Prerequisites

Academic requirements for this programme

A firm background in mathematics, natural sciences, and basics of chemical and biochemical engineering is the basis on which the programme is founded. Practical use of mathematics to describe process technology and reacting systems, and some knowledge of biotechnology are parts of the basis. Generally, applicants are expected to be able to use mathematical descriptions of processes and process equipment with ease. The general competence courses 28361 Chemical Engineering Model Analysis and 28530 Transport Processes (of which at least one must be passed) entail a significant amount of mathematically based problem analysis and solving.

National Applicants (holding a Bachelor from Denmark)

Prerequisites, Bachelor of Science in Engineering from DTU:

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Chemistry and Technology)

Applicants have a legal right to admission.

A successful MSc study is contingent on having the right prerequisites from the BSc education. Therefore it is strongly recommended that 01034/01035/01037 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2 is included among basic natural science courses (naturvidenskabelige grundfag), and that 28020 Introduction to Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, 28140 Introduction to Chemical Reaction Engineering, and 28160 Mathematical Models in Chemical Engineering are included among technological specialization courses (teknologiske linjefag) in the bachelor programme. Students interested in biochemical engineering should also include 27002/27008 Life Science or 27020 Interdisciplinary Bioengineering among the natural science courses. Most of the general competence and technological specialization courses in the MSc programme have one or more of these courses listed among the recommended prerequisites.

A few of the technological specialization courses have as prerequisite other basic courses (BSc level) which, depending on interests, may be included among the elective courses of the BSc studies. These basic courses are:

27022 Biochemistry 5 point Spring F4B (Fri 8-12)
28125 Chemical Unit Operations Laboratory 5 point January
or
28121 Chemical Unit Operations Laboratory 5 point Autumn and Spring
28150 Introduction to Process Control 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)
28221 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 5 point Spring F4A (Tues 13-17)

Applicants interested in the study line Fermentation Based Manufacturing (FBM) should preferably as additional prerequisites have knowledge or courses corresponding to 02402 Introduction to Statistics (or another introductory statistics course at the same level), 27026 Molecular Biology, and 27034 Fermentation Technology from their bachelor degree.

 

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Biotechnology)

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Human Life Science Engineering)

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Environmental Engineering)

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (General Engineering, Living Systems)

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Life Science Engineering)

Applicants from these five programmes have access to be admitted provided their BSc education includes the following courses in groups 1, 2, and 3:

Group 1: All three of

01025 Advanced Mathematics 2 for Mathematics and Technology 5 point Autumn E1A (Mon 8-12)
or
01037 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2 (Summer University) 5 point August
or
01035 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12), Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
or
01034 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2 5 point Autumn E1A (Mon 8-12)
26222 Physical Chemistry 2 5 point E7 (Tues 18-22)
or
26211 Biophysics and biophysical chemistry 5 point Spring F4B (Fri 8-12)
26400 Organic Chemistry 1 5 point Spring F5A (Wed 8-12)

26211 replaces former course 26202 which still qualifies for admission.

 

Group 2: At least one of

12102 Environmental Processes 10 point Autumn E5 (Wed 8-17)
28020 Introduction to Chemical and Biochemical Engineering 10 point Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17) and Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)
28025 Bio Process Technology 5 point Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)

where 12102 preferably should be supplemented by 41102 Hydrodynamics 1 (5 point).

 

Group 3: Three or more, at least one of which must be 28140 or 28160, of

27022 Biochemistry 5 point Spring F4B (Fri 8-12)
27034 Fermentation technology 5 point Spring F5A (Wed 8-12)
28125 Chemical Unit Operations Laboratory 5 point January
or
28121 Chemical Unit Operations Laboratory 5 point Autumn and Spring
28140 Introduction to Chemical Reaction Engineering 5 point Autumn E5A (Wed 8-12)
28160 Mathematical models in chemical engineering 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)

Note 1: Applicants from BSc Biotechnology, BSc Human Life Science Engineering, BSc General Engineering (Living Systems) and BSc Life Science Engineering are recommended (not an admission requirement) to include at least four courses from Group 3, at least one of which must be 28140 or 28160, in their study plan. Course 28025 is a recommended prerequisite for course 28121/28125.

Note 2: Applicants holding a BSc in Environmental Engineering satisfy the Group 3 requirement in part if they have passed 12134 Environmental Microbiology (substitutes for 27022) and/or 12104 Modelling of Environmental Processes and Technologies (substitutes for 28160).

 

Many of the courses mentioned in groups 1, 2, and 3 are either basic natural science courses (naturvidenskabelige grundfag) or technological specialization courses (teknologiske linjefag) in the bachelor programmes in Biotechnology, Human Life Science Engineering, Environmental Engineering, General Engineering (Living Systems) or Life Science Engineering.

Some DTU courses with other numbers and names have contents which may be used as substitutes for those listed above. A course listed in the course catalogue as “Not applicable together with” any of the above courses automatically substitutes for the courses. Other courses with equivalent content (for example courses from exchange semesters) may be allowed as substitutes after an individual assessment by the Head of Studies.

Other Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees

Applicants may be admitted if sufficient chemistry and chemical engineering background is obtained through elective courses. Supplementary chemistry courses may be required, and the requirements listed above in groups 1, 2 and 3 should be satisfied before admission. Courses with equivalent content may be allowed as substitutes after an individual assessment by the Head of Studies.

Prerequisites, Bachelor of Science in Engineering from other universities

Bachelors of Science in Engineering from other universities may be admitted to the MSc in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering programme after an individual evaluation of their qualifications based on the academic requirements for corresponding Bachelors of Science in Engineering from DTU.

Applicants holding a BSc. Eng. in Chemical, Environmental and Biochemical Engineering (AAU, AAU Esbjerg), a BSc. Eng. in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (AAU, AAU Esbjerg), a BSc. Eng. in Chemical Engineering or Biotechnology (AU), or a BSc. Eng. in Chemical Engineering (SDU) are admitted if the course content of their BSc satisfies requirements equivalent to those specified in Groups 1, 2, and 3 above.

Bachelors of Science in Engineering and Bachelors of Engineering from non-Danish universities may be admitted after an individual evaluation of their qualifications according to DTU's regulations for international MSc students (see admission requirements for "Students with a bachelor's degree from a non-Danish institution" below).

Prerequisites, Bachelor of Engineering

Bachelors of Chemical and Bio Engineering, and

Bachelors of Chemical Engineering and International Business, and related from DTU

Bachelors of Engineering from these programmes and their predecessor programmes (with varying names) have access to admission to the MSc programme in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering provided 01034/01035/01037 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2 has been passed. Bachelors in Engineering who have passed the BSc course 28160 Mathematical Models in Chemical Engineering are exempted from the 01034/01035/01037 requirement.

Bachelors of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and related from other institutions than DTU

Chemistry and chemical engineering related B. Eng.s from other Danish academic institutions than DTU may be admitted provided they have qualifications equivalent to those required of graduates from the DTU programmes mentioned above; otherwise they may be admitted to the MSc in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering programme after an individual evaluation of their qualifications based on the academic requirements for corresponding Bachelors of Science in Engineering from DTU. 

Applicants holding a B. Eng. in Chemical Engineering (SDU or AU), a B. Eng. in Chemical, Environmental and Biochemical Engineering (AAU and AAU Esbjerg), a B. Eng. in Bioprocess Engineering (AU/IHA), or a B. Eng Biotechnology (UC Absalon) are admitted if 1) the course content of their B. Eng. is equivalent to the content of either of the two DTU B. Eng, programmes mentioned above, and if 2) their B. Eng. programme has math content equivalent to 01034/01035/01037 or 28160.

Bachelors from other Programmes

Bachelors in Engineering from non-chemistry-related fields of specialization (e.g. mechanical engineering) may be admitted after an individual evaluation of their qualifications. Applicants are expected to have a basic knowledge of chemistry and either thermodynamics or physical chemistry. Supplementary chemistry and physical chemistry courses may be required. Courses with equivalent content may be allowed as substitutes after an individual assessment by the Head of Studies.

International Applicants (holding a Bachelor from outside Denmark)

Prerequisites, non-Danish bachelor's degrees:

A strong, working knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences is a prerequisite. A year's full time study at DTU amounts to 60 ECTS points. The MSc Eng programme builds on a bachelor curriculum with the following content of mathematics and natural sciences: 

 Mathematics*20-25 ECTS points
 Organic and inorganic chemistry20-25 ECTS points
 Thermodynamics and physical chemistry10-15 ECTS points
 Physics10-15 ECTS points
 Total, mathematics and natural sciences60-80 ECTS points

Mathematics* - It is expected that a candidate reaches a level corresponding to DTU course 01035

Specific basics of chemical and biochemical engineering should also be covered by the curriculum of the applicant's bachelor degree. A working knowledge at bachelor level of mathematics used to describe process technology and reacting systems and basic knowledge of biological systems are prerequisites for the general competence and technological specialization courses of the MSc programme. The required level corresponds to one or more courses in heat and mass transfer and other unit operations amounting to at least 10 ECTS points, plus courses covering the content in at least two of the other four subjects below:

 Mass and Heat Transfer, Unit Operations10 ECTS points
 Mathematical Modeling  5 ECTS points
 Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Engineering  5 ECTS points
 Biochemistry  5 ECTS points
 Fermentation Technology  5 ECTS points

The required level may be gauged by comparison with the contents of the corresponding DTU-courses

Applicants interested in the study line Fermentation Based Manufacturing (FBM) should as additional prerequisites have sufficient bio-related content in their curriculum corresponding to DTU courses in Life Science, Biochemistry, Molecular biology, and Fermentation Technology (20 ECTS).

Additionally, some of the technological specialization courses in the MSc Eng programme have one or more of the following subjects at bachelor level as prerequisites:

 Applied Thermodynamics  5 ECTS points
 Chemical Unit Operations Laboratory              5 ECTS points
 Process Control  5 ECTS points

The description of the corresponding DTU-courses may be used to assess the expected level of knowledge when any of these subjects are prerequisites.

Prospective applicants with other backgrounds than chemical or biochemical engineering or technology should contact the programme Head of Studies before applying.

Admission will be decided on the basis of the relevance and quality of the applicant's educational background. 

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