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Master of Science in Engineering 

Biotechnology (Bachelor programme)

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


The BSc programme in biotechnology is only offered in Danish.

Biotechnology is about using nature's own biological systems and organisms to develop sustainable technologies in areas such as medicine, health, green energy and environmental technology. The global community is investing heavily in this area, and Denmark is right at the forefront. This programme will give you solid theoretical knowledge in specialist subjects such as biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, cell biology, mathematics and biotechnological production, and on graduating you will enter to a job market with very low unemployment.

Studying at the university

Teaching in biotechnology is a combination of lectures, theory exercises, classroom teaching and laboratory and project work, and you will build up a broad network of chemists, molecular biologists and similar during the programme. You will be taught by top researchers, who will also be your project supervisors. You will be based in and around the University Park, which is located in the centre of Aarhus.

Career opportunities

The BSc programme in Biotechnology qualifies you for direct admission to the two-year MSc in Engineering programme in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. With this under your belt, you will have a much sought-after business-oriented and research-based profile that will open the door to a successful career, for example, in the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry, the energy sector, the materials industry or the environmental sector. There may also be opportunities within research and development at a knowledge institution. And the opportunities are global.

Technology's front runners

Ever since industrialisation, engineering graduates have been front-runners in technological development, and their technical insight and theoretical understanding have helped them build bridges between research and reality. There is just a short step from theory to practice, and you will have an internationally recognised qualification at high academic and theoretical level, enabling you to independently analyse and resolve technical issues from a social perspective.

Admission requirements

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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
    • Chemistry B and Geoscience A

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 admission test
  • Average of particularly relevant subjects (quota 2 subjects, see below)

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Mathematics A
  • Physics B or Geoscience A
  • Chemistry B or Biotechnology A

Degree Programme Structure

You  take advanced courses in the fundamental natural sciences subjects such as maths, physics and chemistry.  The degree programme also includes engineering subjects, lab work and practical exercises in a full-scale test facility, where you learn how to use the equipment and master the processes which will enable you to apply your knowledge of science to create value.

You work on solving problems and creating new possibilities in fields such as medical biotechnology, biomechanics, environmental technology, medical diagnosis, nutrition, industrial biotechnology, bioenergy, process control, and much more.

The programme develops your scientific expertise in addition to deep analytical and theoretical understanding of the field at the highest level of abstraction. For this reason, your core subjects include a good deal of maths, including calculations and process modelling, as well as chemistry, through which you learn to understand molecules and reactions in biological systems.

You learn about the manipulation of cells, enzymes and microorganisms on a theoretical level, while courses with an engineering focus teach you to apply your knowledge to designing cultivation processes in a wide variety of contexts.

The courses are research-based, and you have access to the latest advances in your field even as a Bachelor’s student. And as an integrated aspect of the programme, you also participate in applied sciences projects with the university’s researchers in the field, and in many cases with companies as well.

Student life

The daily routine

You will spend most of your time in and around the University Park, which is centrally located in Aarhus with very short distances to everything the city has to offer. Your days on the programme will be spent on lectures, project work, classroom teaching, laboratory work and problem-solving and there will be plenty of opportunities to socialise with your fellow students. Together, you will organise social events and parties and will be working closely in project groups in which you will forge close relationships both academically and socially.

Teaching is research-based, and therefore you will have access to the latest advances within your field from day one. At the same time, you will also be participating in scientific project work with the university's top researchers in the field, and they will also be your teachers and supervisors.

The university and the city

At Aarhus University, you will be part of a large engineering environment with more than 3,500 engineering students, and you will be spending time in the university's historical environment that today is home to a total of 40,000 students and 4,000 internationally recognised researchers.

You will therefore be able to get involved in both academic and social student associations with your fellow students. For example, you can enjoy a beer in the Friday bar with the other students, or you can participate in social and academic events such as those organised by the Danish Society of Engineers, IDA.

There is also RIA (Rådet for Ingeniørstuderende i Aarhus), which is the students' mouthpiece and gathering point for a better study environment. RIA is responsible for political and social interests for all engineering students at Aarhus University and it is the hub of social events and activities for students.

You can also take part in the university’s student section of the Engineers Without Borders organisation, which makes an active contribution to a number of humanitarian projects abroad. You can also join the Danish Youth Association of Science - UNF, which organises lectures, study visits and summer camps with scientific and technical content.


The BSc programme in Biotechnology qualifies you for direct admission to the two-year MSc in Engineering programme in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.

An MSc in Engineering in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from Aarhus University will take you to a job market with very low unemployment. The demand for engineers within biotechnology in Denmark and internationally has increased markedly in recent years, and the trend is only one way: upwards.

In the years to come, biotechnology will forge a comprehensive transformation of the global community, and competent MSc in Engineering graduates will play a key role. Among other things, the transformation will entail developing and implementing entirely new, sustainable forms of energy, creating healthy food products for the future for a rapidly growing population, and developing new treatments and new drugs to combat diseases that today cost lives and life quality all over the world.

The MSc in Engineering programme in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is closely linked to the active research and development environment in industry around Aarhus. Students learn to apply the latest research results within biotechnology and chemistry in a company context. At the same time, the programme is monitored by an advisory group consisting of people from chemical and biotechnology companies such as Aarhuskarlshamn, Cheminova, Dupont and Arla, all of which are interested in hiring recent graduates from the MSc in Engineering programme in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.

As a graduate, this will open the door to a career within research and development in private and public enterprises within the pharmaceutical industry, the energy sector, the water and environment sector, the health sector and the food industry.

PhD programme

If you want to, and if you have the skills, after your MSc in Engineering degree you can apply for a PhD programme in which, through a research project in close collaboration with the department researchers, and through courses and individual guidance, you will be trained as a researcher.