Biotechnology, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The Master in Biotechnology at Aalborg University teaches students how to test and create biotechnological products such as fuels, foods and pharmaceuticals. This biotechnology Master’s degree includes topics like cell biology, genomics, bioinformatics, and protein chemistry. Learn to work with enzymes and microorganisms to purify wastewater, convert it into energy and more.


Biotechnology at Aalborg University, Denmark, combines biology, chemistry, medicine, and engineering sciences for the discovery, development and production of an enormous variety of well-known or novel products ranging from fuels and foods over complex proteins to specialised pharmaceuticals and whole organisms with novel abilities.

Classical plant and animal productions are nowadays relying on modern biotechnology. The same is true for the treatment of our waste water and other waste streams that in some cases can be converted into energy or valuable products by the action of specialised enzymes or microorganisms. Biotechnology is bound to have a very strong influence on our future lives and development.

At the Master programme in Biotechnology, you will work with biological molecules, gene technologies, and microbial and cell cultures. In the courses, you will learn about cell biology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, protein chemistry and more.

Every semester you will also carry out an experimental research project where you will make use of the methods and the knowledge taught in the courses, and where you have time to acquire in-depth understanding of specific subjects of your own interest.

Job and Career

With a MSc in Biotechnology, you have many different career paths to choose from, depending on your choice of direction. You can work with for instance:

  • research
  • development
  • management and production in biotechnological and medical industries
  • in the food industry
  • in teaching and education

Successful graduates will also be qualified to apply for further PhD studies.

    Examples of Graduate Destinations
  • Engineer at Arla - working with purification of interesting molecules from milk products
  • Team leader at Novozymes - working with purification of enzymes from fermentation fluids
  • Chemical engineer at Novo Nordisk - working with upscaling of microbial production processes
  • Chemical engineer at Novo Nordisk - working with quality control in relation to insulin production
  • Chemical engineer at Novo Nordisk - working with hygiene and quality control
  • Hospital chemist at Slagelse county hospital in Denmark
  • Chemist at Novacta Biosystems in Hertfordshire, UK

Programme Structure

1st semester
  • Experimental Molecular Biology or Molecular Biology in Medical Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Cell Biology, Immunology and Genetics
  • Microbial Biotechnology
2nd semester
  • Protein Science or Medical Protein Science
  • Protein Chemistry
  • Protein Structure
  • Carbohydrate Chemistry
3rd and 4th semester
  • Master's thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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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    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).

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    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

In general, admission to the International Programme in Biotechnology at the M.Sc. level requires a B.Sc. degree in relevant natural science and engineering disciplines.

All applicants are evaluated individually by the Study Board in charge of the Biotechnology programme at Aalborg University.

Please make sure you send your application form and further documentation via post to the International Office by the required deadline.

Furthermore please note the official language requirements for international students applying to Aalborg University are:

  • IELTS (academic test): 6.5
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 560
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 88
  • Cambridge First Certificate with the grade B

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12402 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12402 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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92,200 DKK

Living costs for Aalborg

  • 5790 - 8150 DKK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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