The programme has been designed in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies to make sure that there are jobs waiting and that the graduates will be attractive to the industry.

MSc Eng graduates in quantitative biology and disease modelling from DTU will be able to contribute to a number of areasfrom identification of new drug targets over development of new drugs to analysis of drug performance through pharmacometrics. Other areas of work may be in modelling spreading of disease, or basically handling and making sense of any biological field with generation of quantitative data. As Sydney Brenner said in his Nobel prize lecture in 2002: “we are drowning in a sea of data and starving for knowledge”. Today this is even more true with the explosion in quantitative data from all sorts of sources, and scientists in any field struggling to keep pace.

Typical fields of work

As an engineer in quantitative biology and disease modelling, you will have gained extensive knowledge of the biology in health and disease, in modelling of biological processesincluding kinetics and distribution of drugsand in sound statistical design and analysis. You are able to handle large amounts of data and make sense of large data sets, you have engaged in project-oriented and interdisciplinary team work with other students, and you are able to speak the languages of computer programmers and medical specialists alike. Therefore, you will have the qualifications to drive the meaningful interpretation of the sea of data and fill management positions anywhere quantitative data are generated in a biological context.

Career opportunities

We expect our graduates will be employed by Danish and international pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, universities, and wherever biological data are generated. Here they will be involved in the various stages of drug development, including basic research and development as well as interpretation of preclinical research in animal and cell models, and in production-related areas such as CMC production design and documentation.

With a programme where students learn and understand the power of computers and programming, as well as have a deep understanding of the biological processes involved in health and disease, the expectation is that many will soon find themselves as multidisciplinary project leaders.

Pursue a PhD

Once you have an MSc in Engineering, you might get the opportunity to continue your studies and apply for admission to the three-year PhD, which at DTU or at the University of Copenhagen is a research-based programme ranking among the best in the world. At DTU, you can do either a regular PhD or an industrial PhDthe latter with concurrent employment in a company.

PhD at DTU