Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in
Chemical Engineering

Technology based on chemistry

The MSc in Engineering programme is a five-year applied sciences degree programme which begins with the three-year Bachelor of Engineering programme in chemical engineering. The degree programme combines chemistry and engineering and qualifies graduates to work with research, development, innovation, consultancy and management in a wide range of industries.


The BSc programme in chemical engineering (the BSc programme is only offered in Danish) is a three-year applied sciences undergraduate programme which comprises the first part of the five-year MSc in Engineering in chemistry and biotechnology. The programme provides you with a high degree of theoretical specialisation in maths, biochemistry, microbiology and chemistry. This knowledge provides the foundation for the degree programmes’ applied science and engineering courses on chemical engineering, materials, and design of production processes.

This is where you learn to apply theory to solving real-life problems, taking chemistry out of the lab and into the real world of products, processes and materials.

Global challenges on your syllabus

Typically, even though the work of chemical engineers focuses on what takes place at the molecular level, they almost always contribute in some way to solving some of the world’s major challenges. This is why the programme focuses on teaching you to design and control chemical production methods for a range of different types of applications. In principle, you can apply your knowledge of reactivity, separation, filtration and synthesis to very different kinds of engineering, from the development of new types of batteries or plastics to textile design, water purification or solar energy storage.

Studying at the university

Based on current research and industrial development, the Bachelor of Engineering programme in chemical engineering qualifies students for the two-year MSc in Engineering programme in chemical engineering and biotechnology. As a student, you take courses at the highest international level in core natural sciences subjects in addition to technical and applied engineering subjects.

How can we generate sufficient quantities of green energy to power Apple’s Danish data centre, with its thousands of servers? How can we optimise the storage of large quantities of medicine? How can we remove unpleasant odours from agriculture to improve the quality of life for neighbours to farms? And can we find the solution to storing solar energy in chemistry?

The engineering community

You will become part of a large community with a total of around 3,000 engineering students at Aarhus University, but the degree programme will be based at Katrinebjerg Campus on Hangøvej in Aarhus,

where you have access to project study spaces, group rooms and labs around the clock. Technical personnel are available to help guide you in carrying out your experiments in connection with your projects.

In fact, you also have the option of moving some of your experiments out of the limited environment of the lab and working with them on a large scale at our internationally recognised research centre in Foulum. 

Innovation and entrepreneurship

As an engineering student at Aarhus University, you learn how to translate your knowledge into solutions and to constantly think in innovative and creative new ways. Day after day, you work with new technologies and innovation as a fully integrated part of the programme.

Perhaps this is why so many engineers from AU are successful entrepreneurs, and you may even decide that you want to start a business, either before you graduate or afterwards.

Career opportunities for graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering in chemical engineering

As an engineering student on the Bachelor of Engineering programme, you have close contact with the university’s engineering research programmes, and most of your projects will contribute to real research.

This allows you to develop the knowledge and skills you will need in your career as an engineer to work with research and development at the highest international level. Read more under ‘Career’ on this page.

Admission requirements

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

qualifying examination as well as 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):

  • Danish (level A)
  • English (level B)
  • Mathematics (level A)

And one of these combinations:

  • Physics (level B) and Chemistry (level B)


  • Physics (level B) and Biotechnology (level A) 


  • Chemistry (level B) and Geoscience (level A)

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

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.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.


Quota 2 subjects:

  • Mathematics (level A)
  • Physics (level B) or Geoscience (level A)
  • Chemistry (level B) or Biotechnology (level A)

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


The Bachelor of Engineering component of the MSc in Engineering programme consists of a mixture of lectures, classroom teaching, calculation assignments and lab work which give you hands-on experience in applying your knowledge of chemical engineering.

The natural sciences courses you take include maths and physics, to enable you to calculate dimensions and model the dynamics of chemical processes. You also take courses in organic and inorganic chemistry to learn how to develop materials, in physical chemistry to learn how to design production processes, as well as analytical chemistry, where you learn how to work with process optimisation and quality control.

The programme also includes various engineering courses, lab work and practical exercises, in which you learn about the equipment, machines and processes which enable you to use your knowledge to create value, both at the molecular level in the lab and in large-scale industrial production.

As a student on the Bachelor of Engineering programme in chemical engineering, you join a class of about 30 students. You also have close contact to other BSc and MSc biotechnology and chemical engineering students.

What’s special about AU engineers?

At Aarhus University, you graduate from the MSc engineering programme with a very high level of expertise. But through your studies at a classical university like AU, you also gain competencies outside your field which have great value for your personal development and your future career opportunities.

AU engineers are highly sought-after and well-paid on the global labour market.

Academic excellence in focus

In 2016, Aarhus University was rated number 98 on the Times Higher Education University Ranking, which is the highest ranking among Danish universities and among the 100 best universities in the world.

Intensive study programme

On the BSc component of the MSc engineering programme, you should expect about 24 scheduled lessons per week. In addition, you are expected to spend quite a lot of time on independent study and lab work together with your fellow students, in order to achieve a high theoretical level and technological specialisation.

You can read about the structure of the programme on the Bachelor of Engineering programme under ‘Programme structure’ on this page. You can find descriptions of the content and objectives of the individual courses in the university’s online course catalogue.


Student life

AU Engineering has about 3000 students and a variety of strong, active student organisations. This means you have every opportunity to get involved both academically and socially with your fellow students.

You might pluck up the courage to join the university’s student section of the organisation Engineers Without Borders, which is responsible for a range of humanitarian projects in the world’s disaster areas.

You may also choose to become an active member of the Danish Youth Association of Science (UNF), which organises lectures, summer camps and much more.

AU Engineering also has a very popular student revue, which is performed once a year in connection with a party.

Engineering students also have two student bars. As a student on the Bachelor of Engineering in chemical engineering programme, you will probably most often visit the popular basement bar Katrines Kælder, which is located at Katrinebjerg. Most of the large parties at AU Engineering are held at the student bar at Navitas.

About 34 per cent of engineering students at Aarhus University are women, and 65 per cent are men. However, the ratio varies from degree programme to degree programme, and at chemical engineering it is about 50/50.

International opportunities

As an engineering student at Aarhus University, you will have good opportunities for acquiring international experience in the course of your studies. For example, you might choose to spend a semester at one of our many partner universities abroad, work on projects in collaboration with international companies, or take a summer school course in your field.

AU Engineering has more than 100 partnership agreements with universities and engineering colleges abroad.

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Chemical engineering is a subject which is strongly founded in the needs of industry. In recent years, chemical engineering has become increasingly important in enabling companies to innovate in a wide variety of industries, and there is strong demand for chemical engineers. As a graduate of the MSc in Engineering programme, you have excellent opportunities for choosing a career path which reflects your academic specialisation and interests.

The degree will open many doors in your future working life, such as research, development, innovation, consultancy and management, either in the private or the public sector, or an academic career at a university in an area of research you find particularly interesting. As an engineering student at both Bachelor of Engineering og MSc in Engineering level, you can tailor your own qualification profile and academic competencies by taking courses in other university subjects.

You may discover that you are interested in nanoscience, economics, communication, physics, business administration or another subject entirely, in addition to chemical engineering. One of the strong advantages to taking an engineering degree at a classical multi-faculty university is that you have plenty of opportunities to combine courses to reflect your interests.

Chemical design, production and process management

AS a graduate of the MSc in Engineering in biotechnology and chemical engineering, you are eligible for jobs in many types of companies which convert raw materials into consumer products,

such as the pharmaceuticals, food, materials or cosmetics. In these companies, engineers typically work with product design as well as process design and quality control.

How can individual chemical processes be managed in the optimal way, in order to create the right amounts of the best possible product in a financially and environmental ly sustainable way? This is a central question for chemical engineers, whether they work with plastics, batteries, oil, biomass, cosmetics, clothing, pharmaceuticals or something else entirely.

Most graduates of the MSc in Engineering programme work in specialist functions which require a high level of expertise. However, some work in management, project management and innovation management, using their general technological insight and understanding of society to create value for their companies.

High employment levels and high wages

The unemployment rate for engineering MSc graduates from Aarhus University is generally very low. As a group, the lifetime take-home pay of these graduates is among the highest in Denmark.

Denmark has a competitive chemical and consultancy industry where many of the degree programme’s graduates find jobs. Examples of large local employers include Dupont, Krüger, Arla, Grundfos og Aarhus Karlshamn, but the list of potential employers is large and growing.

Some MSc in Engineering graduates choose a career in research, and their are good opportunities for chemical engineering postgraduate study at Aarhus University.