BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

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Introduction

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 will be qualified to for a MSc in Engineering in biotechnology and chemical engineering or other Master’s degree programmes. You can also 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:

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 B 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 B 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 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

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 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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Career

Job options for MA/MSc grads

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

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.