The global community is investing massively in biotechnology. One of the most important objectives is to replace existing technologies with biological solutions for the sake of the environment. Just as important for individual countries is biotechnology’s ability to generate strong economic development. Denmark is a leader in this area, and as a biotech engineer you can help maintain and improve our position.

What will you learn?

On the Biotechnology study programme you learn to understand the living cell. You receive a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology and its applications. First you will learn how the living cell works by studying biochemistry and molecular microbiology. Then you learn to work with microorganisms as small, efficient, eco-friendly chemical plants, and how to use them to produce drugs in large fermentation tanks.

You will work with bioinformatics to analyse large amounts of biological data from biochips and nanodevices. You will also learn—in both theory and practice—how to alter the DNA in cells so that they can form new products or adapt to new environments. You will gain knowledge of how specific genes in pathogenic bacteria trick the immune system, and how to develop new forms of antibiotics that can effectively fight infection.

Study programme structure

You will be introduced to the latest biotech research involving microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry and mathematics. You will also become familiar with state-of-the-art chemical and biochemical production in industry. On the Biotechnology study programme there is great freedom to choose the subjects you want, so you can specialize in the area that interests you most. Three specializations have been proposed which you can choose among—or you can put together your own specialization.

Career opportunities

Once you have completed your BSc, you can go on to do an MSc in Biotechnology or Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. Biotechnology engineers often work in the biotech, pharmaceutical, or food industries, or the research community. There are good career opportunities in Denmark—which hosts some of the world’s leading biotech companies—and in the rest of the world, where biotech engineers are in high demand in a global industry.

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