Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Bachelor

Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Be part of a team that produces drinking water free of contaminants, clean and renewable energy free from harmful emissions and sustainable batteries based on new chemistries for energy storage. Learn how to turn waste into value and transfer exciting new discoveries from lab into applications that creates value for society without providing further pressure on the climate and environment on Earth.

One of the best engineering courses in the world

If you take an engineering education at Aalborg University, you will attend one of the best engineering education in the world! In 2018, our engineering programs were named the fourth best in the world by 178 experts surveyed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At the same time, AAU was named the best engineering university in Europe for the second time in six months. 


Academic content 

Studying the Bachelor's programme in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at AAU Esbjerg, you will take part in the development of processes and products needed to make our further existence on Earth sustainable. New technological discoveries are needed within water treatment and environmental protection to prevent impacts of our activities.

New active and smart materials are needed to improve our quality of life using less resources. New biotechnological processes are needed to avoid the use of potentially harmful chemicals in production, and new insights are needed to develop new energy carriers (fuels) based on renewable sources and produced through sustainable production.

As an engineer within chemistry and biotechnology you will get the skills and competences to develop and design processes that solve societal challenges. You will through our problem based teaching approach learn to analyse a problem and figure out exactly what’s needed of a good solution.

You will in a creative academic environment learn to use your knowledge and be challenged on your ideas by professional researchers. Through experiments in state of the art labs you will test your developed concepts and see for yourself if it works. You will be involved in industrial collaboration, working on problems from companies and experience that you already as a student make a difference.

During your studies, you will explore questions such as:

  • How can we get the most out of any resource, reuse and create value out of waste and protect the environment from harmful discharge?
  • How do we go from an oil-based to a biomass-based society and optimize chemical and biological processes so that they requires less energy to operate and can be based on cheaper and sustainable raw materials?
  • How do we make new innovative materials that are “smart” (self-cleaning, energy producing, extremely light weight and durable etc.)?
  • How do we use biotechnology and natural processes to modify microorganisms into production platforms for even more important compounds?  

Meet a student from chemical engineering

With a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree within the field of chemical engineering and biotechnology, your future work place may be in a production company in food or pharma, you may develop better wind turbines, Lego bricks or Ecco shoes, you may provide consultancy in an engineering company, you may become a state official or work in the public administration or you may become a PhD student and pursue a research career in academia or industry.

This 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.

The Bachelor’s programme entitles the graduate to the designation Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology).

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Mathematics is an essential tool in the Chemical Engineering and 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.

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career options

You have the opportunity of a six-month job guarantee, when you study at Aalborg University in Esbjerg, click the link here and read more.

study-life at aau, esbjerg

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.


Aalborg University works closely with the business community. This means that as a student you will work with real issues from companies and organisations. Thus, while you are studying, you already have the opportunity to enhance your academic competences with a business-oriented and practical angle.


At Aalborg University teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching. You thus have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated teachers who are passionate about what they teach. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.


The laboratories at Aalborg University are of the highest standard, and they play an important role in teaching. You will work under the best laboratory conditions with access to the latest technology, which is vital for your benefiting from the teaching.

Studying in Esbjerg

Formerly known primarily for its fishing industry, Esbjerg has developed into a city with to universities and more than 60 higher study programmes. Furthermore, Esbjerg has a lot to offer in terms of culture and leisure activities. It is not difficult to find affordable accommodation near campus and Esbjerg is cheaper to live in than most of the other university cities in Denmark. Learn more about student life in Esbjerg.


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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Facts About the Programme




Admission Requirements

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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.

learn more about Pbl at aau