Sustainable Biotechnology, Master

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The Master's programme in Sustainable Biotechnology offers you the opportunity to focus on either molecular biological biotechnology or process oriented sustainable biotechnology, through the choice of project topics.

The programme consists of four semesters. The first semester establishes a common platform for the different qualifications and competencies that you and your fellow students have.

You learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory work and project work. On your first two semesters, you will spend half of your study time on courses and course work while the other half will be spent on a semester project with your project group. Each semester has an overall theme and within this theme, you conduct a semester project, where you investigate and attempt to solve a relevant issue within sustainable biotechnology. The project topics you choose can help you create the professional academic profile you want to build your future career on.

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.


During the first semester, a broad biological foundation with respect to sustainable biotechnology is established. In your semester project, you work with different biological and biochemical processes that occur in microbiological fermentation and production.


  • Biorefinery Principles (5 ECTS)
  • Systems and synthetic biology (5 ECTS)
  • Biological production processes (5 ECTS)


  • Advanced Microbiological Production (15 ECTS)


During the second semester, you expand your knowledge of molecular biology, microbiology and biochemistry and you learn about tools and techniques that are used to control processes. In your semester project, you can analyse, characterise, process and convert biomass.


  • Microbiological Discovery (5 ECTS)
  • Advanced Kinetics and Modelling of Bioprocesses (5 ECTS)
  • Anaerobic and Fungal Biotechnology (5 ECTS)


  • Biomass Conversion Processes (15 ECTS)

Lab work


During the third semester, you have different options to earn the required 30 ECTS:

  • 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
  • You can begin your Master’s thesis, so your work is spread out over both your 3rd and 4th semester

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.

Group work


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

  • Use of osmotic membranes for concentration of proteins in a sustainable biorefinery
  • Comparing simulated outdoor TAG yields of Chlorococcum littorale: wildtype versus improved population
  • Improving the biomass productivity and phycocyanin concentration by mixotrophic cultivation of Arthrospira platensis
  • The potential for lactic acid production in brown juice


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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