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Biotechnology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Aalborg, Denmark
The Master in Biotechnology at Aalborg University teaches students how to test and create biotechnological products such as fuels, foods and pharmaceuticals. This biotechnology Master’s degree includes topics like cell biology, genomics, bioinformatics, and protein chemistry. Learn to work with enzymes and microorganisms to purify wastewater, convert it into energy and more.
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Biotechnology at Aalborg University, Denmark, combines biology, chemistry, medicine, and engineering sciences for the discovery, development and production of an enormous variety of well-known or novel products ranging from fuels and foods over complex proteins to specialised pharmaceuticals and whole organisms with novel abilities.

Classical plant and animal productions are nowadays relying on modern biotechnology. The same is true for the treatment of our waste water and other waste streams that in some cases can be converted into energy or valuable products by the action of specialised enzymes or microorganisms. Biotechnology is bound to have a very strong influence on our future lives and development.

At the Master programme in Biotechnology, you will work with biological molecules, gene technologies, and microbial and cell cultures. In the courses, you will learn about cell biology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, protein chemistry and more.

Every semester you will also carry out an experimental research project where you will make use of the methods and the knowledge taught in the courses, and where you have time to acquire in-depth understanding of specific subjects of your own interest.

Job and Career

With a MSc in Biotechnology, you have many different career paths to choose from, depending on your choice of direction. You can work with for instance:

  • research
  • development
  • management and production in biotechnological and medical industries
  • in the food industry
  • in teaching and education

Successful graduates will also be qualified to apply for further PhD studies.

    Examples of Graduate Destinations

  • Engineer at Arla - working with purification of interesting molecules from milk products
  • Team leader at Novozymes - working with purification of enzymes from fermentation fluids
  • Chemical engineer at Novo Nordisk - working with upscaling of microbial production processes
  • Chemical engineer at Novo Nordisk - working with quality control in relation to insulin production
  • Chemical engineer at Novo Nordisk - working with hygiene and quality control
  • Hospital chemist at Slagelse county hospital in Denmark
  • Chemist at Novacta Biosystems in Hertfordshire, UK

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Protein Chemistry
  • Protein Structure 
  • Carbohydrate Chemistry
  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Protein Biophysics
  • Bioprocess Technology
  • Genomics
  • Environmental Biotechnology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

n general, admission to the International Programme in Biotechnology at the M.Sc. level requires a B.Sc. degree in relevant engineering or natural science disciplines.All applicants are evaluated individually by the Study Board in charge of the Biotechnology programme at Aalborg University.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13345 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13345 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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94,600 DKK

Living costs for Aalborg

  • 5936 - 8300 DKK/month
    Living Costs

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