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Classical plant and animal productions rely on modern biotechnology. So do the treatment of our wastewater and other waste streams that in some cases can be converted into energy or valuable products by the action of specialised enzymes or microorganisms. Biotechnology is bound to have a very strong influence on our future lives and development. Studying the Master's programme in Biotechnology, you get to immerse in subjects such as biological molecules, gene technologies, and microbial and cell cultures.

A combination of biology, chemistry, medicine and engineering sciences

The Biotechnology programme at Aalborg University combines biology, chemistry, medicine, and engineering sciences for the discovery, development, and production of an enormous variety of well-known or novel products, ranging from fuels and foods over complex proteins to specialised pharmaceuticals and whole organisms with novel abilities.

During the Master's programme in Biotechnology, you will work with biological molecules, gene technologies, and microbial and cell cultures. In the courses, you will learn about cell biology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, protein chemistry and more.

Every semester, you will also carry out an experimental research project, where you will make use of the methods and the knowledge taught in the courses, and where you have time to acquire in-depth understanding of specific subjects of your own interest.

You have the possibility to choose a specialisation in Medical Biotechnology in this study programme. When choosing the specialisation you will e.g. learn about the nature of different diseases as well as work with the development of new techniques and drugs for diagnostics and treatment in the health sector. Read more about the specialisation in Medical Biotechnology.

Biotechnology is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups. You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there.

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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”. The method is highly recognised internationally, and the university is host to a successful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.

The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well prepared for your future career. Learn more about PBL.


When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students and feel more at home at the university. Learn more about teamwork at AAU.

cooperation with the business industry

AAU cooperates with many agents in the business industry. This means that you as a student have great opportunities to work with real problems and issues that occur in companies and organisations outside the university. This enables you to gain a more practical perspective on your academic competences.

your lecturer is also doing research

The teaching at AAU is research based. This means that your lecturer is doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching and you will therefore have access to the latest knowledge within your field of study as well as enthusiastic lecturers. Study material does not only come from books but also from e.g. articles from academic journals.

Excellent laboratories

The laboratories at AAU are excellent, which is important to your education. You will work under the best conditions and have access to modern technology.

studying in aalborg

Studying in Aalborg has many advantages. The city is Denmark’s fourth largest city with 20% of its population being students. Whether you are into culture, sports or other leisure activities, Aalborg offers many different options. It is not difficult to find a place to live in Aalborg compared to other large cities in Denmark. Read more about studying in Aalborg.


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.


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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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