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Master of Science in Engineering

About the programme
Language: English  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September and January / February


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.

During the first year of the degree programme, learning is mainly based on lectures and theoretical exercises. The second year mainly involves project work, whereby 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.

Choosing your specialisation

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.

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 to work with researchers in the laboratory, or you can complete a project in collaboration with a private company.

Research at the department

At the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at Aarhus University, we create sustainable, technological solutions to some of the biggest challenges faced by businesses and society through research and development.

Meet the students

Admission requirements

The following Bachelor's degrees qualify students for admission to the Master of science in Engineering degree programme in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering if mathematical competences on a Bachelor level in extent and content equal to at least 20 ECTS in Calculus, Linear Algebra, Probability Theory and Statistics, equally distributed, can be documented.

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering or Biotechnology from a Danish university.
  • A Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering or Biotechnology from a Danish University or University School of Engineering if either 1) 15 ECTS in Chemistry, 30 ECTS in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology or similar and 15 ECTS in technology-related courses can be documented, or 2) 40 ECTS in Chemistry as well as 20 ECTS in technology-related courses can be documented. 
  • A Bachelor of Science degree can provide admission to the graduate engineer degree programme if either 1) 15 ECTS in Chemistry, 30 ECTS in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology or similar and 15 ECTS in technology-related courses can be documented or 2) 40 ECTS in Chemistry as well as 20 ECTS in technology-related courses can be documented, and the over-all academic requirements for the graduate engineer degree programme can be met.
  • Other qualifications can provide admission to the graduate engineer degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above. 

In connection with possible admission, further requirements can be stipulated regarding the composition of the degree programme. 

Language requirements

To qualify for admission to English language programmes you must document English language qualifications comparable to an "English B level" in the Danish upper secondary school (Danish upper secondary school level). See the general English language requirements.

Limited intake from summer admission 2025

From the summer admission 2025 the following will take effect. The Master’s degree programme only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

Allocation of student places is based on an overall assessment, and availability of seats in the track of Biotechnology and track of Chemical Engineering. In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assess applicants on the basis of the following criteria:

Academic background

  • Overall grade level – Bachelor’s degree
  • Grades achieved on relevant courses*
  • Relevant courses* (measured in credit units) included in your Bachelor’s degree

* Relevant courses include core courses within the subject areas of Mathematics, Chemistry, Technology-related courses, and (only for the track of Biotechnology) Biotechnology and Molecular Biology.

Please note that grades obtained after the time of application cannot be included in the assessment of grade level.

The admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the information provided in diplomas, transcripts, and course descriptions.

Programme structure

The Master’s degree in chemistry and biotechnology 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. You structure your own individual study programme with the help of a researcher by choosing courses from the course catalogue. Your programme is based on your academic qualifications and interests and the subjects you studied for your Bachelor’s degree. The plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations. The teaching is divided into two semesters per year.

Compulsory Courses Chemical Engineering


Sensors and Process Control - 10 ECTS
Transport Phenomena - 5 ECTS


Applied Innovation in Engineering 5 ECTS
Modern Chemical Process Technologies - 10 ECTS




Compulsory Courses Biotechnology



Lipid Biotechnology - 5 ECTS
Protein and Carbohydrate Biotechnology - 10 ECTS




Applied Innovation in Engineering 5 ECTS
Microbial Biotechnology - 5 ECTS
Industrial Bioseparation Technology - 5 ECTS

Specialised study packages


Applied Lipid and Protein Biotechnology
Applied Lipid Biotechnology - 5 ECTS
Applied Protein Biotechnology - 10 ECTS

Lipid Biotechnology - 5 ECTS
Protein and Carbohydrate Biotechnology - 10 ECTS

Biomaterial Engineering
Tissue Engineering - 5 ECTS
Biofabrication - 10 ECTS

Energy and Storage
Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies - 10 ECTS
Renewable Energy Technologies 5 ECT

Environmental Technology
Air Treatment Technologies - 5 ECTS
Water Treatment Technologies - 10 ECTS

Process Technology
Sensors and Process Control -10 ECTS
Transport Phenomena - 5 ECTS

Plastic Materials
Advanced Polymer and Nanomaterials - 10 ECTS
Plastic Engineering - 5 ECTS


Biorefining Technology
Experimental Biorefining - 5 ECTS
Integrated Biorefining Technologies - 10 ECTS

Chemical Processing
Platform molecules – Production and Processes - 10 ECTS
Catalysis and Materials Engineering - 5 ECTS

Medical Biotechnology
Immunological Biotechnology - 10 ECTS
Biomolecular Interactions - 5 ECTS

Industrial Biotechnology
Microbial Cell Factories - 5 ECTS
Biocatalyses and Enzymatic Processes - 10 ECTS

Computational Systems Biology
Systems Biochemistry 10 ECTS
Applied Systems Biochemistry 5 ECTS

Academic regulations

For further information on the structure of the programme please see the academic regulations for master's degree programmes. 

Study Program diagram:

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.

Student life

Aarhus University has many social spaces where you can meet other students outside lessons and this is an excellent basis for social activities. There is an engineering club for staff and students through which students can network with like-minded people.  Like all departments, there is a popular Friday bar, and "De Studerendes Råd - RIA" organises celebrations and social events for all students.

Campus – a unique place

Aarhus University campus is unique, with buildings closely grouped together and surrounded by nature. The campus is conveniently situated close to the city centre, and student accommodation is readily available as long as you apply on time. There are a range of activities, ranging from running to regatta on the lake, as well as guest lectures, film screenings, and university events taking place throughout the year. To ensure student well-being, counselling services are available for students, to offer support and guidance during their time at Aarhus.

Aarhus as a city

As the second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus is a young and dynamic place with plenty of opportunities. The 40,000 students at the university make up 17.5% of the city’s population, which leaves its mark on city life. An attractive feature of Aarhus is that there are beaches and woods a short bike-ride away, as well as cultural events taking place throughout the year, including the Aarhus Festival in September. The theatres in the city and the ARoS international art museum offer many events that enable you to experience the Danish culture.

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Job functions for grads

The chart shows the five most common types of work for graduates 1-2 years after finishing their degree. The data is derived from a survey made by Epinion for the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and Aarhus University in 2020.

Competency profile

With a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering, you have the following competencies:  

  • You master the tasks of a graduate engineer and have a degree with a strong chemistry content.
  • You can independently plan, manage and implement projects and apply the results in scientifically relevant decision processes.
  • You can assess the applicability and appropriateness of theoretical, experimental and practical methodologies for the analysis and solution of scientific questions and issues.
  • You can structure your own competence development independently and critically.
  • You are able to systematically and critically familiarise yourself with new subject areas.
  • You can communicate academic questions and issues to both a scientific and a general audience.
  • You can collaborate constructively on a scientific basis to solve subject-related issues.

Job opportunities 

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 to benefit society as a whole.

The Aarhus University educates graduate engineers for the regional, national and international job markets. Graduates work in a wide range of fields and institutions.

The degree programme is monitored by a group consisting of members from chemical companies such as Aarhus Karlshamn, Cheminova, Dupont and Arla, all of which are interested in employing newly qualified graduate engineers in chemistry and biotechnology.

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