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When studying Biotechnology with the specialisation in Medical Biotechnology, 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.

You can focus on one or more of the following topics:

  • Medical microbiology
  • Molecular methods in modern medicine
  • Manufacturing of biopharmaceutical products

Medical Microbiology

Medical microbiology concerns the identification of pathogenic microorganisms in the human body and the understanding of their role in connection with infections and diseases. Furthermore, you will work with developing methods for reducing the damaging effects of some microorganisms.

You can work with issues such as:

  • Which microorganisms are to be found in the human body in connection with wounds and implants? Which role to they play, and how do they interact?
  • Which microorganisms are damaging, and which can have a beneficial effect?
  • How do we design procedures and treatments that can fight infectious microorganisms?

Molecular Methods in modern medicine

Molecular methods in modern medicine concerns the understanding of how genes and proteins function and can be regulated, their health related effects, and diagnosing.

You can explore subjects such as:

  • Small molecules in blood and tissue during disease
  • Proteins and their roles in infected tissue

Manufacturing of biopharmaceutical products

By specialising in manufacturing of biopharmaceutical products, you will work with the production of pathogenic versions of specific proteins in order to examine their changed functions in the laboratory. Moreover, you will work on producing therapeutic materials by use of enzymes and microorganisms.

You can examine questions like:

  • How are the functions of proteins changed when we produce mutants where specific amino acids have been changed?
  • How can we produce both recombinant proteins and therapeutic materials by using the right enzymes and microorganisms?

Semester structure


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.


  • Medical Protein Science (15 ECTS)


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


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.


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.


  • Topic of your own choice (30 ECTS)

For more information about the academic content including descriptions of all the courses, see the 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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