Programme Structure

As an MSc student at Biotechnology you set out by following the compulsory course "Big Data in Biotechnology". After that 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 may also choose to take some of your elective or restricted elective courses at a foreign university – read more about studying abroad here >>

In the last semester of your first study year, you 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 your interests are within the field of biotechnology, 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 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.

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. 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.


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

The programme is structured as follows:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Big Data in Biotechnology Elective course Restricted elective course Advanced Biotechnology and Intellectual Property Rights
Restricted elective course Elective course Restricted elective course
Year 2 Thesis

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the list below. Click on each course for a detailed description.

NB: The list is based on the academic year 2020/2021 and is therefore only indicative. The final list of restricted elective courses in the academic year 2021/2022 is ready in spring 2021.