Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling

Do you love biology and are you good at mathematics? As our knowledge of the development of serious diseases increases, it is becoming increasingly difficult to understand the contributory role of various factors in the overall pathological picture. A new type of engineer is therefore needed that can quantify biology using computers and equations, in addition to test tubes, bacteria, and animal models. As an engineer in quantitative biology and disease modelling, you can make a difference by making disease prevention and treatment more effective.


What will you learn?

Using quantitative biology, the different parts of a biological system can be integrated into a manageable mathematical computer model. Computer models of biological systems make it possible to understand how complex diseases in humans and animals arise, develop, and are treated. Examples include cancer, diabetes, and neurological and immunological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and allergies.

In the future, computer models will also be a necessary tool for identifying and testing new active substances or treatment methods in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries. During your studies, you will learn advanced mathematics, enabling you to describe biological processes, and you will learn about diseases, so you can combine biological data into mathematical models that describe biology and diseases in a new and tangible manner. You will also learn about programming, molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology, and pathophysiology.

Study programme structure

Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling is jointly offered by DTU and the University of Copenhagen. The study programme exploits the unique technical and medical science competences of the two universities. We recommend the same subjects for everyone during the first three semesters, slight variations in the fourth semester, and greater divergence during the fifth and sixth semesters, as you become more aware of what you are passionate about and whether there is a certain disease you want to specialize in.


Career opportunities

With a BSc in Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling you can choose to continue on to an MSc programme within the same field, or another MSc programme in life sciences at DTU or the University of Copenhagen. MSc graduates can find employment in industrial and research enterprises and public-sector organizations active in the field of life sciences. You will typically be involved in the design, development, and application of systems for processing, analysis, simulation, and modelling of biological data.

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