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Developing and optimising chemical and biotechnological processes plays a key role in modern society. It is predicted that the industry of the future will be characterised by production that is environmentally correct and energy-efficient. In the first year of the Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering programme from Aarhus University learning is mainly based on lectures and theoretical exercises.


The second year mainly consists of project work, which involves students working closely with external companies. Students who are hungry for more have the possibility of continuing with a PhD. On this path, the student adds three extra years to their studies, working more independently on solving concrete problems. This can also take the form of an industrial PhD in collaboration with a company.

Choosing your Specialisation

The focus of the Biotechnology and Chemistry Engineering degree programme from Aarhus University is the development and optimisation of processes in the chemical and biotechnological industries and in the environmental sector. If you have an engineering background in chemistry and choose to pursue this specialisation at MSc level, you will be able to work with areas as diverse as food, polymer chemistry, and membrane and separation technology. 

If on the other hand your background is in biotechnology, you can pursue this specialisation to gain opportunities to work in areas such as developing enzymes and proteins for use in ‘green’ production, lipid technology, and medical biotechnology. Whether your background is in chemistry or biotechnology, you will also be able to specialise in environmental technology, leading to opportunities to work in areas such as odour-monitoring in farming and biogas production.

Putting Research into Practice

Teaching at Aarhus University is greatly influenced by the research conducted here, as all the lecturers are active researchers. As an engineering student, you have excellent opportunities to work with researchers in the laboratory, or you can complete a project in collaboration with a private company.

Student Life

The Aarhus University School of Engineering has a range of social spaces where you can meet other students outside class, and this is an excellent basis for social activities. There is also an engineering club for staff and students for networking with like-minded people. As in all departments, there is a popular Friday bar, and the Tågekammeret association organises celebrations and social events for all science and technology students.


As a graduate engineer in Chemistry and Biotechnology, you will be developing the processes of the future – processes that will ensure that chemical, biotechnological and environmental knowledge finds sustainable applications that can benefit society as a whole.

The MSc programme is also monitored by representatives of chemical companies such as DuPont, Arla, Aarhus Karlshamn and Cheminova, all of which are interested in employing newly qualified graduate engineers in chemistry and biotechnology.

Programme Structure

Semester 1

  • Sensors and Process Control
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Specialisation

Semester 2

  • Modelling of Biological and Chemical Processes
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Specialisation

Semester 3

  • Elective Courses

Semester 4

  • Master's Thesis in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering
For more information, please check the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The following Bachelor’s degrees qualify students for admission:

  • The Biotechnology specialisation targets students who have completed a graduate engineer or Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology, Biochemistry or Molecular Biology.
  • The Chemistry specialisation targets students who have completed a graduate engineer or Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology, Biochemistry or Chemistry.
  • The Environmental Technology specialisation targets students who have completed a graduate engineer or Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Technology, Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Technology.
For more information, please check the programme website.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13500 International
  • Free EU/EEA


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.