Programme Structure - MSc in Biology-Biotechnology – University of Copenhagen

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Programme Structure

As an MSc student at Biology-Biotechnology you set out by selecting a specialisation that determines your courses in the beginning of the programme. Following you can choose a number of elective and restricted elective courses. In that way you can shape your education based on your biotechnological interest. You can also choose to take some of your elective or restricted elective courses at a foreign university – read more about studying abroad here >>

You have a choice of four specialisations (you can see how the programme is structured on the subpage of each specialisation):

In the last semester of your first study year students from all four specialisations follow a compulsory course on biotechnological innovation. During this course you work with all phases of biotechnological product development, from initial idea to finished product and intellectual property rights (IPR).

No matter what you choose as your area of specialisation, you will get an education which develops your analytical skills and, via solid experience with laboratory work in cutting-edge research facilities, enables you to find innovative solutions to specific problems in collaboration with the industry.

Teaching on the MSc programme in Biology-Biotechnology

In order to prepare you for the international labour market, the programme is taught in English. This means that lectures are in English, as are your reports.

Instruction is in the form of lectures, seminars, practical and theoretical exercises, and there will be a good deal of project work. You will be working independently as well as in project groups.

There is a well-established collaboration between students and the business community that ensures excellent prospects for projects in practice, providing you with a unique experience and a good network.

During the programme you will be in contact with the real world as you will be working with biotechnological challenges that are also important outside the walls of the university.

Thesis

The programme is concluded with a thesis where, over a one-year period, you have the chance to work in depth with a biotechnological issue that you are enthusiastic about. It is an advantage if you have an idea for a subject that can be the focus of your thesis early on. Then, in collaboration with your supervisor, you can select the elective courses that will match the academic profile you are developing.

You have the opportunity to work both in laboratories and with data analysis, and your thesis may relate to your supervisor’s research or can be prepared in collaboration with other research institutions or relevant companies.

Recently completed projects have, for example, been done in collaboration with Novo Nordisk, Chr. Hansen and Oxford University. These projects have studied the significance of genes for diabetes or obesity or the use of plants and microorganisms for the production of drugs and other therapeutic products.

Other examples of thesis subjects include:

  • Yeast that produce vanilla
  • Frost-resistant tomatoes – genetic engineering of enzymes from arctic fish
  • Genes in grass – producing grass especially for golf courses
  • Cell recognition and drugs for specific cells
  • Non-slurry smelling pigs with biotechnology