Technology is playing an increasingly important role in virtually all sectors of society, and this development will only continue in the future. There is strong demand for skilled engineers, and at the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, we educate students to BSc Eng, MSc Eng (bachelors and graduates), and PhD levels so that they can meet the needs of business and industry. Our highly qualified graduates are educated to apply logic and creativity to find solutions to the major challenges of the future, as front runners in the technological revolution.
There are differences between our degree programmes, but innovation and development are core values for them all.
The Master of Science in Engineering degree programme (BSc + MSc) takes a total of five years, and with an MSc in Engineering, our graduates are the promoters of many major changes in society in jobs in virtually all sectors where technology plays a role, both in Denmark and abroad.
The Bachelor of Engineering programme takes 3½ years, and during their studies students meet the business community in their engineering internships. Graduates with Bachelor of Engineering degrees can go directly into the labour market and contribute actively to a company, while some choose courses so they can continue their studies to MSc in Engineering level.
As a graduate engineer you can also pursue a career in research if you supplement your studies with a PhD.
A substance produced by bacteria can be used in the fight against cancer. But how do we produce the material at a scale large enough to actually be practical in cancer treatment? Two engineering students from Aarhus University are trying to find out.
"It’s difficult for traditional cancer treatment such as chemotherapy to strike cells that are far away from the bloodstream. But we’ve found out that certain bacteria produce substances that suit precisely this purpose. So if you produce the bacteria at a large scale and harvest and clean these substances up, you can use them as part of cancer treatment. At least that's the hypothesis," says 22-year-old Amalie Kirstine Hessellund Nielsen.
Amil Ali is a Bachelor of engineering student in chemistry at Aarhus University. During his internship semester, he helped develop a fermentation technology that can transform inedible seaweed into nutrient-rich delicacies. This makes it possible to initiate new food production based on the crops of the sea.
"My goal has been to find a chemical design that makes it possible to break down the cell structure of the seaweed, so that the many valuable nutrients can be absorbed in the body and the consistency of the seaweed is made more appetizing," he says.