Sustainable Biotechnology, Bachelor

Sustainable Biotechnology

Sustainable Biotechnology


This Bachelor’s programme is not open for enrolment from 2019, but you might be interested in other AAU programmes within the same field of study, such as:

Currently enrolled students continue the programme as planned. Likewise, currently enrolled students have access to the Master's programme in Sustainable Biotechnology as planned.

About the programme

The three-year Bachelor's programme in Sustainable Biotechnology at AAU gives you insight into biology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

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.

Natural resources should be used in a smart and sustainable way, which is why the development of green technologies is a highly prioritised and rapidly growing area that 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 use more 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, which means that oil refineries will be replaced by bio refineries, where the processes are based on microorganisms, enzymes and chemical catalysis. Oil will therefore be replaced with crop residues, algae, and industrial waste from food production.

Someone has to help these changes and processes along to ensure that we have a healthy living environment now as well as in the future.

See brochure about Sustainable Biotechnology (pdf)

With a Master's degree within the field of sustainable biotechnology, you can help develop sustainable solutions to the challenges we face and you qualify for employment in biotechnological and bioenergy companies, research institutions, consulting engineering companies, and public institutions.

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.

Successful completion of the Bachelor programme entitles you to use the title Bachelor (BSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Biotechnology).


Meet Oscar who studies Sustainable Biotechnology


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.

as a student at aau you encounter …

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.


AAU Copenhagen is a part of Aalborg University and is located at Sydhavnen (South Harbour) near the city centre. Therefore, students at AAU CPH have access to the city’s wide range of cultural and leisure activities. AAU CPH is a relatively new campus with an international focus, an innovative learning environment and close collaborations with businesses, of which many are located on the campus area. Overall there are close to 3,700 students enrolled in AAU CPH’s exciting bachelor’s and master’s programmes. Learn more about student life in Copenhagen.


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


  • English


  • Copenhagen


  • Not open for enrollment in 2019

See the Curriculum