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The study of all living things - from bacteria to blue whales

About the programme
Quota 1 2019: All admitted   |   Quota 2 2019: -
Language: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September


This programme is only offered in Danish.

If you wonder how a bear can survive the winter in hibernation, how birds navigate across continents, or how climate affects the nature around us, then Biology is the right place for you and your curiosity.

Studying on the biology programme

At Biology you study living nature on all levels. You will carry out field studies and laboratory work and you will cover everything from the smallest microorganisms to complex ecosystems and from genetics on a cellular level to evolution on a grand scale. The course programme at Biology combines lectures and teaching in smaller classes. This is where you make presentations, participate in discussions, complete assignments and prepare projects with your study group. Biology gives you time for in-depth study and you work closely with your teachers and fellow students.

A broad subject with a variety of specialisations

The first two years at Biology will give you a basic knowledge of organisms and their structure, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and physiology at the cellular and organism level. You gain basic knowledge of mathematics and chemistry, which are important building blocks for the programme. During the third year you can specialise in areas such as microbiology, genetics, physiology and ecology. You can also chose to incorporate completely different subject areas such as medicinal chemistry, agrobiology, biotechnology, law and communication.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in biology, you will be qualified for a variety of Master’s degree programmes such as agrobiology, molecular biology and, of course, biology. These can give you career opportunities in areas such as biotechnology, environmental management, consultancy, information and communication, or as an upper secondary school teacher. You can also choose to work in research.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22110

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

1. A qualifying examination 

2. Grade requirements: You will need both an average grade of at least 7.0 on your overall qualifying examination (incl. any bonus for extra A-level subjects) and an average grade of at least 7.0 in Mathematics A specifically (on the Danish 7-point grading scale).

3. The following specific admission requirements:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics B and Chemistry B or
    • Physics B and Biotechnology A or
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry B  or
    • Chemistry A, Biology A and Physics C

If there are one or more subjects which you have not completed, you can take them as supplementary courses at upper secondary school level or a summer supplementary courses (conditional admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July of the year of application, unless you are applying for conditional admission.

If you don’t meet the grade requirements

If you don’t meet, or don’t expect to meet, the grade requirements of an average grade of at least 7.0 io your qualifying examination and an average grade of at least 7.0 in Mathematics A, you can apply for admission through an entrance examination. Completing the entrance examination is equivalent to fulfilling the grade requirements, but does not guarantee admission.

Applicants who wish to take part in the entrance examination must apply before the deadline on 15 March at 12:00 (quota 2)

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above. All quota 2 applicants will be invited to take an entrance examination.

Read more about quota 2 and the entrance examination

If there are more qualified applicants than quota 2 places, the applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Your score from the entrance examination
  2. Your average grade in Mathematics A
  3. A concrete assessment of your academic qualifications for admission (for example average grade from your qualifying examination, special permission or similar relevant selection criteria)

Regarding admission 2020

If there are more qualified candidates than the number of seats in quota 2, the following criteria will be included in an overall assessment of the applications:

  • Score from the entrance test
  • Average of particularly relevant subjects (quota 2 subjects, see below,)

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics B and Chemistry B or
    • Physics B and Biotechnology A or
    • Geosciences A and Chemistry B or
    • Chemistry B and Biology A and Physics C or
    • Biology A and Physics C and Biotechnology A

Programme structure

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in biology, you can read more about the content of the individual subjects, the structure of the degree programme and the demands that will be made of you as a student. Here you can also read about the types of exam and the exam requirements:

In the study programme diagram for the Bachelor’s degree programme in biology you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.

Student life

Both lectures and theoretical exercises

The lectures at Biology take place in a lecture theatre for large groups of students, while the theoretical and practical exercises take place in small classes. In the theoretical exercises we discuss topics and issues, solve assignments, do exercises and work with experiments related to the weekly lectures. 

During the first two years of the course programme, you will have 20-25 hours of scheduled lessons a week, and you should expect to spend about the same amount of time on preparation and independent study. Here you can see how a typical timetable for a week at Biology could look: 


09:00–10:00: Eukaryotes - Algae, Fungi and Terrestrial Plants (lecture)

10:00–12:00: Biology’s Research in Theory and Practice (lecture) 


11:00–14:00: Calculus 2 (laboratory work)

14:00–16:00: Eukaryotes - Algae, Fungi and Terrestrial Plants (laboratory work) 


10:00–12:00: Calculus 2 (theoretical exercises)

14:00–16:00: Calculus 2 (lecture) 


09:00–10:00: Eukaryotes - Algae, Fungi and Terrestrial Plants (lecture)

10:00–12:00: Biology’s Research in Theory and Practice (lecture) 


10:00–12:00: Calculus 2 (lecture)

12:00–14:00: Eukaryotes - Algae, Fungi and Terrestrial Plants (laboratory work) 

During the course of the degree programme the number of lessons decreases, while the degree of independent studying increases. 

Practical exercises in laboratories and field trips.

To test the theories in practice, you will work with laboratory experiments. You will also participate in excursions and field trips. Field trips typically take 5-7 days, during which you live at a research station and work with plants and animals in their natural environment. By doing this you come to combine theoretical teaching with practical exercises.

Meet your fellow students at the Bio House

The study environment at biology focuses on what is popularly called the Biohuset (Bio House). It is a small building with a lobby, reading room and group rooms, where you can meet other students for both academic and social activities.  It also houses our ‘Bio-Geo’ magazine and the Committee for the Biological Degree Programme, which keeps students up-to-date about what is going on at Biology. On the whole there is plenty on offer at biology in addition to the scheduled lessons, including the GD Biobold sports club, the recreational fishing club Lommeulken, the social association BIOGAS, as well as Kulten, who arrange field trips. 

Student: My investigations can lead to new methods

"In my experiments I have used proteins from cows, while other researchers do experiments with snakes and their food intake. In some contexts you can transfer experiences from the experiments to humans. For example, my investigations may in the long term give rise to new methods for measuring whether patients with high blood pressure receive the correct medication."

Per Mose Nielsen, undergraduate student, Biology 

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NIELS CHRISTIAN MOTH ANDERSEN, Bachelor student, 5th semester at Biology

Living organisms and how things work down into the last detail have always fascinated me. Biology brings these different aspects together in a fun and interesting way, and that fascinates me.

I never really questioned whether I should study at Aarhus University or not. Both of my parents were students here at the university, and furthermore, I think it is a great advantage that so many of the study programmes are located close together in the University Park - the university is almost like a small village in the middle of Aarhus where you often run into friends who are also studying somewhere at the university.

My first three years at Biology has been amazing! The study environment here at the institute feels quite unique, and the students are very privileged to have the House of Biology as a common meeting place where students from different semesters meet; making this place your home from home.
The academic subjects have fascinated me from the first day here, and I have been pleasantly surprised by both the academic and social part of life as a student.
At Biology, you will both find people who are interested in the migratory routes of the blue whale, some are working on optimising the protein content in soybeans, and others dream about understanding how oak trees transport water from the roots to the leaves. This brings together a diverse combination of people, who are interested in everything from microbiology or molecular biology to behavioural biology and plant biology.
All of this makes being a Biology student great, in my opinion, because I both have a superb study environment and I can be absorbed in a field, which I have a major interest in.

Alongside my studies, I work as a guide in the animal park, Ree Park Safari. I am not sure whether I want to pursue that as a career, but I am sure that communicating knowledge to other people will play a central part in my future job after finishing my Master’s degree.


Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Continue studying on the Master’s degree programme

The Bachelor's degree programme in biology opens the door to a number of the Master's degree programmes offered by Aarhus University. Most people choose to continue their studies on the Master's degree programme in biology, but depending on the specialisation you choose in the third year, a Bachelor’s degree in biology also qualifies you for the Master's degree programmes in molecular biology and agrobiology. Following the Master's degree programme you can choose to take a PhD if you wish to work as researcher. 

Many job opportunities for Master's degree graduates from biology

With a Master’s degree in biology you graduate with a very broad education and an in-depth knowledge of all the subject's main disciplines. For this reason, biology graduates from Aarhus University find work in many different fields. You can work in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, in environmental administration and environmental technology, as an environmental officer or as a consultant in companies and organisations. You can also work as an upper secondary school teacher, though this usually requires combining biology with a supplementary subject that is relevant for upper secondary schools.