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Sustainable Biotechnology

Sustainable Biotechnology

Sustainable Biotechnology

Do you want to develop new biotechnological solutions for tomorrow’s society, and are you interested in sustainability and renewable energy? The Bachelor's programme in Sustainable Biotechnoogy at Aalborg University gives you insight into biology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

The challenge of the future

Natural resources should be exploited in a smart way. The development of green technologies is a highly prioritised and rapidly growing area, which is fundamental for the development of a sustainable society.

Mineral oil still constitutes the most important source of liquid fuels, but it is also an important raw material for the production of plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals etc. Within one generation, we need to exploit alternative sustainable resources in order to compensate for the forthcoming depletion of mineral oil, but also to deal with greenhouse gases and the associated climate effects.

Biomass is assumed to be the most important replacement for oil as an industrial raw material. Oil refineries will be replaced by bio refineries, where the processes are based upon microorganisms, enzymes and chemical catalysis. The products are biofuels, biochemicals for the pharmaceutical and chemical industry, and biologically active compounds.

Oil will be replaced by crop residues, algae, and industrial wastes from food production, which will be converted into the products.

The current century has been considered the century of biology. Biological solutions are necessary to develop sustainable solutions to the many global challenges such as depletion of resources, climate changes, lifestyle diseases, food supply, etc.

By studying Sustainable Biotechnology at Aalborg University, you can help develop sustainable solutions to these challenges!

Meet Oscar who studies Sustainable Biotechnology


Rated for exellence

Aalborg University is rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system. Aalborg University has received five stars certifying the world-class position of the university based on cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.
Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranked as number 76 in 2015/2016.

Problem based learning (PBL)

Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning, where you work in a team on a large written assignment, often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for problem based learning”. This method is highly recognised internationally, and UNESCO has placed its only professorial chair in PBL at Aalborg University.
The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competencies at a high academic level in an independent manner.

Is your level in mathematics sufficient?

Mathematics is an essential tool in the Sustainable Biotechnology programme.

We strongly advice that you have an above average grade in mathematics when applying for this programme.

If you have doubts regarding your qualifications, please contact our student guidance counsellors.

Facts About the Programme




Admission Requirements

See the Curriculum

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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