MSc in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering

General

Program Description

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.

Student life

The Department of Engineering 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.

Careers

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.

For students from the United States

Study at a world-leading institution in Denmark. We offer more than 50 programmes taught in English. Join us in Scandinavia in one of the happiest countries on Earth.

Funding and scholarships

Aarhus University offers a limited number of scholarships to the most talented applicants from outside Europe.

Tuition fees for our Master’s programmes are between €8,000-14,500 per year.

Loan programme

Aarhus University also participates in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Programme.

Connect with our students!

Are you considering applying for a programme at Aarhus University but still have tons of questions? Then why not talk to one of our current American students to get their view on student life in Denmark.

Living costs

Denmark is often considered expensive to international students, but student housing is often very affordable compared to other countries and services such as medical treatment is free of charge. See an example budget for one month in Aarhus. Please note that expenses often vary from person to person.

Estimated Student Budget For One Month in Aarhus
Rent: $500*
Food and utilities: $330
Phone and internet: $50
Local transport: $30
Books and study supplies: $30
Other expenses - like a gym membership, streaming etc: $110
Total: $1050

*Rent in student housing varies between $360-600 per month. Some have internet included.

For me, Denmark hasn’t turned out to be more expensive than what I was used to. Most things here cost about the same as they would in a city in the US. Some things, like rents, are actually cheaper. Things that seem expensive at first, like restaurant meals or haircuts, end up costing the same because you don’t have to tip here. And a lot of my classmates like to cook, so we often get together for potluck meals, or we all bring wine and snacks and have a cosy night in. I strongly recommend anyone on a budget to make a point of asking their Danish classmates what they do to keep their spending down. I got lots of great tips that way, like which grocery stores are cheaper or which stores and restaurants give student discounts.


Elisabeth Lauer
, Student, MA in Intercultural Studies programme, from the United States

Student life

Being a student at Aarhus University might differ from the U.S. First of all many non-academic activities such as sports and music are not organized by the university. Still, there is a ton of activities for students in Aarhus, so you will be sure to have an amazing time here.

A place to start is Studenterhus Aarhus which offers activities for all students in Aarhus. These include a weekly International Night, trips around Denmark and much more. It is also possible to get involved as a volunteer and thereby grow your network in Denmark.

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Last updated Aug 2020

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