About the programme
Quota 1 2018: 7 (Standby: 4.9)   |   Quota 2 2018: -  
Language: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September


This programme is only offered in Danish.
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The Bachelor of Engineering in chemical engineering degree programme is built on four initial semesters of compulsory basic courses, where you combine natural scientific, engineering and technological disciplines. You work with subjects such as chemical engineering, chemical unit operations, reactor technology and process management and regulation.

Studying on the chemical engineering programme

The course programme at chemical engineering is based on classroom teaching, lectures, laboratory and project work. You will be both taught by engineers with industry experience and by more theoretically based lecturers. During your study programme you will also have the opportunity to work with companies on specific projects.

Paid internship and specialisation

During the fifth semester you must take a paid internship in a consulting engineering company, where you will get practical insight into the work of a chemical engineer. Aarhus University has internship agreements with a wide range of companies to help you find an internship. After the internship you choose sixth and seventh semester subjects that let you specialise and go in the direction you wish to.

Career opportunities as a chemical engineer

With a Bachelor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering, you can come to work as a chemical engineer in e.g. manufacturing companies or with R&D and consultancy.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22890

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)

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.

NB! The new grade requirement is not required for admission with winter start 2019.

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

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor of Engineering degree programme in chemical 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.

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’s degree in chemical 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

The course programme at the Bachelor of Engineering degree programme in chemical engineering

Teaching mostly takes place as dialogue-based classroom instruction. This teaching can be organised 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. You will also experience laboratory work and project work which takes place in smaller groups with the option 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 chemistry programme

You should expect to have around 24 hours of scheduled lessons a week and you must also spend a lot of time on independent study and project work. The Bachelor of Engineering programme in chemical engineering is a full-time degree programme. During your study programme you will find that the amount of independent work and project work increases.

Fifth semester internship

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

Students: We quickly learn how our knowledge must be used in real life

"We have a number of basic chemistry subjects supplemented by engineering courses, and that’s where we are taught how to use theoretical chemistry in many different contexts. In fact, that’s something I would highlight about my degree programme, that we systematically acquire a professional engineering mindset and an understanding that what we learn in lecture theatres and laboratories can be used in real life."
Sanne Thrane Pedersen, student, Chemistry

Katrine's Basement and Navitas

There are two different student bars associated with the various Bachelor of Engineering programmes. There is the popular Katrine's Basement bar, which is located at Katrinebjerg, while the Friday bar Navitas is based at Navitas on the harbour.

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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Study for two more years and earn a MSc in Engineering

With a Bachelor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering, you will be qualified for two additional years of study to become a MSc in Engineering. As a MSc in Engineering you can work with process design and process technology, whether it is all about the environment and biofuels, the development of new materials, the extraction of oil from the underground or something else entirely.

Your work responsibilities as an engineer

With a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering you can perform a number of different job functions. If you are creative and have an eye for innovation, you can apply for a job that focuses on testing, design and development. You will typically work as an R&D engineer. If you prefer to work more systematically, you can work as a project or buildings manager, where you are responsible for 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.