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Bachelor of Engineering in

Chemical Engineering
and Food Technology

About the programme
Quota 1 2019: All admitted   |   Quota 2 2019: -  
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 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 in 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)

Regarding admission 2020

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:

  1. Score from admission test
  2. A relevant vocational education or part of it
  3. Maximum one year of relevant work or military service
  4. Maximum one year of work or study abroad (there is no requirement of a particularly country)
  5. Average grades in the following subjects:
    • Mathematics A
    • Physics B or Geoscience A
    • Chemistry B or Biotechnology A

Regarding admission 2021

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. Average of particularly relevant subjects (quota 2 subjects, see below)
  2. Other particularly relevant documented qualifications
  3. Score from the admission test

Quota 2 subjects:

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

Programme structure

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.