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During the Master’s programme in Nanobiotechnology you will be introduced to theory, fundamental challenges and contemporary research and technology within this field of study. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in topics you find particularly interesting and combine your theoretical knowledge with practical experiments in the laboratory.

You will work with topics such as:

  • Gene technology
  • Molecular simulations
  • Nanobioengineering
  • Nanobiostructures
  • Chemistry of surfaces
  • Self-assembling systems

The Master's programme in Nanobiotechnology consists of four semesters. The teaching combines lectures, laboratory work and project work. During each of the first two semesters, you will split your time equally between three 5 ECTS courses and one 15 ECTS project. The courses will provide you with the basic knowledge, and the projects will allow you to dig deeper into the matter and focus on particular subjects. The projects are typically done in small groups.

The study programmes at AAU are based on problem based learning and project work, which 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 in your semester projects, which will prepare you better for your future career.



On this semester, you are introduced to fundamental engineering and manufacturing concepts within the bio world and modelling of bio-related systems. In the courses you will work with:

  • Advanced gene technology - covering important aspects within high throughput systems, drug discovery, microbial recombinant technology, and medical recombinant technology
  • Reaction engineering and molecular electronics - covering design principles for chemical and biological reactors on the macro and micro/nanoscale as well as manufacturing of bio-based nano-electronic systems
  • Molecular simulations - dealing with the theoretical background for modelling of biological systems such as proteins, membranes, and DNA

A typical project could be about design, construction, engineering, and modelling of functional nanobiostructures such as biosensors, medical therapeutics or bio-based electronic devices.


  • Advanced Gene Technology (5 ECTS)
  • Reaction Engineering and Molecular Electronics (5 ECTS)
  • Molecular Simulations (5 ECTS)


  • Nanobioengineering (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Biodegradition of environmental contaminants by Rhodoccocus bacteria
  • Selfassembly of pentapeptides
  • Production of green fluorescent protein nanofibers

See a 1st semester project: Biodegradation of 4-Fluorophenol by Rhodococcus opacus


Within the theme "Characterisation of Nanobiostructures", you gain theoretical knowledge and develop practical skills in order to understand the properties and behaviour of nanosized objects. In the courses you work with:

  • Spectroscopic methods such as NMR and MS - used for characterisation of nanobiostructures
  • Self-assembling systems - DNA-based, protein-based, and lipid-based systems such as drug delivery systems
  • Reactions at interfaces - describing physical and chemical phenomena at surfaces of nanosized objects such as nanoparticles


  • Self-assembling Systems (5 ECTS)
  • Reactions at Interfaces (5 ECTS)
  • NMR and MS (5 ECTS)


  • Characterisation of Nanobiostructures (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Electrospinning of fibres for drug-delivery systems
  • Engineering of the substrate specificity of fungel lipase
  • Supercritical drying of fungi and for areogel production
  • Polystyrene based nanomaterials as antimicrobial agents
  • Biodegradation of environmental contaminants by Rhodoccocus bacteria


This semester, with the theme "Advanced Nanobiotechnology", you focus on advanced nanobiostructures and their static and dynamic properties. You typically start your Master's thesis during this semester, and the exam at the end of the semester is considered as a midterm evaluation of the thesis. During the exam, you have to present the so far obtained results and discuss their relevance for the project and present a plan for the following semester. This should be accompanied by a short written report.

Alternatively, you can choose one of the following options:

  • You can do an internship in Denmark or abroad, where you take part in the day-to-day operations in the business. During the internship, you will write a project about one or more of your tasks during the process
  • You can study a semester at another educational institution abroad or in Denmark
  • You can do a regular semester at AAU with courses and project work

Aalborg University has collaboration agreements with universities around the world, and the programme’s research environment has a wide range of internship contacts.

Find out more about studying abroad and internships here.


On the fourth semester, you write your Master’s thesis, where you draw on all the knowledge, experience and skills you have acquired during your studies. Depending on your topic choice, the thesis will be in the nature of developmental work, further development, or actual research.

master’s thesis

  • Topic of own choice (30 ECTS)

examples of thesis topics

  • Bio-oils as compatibilisers for nanoclays in linear low density polyethylene
  • Experimental investigation and mathematical modelling of the mechanical response of hydrogels


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