Biomanufacturing - Industry MSc in Engineering, Kalundborg - Study line

Are you looking for a future in chemical engineering? Do you want to work while studying? Or do you dream of an exciting career in the rapidly growing field of biotech? Then the study line Biomanufacturing (Industry MSc in Engineering, Kalundborg) might be the right fit for you!

Get a degree in Biomanufacturing

About the study line

As a student in this study line, you will play an essential part in the fast-expanding industry of chemical and biochemical production. Here you can work with everything from modern medicine to new ingredients for food and feed or the sustainable development of the energy and agricultural sectors.

No matter which company you work for, the industry is hungry for talented chemical engineers with specialized skills in process technology and an eye for industrial bioproduction.

During your study time, you will become an expert on process thinking and working with chemistry and biochemistry on an industrial scale.

Taught by leading experts and professors, you will learn to run a factory and work with all the industrial processes – from development and improvements to embedding new technology and digitalized optimizations.

In addition, you will gain strong engineering knowledge as well as an innovative mindset.

Autumn intake only

The four-year study programme for the Biomanufacturing Study line at Kalundborg follows a defined study plan and structure. Hence, it is only possible to follow for students admitted at the Autumn (September) intake.

Biomanufacturing is an industry master’s education. To enrol, you must be employed in a biochemical or chemical production company and work at least 25 hours weekly on average.

It takes four years to complete an industry master of science in engineering, and during this time you are both a part-time engineer and a part-time student.

Learn more about the industry master’s education

The courses in Biomanufacturing are mainly taught in Kalundborg by DTU.


The study line in Biomanufacturing is a four years programme and it consist of a mix of intensive courses and group projects.

  • 1st, 3rd, and 5th semesters are dedicated to intensive courses lasting three to five weeks. This way, you dedicate a few weeks of your semester to taking a course, leaving you to work the rest of the semester.
  • 2nd, 4th, and 6th semesters are for group projects and two intensive courses, which are mandatory for all DTU MSc students. The projects allow you to test your knowledge and collaborate closely with your fellow students on an industry-specific challenge.
  • During the 7th and 8th semesters, you will work on your MSc thesis in collaboration with your workplace.

Throughout the programme, you spend long periods working full-time.

Download study plan and course schedule

Get a degree in Biomanufacturing

The study line in Biomanufacturing is developed in close collaboration with the industry and takes place at Biotech City Kalundborg. This makes it a one-of-a-kind education, giving you a chance to both work and study in a hotspot for chemical and biochemical production.

Kalundborg is located in western Zealand, about an hour from Copenhagen. The town is developing at a fast speed with initiatives such as Kalundborg Symbiosis, where the biotech factories, the oil refinery, local companies, the large central power plant, and the local utility plant are working together to reuse each other’s waste streams, minimize waste and optimize their energy utilization.

Kalundborg is the center for all the big and rapidly growing Danish biotech companies: an industry that will keep expanding over the coming years. Here you will become a part of an exciting and knowledgeable environment filled with biotech companies and other educational programmes in the biochemical field.

If you are looking to use your engineering skills to make a difference in the biotech industry, there is no better place for you to be.


Martin Høj

Martin Høj Associate Professor Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

How to apply

Step 1

Biomanufacturing is a study line in the MSc in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. To study Biomanufacturing you must meet the entry requirements for Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.

Prerequisites for Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

1 March

Step 2

Apply to the MSc Chemical and Biochemical Engineering: How to apply

If you hold a degree acquired outside Denmark you must fill out the Statement of Purpose marking Biomanufacturing as your study line.

If you already have a job complete the Documentation for employment agreement stating your employment status and upload it as part of your application. Do this no later than two weeks before the semester starts.

Step 3

DTU will examine your application. If you meet the entry requirements, you will receive a conditional admission letter within two weeks of your application.

The letter is your proof that you have been accepted into the programme on the condition that you find a job within a biochemical or chemical production company.

Some companies might ask to see your conditional admission letter as a part of the recruitment process.

Step 4

To study the industry master's in Biomanufacturing you must have a job within a biochemical or chemical production company.

You may attach your conditional admission letter to your job application.

Once you have a job, fill out the Documentation for employment agreement and upload it as part of your application. Do this no later than two weeks before the semester starts.

Where to find a job?

If you need inspiration to find a job, take a look at this list of companies offering to combine a part-time job with an Industry Master of Science in Engineering within Biomanufacturing:

Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is a leading global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered in Denmark. Their purpose is to drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases such as obesity and rare blood and endocrine disorders.

At Novo Nordisk Manufacturing Kalundborg, 4,000 employees produce half of the world’s insulin and several biopharmaceutical products.

As part of your courses of study, you can spend four years working part-time as a Process Engineer at Novo Nordisk Manufacturing Kalundborg.

You will learn about business impact and understand how interconnected decisions play a crucial role when manufacturing pharmaceuticals. And you will get knowledge about pharmaceutical processes, developing monitoring tools and analyzing data for recommendation for improvements.