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Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
15000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Through the Biotechnology programme from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), you will build upon your fundamental knowledge of biochemistry, protein and enzyme science, microbiology, molecular biology, and fermentation process technology. 

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Sustainable production of biofuels, biochemicals, pharmaceuticals, clothes, food and other consumables is a necessary alternative to current production methods and requires massive education of engineers within biotechnology.

Biotechnology engineers work in all phases of society’s development towards bio based economy. Biochemical and molecular biological tasks include mining of genes, organisms, or natural compounds from natural resources as well as design and construction of recombinant cell-factories. Fermentation tasks include design, optimization, and running of small to large-scale fermentation processes. 

Other tasks include purification and quality control of proteins and biochemical - and most importantly, the invention of new methods to use biotechnology for the benefit of society. All of these tasks require specialized biotechnology engineers that are educated in a combination of scientific research and industrial application. 

Biotech industry is an expanding billion-dollar industry offering a promising future for Biotechnology engineers whether employed in a large biotech company or starting up small companies as bio-entrepreneurs.

Study programme focus

Through the Biotechnology programme from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) , you will learn to apply this knowledge on biotechnological problems, ranging from basic research issues to the development of new cell factories and the study of their performance in bioreactors. You will acquire the relevant competencies for collecting and analysing wide-ranging types of data using statistics, bioinformatics, and mathematical models.

Focus areas

To direct the studies towards the different tasks of the biotechnology engineer, four study lines are offered:

  • BioSystems Engineering
  • Cell factory Engineering
  • Protein Engineering
  • Fermentation Based BioManufacturing

Career opportunities

Bioengineers have many career opportunities in Denmark, which hosts some of the world’s leading biotech companies. In the rest of the world, biotechnology engineers are highly attractive in the global bio based industry which is experiencing rapid growth. DTU’s study programme in biotechnology is primarily a supplier of graduates and PhDs for, among others:

  • Biotech industry, e.g. Novozymes A/S and Novo Nordisk A/S
  • Pharmaceutical industry, e.g. LEO Pharma A/S and Lundbeck A/S
  • Food industry, e.g. Chr. Hansen A/S and Arla
  • Research community at universities in Denmark and abroad

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Entrepreneurship in Food and Bio Engineering
  • Beer brewing and safe food production
  • Chemical and Biochemical Product Design
  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and quality in pharma, biotech and food industry
  • Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship
  • Technology, economics, management and organisation (TEMO)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

To be admitted to a Master's degree program at DTU you must be either:

  • bachelor's degree in technical science or
  • diploma engineer or
  • bachelor in science.

The bachelor degree must be less than 10 years old.

The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants have to complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified in the form of a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)


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