M.Sc. Biotechnology and Chemistry Engineering

Aarhus University | Aarhus, Denmark
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. As a graduate in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering, you will be developing the processes of the future – processes that will ensure that chemical, biotechnological and environmental knowledge finds sustainable applications to benefit society as a whole.
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Description of Biotechnology and Chemistry Engineering

Personal and technological development

The theme of the degree programme 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, 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. If your background is in chemistry or biotechnology, you can specialise in environmental technology, where you will have the possibility to work with areas such as odour in farming, waste water treatment, and biomass upcycling e.g. production of proteins, biodiesel, biogas.

In addition to a high academic and engineering level in biotechnology or chemical engineering, the programme provides insight and competencies in subjects like: advanced unit operations, modelling of chemical and biological processes, environmental issues, sensor technology, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

During the first year of the degree programme, learning is mainly based on lectures and theoretical exercises. The second year mainly involves project work, in which students work closely with companies. A student hungry for more has the possibility of continuing as a PhD student. Here 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.

PUTTING research INTO practice

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


The MSc in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering is closely linked to the active research and development environment that exists in the Aarhus region. Through close interaction with companies during the MSc Eng programme, the students become better prepared to meet future challenges in large companies such as Merck, Dupont and Bayer, to mention a few. Students are strongly encouraged to spend time abroad, either as exchange students at a university abroad or for the thesis.

“I work in a department where we develop and test enzymes for animal feed. DuPont sells enormous amounts of enzymes for animal feed all over the world. Our customers could be producers of feed for herds of pigs or flocks of chickens who add maize, soy or grain to their compound feeds. Customers are interested in having the products tested, partly because they want to save on feed costs, but also because they want to ensure animal welfare. If you add a little more soy, for example, you can save on expensive raw materials and – if the animals are not adversely affected – it will be an advantage for everyone.”

Solvej Knudsen

MSc in Chemistry and Biotechnology

Senior Research Associate, DuPont Industrial Biosciences

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline March
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)
Start date February  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Process Technology

Chemistry and Technology, study start summer (60 ECTS per year)

1. year

  • A, B or C
  • A, B or C
  • Fundamental production planning
  • Elective Subject
  • Advanced Chemical Unit Operations
  • Elective Subject
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Elective Subject
  • Elective Subject
  • CFD in physiochemical hydrodynamics

2. year

  • Project of Chemical Technology (20 ECTS)
  • Project of Chemical Technology (10 ECTS)
  • Master Project
  • Master Project

A: Organic and Inorganic Analytical Chemistry
B: Inorganic Materials Chemistry
C: Advanced Organic Chemistry

Biotechnology, study start summer (60 ECTS per year)

1. year

  • Lipid Biotechnology
  • Protein Biotechnology
  • Carbohydrate Biotechnology
  • Elective Subject
  • Elective Subject
  • Fundamental Production Planning
  • Elective Subject
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • CFD in physiochemical hydrodynamics

2. year

  • Project of lipid/protein/carbohydrate biotechnology
  • Biotechnology projekt
  • Master Project


The Masters degree in process technology counts as 120 ECTS credits and mainly consists of subjects within the chemical and technical fields of study. You specialise by participating in course activities and projects and by writing a thesis. During your very first week, you structure your own individual study programme with the help of a teacher from the Department of Physics and Astronomy by choosing courses from the course catalogue. Your programme is based on your academic qualifications and interests and the subjects you studied for your Bachelors degree. The plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations.

A year divided into four terms

The teaching is divided into terms with four terms per year. Each term consists of a block of seven weeks followed by an examination period of 2-4 weeks.

PhD programme

If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher

Requirements for Biotechnology and Chemistry Engineering

Admission to the Master's degree programme in engineering at Aarhus University requires successful completion of a BSc degree within the same subject. For this reason foreign students must be able to provide full documentary evidence that they have completed a university degree equivalent in level and contents to a Danish BSc degree.

Work Experience for Biotechnology and Chemistry Engineering

No work experience is required.

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