MSc in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering

Aarhus University
2 years
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Master's degree
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MSc in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering

About this program

MSc in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering

Developing the Processes of the Future

Developing and optimising chemical and biotechnological processes plays a key role in modern society. Competitive industries will be environmentally sustainable, efficient in terms of resources and energy as well as technologically advanced. We provide our students with the knowledge and tools to enter and develop the industry of the future. In the first year of the Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering Program, laboratory exercises, practical exercises, and excursions play a key role in many courses in addition to lectures and theoretical exercises. The second year consists mainly of project work, which often involves students working closely with companies. Students with scientific ambitions have the possibility of continuing with a PhD, which can also involve industrial collaboration.

Admission requirements

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The degree Program focuses on the development and optimization of processes in the biotechnological and chemical industries and the environmental sector. If you have an engineering background in biotechnology and choose to pursue this specialization at the MSc level, you will be able to work within diverse areas, such as developing enzymes and proteins for use in medical (red), environmental (green) and industrial (white) production, lipid technology, biomaterial engineering, bioprocess engineering, computational systems biology, and medical biotechnology. On the other hand, if your background is in chemistry, you can pursue this specialization in order to work in areas such as food, polymer chemistry, catalysis and materials engineering, process technology, and membrane and separation technology. Whether your background is in biotechnology or chemistry, you will also be able to specialize in environmental or energy technology, leading to employment opportunities in areas such as wastewater treatment, biorefinery, air cleaning, and biogas production.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE
  • Others: €15,300

Career paths

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 Program is also monitored by representatives of biotechnological and chemical companies such as IFF, Arla, Aarhus Karlshamn (AAK), Aarhus Vand, BioMar, Eurofins, Lego, Palsgaard, Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, Lundbeck and FMC, all of which are interested in employing newly qualified graduates in biotechnology and chemical engineering.

About this institute

Welcome to Aarhus University in Denmark!

Established in 1928, Aarhus University has grown to be a world-leading research institution with a modern, dynamic and highly international study environment. It is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 100 educational institutions, and recently ranked 69th in...

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Why study at Aarhus University

An international and diverse university

Aarhus University is home to many international students and researchers – 12% of our students are international, from over 120 different countries! For that reason, English is our second language here at AU and we offer over 50 English-taught courses at either Bachelor’s or Master’s level. All our PhDs are English-taught. We also have a dedicated International Centre, to provide and introduction to living in Denmark and offer support and guidance.

Informal environment with focus on critical thinking

Teaching at AU takes place in an informal and inspiring environment, with a high focus on developing critical thinking skills and encouraging open debate. Professors at AU welcome discussions and value student insights to their classes. Furthermore, many courses at Aarhus University are interdisciplinary to give a students a well-rounded perspective of their chosen subject.

A comprehensive university

Aarhus University has five main faculties: Arts, Business and Social Sciences, Health, Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences. Each faculty is highly specialized with state of the art research facilities available for student use. Our faculties of Natural and Technical Sciences both have a special focus on sustainability and facilitating a green transition.

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Aarhus University

Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

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