MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

The study of molecular processes and issues in humans, animals, plants and microbes.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

Molecular biology is an interdisciplinary degree programme that, in addition to the subjects in molecular biology and biochemistry, contains basic subjects from biology, chemistry, mathematics, statistics and computer science. The courses form the basis for your work with molecular biology and biochemistry and enable the detailed studies of organisms, cells, DNA, RNA, proteins, and signal molecules that are also part of your studies. 

Studying molecular biology programme

The course programme at Molecular Biology is based on lectures, classroom teaching and laboratory work. In addition to the compulsory basic subjects, the degree programme also includes more specialised courses in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, proteomics, immunology and cell biology. During the final part of the Bachelor's degree programme you will supplement with knowledge and competences from subjects such as biology, chemistry or food technology.

Specialisation during the Bachelor's degree programme

You can use elective subjects to direct your degree programme in different directions. You can e.g. work in areas such as the molecular causes behind the development of cancer or the biological causes of dementia, or you can carry out genetic studies or medical diagnostics. You can also perform proteomic analyses on different biological issues, or work on the design and manufacture of targeted medicine.

Career opportunities

The majority of graduates from the Bachelor’s degree programme in molecular biology continue on to the Master's degree programme in molecular biology. You can also choose to go in other directions and take Master’s degree programmes in chemistry or biology. As a graduate you can work in molecular biology and medical research, in biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry, in patent administration, the hospital sector, or as a researcher or developer in the food industry. An increasing number of the graduates in molecular biology are working as teachers in high school (teaching biotechnology) or teachers at professional educations.     

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22155

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 (Danish upper secondary school):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics B and Chemistry B
      or
    • Physics B and Biotechnology A
      or
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry B
      or
    • Chemistry A and Biology A and Physics C

 

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.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics B and Chemistry B
      or
    • Physics B and Biotechnology A
      or
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry B
      or
    • Chemistry A and Biology A and Physics C

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 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.

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’s degree programme in molecular biology, 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 read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

In the study programme diagram for the Bachelor’s degree programme in molecular biology you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Student life

Studying molecular biology programme  

During the first two years of the Bachelor's degree programme in molecular biology you will have around 25 hours of scheduled lessons a week. At the same time, you should expect to spend approximately the same number of hours on preparation, independent study, calculation assignments and writing reports. Molecular biology is consequently a full-time programme - even though the number of scheduled lessons is reduced during the study programme. 

A timetable for the second half of first semester of the Bachelor's degree programme in molecular biology, where theoretical knowledge and practical experience within basal protein chemistry and physical biochemistry is in focus, could look like this:

Monday

08:00-9:00: Physical Biochemistry (lectures)

09:00–12:00: Calculus (laboratory work)

12:00–14:00: Physical Biochemistry (theoretical exercises) 

Tuesday

09:00–10:00: Experimental Biochemistry (lecture)

12:00–18:00: Experimental Biochemistry (laboratory work) 

Wednesday

9:00–10:00Physical Biochemistry (lecture)

10:00.12:00: Physical Biochemistry (theoretical exercises)

13:00–15:00: Calculus (lecture) 

Thursday

08:00-9:00: Experimental Biochemistry (lecture)

10:00–12:00: Calculus (theoretical exercises)

12:00–18:00: Experimental Biochemistry (laboratory work)

Friday

9:00–10:00: Physical Biochemistry (lecture)

10:00-12:00: Physical Biochemistry (theoretical exercises)

13:00–15:00: Calculus (lecture)

Teaching and group work

In the first part of your studies you will be placed in a class of around 20 students, who all have the same timetable and follow the same teaching. Your class will function in much the same way as at your upper secondary school. Course teaching is a combination of lectures, theoretical exercises and laboratory work. The lectures gather all students from the year group, while the theoretical exercises and laboratory work are held as classroom instruction. 

Students: The natural sciences work together in molecular biology

"It really appeals to me that molecular biology looks at biological problems on a molecular level and uses other natural scientific fields to understand biological problems. For example, we have had a course in physical biochemistry, where we work with the physical methods of measurement and how you study proteins." Rasmus Kjeldsen, undergraduate student, Molecular Biology.

Associations at molecular biology

If you would like to meet some of your many fellow students in other places than the auditorium or the classroom, then there are lots of opportunities for doing this. For instance, the students at molecular biology have their own academic forum, the Student Council, called MoGens. This is where you can discuss the study programme, arrange study trips and meet other student politicians from the university. You can also become a member of the Danish Youth Association of Science - UNF, who arrange natural science lectures every Thursday evening. 

Friday bar with a great atmosphere

Every other Friday there is a Friday’s bar for all students in the Die Rote Zone, which is located in the Bio House. Here you will have the chance to talk to students from all year groups over a cold drink and with or without your teachers. You can also find molecular biologists in other Friday bars and parties at chemistry, biology and physics.

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-experienced, photographed and filmed by the students themselves.

With thousands of pictures #yourniversity gives insight into the everyday life as a student at AU; the parties, procrastination, exams and all the other ways you’ll spend your time at university.

 

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Meet our graduates

Here are examples of jobs for a graduate in Molecular Biology.

I work as a project manager, which means that I make sure things get done, and I’m responsible for following up afterwards. Projects could concern new products, for example, and solutions for industry, where I’m part of the chain all the way through from development to testing, sales and customer support.

CASPER HØY SIMONSEN, Graduate, MSc in Molecular Biology, Application Specialist at DANISCO

Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

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

Immerse yourself in the Master's degree programme

Following the Bachelor’s degree programme, the majority of students choose to continue on the Master's degree programme in molecular biology. You also have the opportunity to take a Master's degree in areas such as food technology, molecular nutrition, bioinformatics, chemistry/medical chemistry, biology or geology. During your Master's degree programme you will acquire further specialisation through your choice of courses.

Working as a molecular biologist

About two-thirds of molecular biologists go on to become researchers. They typically find jobs at universities and other institutions of higher education or in the private sector. This could be in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, the modern high-tech food industry or in companies that carry out research or have a strong research affiliation. As a molecular biologist you can work on how to transport medicine into specific organs in the body, or how to find out what a receptor molecule in the brain looks like, or how plants convert atmospheric nitrogen into fertiliser.