Pursuant to consolidation Act 172 of February 27, 2018 on Universities (the University Act) with subsequent changes, the following curriculum is established. The programme also follows the Joint Programme Regulations and the Examination Policies and Procedures for The Faculty.
The Master’s programme is organised in accordance with the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Order no. 1328 of November 15, 2016 on Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes at Universities (the Ministerial Order of the Study Programmes) with subsequent changes and Ministerial Order no. 1062 of June 30, 2016 on University Examinations (the Examination Order) with subsequent changes. Further reference is made to Ministerial Order no. 106 of February 12, 2018 (the Admission Order) and Ministerial Order no. 114 of February 3, 2015 (the Grading Scale Order).
The programme is offered in Copenhagen.
The Master’s programme falls under Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University.
The Master’s programme falls under Study Board of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
The Master’s programme is associated with the external examiners corps on: Ingeniøruddannelsernes landsdækkende censorkorps – kemi.
Applicants with a legal right of admission (retskrav)
Applicants without legal right of admission
The Master’s programme entitles the graduate to the Danish designation Civilingeniør, cand.polyt. i bæredygtig bioteknologi. The English designation is: Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Biotechnology).
The Master’s programme is a 2-year, research-based, full-time study programme. The programme constitutes a total of 120 ECTS credits.
The Study Board can approve successfully completed (passed) programme elements from other Master’s programmes in lieu of programme elements in this programme (credit transfer). The Study Board can also approve successfully completed (passed) programme elements from another Danish programme or a programme outside of Denmark at the same level in lieu of programme elements within this curriculum. Decisions on credit transfer are made by the Study Board based on an academic assessment. See the Joint Programme Regulations for the rules on credit transfer.
In exceptional circumstances, the Study Board study can grant exemption from those parts of the curriculum that are not stipulated by law or ministerial order. Exemption regarding an examination applies to the immediate examination.
The rules for examinations are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures - published at this website: https://www.studieservice.aau.dk/Studielegalitet/
In the assessment of all written work, regardless of the language it is written in, weight is also given to the student's formulation and spelling ability, in addition to the academic content. Orthographic and grammatical correctness as well as stylistic proficiency are taken as a basis for the evaluation of language performance. Language performance must always be included as an independent dimension of the total evaluation. However, no examination can be assessed as ‘Pass’ on the basis of good language performance alone; similarly, an examination normally cannot be assessed as ‘Fail’ on the basis of poor language performance alone.
The Study Board can grant exemption from this in special cases (e.g., dyslexia or a native language other than Danish).
The Master’s Thesis must include an English summary (or another foreign language: French, Spanish or German upon approval by the Study Board). If the project is written in English, the summary must be in Danish (The Study Board can grant exemption from this). The summary must be at least 1 page and not more than 2 pages (this is not included in any fixed minimum and maximum number of pages per student). The summary is included in the evaluation of the project as a whole.
It is assumed that the student can read academic texts in his or her native language as well as in English and use reference works etc. in other European languages.
The following competence profile will appear on the diploma:
A Candidatus graduate has the following competency profile:
A Candidatus graduate has competencies that have been acquired via a course of study that has taken place in a research environment.
A Candidatus graduate is qualified for employment on the labour market based on his or her academic discipline as well as for further research (PhD programmes). A Candidatus graduate has, compared to a Bachelor, developed his or her academic knowledge and independence so as to be able to apply scientific theory and method on an independent basis within both an academic and a professional context.
The graduate of the Master’s programme
The program is structured in modules and organized as a problem-based study. A module is a program element or a group of program elements, which aim to give students a set of professional skills within a fixed time frame specified in ECTS credits, and concluding with one or more examinations within specific exam periods. Examinations are defined in the curriculum.
The program is based on a combination of academic, problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and organized based on the following work and evaluation methods that combine skills and reflection:
All modules are assessed through individual grading according to the 7-point scale or Pass/Fail. All modules are assessed by external examination (external grading) or internal examination (internal grading or by assessment by the supervisor only).
Offered as: 1-professional
|Module name||Course type||ECTS||Applied grading scale||Evaluation method||Assessment method|
|Advanced Microbiological Production||Project||15||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Biorefinery Principles||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Systems and Synthetic Biology||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Biological Production Processes||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Biomass Conversion Processes||Project||15||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Microbiological Discovery||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Advanced Kinetics and Modelling of Bioprocesses||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Sustainable biotechnological companies – from innovation to industry||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Project-oriented Study in an External Organisation||Project||30||Passed/Not Passed||External examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Master’s Thesis||Project||60||7-point grading scale||External examination||Master's thesis/final project|
|Master’s Thesis||Project||30||7-point grading scale||External examination||Oral exam based on a project|
On 3 - 4 semester option A or B is chosen
More detailed information about the programme, including exams and literature, is published on Moodle (learning management system).
All students who have not participated in Aalborg University’s PBL introductory course during their Bachelor’s degree must attend the introductory course “Problem-based Learning and Project Management”. The introductory course must be approved before the student can participate in the project exam. For further information, please see the course description
The curriculum is approved by the dean and enters into force as of 2019.
The Study Board does not offer teaching after the previous curriculum from 2017 after the summer examination 2020.
Changes to the curriculum in 2019: