Four study lines are defined in the MSc. Eng in Biotechnology education, differentiating in their lists of technological specialization courses, but sharing a common list general competence courses.
It is possible to become MSc Eng without any study line designation, offering free choice of technological specialization courses among the lists from the four study lines.
Short description of the study lines:
- Biosystems engineers contribute to the transition towards a sustainable society by intelligent interference with complex biological systems within health, biomanufacturing, and environmental ecology.
- Within this study line, you will obtain competences in analysis, modeling, and altering the regulatory and competitive interactions between cells in cultures, consortia or microbial-host interactions.
- Focus areas include optimization of cellular interactions using techniques and knowledge from systems biology, microbial physiology, regulatory networks, ecology, genetics, natural product chemistry, probiotics, microbial pathogenecity, consortia, biofilm performance, biocontrol, adaptive evolution, and immunology.
Cell Factory Engineering (CFE):
- Cell Factory engineers contribute to the transition towards a sustainable society by supplying genetically engineered cell factories for fermentation-based production of proteins or biochemicals.
- Within this study line, you will obtain competences in designing, constructing, and optimizing cell factories using either bacterial, yeast, molds, plant or animal cell cultures.
- Focus areas include optimization of cellular performance using techniques and knowledge from synthetic biology, genetic engineering, secondary metabolites, cell physiology, and regulatory networks.
- Protein engineers contribute to the transition towards a sustainable society by optimizing enzyme-based production and degradation of various substances, thereby outcompeting current environmentally damaging solutions.
- Within this study line, you will obtain competences in analysis and prediction of how the 3D structure of a protein is related to its specific function; and to evaluate how specific proteins should be produced, purified, analyzed, and utilized in industrial processes.
- Focus areas include optimization of protein performance and production using techniques and knowledge from protein design and optimization, protein purification, quality control, crystal structure determination, 3D structure prediction, physical properties, enzyme specificity and kinetics, assay design, and complex enzyme reactions.
Fermentation Based Biomanufacturing (FBM):
- Fermentation Bio-engineers contribute to the transition towards a sustainable society by optimizing cell factory based production of proteins and biochemicals thereby outcompeting environmentally damaging production methods.
- Within this study line, you will obtain competences in designing, implementing, and operating fermentation processes by combining cell factory engineering and process technology.
- Focus areas include optimization of fermentation processes using techniques and knowledge from genetic engineering, cell physiology, bioreactor design, downstream processing, waste handling, and life cycle analysis.