BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING IN BIOTECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING

AT THE INTERFACE OF BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY AND PROCESS TECHNOLOGY

 

The Bachelor of Engineering degree programme in biotechnology engineering combines biology, chemistry and engineering. With a Bachelor of Engineering degree in biotechnology engineering, you will be qualified to continue studying and take an MSc in Engineering in biotechnology and chemical engineering, or an MSc in Engineering in biomedical engineering at Aarhus University.

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 engineering 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

A Bachelor's degree in biotechnology makes you eligible for a MSc in Engineering in chemistry and biotechnology. You can also join the labour market and work within areas as diverse as biofuels, environmental advances, the food industry or the pharmaceutical industry.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22810

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

qualifying examination or an admission course for the engineering degree programmes and the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

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

Applicants with a foreign qualifying examination must also provide evidence of proficiency in Danish, such as the study examination in Danish as a second language or similar documentation.

If you are applying for admission on the basis of admission courses for the engineering degree programmes you can only apply for admission via quota 2. You must remember to apply no later than 15 March.

If there are some subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses. Read more about supplementary courses.

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

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.  The following requirements must also be fulfilled:

Quota 2 applicants are admitted on the basis of an overall assessment of a number of objective criteria. All objective criteria must be documented in order to be included in the assessment.

However, only activities (including work experience) from a total period of 12 months may be included. Marks and levels from your qualifying exams or supplementary subjects are not included in the 12 months.

Motivated application

From 2017 applicants applying in quota 2 must submit a motivation letter, which has previously been optional. Please note that without a motivation letter, your application will not be assessed in quota 2.

Criteria which are included in the overall assessment:

  • All or parts of a relevant vocational education and training programme
  • A maximum of 12 months of relevant work experience or military service.
  • A maximum of 12 months of documented work abroad or study abroad (For periods spent abroad, there are no requirements regarding specific areas of the world.)
  • Marks in relevant natural science subjects:
    • Mathematics A
    • Physics B or Geoscience A
    • Chemistry C or Biotechnology A
  • Motivation letter: Emphasis is placed on the applicant being able to explain that the choice of degree programme is the result of a particularly strong interest in precisely this degree programme and the subsequent profession, and that this strong interest is based on knowledge of the degree programme and profession in question.

Admission 2018

In 2018 the specific requirement of Chemistry C level or Biotechnology A level will change to Chemistry B level or Biotechnology A level.

Admission 2019

In 2019 a new entry requirement is introduced. To apply for admission in 2019 you must have a grade point average of 7.0 in your qualifying examination and at least 7.0 grade in average in Mathematics A.

Entrance examination

Applicants who do not meet or do not expect to meet the grade requirement of minimum 7.0 in Mathematics and an average of 7.0 in the qualifying examination, may apply for admission via an entrance examination. A passed entrance examination is equated with both grade requirements.

For applicants who wish to participate in an entrance examination, the application deadline is 15 March 12.00 (midday)

Quota 2 criteria

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:

  • Score from admission test
  • Average in Mathematics
  • Average in the qualifying examination.

Programme structure

Studieordning

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor of Engineering programme in biotechnology engineering, 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.

You can see the structure of the Bachelor’s degree programme in biotechnology engineering in the fact sheet below. Click on the link and download.

  • Download a fact sheet showing the study programme diagram

From skilled workman to engineer

If you are a skilled workman or have a vocational education and wish to further your education with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in biotechnology engineering, you can do this over four-and-a-half years at Aarhus University School of Engineering.

Supplementary courses

If you have an upper secondary school education but not the right levels for admission to an engineering degree programme, a supplementary course may be what you need. The courses take place as turbo courses or as six month courses and they are held during the daytime.


 

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

Study for two more years and earn a MSc in Engineering

With a Bachelor of engineering degree in biotechnology engineering, you will be qualified for a the following Master’s degree programmes:

. The degree programme takes two years and has a high theoretical level combined with an engineering focus on the development and optimisation of chemical and biotechnological processes. As a graduate with an MSc in Engineering, you will most likely work with process design or process technology, regardless of whether this has to do with the production of biogas, the development of new antibodies, the extraction of oil from the underground or something else entirely.

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.