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For students in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering

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. During your very first week, you structure your own individual study programme with the help of a research from Aarhus University School of Engineering 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.

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

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. 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.

Personal and technological development

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. If your background is in chemistry or biotechnology, you can specialise in environmental technology, where you will have the possibility to work with areas such as odour monitoring in farming and biogas production.

In addition to a high academic and engineering level in chemistry or biotechnology, the MSc Eng provides insight and competencies in the following subjects: advanced unit operations, modelling of chemical and biological processes, environmental issues, sensor technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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.

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

 

Future Cropping scholarships for highly talented students

Each year, Aarhus University offers a limited number of Future Cropping scholarships in order to give highly talented students the opportunity to conduct their Master’s studies at AU.

Students from the Republic of Korea, India, United States, Brazil, Japan and China are eligible for application. The selected students will receive a full tuition waiver including a monthly scholarship of DKK 8,300 towards living expenses.

The scholarships will give candidates the opportunity to complete a two-year Master’s degree programme at the faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

The two successful students will be linked to specific Future Cropping activities and will be expected to do an internship or a research project with a company within the Future Cropping programme. The students will each be assigned a mentor at their department.

Read more about Future Cropping scholarship

The teaching calendar

A year divided into four terms

The teaching is divided into terms with four terms per year. Each term consists of a block of seven weeks followed by an examination period of 2-4 weeks.

When applying for the program you specify which subject of study you wish to follow. For each of the three subjects of study a diagram of the first six terms is established. During each term you are supposed to attend to 3 courses. On the 5th term it is possible for you to attend to a preparation course prior to your Master project which starts on the 6th term and ends on the 8th term.

Master thesis

Future Cropping scholarships for highly talented students

Each year, Aarhus University offers a limited number of Future Cropping scholarships in order to give highly talented students the opportunity to conduct their Master’s studies at AU.

Students from the Republic of Korea, India, United States, Brazil, Japan and China are eligible for application. The selected students will receive a full tuition waiver including a monthly scholarship of DKK 8,300 towards living expenses.

The scholarships will give candidates the opportunity to complete a two-year Master’s degree programme at the faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

The two successful students will be linked to specific Future Cropping activities and will be expected to do an internship or a research project with a company within the Future Cropping programme. The students will each be assigned a mentor at their department.

Read more about Future Cropping scholarship

Career and job profile

Career profile

The MSc Eng in Chemistry and Biotechnology is closely linked to the active research and development environment that exists in the Aarhus region. Through close interaction with companies during the MSc Eng programme, the students become better prepared to meet future challenges in large companies such as Merck, Dupont and Bayer, to mention only a few. Students are strongly encouraged to spend time abroad, either as exchange students at a university abroad or during the master project.

 

Competence profile

With a Master’s degree in chemistry and biotechnology, you have the following competences:  

  • 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

The University of Aarhus educates graduate engineers in process technology for the regional, national and international job markets. Graduates from the Aarhus University School of Engineering, find 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.

 

Link to Aarhus University Job and Projekt bank