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BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING
IN BIOTECHNOLOGY

About the programme
Quota 1 2018: 8.5 (Standby: 7.9)   |   Quota 2 2018: -  
Language
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.
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On the Bachelor’s degree programme in biotechnology engineering, you learn to utilise biochemical processes for the manufacture of food, medicine and biofuels. The engineering degree programme is based on subjects such as biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, mathematics and statistics, as well as technical subjects like chemical unit operations, practical regulation, fermentation and chemical reaction engineering.

Studying on the biotechnology engineering programme

The course programme at the engineering degree programme in biotechnology is based on problems that are similar to real professional challenges. You will be working on projects and practical work in the laboratories, as well as having lectures and classroom teaching in small classes. Key subjects include mathematics and statistics, cell and microbiology, biotechnology and protein chemistry, and general and technical chemistry.

The engineer's basic disciplines and paid internship

During the first four semesters you build up your engineering foundation with a special focus on biochemistry and process technology and also cover the most important basic engineering disciplines. During the fifth semester you will take a paid internship in a consulting engineering company, where you will get practical insight into the work of a biotechnology engineer. Aarhus University collaborates with a number of companies to help you find an internship.

Career opportunities

You can join the labour market and work within areas as diverse as biofuels, environmental advances, the food industry or the pharmaceutical industry. You can also continue your studies to MSc in Engineering (+ 2 years), if you have taken specific courses during your BEng.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22810

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:

  • Mathematics A
  • Physics B or Geoscience A
  • Chemistry B or Biotechnology 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 applicants, that is more applicants who pass the entrance examination, than there are study places, the following criteria will be included in the assessment of applications:

  1. Score from admission test
  2. A relevant vocational education or part of it
  3. Maximum one year of relevant work or military service
  4. Maximum one year of work or study abroad (there is no requirement of a particularly country)
  5. Average grades in the following subjects:
    • Mathematics A
    • Physics B or Geoscience A
    • Chemistry B or Biotechnology A
 

Regarding admission 2021

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. Average of particularly relevant subjects (quota 2 subjects, see below)
  2. Other particularly relevant documented qualifications.
  3. Score from the admission test

Quota 2 subjects:

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

Programme structure

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor of Engineering programme in biotechnology, 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. You can also find information about types of exams and exam requirements.



Student life

Classroom instruction leads to a special study environment

Teaching mostly takes place as dialogue-based classroom instruction. This teaching can e.g. take place as a joint review of the syllabus followed by group work with supervision by one or more teachers. Some of the teaching also takes place in the form of lectures. In addition to classroom teaching and lectures, there is also laboratory work and project work, which takes place in small groups with the possibility of supervision. Here you learn to work in a practical and project-oriented way and you also gain experience of using different tools and methods that are important for project work.

Studying on the biotechnology engineering programme

You should expect to have around 24 hours of scheduled lessons a week. In addition, you will spend approximately the same number of hours on independent study and project work. During the course of your study programme you will find that the amount of independent work and project work increases.

An example of a timetable for a week during the first semester at biotechnology engineering

Monday       

08:00–09:45:

Mathematics and Statistics The teaching is a combination of participatory lectures and supervised group work.

10:15–12:00:

 Mathematics and Statistics (continued)

12:30–14:15:

General Chemistry (dialogue-based teaching)

14:30–16:15:

General Chemistry (continued)

Tuesday

08:00–09:45:

Practical exercises with enzyme technology and inhibitors.

10:15–12:00:

Processing of data collected in the practical exercises.

Wednesday

12:30–14:15:

General Chemistry (dialogue-based teaching)

14:30–16:15:

General Chemistry (continued)

Thursday

12:30–14:15:

Mathematics and Statistics The teaching is a combination of participatory lectures and supervised group work.

14:30–16:15:

Mathematics and Statistics (continued)

Friday

08:00–09:45:

Practical exercises with enzyme technology and inhibitors (continued).

10:15–12:00:

Data processing relating to the practical exercises.  

Fifth semester internship

The fifth semester includes a compulsory five month internship in which you work in as a junior engineer in a private or public sector company in Denmark or abroad. This is where you learn about how an engineer works with biotechnology in practice and how a workplace functions. If you are considering starting your own business, it is also possible to take an entrepreneurship course instead of an internship, where you work on developing your business idea.

Students: Uncovered my academic strengths during my internship

"With my academic background, I can find out how to purify drinking water optimally with low energy consumption. There is great potential in studying which bacteria break down other bacteria and waste products. I’ve learnt a lot from being in a workplace. I have uncovered my academic strengths as a biotechnology engineer."

Anne Bjerrum, student, Biotechnology Engineering

Social and academic student associations

At Aarhus University you will be part of an extensive engineering environment with more than 3,000 engineering students. So you will have ample opportunities to get involved in both academic and social student associations with your fellow students. Maybe you would like to take part in the university’s student section of the organisation Engineers Without Borders, which makes an active contribution to 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.

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Career

Job opportunities in many different sectors.

The most likely job opportunities are in the energy and environment sectors, the pharmaceutical industry, the biotech sector, the food industry and the chemical industry. In these sectors you can use your knowledge of both bio- and process technology to contribute towards exploiting biotechnology and finding new, valuable solutions to problems and challenges.

Your work responsibilities as an engineer

As a graduate engineer you can work as an R&D engineer with focus on testing, design and development. If you prefer a more systematic way of working, you could choose to work as a project or operations manager. These jobs involve tasks primarily related to the operation, inspection and maintenance of production facilities and the like. You can also work as a consulting engineer if you have a special interest in using your expertise for consultancy and evaluation tasks and want a job which includes consultancy and supervision. As an engineer you will thus be able to apply for specialist, generalist and managerial jobs.

You can also continue your studies to MSc in Engineering (+ 2 years), if you have taken specific courses during your BEng.