M.Sc. Chemistry and Biotechnology

Aarhus University

Application deadline: 15 March
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 15,300 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: February  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Developing and optimising chemical and biotechnological processes plays a key role in modern society, where it is predicted that the industry of the future will be characterised by environmentally correct and energy-efficient production. As a graduate engineer in process technology, you will develop the processes of the future which will ensure that chemical and biotechnological knowledge finds sustainable applications benefiting society as a whole.

Personal and technological development

The theme of the degree programme is the development and optimisation of processes in the chemical and biotech industries. If you have a background in chemistry and technology and choose to pursue this specialisation at MSc level, you will be able to work with developing green chemical processes. If, on the other hand, you have a background in biotechnology and choose to pursue this specialisation further, you will have an opportunity to work in areas such as developing the enzymes to be used in green production or generating novel ways to produce bioethanol.

Structure, chemistry and molecular biology

The MSc in Process Technology programme is offered by Aarhus University in collaboration with the Aarhus School of Engineering. The degree programme has two lines: chemistry and biotechnology. Depending on your background, the degree programme leads to the title of graduate engineer or MSc (Engineering). In addition to a high academic level in chemistry or biotechnology, the MSc in Process Technology programme provides insight and competencies in the following subjects:

* Process optimisation
* Planning and project design
* Environmental issues
* Management and control

During the first year of the degree programme, learning is mainly based on lectures and theoretical exercises, while the second year mainly involves project work, where students work closely together with companies. The MSc programme is finalised by a major project where the student gets the chance to work independently on a project. A student hungry for more has the possibility of continuing as a PhD student. Here the student adds three extra years to the studies, working more independently on solving concrete problems. This can also take the form of a commercial PhD.

Intersection of research and practice

The 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. At the Aarhus School of Engineering, you encounter a longstanding tradition of collaboration with the business community, which greatly influences the teaching.

Hand in hand with the business community

The MSc in Process Technology programme is closely linked to the active research and development environment that exists in the Aarhus region. Through the close interaction with companies during the MSc programme, the students become better prepared to meet the future challenges in large companies such as Merck, Dupont and Bayer, to mention a few.


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


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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 560
TOEFL iBT® test: 83

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