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Sustainable Biotechnology BA

Bachelor of of Science in Engineering (Sustainable Biotechnology), 180 ECTS
Agriculture and environment Mathematics, natural- and computer science

Institution Aalborg University (AAU)
Campus Copenhagen
Duration 3
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 6350 EUR


  • Do you want to develop new biotechnological solutions for tomorrow’s society?
  • Are you interested in sustainability and renewable energy?
  • Do you want an insight into biology, biochemistry and molecular biology?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, the education in sustainable biotechnology at Aalborg University in Denmark could be of your interest.

The development of green technologies is a highly prioritised and rapidly growing area, which is fundamental for the development of a sustainable society. Mineral oil still constitutes the most important source of liquid fuels, but it is also an important raw material for the production of plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.Within one generation, we need to exploit alternative sustainable resources to compensate for the forthcoming depletion of mineral oil but also to deal with greenhouse gases and the associated climate effects.

Biomass is assumed to be the most important replacement for oil as an industrial raw material. Oil refineries will be replaced by bio refineries where the processes are based upon microorganisms, enzymes and chemical catalysis. The products are biofuels, biochemicals for the pharmaceutical - and chemical industry and biologically active compounds. Oil will be replaced by crop residues, algae, and industrial wastes from food production, which will be converted into the products. Biological solutions are necessary to develop sustainable solutions to the many global challenges such as depletion of resources, climate changes, food supply, etc.

Career Opportunities

After finishing the bachelor education you typically continue to study on the two-year Sustainable Biotechnology master education.
However, the Bachelor programme qualifies you for general biotechnological disciplines and employment within a number of fields where the transition to sustainable technologies and resources has been initiated or will be initiated.

About the Degree

Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner.
The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner.


To be admitted to this programme, you must have:
  • Upper secondary school exam
  • English B or an acceptable IELTS or TOEFL or Cambridge score
  • Mathematics A
  • One of the following combinations:
 - Physics B and Chemistry B - Physics B and Biotechnology A - Earth science A and Chemistry BRead more about the requirements of this programme

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. 
Read about the language requirements of Aalborg University 
Apply through the national electronic admission system, with all relevant documentation.
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To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aalborg University directly. 

A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students outside EU, EAA, or from Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn | EU/EAA applicants

Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn | Non-EU/EAA applicants

Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Sep 01



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