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When studying Biotechnology you will be working across the fields of biology, chemistry and engineering and you have the opportunity to learn more about topics such as environmentally damaging toxins and new, green technologies.

You will be working a lot in the laboratory and the courses and coursework will take up half of your study time while the other half will be spent on project work in groups.

The 1st and 2nd semesters consist of problem based project work carried out in groups of 3 to 6 students, supported by relevant lectures and exercises.

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.


On the first semester, the focus is on molecular biology an in your project you might write about topics such as cloning, next generation sequencing and bioinformatics.


  • Experimental Molecular Biology (15 ECTS)


  • Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics (5 ECTS)
  • Cell Biology, Immunology and Genetics (5 ECTS)
  • Microbial Diversity and Activity (5 ECTS)


On the second semester, you will work with protein chemistry in both the courses and the project.


  • Protein Science (15 ECTS)


  • Protein Chemistry (5 ECTS)
  • Protein Structure (5 ECTS)
  • Carbohydrate Chemistry (5 ECTS)

3rd 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 seemster 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. 


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 Biotechnology, and the areas of specialisation are typically within:

  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Protein Biophysics
  • Bioprocess Technology
  • Genomics
  • Environmental Biotechnology

master’s thesis

  • Topic of your own choice (30 ECTS)


  • Cultivation of micro-organisms or human cells for production of natural or gene-modified products
  • Analysis and characterisation of proteins and their functions by advanced methods
  • Gene expression analysis and modification of genes and their activities
  • Environmental biotechnology and microbiology

 curriculum for Biotechnology



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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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