Prerequisites

Academic requirements for this programme

Regardless of one's background, basic knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology is essential in order to understand the biological problems that are addressed in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. It is also an advantage to know basic computer programming. We therefore very strongly recommend that all prospective students should make sure to build competences in these fields, for instance by taking elective courses during their BSc, or perhaps by self-study. We suggest courses corresponding to a minimum of 5 ECTS in molecular biology, and 5 ECTS in computer programming (any programming language will be fine).

National Applicants (holding a Bachelor from Denmark)

Prerequisites, Bachelor of Science in Engineering from DTU

Students holding a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Human Life Science Engineering
  • Life Science Engineering
  • Mathematics and Technology
  • Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling

have legal right of admission to the MSc Eng. programme in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology.

The following Bachelor of Science programmes give students access to admission to the MSc Eng programme in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology:

  • Chemistry and Technology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Physics (Physics and Nanotechnology)
  • General Engineering (Living Systems)

Students with a BSc Eng. degree in other fields can also be accepted provided they have acquired basic competences in the fields of molecular biology and biochemistry (for example course 27002 Life Science). The competencies and qualifications of the applicants will be considered individually based on the material submitted together with the application form.  

Prerequisites, Bachelors in Engineering from DTU

Students holding a bachelor in Engineering in:

  • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

may be admitted to the MSc Eng. in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology after individual assessment.

Prerequisites, Bachelors of Natural Science from other universities

Students holding a BSc in natural science may be admitted. The competencies and qualifications of the applicants will be considered individually based on the material submitted together with the application form. In general it is an advantage that students have a solid knowledge of basic molecular biology and some knowledge of basic programming. We suggest that applicants should have competences corresponding to:

  • At least 5 ECTS points basic molecular biology - 27002 Life Science
  • At least 5 ECTS points basic programming - 02631 Introduction to programming and data processing

 

International Applicants (holding a Bachelor from outside Denmark)

Prerequisites, Bachelors from other universities

Students holding a BSc in engineering or natural science may be admitted. The competencies and qualifications of the applicants will be considered individually based on the material submitted together with the application form. In general it is an advantage that students have a solid knowledge of basic molecular biology and some knowledge of basic programming. We suggest that applicants should have competences corresponding to:

  • At least 5 ECTS points basic molecular biology - 27002 Life Science
  • At least 5 ECTS points basic programming - 02631 Introduction to programming and data processing

General admission requirements

Only applicants holding a relevant Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering (diplomingeniøruddannelse) or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering programme. The bachelor's degree must be less than ten years old.

The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants must complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified as a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.

The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor's programme or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng programme. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.

Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng programme do not form part of the MSc Eng programme, and tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the specified deadlines, the conditional admission to the programme is withdrawn.

The Master of Science in Engineering programmes are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL, CAE) https://www.dtu.dk/english/education/graduate/admission-and-deadlines/language_test_requirements

DTU offers an Honours Programme as part of all MSc  Eng. programmes. The admission requirements are described at https://www.dtu.dk/english/education/graduate/honours-programmes

Specific prerequisites for the Industry MSc Eng Programmes

The prerequisites are similar to the specific ones that apply to the 2-year-programmes, but in addition, the applicant must have a job relevant to the studies with a workload of at least 25 hours a week, or the applicant may be self-employed in a start-up company. Read more about the rules on https://www.dtu.dk/english/education/graduate/industry-master-of-science-in-engineering