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Biochemistry is the right choice for you if you want to undertake basic research or work in the pharmaceutical field. You will adress biochemical and molecular biology problems experimentally and theoretically within a focus area of your own choosing.
The programme is offered in English.
Do you want to be at the cutting edge of the research? To develop new drugs, carry out basic research or create biotechnologigal products of the kind we need as society becomes increasingly environmentally aware? Do you see greatness in small things? At the molecular level?
If you are into test tubes, microscopes, computers and a future that is progressing at breakneck speed, an MSc in Biochemistry may just be right for you.
Your MSc will offer you a wide range of career paths to follow. In Denmark as well as internationally.
Profile and Career
Biochemistry is the right choice for you if you want to help make discoveries in basic research or in the pharmaceutical field. As an MSc student, you will work experimentally and theoretically with biochemical and molecular problems within a focus area of your own choosing.
Your thesis will be an independent piece of work, often contributing to an existing research project where you will be an integral part of the research group concerned.
- You will learn to work with living organisms (bacteria, archaea, yeasts, cell cultures, plants).
- You will learn to define, delimit, formulate and analyse biochemical or biological problems.
- You will learn to independently plan and perform scientific experiments as well as interpret their reliability.
- You will learn to interpret the results of experiments and communicate them in a larger context.
- You will learn to express yourself clearly with the correct scientific terminology and achieve a significant understanding of your field of research.
As an MSc in Biochemistry, you will have an internationally recognised research-based education geared towards research and teaching at the highest level.
You can find employment at universities, institutions of higher education, within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, at hospital laboratories or in the public sector.
You can also continue your research and obtain a PhD in Denmark or abroad. Unemployment among graduates with an MSc in Biochemistry has been low for several years.
The study programme contains three core modules that you are required to follow concurrently with other courses and your Master's thesis.
You choose your field of specialisation from within a number of general core subjects, including protein chemistry, immunology, genetics, molecular cell biology and microbiology.
Early in your studies, and before selecting a thesis topic, you are required to do a core project in which you gain experience in analysing, justifying and planning a large research project which typically could be your thesis project.
During your studies, you will choose a number of elective courses that are relevant to your core subject and thesis topic.
Within your core subject, you are required to carry out a large experiment-based thesis. Typically, you will work on an independent project that represents a smaller portion of a large on-going research project.
Master's thesis project
The objective of the thesis is to enable you to independently plan and carry out scientific experiments within your thesis topic and related areas. The thesis is carried out at one of the departments associated with the programme and you will be assigned a supervisor at that department. The thesis may also be carried out externally at another research institution, hospital or industrial laboratory.
Examples of thesis topics:
- Enzymological characterisation and clarification of the 3-D structure of enzymes
- Identification of metabolism routes in extreme thermophilic micro-organisms
- Signal transduction routes in cancer cells
- Biogenic amines formed by lactic acid bacteria in dairy products
You can choose between the 5 specialisations listed below.
- Biochemistry with specialization in Molecular Cell Biology
- Biochemistry with specialization in Molecular Genetics
- Biochemistry with specialization in Molecular Microbiology
- Biochemistry with specialization in Immunology
- Biochemistry with specialization in Protein Chemistry
The Faculty of Science will not be awarding any scholarships for the academic year 2014/2015.
Please note that many scholarships are offered by companies or organisations, it can be worthwhile to research your particular options from your home country.