Chemical and Biotechnical Science
The duration of the programme is five semesters. The first 1½-year is spent at the academy. The last year consists in practical and theoretical work in a company. At the academy you will spend about half the time doing practical work in the laboratories.
Teaching is diversified and offers an alternating mix of theory, laboratory work, project work, lectures, study visits and theme teaching. Theoretical teaching is team-based whereas laboratory work is performed both individually and in small groups. Both the teaching and the examination forms are primarily project organised, reflecting the work form you will encounter in your future job as a chemical and biotechnical technician .
Teaching is mainly theme-orientated. The themes include water, environment, foodstuffs, chemical synthesis, fermentation, biotechnology and chemical technology. The programme consists of compulsory subjects (70 ECTS) and elective elements including project (20 ECTS) and an internship (50 ECTS) and a final project (10 ECTS). You will follow a series of different subjects: microbiology, biotechnology, apparatus technique, laboratory technique, analysis methods and chemistry.
The aim of the programme is to qualify the students to plan and carry out tasks of a technical/vocational nature in the laboratory area in connection with production, development, consultancy and control in the technical laboratories of companies in both the private and public sector.
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Introduction to the programme
Organic chemistry and biochemistry
Chemical technology II
Analysis of biomolecules
Chemical technology III
Optimisation and validation
Collaboration with companies
In the course of the programme, you will visit a number of companies where the knowledge you have gained at the Academy will be put into perspective in relation to the actual work in the industry. We cooperate with many private companies and public institutions in order to ensure that the programme is up-to-date and that what you learn is relevant to what you will be doing in your work placement and in your job afterwards.
The main project must document the students's ability to apply a methodical basis to the elaboration and dissemination of complex and practical problems in relation to a specific task within the aims of the internship. The main project takes place in a company.
Examples of projects
- Chemical and biological analyses of wine
- Analyses of drinking water and foodstuffs (chemical and microbiological)
- Cleansing and characterisation of enzymes produced from bacteria
- Cleansing and characterisation of bacterial DNA
- Cultivation of cells
The 3rd semester is followed by an internship in a relevant company in Denmark or abroad. Chemical and biotechnical science technicians are typically working in the food industry, pharmaceutical industry, independent analytical laboratories or universities. Students finding an internship company in Denmark receive a salary during their internship.
It is the responsibility of the student to arrange the internship, but there is no requirement for having secured a placement on admission to the Academy. The company can be situated anywhere - for instance in the student's native country, but the study programme during the practical training must be approved by the Academy, and the final examination takes place at the Academy on completion of the placement.