Human Life Science Engineering

Human Life Science Engineering is a study programme focusing on the overlap between biology, chemistry, and technology. You will acquire unique competences that put you on the front line in relation to developing products that fight disease or improve human health.


What will you learn?

Many companies in the food industry are committed to making healthier products. The pharmaceutical industry also needs to use the latest advances in biotechnology and molecular biology to make new and better drugs. This is where you come into the picture, as you will be a specialist in discovering, designing, and manufacturing healthy foodstuffs and more effective drugs. Human Life Science Engineering is an exciting study programme with an emphasis on applying the latest technologies. Its interdisciplinary content will give you broad-based knowledge—and a comprehensive understanding—of the biological and chemical processes that determine whether we stay fit and well.


Study programme structure

The programme attaches great importance to using modern, creative forms of teaching, in which theory is combined with hands-on laboratory and computer practicals involving realistic problems. We have the largest student laboratories in northern Europe for genetically modified microorganisms, and a broad partnership with the industry, making it possible to create exciting projects in cooperation with companies. Along the way you will also learn to communicate your knowledge and work in teams to complete research-based project tasks—all skills that are highly sought after in the industry. You select which electives to study based on the MSc programme you wish to continue on.


Career opportunities

In combination with an MSc, you will be well equipped for a career in the drug or food industry. MSc options you can choose to pursue include Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering, Biotechnology, Food Technology, and Bioinformatics and Systems biology. As a graduate engineer, you might work on developing protein-based drugs at Novo Nordisk or Symphogen, developing new drugs and designing new pharmaceutical production plant at Lundbeck or Leo Pharma, or exploiting knowledge of the importance of diet for health in the development of new health-promoting foods and functional food ingredients at Danisco or Arla Foods.
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With more than 400 courses in English from the third year onwards, DTU offers a uniquely flexible course structure.

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