Bioengineering, MSc in engineering

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Studying MSc in Bioengineering, you will get skills and competences in Bioenergy, Biotechnology and Bioprocesses. You can choose to profile yourself towards molecular biotechnology and learn to manipulate the genes in microorganisms to produce natural or bio-synthetic compounds of interest as pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, electrolytes in batteries or many other applications of need in society. You can also profile yourself towards fermentation processes and the engineering of the complex biorefinery operations that transfer the compounds from a “good idea in the lab” into use in society – where it makes an actual difference.

1. semester: Analysis of Macro or Molecular Biotechnology Systems

On the 1st semester of the master programme you can choose to focus on either macro or molecular biotechnological systems. During the semester you follow courses related to experimental methods within molecular biotechnology, fermentation technology and extraction and purification of chemical and biological products. In the project the content of the courses will be integrated and you can choose to focus on projects related to biorefineries and biogas production or molecular gene technology projects.


  • Analysis of Macro or Molecular Biotechnology Systems (15 ECTS)


  • Molecular Biotechnology – Recombinant DNA Technology (5 ECTS)
  • Fermentation Technology (5 ECTS)
  • Recovery and Purification of Chemical and Biological Products (5 ECTS)

2. semester: Design and Engineering of biotechnological processes

On this semester you will focus on design and modelling og biotechnological processes – how to get from a raw biomass to a valuable product. The courses on this semester provide you knowledge on modelling and simulation of biotechnological processes, multivariate data analysis and monitering, and understand innovative business in Life Science companies. In the project you will use this knowledge for design of complete processes that produce valuable end products from relevant biomass, or focus on optimizing selected unit operations or re-thinking ways of production.


  • Applied Bioprocess Design and Engineering (15 ECTS)


  • Life Science Companies – from Innovation to Industry (5 ECTS)
  • Modelling and Simulation of Biological Processes (5 ECTS)
  • Chemometrics and Process Monitoring (5 ECTS)

3. semester

Students in this study programme will often use both 3rd and 4th semester to write their Master’s thesis. You also have the opportunity to:

  • Study a semester at another university in Denmark or another country
  • Do an internship in a company or organisation, where you participate in solving a problem

Aalborg University has contacts at other universities as well as within the business industry, which may be of help to you, if you wish to study a semester at another university or do an internship.

Many students in this programme work with other universities or companies in relation to their master’s thesis.

4. semester

You specialise in a subject of your own interest, as you individually carry out your Master's thesis research project.

When conducting your Master's thesis, you will be associated to one or more of the research groups at the Section of Chemical Engineering and Esbjerg Energy Section, and the areas of specialisation are typically within:

  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Fungal biotechnology
  • Bioprocess Technology
  • Biorefineries
  • Biogas and bioenergy production

Master’s thesis

Topic of your own choice (30 ECTS)


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