Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Human Life Science Engineering

How can we use human biology to solve our biggest health challenges? If you do the BEng programme in Human Life Science Engineering at DTU, you will learn how to find the answers.

This programme is for anyone who wants to work very closely with human molecules and biochemistry, and use their knowledge to address major health problems.

The world needs engineers who can discover, design, and manufacture the pharmaceuticals and food of the future. As a Human Life Science Engineering student, you will learn just that.

You will become an expert in complex human biology, while learning how technological solutions such as bioinformatics and AI can assist us in developing new products.

Human Life Science Engineering graduates develop all kinds of products that make people healthier—from pain-relieving molecules, vaccines, and sustainable foods to genetically modified human cells that can kill cancer cells.

What will you learn?

If you study Human Life Science Engineering, you will be equipped to understand the connection between disease, the molecular mechanisms, and the drugs that can restore the biochemical balance.

In addition to DNA, RNA, proteins, and carbohydrates, you will learn about the combination between human biology and technology.

You will thereby be equipped to create biochemically active products that can improve and change lives. Along the way, you have to choose whether you want to specialize in food, biomedicine, or bioinformatics.

Study programme structure

During your first year of study, you will lay your academic foundation with courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, and microbiology, and you will learn to perform laboratory exercises and program in Python.

From the beginning of your second year, you will have courses on topics like molecular biology and biophysics, and you will then have to choose to whether to focus on food, biomedicine, or bioinformatics.

The final part of your bachelor programme depends on which course of study and which electives you choose.

Career opportunities

With a degree in Human Life Science Engineering, your career opportunities depend on which interests you choose to pursue after your graduate.

The programme grants direct access to four of DTU’s MSc programmes, but you can tune your choice of courses to gain access to more. If you have an interest in medicine, you can work in biopharmaceuticals or pharmaceuticals. For example, you could become a laboratory manager at Novo Nordisk or Leo Pharma.

If you are more interested in food production, you could get a job such as an analyst or quality control expert at Arla Foods. If you are passionate about bioinformatics, you could become an expert in analysing biological data and work in a wide range of sectors.

Human Life Science Engineering graduates also become consulting engineers, scientists, and self-employed - the possibilities are many!

The programme is taught in Danish: Read more about the BSc programme in Human Life Science Technology (in Danish)