Pharmaceutical Engineering serves as the link between classic pharmaceutical careers and more process-oriented specialists in the pharmaceutical industry. The OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts is the only university in NRW to offer a degree program in “Pharmaceutical Engineering,” which combines areas from classic pharmaceutical programs with chemical and production engineering.
Pharmaceutical engineering deals with the industrial development, manufacturing and testing of a broad range of different medications and their dosage forms. Products are subject to extensive quality requirements – from ensuring they are suitable for different climate zones to ensuring they release their active ingredients in a controlled manner – meaning that they must be controlled by highly competent and qualified employees with an extensive background in the natural sciences, engineering and economics. Because of this, the Pharmaceutical Engineering degree program at the OWL University of Applied Sciences includes subjects such as business engineering and quality management.
The degree program prepares students for their future careers right from the start. Graduates primarily go on to work in pharmaceutical production and development. Furthermore, they are also suited for opportunities in research and development as well as in process engineering, industrial engineering and packaging technology and quality assurance. The knowledge students gain in the degree program allows them to handle industrial pharmaceutical duties in an efficient and practical manner. This includes, for instance, operating and monitoring production and processing equipment and machinery, process and product analysis testing, and product monitoring, including initial ingredients and intermediate materials.
Graduates will be qualified for careers in the following areas:
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Pharmaceutical supplier companies
- Drug production
- Monitoring and regulating manufacturing
- Quality assurance
- Design, development and project management for pharmaceuticals and their manufacturing
- Adjusting products and processes to technical advancements
Abitur exam / vocational baccalaureate diploma (Fachabitur)
Students may complete an internship semester.
The degree program is six semesters long, or seven semesters including an internship semester (210 credit points).