Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling

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You will not find focus areas or specializations on this programme.


Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling

MSc Eng graduates in Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling are educated in the interface between pathology, pharmacology, and mathematical modelling.

Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling

Please note that the last intake for the MSc programme in Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling is September 2023.


Study Programme

The world needs graduates with extensive knowledge of pathology, mechanisms and treatment of disease, and handling of quantitative biological data to make mathematical models that improve our understanding of complex diseases and their prevention or treatment.

Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling is an interdisciplinary programme offered by DTU in collaboration with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

On the MSc Eng in Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling, you will build upon previous experience in mathematics and mathematical modelling, pharmacology, biology, and pathology to master quantitative biology and pathology and create relevant mathematical models to advance the understanding of disease mechanisms. While the aim of other study programmes is ‘engineering for biology’ by developing new technical solutions to biological problems, or ‘engineering of biology’ by developing biotechnology solutions to biological production; our aim is to ‘engineer with biology’ to increase our understanding of biology through a quantitative and modelling approach. These skills will give you unique tools to develop new effective drugs, and advance the understanding and treatment of multifactorial and complex diseases.

The core of the MSc Eng programme consists of mandatory courses in molecular pathology, immunology, systems biology and pharmaceutical PK/PD modelling supplemented by statistics and advanced technological and modelling specialization.

A clear profile
Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling has a clear MSc Eng profile and admission requires biological training at BSc level in biology, chemistry, and pharmacology, as well as computer programming and mathematical modelling to continue with the mandatory courses. Beyond the mandatory training there are no predefined study lines or recommended programmes so you can choose from a pool of technological specialization courses and the extensive range of elective courses offered by DTU and UCPH.

You may choose to focus on laboratory animal science, immunology, microbiology, advanced programming and modelling, or take advantage of the many research groups at both DTU and UCPH engaged in e.g. cancer immunology, obesity, or diabetes. Here you can design special individual courses to apply mathematical models to analyse their quantitative data, and maybe follow up with your own biological experimental work in your thesis to further advance and refine the models

You will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with both Danish and international companies - either as part of the courses, as an individual project or while writing your thesis.

The MSc is a two-year graduate programme with a workload of 120 ECTS credit points.

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Combine work with studies

This study programme is also available as an Industry study programme where you can combine work and study over a 4-year period. Special rules apply.

Industry MSc Eng programmes


Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling is a highly specialized study programme. As a graduate you are well suited to function as a link between biomedical experts and data handlers, in systems pharmacology, in the development and production of pharmaceuticals, and in research. 

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