and the “Humboldt-Stiftung” (Humboldt foundation). The University of Kaiserslautern achieved top positions in different categories.

Prospective engineers and natural scientists will be well prepared for their career if they study at the University of Kaiserslautern. Internships in companies as well as living/studying abroad provide an academic education that is closely related to professional practice. Furthermore, students profit from the numerous well-known research institutes on and near the campus. In terms of applied research projects, the institutes closely cooperate with the university. There are, for example, the “Deutsches Forschungszentrum für künstliche Intelligenz” (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence), the “Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe” (Institute for Composite Materials), the “Fraunhofer-Institut für Experimentelles Software Engineering” (Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering), and the “Fraunhofer-Institut für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik” (Fraunhofer Institute for Technical and Industrial Mathematics).

Currently, there are approximately 13,600 students enrolled at the university. Due to this manageable size, excellent support is guaranteed and a close relationship between professor and student can be built up. In addition, the university offers very modern equipment and a brilliant infrastructure, including libraries, laboratories, its own computer center, and much more. Accommodation for students is satisfactory, too: near the campus, there are more than 2000 resident hall facilities, where students can use the Internet free of charge.