MSc in Biology-Biotechnology

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Program Description

MSc in Biology-Biotechnology

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

MSc in Biology-Biotechnology

As an MSc student of Biology-Biotechnology, you will be working with biotechnological problems related to health and diseases in humans, animals and plants across traditional boundaries.

The programme is offered in English.

Where biology teaches us to understand nature, biotechnology gives us the chance to use it. You are, for example, able to innovatively use biology and biotechnology to develop commercial products such as drugs.

Or you can study how stem cells can be used to prevent diabetes, or how plants and microorganisms can be used to produce cancer drugs.

Throughout the programme there is a strong focus on innovation and collaboration with relevant índustries. The two-year programme consists of a wide selection of elective courses, which makes it possible for you to create a profile that matches your personal interests.

Profile and Career

In the Biology-Biotechnology MSc programme you will learn how to identify and solve problems in relation to biological production.

Competence Description

With an MSc degree in Biology-Biotechnology, you will, among other things, be able to:

  • Use living organisms such as plants and animals to produce non-allergenic foods or biomedicine as an alternative to chemically produced medicine.
  • Make organisms more resistant to the future environment and climate.
  • Switch on and off genes which increase the utilisation value of plants or animals for food, energy etc.
  • Develop biomedicine, bioactive components and solutions which benefit health.
  • Map biological processes in living cells through changing the organism’s genes.
  • Discuss ethical issues relating to the latest developments within the natural sciences.

The programme provides good opportunities for study stays abroad.

Career opportunities

With an MSc degree in Biology-Biotechnology, your knowledge, communication skills and your experimental competences ensure that you have good career opportunities within many areas in Denmark as well as abroad:

  • You can work within research and development in public and private companies such as Novo Nordisk, Chr. Hansen and Novozymes.
  • You can work in companies producing foods, enzymes, drugs, textiles, new energy resources or environmentally beneficial processes.
  • You can also work with management, risk analysis, teaching and communication in either public or private companies.
  • There are also good opportunities for continuing your research at the Faculty of Science as the faculty’s biotechnological research is at a high, internationally recognised level, particularly in the molecular field involving foods, plants and animals.

Programme Structure

In addition to a compulsory course on biotechnological innovation, the programme consists of a wide selection of elective courses, which makes it possible for you to compose a profile matching your personal interests.

During the introductory compulsory course, you work with all phases of biotechnological product development, from initial idea to finished product.

Subsequently, you can, for example, choose to specialise within:

  • Specific organisms (animals, plants or microbes).
  • Methods such as bioinformatics, nanobiotechnology or bioprocess technology.
  • A specific subject area such as, for example, pharmacology, toxicology, enzymology, genetics or cell biology.

No matter what you choose as your area of specialisation, you will get an education which develops your analytical skills and, via solid experience with laboratory work in cutting-edge research facilities, enables you to find innovative solutions to specific problems in collaboration with the industry.


The programme is concluded with a thesis where, over a one-year period, you have the chance to work in depth with a biotechnological issue that you are enthusiastic about. It is an advantage if you have an idea for a subject that can be the focus of your thesis early on. Then, in collaboration with your supervisor, you can select the elective courses that will match the academic profile you are developing.

You have the opportunity to work both in laboratories and with data analysis, and your thesis may relate to your supervisor’s research or can be prepared in collaboration with other research institutions or relevant companies.

Recently completed projects have, for example, been done in collaboration with Novo Nordisk, Chr. Hansen and Oxford University. These projects have studied the significance of genes for diabetes or obesity or the use of plants and microorganisms for the production of drugs and other therapeutic products.

Other examples of thesis subjects:

  • Bacteria that produce vanilla
  • Frost-resistant tomatoes – genetic engineering of enzymes from arctic fish
  • Genes in grass – producing grass specially for golf courses
  • Cell recognition and drugs for specific cells
  • Non-slurry smelling pigs with biotechnology

Teaching on the MSc programme in Biology-Biotechnology

Instruction is in the form of lectures, seminars, practical and theoretical exercises, and there will be a good deal of project work. You will be working independently as well as in project groups.

There is a well-established collaboration between students and the business community that ensures excellent prospects for internships or project collaborations, providing you with a unique experience and a good network.

In order to prepare you for the international labour market, the programme is taught in English. This means that lectures are in English, as are your reports.

You will also be in contact with the real world as you will be working with the challenges that are also important outside the University’s walls.

 When and how to apply

The application procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens

  • Make sure to check the admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Service if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
  • From 1 February to 1 April you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 1 April (Fall Semester).
  • After 1 April application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee.
  • You will receive a response no later than 15 June.
  • Study start 1 September 2014.

Application Procedure Non-EU/EEA Citizens

  • Make sure to check the programme admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Services if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • From 15 November to 15 January you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 15 January (Fall Semester).
  • Your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee between 15 January and 15 March: All applicants offered admission will receive an invoice for tuition fees which must be paid by 15 April
  • If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received your tuition fee payment.
  • 1 May is the deadline for applying for your residence permit.

Checklist for Documentation

In order to make sure we have all the information needed to evaluate your past achievements and future potential, you are required to submit the following items:

  • An original or certified copy* of your academic transcript from your Bachelor degree. If the transcript is in a language other than English or a Scandinavian language, please include an official English translation.
  • A certified copy* of your Bachelor diploma. If you are yet to receive your diploma, please provide a letter from your university stating the date when the diploma will be issued.
  • Course descriptions of courses undertaken in your Bachelor degree relevant to the programme you are applying for. These can be in the form of photocopies from your university's academic handbook/course lists or print-outs from the university's website. They should describe what was required of you to complete the courses, what was studied and hours of study. These course descriptions allow us to understand exactly what you have studied in your prior degree, and help us to determine whether you meet the requirements and are eligible for the MSc degree at the Faculty of Science.
  • An updated version of your C.V. (curriculum vitae)/résumé A photo is not necessary.
  • A photocopy of your passport. Should you have more than one passport (citizenship) please copy the passport with which you will use to travel to Denmark. NB: You must use your EU/EEA passport should you wish to be given a tuition fee waiver.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (not applicable to native English speakers) 1) Acceptable TOEFL/IELTS exam results (these test results should be sent to us separately from the test centre upon your request) OR 2) Proof that English was the language of instruction in your prior education. See more information on the language requirements.

* An official certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been certified as a true and correct copy by a person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration. Official certified copies are usually a photocopy of the original document stamped, signed and verified by an official in your country. Each country varies in whom is qualified to certify documents, however generally speaking your university, lawyers and embassies can certify documents for you, so that we can verify that what we have is a true replica of the original (and therefore determine if you are eligible for the MSc with us).

Please note that when you apply for admission through the digital application system, you are responsible for including and uploading all relevant documents listed in the application package as described above. If you do not have the necessary documentation at time of application you must instead upload an explanation. You can not continue the application process, if you fail to upload information when the application system requires it.

Please note that if you are admitted to an MSc programme at SCIENCE, you may be requested to present your original diploma and transcript at your arrival in Denmark. This will allow us to verify the documents.

If you have already applied digitally, you can always log on to the system and check up on the status of where in the application process your application currently is. Once your application is processed, you will also receive messages regarding your application through the online application system.

Application deadlines

  • EU/ EEA/Swiss applicants:   

1 April 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

  • Non EU/ EEA applicants:   

15 January 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Denmark Copenhagen
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price - No tuition fee - EU/EEA