Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (SDC)

The MSc program in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC) is an international MSc program that leads to a double degree from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS).

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

The program offers a high profile, research-based MSc education in an inspiring environment with students and teachers from Denmark and China. It focuses on theoretical, experimental and practical aspects of chemical and biochemical engineering that are of relevance for product design, process design and production in chemistry, biotechnology, food, pharm and energy.

Key elements are:

  • Processes rooted in chemical or biochemical engineering, but applicable to the biomass and energy field.
  • Cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural design and development.
  • Sustainability of biomass based chemical production and fuel conversion.
  • Knowledge about Chinese culture and business environment integrated in the programme.

The MSc program gives you a solid starting point for contributing to the development of your society, bringing chemical and biochemical innovation from laboratories to useful production. Graduates are qualified to work in innovation driven enterprises of any size.

For some graduates the MSc degree will be the starting point for PhD or industrial PhD studies.

You will be specially qualified to work in challenging international environments.

Your base in this intercultural program makes an international consulting career a possibility.

Admission to the master's programme in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Biomass and Energy, is based on the applicant holding a bachelor degree in chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, chemical technology, biotechnology, or related fields. Specifically, the following prerequisites apply: 

1.A strong, working knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences based on 1-1½ years formal courses
(60-90 ECTS), distributed among different subject areas approximately thus:
Engineering Mathematics 20-30 ECTS
Organic and inorganic chemistry 20-30 ECTS
Thermodynamics and physical chemistry 10-15 ECTS
Physics 10-15 ECTS
Total, mathematics and natural sciences 60-90 ECTS
2.Basics of chemical and biochemical engineering based on ½-1 year of formal courses (30-60 ECTS), distributed
among different subject areas approximately thus:
Applied thermodynamics, mass and heat transfer, unit operations with laboratory 15-25 ECTS
Mathematical modeling, advanced engineering mathematics, process control, dynamics 05-15 ECTS
Chemical kinetics and reaction engineering 05-10 ECTS
Basic life science, biochemistry, fermentation technology 05-10 ECTS
Total, chemical and biochemical engineering basics 30-60 ECTS
3.High-level English language proficiency.
Prospective applicants with other backgrounds than chemical or biochemical engineering or technology
should contact the head of the educational program before applying.


How to apply

Application form for Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (SDC)

For Chinese applicants

According to national legislation in China, Chinese citizens cannot apply for admission to Chemical and Biochemical Engineering through a Danish university. Instead, Chinese Citizens must apply for admission through the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

To obtain the degree MSc in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering the student must

  • Pass examinations in mandatory courses, consisting of general competence (GC) and technological specialization (TS) courses, adding up to 90 ECTS points,
  • Complete a Master Thesis work of 30 ECTS points within the field of the program.

The courses and their semester placements are shown below:

Semester 1
Type Course name ECTS SDC DTU #
GC Transport Processes 10 TP 28530
TS Industrial Reaction Engineering 7.5 BIO 28443
TS Industrial BioReaction Engineering 05 IRE 28345
TS Biorefinery 05 EXP 28872
TS Laboratory Experiments Cont. EXP -
TS Progress in Research Cont. PIR -
Semester 2
Type Course Name ECTS SDC DTU #
GC Process Design - Principles and Methods 10 PRO 28350
TS Coating Science and Technology 05 -
TS Green Challeng 05 -
TS Green Chemical Engineering 05 GRE -
TS Summer School in Unit Operations 7.5 -
TS Laboratory Experiments Cont. -
TS Progress in Research Cont. -
TS Research Immersion 7.5 28891
Semester 3
Type Course name ECTS SDC DTU #
GC Technology, Economics, Management and Organization 10 TEM 42490
TS Fluidization and Multiphase Flow 05 FLD -
TS Combustion and High Temperature Processes 05 COM 28244
Progress in Research 05 -
Laboratory Experiments 05 -
Semester 4
Type Course name ECTS SDC DTU #
Master's thesis Work 30 TH -

The abbreviation "Cont." in the ECTS column indicates that the course continues the following semester. The ECTS credits for any course are shown in the semester in which the course is completed. The column “DTU #” shows the course numbers of DTU courses partly or fully equivalent with SDC courses. Summer School in Unit Operations and part of the Green Challenge course are expected to take place at DTU. Research Immersion is only offered to students who have taken a laboratory course in unit operations at DTU Chemical Engineering during bachelor study.

Teaching schedule
The courses are primarily organized in 3-week blocks, each covering 5 ECTS points. Some of the 5 ECTS courses, including Biorefinery, Laboratory Experiments, and Green Challenge, are divided into 2 or more blocks. 10-ECST and 7.5-ECTS courses are carried out in a continuous block lasting for 4.5-6 weeks, or divided into two blocks.

Progress in Research consists of 12 lectures on current research topics evenly distributed over semester 1-3. Each lecture is assigned a half-day for the lecture and some follow-up work, but additional homework will be expected. The lecture days are placed as needed in the regular 3- week blocks of other courses. In each semester, a dedicated week is allocated for writing the Progress in Research reports.

This organization of the teaching provides an opportunity for concentrated and in-depth work with each subject, allowing for close contact with teachers and teaching assistants in each course period.

The program leads to a double degree from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). Hence exams follow regulations applying to DTU, and that means that some exams are assessed with participation of ministerially appointed external examiners from the official Danish Corps of External Examiners.

Written and oral exams contributing in part or in full to the final grade are usually assessed by internal examiners, with some of the exams involving the participation of external examiners. Project reports, homework solutions, and essays may be assessed by the teachers only. No external examiner participates if the course evaluation is characterized as “internal”. The MSc Thesis must always be assessed by an external examiner, who must also be present at the oral presentation of the project. At least 1/3 of the ECTS points (including MSc Thesis) should be earned with participation of an external examiner.

All courses and the MSc Thesis will receive a grade in the Danish scales (either the 7-step numerical scale or the two-step pass/not passed scale) for the MSc degree from DTU, and a grade in the Chinese scales (either 100 point-based scale or the two-step pass/not passed scale) for the MSc degree from UCAS. At least 2/3 of the ECTS points must be earned through courses (including MSc Thesis) assessed using the Danish 7-step scale and Chinese 100 point-based scale.