Bachelor of Engineering in

Chemical Engineering
and Food Technology

Food of the future and technology-based food production

About the programme
Quota 1 2018: 8.3 (Standby: 6)   |   Quota 2 2018: -  
Language: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


This programme is only offered in Danish.

On the BEng in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology, you learn how to apply your knowledge within traditional natural science subjects such as mathematics, chemistry, physics and biotechnology in an engineering context with focus on food production.

You will acquire in-depth understanding of the food industry and its current innovation needs. The objective of the BEng programme is to provide you with the competences to develop the foods of the future and new sustainable production methods.

The BEng programme is business-oriented, and you therefore learn to use your growing knowledge about chemical and biotechnology engineering to solve real-life problems in the food industry – often in collaboration with businesses.

As an important part of your studies, you must acquire basic scientific knowledge which enables you to understand all processes in technology-based food production from raw material to finished product. As a food engineer, you must also have an academic insight into human nutrition, sensorics and legislation in the area.

The BEng programme is thus broadly based, but offers you the chance to specialise as you will be working on specific cases in almost all semesters. Perhaps you are particularly interested in food chemistry and dream about working with the development of foods with special functional properties or health-promoting ingredients. Or perhaps you are interested in production equipment and dream about developing new machinery and equipment that can streamline future food production and ensure food for a growing global population in an environmentally sound manner.


Studying at the university

The BEng in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology comprises both classroom teaching, lectures, laboratory work and project work.

In all semesters, you must follow an intensive study programme and expect to spend many hours on homework and independent project work in groups.  When you choose to enrol on an engineering degree programme at Aarhus University, you are also choosing an experimental approach to learning, and you will therefore be trained in how to transfer theoretical knowledge into practical and scientific laboratory work.

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.

Innovation and entrepreneurship

As an engineering student at Aarhus University, you are an expert at converting your knowledge into solutions. Day after day, you will get to work with new technologies and innovation as a fully integrated part of your learning. As a group, engineers from Aarhus University are among Denmark’s most successful entrepreneurs, and perhaps you will want to start a business while you are still a student or when you graduate.

Paid internship and specialisation

During the fifth semester as an engineering student, you must do an internship (work placement) with a business, where you will gain practical experience with the engineering challenges in the industry. In most cases, the internship is paid, and you will get help finding an internship that matches your academic interests and wishes for a future career. You also have the opportunity to use your semester-long internship to try your hand as an entrepreneur. If that is your choice, you will spend your days in the university’s Startup Factory for engineering students and get help developing your business idea.

Career opportunities for a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology

With a BEng degree in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology, you will have a qualification profile which is attractive and in high demand in the food industry.  You will be able to work with food innovation, product development, process management and quality assurance at a high level in small niche businesses as well as large industrial groups. The BEng degree also qualifies you for admission to the MSc in Molecular Nutrition and Food Technology degree programme.

Admission requirements

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

qualifying examination or an admission course for the engineering degree programmes:

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

Applicants with a foreign qualifying examination must also provide evidence of their 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 the admission course for the engineering degree programmes, you can only apply for admission via quota 2. You must remember to apply no later than 15 March at 12 noon.

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) covering a total period of 12 months may be included. Time spent on the qualifying examination is 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:

  • A full 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 level A
    • Chemistry B or Biotechnology level 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.

As a rule it is only possible to start a higher education on a similar or lower level 6 years after you have passed your latest completed higher education. This means that if you have completed a Danish professional bachelor's degree or a fulltime bachelor’s degree you will have to wait 6 years (counting from your last passed Danish professional bachelor's degree or a fulltime bachelor’s degree) before you can apply for a new Bachelor’s degree. This is applicable for applicants in both quota 1 and quota 2.

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.

Student life

As a BEng student on the Chemical Engineering and Food Technology degree programme, you will spend your days at Katrinebjerg Campus on Hangøvej in Aarhus together with other BEng and MSc in engineering students within the field of chemical and biotechnology engineering.

Special characteristics of AU engineers

At Aarhus University, you will be educated as an engineer at a traditional, multi-faculty university, and when you have completed your studies, you will be one of the best and most sought-after graduates in the global labour market.

Intensive study programme

As a BEng student at Aarhus University, you should expect around 24 hours of scheduled lessons per week. In addition, you will be required to spend a lot of time on independent studies and project work, but, in return, you achieve a very high degree of theoretical specialisation and technology insight.

You can read about the course mix on the BEng programme under ‘Programme structure’ on this page. The description of the content and objectives of the individual courses can be found by searching in the university’s web-based course catalogue.

During the fifth semester, you must do an internship in a business where you will work full time with academically relevant tasks. The internship is usually paid. 

Social life

AU Engineering is a community with approximately 3,000 students with a number of well-functioning and active student associations. You will therefore 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.

In addition to clubs and associations at AU Engineering, students have two different student bars. As a student on the BEng in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology, you will probably most often visit the popular basement bar Katrines Kælder, which is located at Katrinebjerg. Most of the big joint parties for engineering students are held in the student bar at Navitas.

International opportunities

As an engineering student at Aarhus University, you will have good opportunities for acquiring international experience in the course of your studies. This may be in the form of a semester at a university abroad, but it may also be in the form of project collaboration with an international business.

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

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The BEng in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology is a new BEng programme with an academic specialisation aimed specifically at jobs in the food industry. The BEng programme is being established on the basis of a massive demand for food engineers with solid basic knowledge of chemical engineering and process technology in Denmark.

Global challenges in your working life

How can we secure sufficient quantities of healthy foods for a growing global population? This is one of the most acute challenges the world is facing. In the coming years, engineers must find new solutions that ensure that we can produce more food with fewer resources.

There is therefore already a shortage of engineers specialised in the food technology field, and this shortage is expected to increase in the immediate future.

Food industry undergoing transformation

Technological developments in recent years have turned food production into a highly specialised area, and based on new knowledge within the areas of chemical and biotechnology engineering, it is now possible to create completely new ways of producing and processing foods. 

The new BEng graduates in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology will be qualified for many different types of jobs within the development of new foods or food ingredients as well as the optimisation of production processes and equipment.

During the course of the study programme, you will have plenty of opportunity to practise translating your knowledge of industry practice, global challenges, technology, science, nutrition and trends in consumer demand into new ideas for food products.

The study programme also focuses on process technology, which will enable you to handle a wide variety of food production issues. You may, for example, get to work with streamlining production processes in a business with focus on either financial competitiveness, sustainability or nutrition.

You may also have the opportunity to work with developing new machinery for production. Which types of high-tech equipment are, for example, required for mass producing protein products from insects?

Based on their chemical background and knowledge about legislative aspects within the area, a number of food engineers can also expect to be employed in businesses with a view to developing their quality management programmes and food safety.  

Others will find employment as consulting engineers in specialised consultancy firms.

If, for example, you dream about starting your own food business or working with entrepreneurship in some other way, you have the possibility of tailoring your educational profile in that direction.

High employment level and good pay

The unemployment rate for BEng 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, and particularly the Central Denmark Region, has a well-developed food industry which in many areas has a leading position in an international perspective. The industry has helped push the new BEng in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology and has high hopes that the coming groups of graduates can boost the industry in terms of knowledge and innovation.

Examples of large prospective employers are Danish Crown, Arla and Dupont.

Further and continuing education

The BEng degree in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology qualifies you for admission to the MSc in Molecular Nutrition and Food Technology degree programme.

You also have the option of supplementing your studies with courses from some of the university’s other programmes. In principle, this could be anything from molecular biology and economics to anthropology.