24 months
15000 EUR/year
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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:

  • Biobusiness and Process Innovation

  • Innovation in Engineering

  • Facilitating Innovation in Multidisciplinary teams

  • Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments

  • Prokaryotic cell biology   

  • Metabolomics and proteomics   

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students enrolling into the MSc Eng programme need a broad range of competences within the biotechnological field as well as competences within chemistry and physics. A characteristic of engineers from DTU is a strong background in mathematics, so a high level of mathematical competences is also needed.
  • The minimal set of competences required for entering the MSc Eng programme in Biotechnology, to secure an unproblematic educational process, is:
  • Biochemistry competences (corresponding to the 5 ETCS DTU course 27022)
  • Protein structure, function, and purification
  • Central metabolism
  • Enzymology and enzyme kinetics
  • Molecular biological competences (corresponding to the 5 ETCS DTU course 27026)
  • Structure and function of DNA and RNA
  • Details of macromolecular synthesis and its regulation: DNA replication, Transcription, Translation
  • Recombinant technology
  • Microbiological competences (corresponding to the 5 ETCS DTU course 27026)
  • Microbial growth physiology

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Copenhagen

7928 - 13456 DKK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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