Biotechnology

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:2 years
Foreign:$ 17.1k / 1 Academic year(s) Deadline: Apr 1, 2021
StudyQA ranking:446

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Biotechnology is an exciting interdisciplinary field of research, which is seeing rapid growth.

The development of new pharmaceuticals, enzymes for washing powder and beer brewing, or dyes and other ingredients used in food production is based on years of research in biotechnology. 

Europe, USA, and Asia are making large investments in biotechnology and are increasingly relying on biotechnology in the production of new medicine, sustainable energy, natural food additives, and much more.

Study programme focus

Through the programme, you will gain fundamental knowledge of biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, and process technology. You will learn to apply this knowledge to biotechnological problems, ranging from basic research issues to the development of new cell factories and the study of their behaviour in bioreactors. You will acquire the relevant competencies for collecting and analysing wide-ranging data, for instance by using statistics, bioinformatics, and mathematical models.

Focus areas

The MSc programme in Biotechnology contains no predefined study lines or recommended programmes. Instead, you can define your own study plan and tailor your biotechnological profile from a wide range of general competence courses, technological specialization courses, and elective courses at DTU. There will be considerable scope for taking individual special courses where you can explore a topic of own choice in-depth, and you will also have the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad. 

Programme provision

In order to obtain the MSc degree in Biotechnology the student must fulfil the following requirements:    

  • Have passed General Competence Courses adding up to at least 30 ECTS points
  • Have passed Technological Specialization Courses adding up to at least 30 ECTS points
  • Have carried out a Master Thesis of at least 30 ECTS points within the scope of the general program
  • Have passed a sufficient number of Elective Courses to bring the total number of ECTS points for the entire course of study to 120 

Courses

General Competence Courses

At least 5 points must be achieved from these courses:

23531 Entrepreneurship in Food and Bio Engineering 5 point August
23532 Beer brewing and quality control course 5 point June
24690 Module 1: From idea to project plan in biotech and pharmaceutical research 5 point E4B (Fri 8-12) and E3B (Fri 13-17)
27692 Module 3: Value creation in pharma- and biotechnology 5 point June, January
28310 Chemical and Biochemical Product Design 10 point E2A (Mon 13-17) and January
28855 Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and quality in pharma, biotech and food industry 5 point F1B (Thurs 13-17)
42435 Knowledge based Entrepreneurship 5 point E2A (Mon 13-17) and F2A (Mon 13-17)
42490 Technology, economics, management and organisation (TEMO) 10 point E5 (Wed 8-17), F5 (Wed 8-17)

The remaining points (up to minimum 30 points) must be achieved from these courses:

27106 Research Immersion, Life Science 5 point July
27107 Research Immersion, Life Science 5 point August
27230 Prokaryotic Cell Biology 5 point E1A (Mon 8-12)
27270 Advanced trends, uncharted frontiers and novel technologies in molecular medical microbiology 5 point F2B (Thurs 8-12)
27303 Protein science and technology 5 point E2A (Mon 13-17)
27430 Eukaryotic Cell Biology and Disease 5 point E2B (Thurs 8-12)

You may also obtain General Competences by Special courses in:

  • iGEM  International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. See here for more information
  • BBIP BioBusiness and Innovation Program. See here for more information 

Technological Specialization Courses

23205 Fighting Infectious Diseases 5 point E4B (Fri 8-12)
23258 General Medical Microbiology 5 point F1B (Thurs 13-17)
24101 Assay Technology 5 point January and June
24102 Development and production of vaccines 5 point F4A (Tues 13-17)
27250 Molecular Medical Microbiology 5 point E4A (Tues 13-17)
27254 Experimental Molecular Medical Microbiology 5 point January
27322 Immunology 10 point F3A (Tues 8-12)
27405 Cell factories: Design, engineering and analysis 10 point E4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
27412 Microbial Chemistry 5 point E3A (Tues 8-12)
27417 Advanced mass spectrometry and chromatography for metabolomics and biochemical analysis 5 point F2A (Mon 13-17)
27419 Filamentous Fungi: Biology and applications 5 point F1A (Mon 8-12)
27421 Comparative microbial genomics in biotechnology 5 point January
27422 Biosynthesis of natural products 5 point F1B (Thurs 13-17)
27432 Experimental Molecular Biology of Eukaryotes 5 point January
27617 Protein structure and computational biology 5 point F5A (Wed 8-12)
27636 Metagenomics and Microbiome Analysis 10 point E5 (Wed 8-17)
27641 Systems Biology 5 point E5A (Wed 8-12)
28233 Recovery and purification of biological products 5 point E2A (Mon 13-17)
28246 Applied Enzyme Technology and Kinetics 5 point E3A (Tues 8-12)
28247 Advanced Enzyme Technology 5 point E1A (Mon 8-12)
28871 Production of Biofuels 10 point F2A (Mon 13-17) and F2B (Thurs 8-12)
28872 Biorefinery 5 point E4B (Fri 8-12)

Elective Courses

Any course classified as MSc course in DTU's course base may be taken for credit as an elective course. This includes general competence and technological specialization courses in excess of the minimal requirements. Master students are allowed to take Bachelor DTU courses with the objective to obtaining basic skills not originally obtained in the qualifying bachelor degree (maximum 10 ECTS) In addition, it is possible to take MSc level courses at other Danish universities or abroad.

 

General admission requirements

Only applicants holding either a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering programme. From September 2017 the bachelor degree must be less than 10 years old.

The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants have to complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified in the form of a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.

The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor programme or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng programme. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.

Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng programme do not form part of the MSc Eng programme, and partial tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the deadlines specified, the conditional admission to the programme is withdrawn.

The Master of Science in Engineering programmes are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL- or Pearson test).

Academic requirements for this programme

The following Bachelor programmes from DTU entitle students to admission to the MSc Eng programme in Biotechnology:

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry and Technology
  • Human Life Science Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

Students from other bachelor programmes can apply and the applications will be evaluated individually based on the documents submitted. For all students it is recommended to have completed the following courses as these courses constitute a major part of the academic foundation for the Biotechnology field of study:

27022 Biochemistry 5 point F4B (Fri 8-12)
27026 Theoretical Molecular Microbiology 5 point E2A (Mon 13-17)
27027 Exercises in Molecular Microbiology 5 point E4A (Tues 13-17) and E5B (Wed 13-17)

As an alternative to 27026 and 27027 the former course in Molecular Microbiology 27025 is recommended.

It is recommended that the following courses have also been completed:

27051 Applied Biodiversity 5 point F5B (Wed 13-17)
27451 Experimental Applied Biodiversity 5 point January
27461 Mycotechnology 5 point E1B (Thurs 13-17) and E3B (Fri 13-17)
27611 Introduction to Bioinformatics 5 point F4A (Tues 13-17)

In addition, Bachelors in Engineering from DTU specializing in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Chemistry and Business Economy, or Food Analysis may be admitted, provided that at least 10 ECTS credit points from among the following courses form part of their program:

01035 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2 5 point E1A (Mon 8-12), E2B (Thurs 8-12), F2B (Thurs 8-12)
01037 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2 (Summer University) 5 point August
02405 Probability theory 5 point E4B (Fri 8-12)
02413 Statistical Quality Control 5 point E1B (Thurs 13-17)
02601 Introduction to Numerical Algorithms 5 point F1B (Thurs 13-17)
27022 Biochemistry 5 point F4B (Fri 8-12)
27026 Theoretical Molecular Microbiology 5 point E2A (Mon 13-17)
27027 Exercises in Molecular Microbiology 5 point E4A (Tues 13-17) and E5B (Wed 13-17)
27051 Applied Biodiversity 5 point F5B (Wed 13-17)
27451 Experimental Applied Biodiversity 5 point January
27461 Mycotechnology 5 point E1B (Thurs 13-17) and E3B (Fri 13-17)
42101 Introduction to Operations Research 5 point E2A (Mon 13-17), F2A (Mon 13-17)

Biochemistry (27022) and Molecular Microbiology (27025 or 27026) are recommended by the program coordinator of the MSc degree program.

In addition, it is recommended that Bachelors in Engineering have completed

27611 Introduction to Bioinformatics 5 point F4A (Tues 13-17)

Bachelors from other universities

Students with a bachelor degree in Biotechnology, Life Sciences or equivalent from other universities may be admitted to the MSc program provided their education comprises academic elements equivalent to the elements described above. The applications will be evaluated individually based on the documents submitted. In general it is recommended to have competencies in biochemistry, molecular biology and preferable a basic knowledge in bioinformatics.

As an example BScs in Biology from the University of the Faroe Island are admitted but it is recommended that they have passed courses equivilent to those recommended to other bachelors from DTU described above. Furthermore they may expect that they need further courses in mathematics and physics.

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