Chemical and Biotechnical Science
AP degree - 2½ years - 150 ECTS
This programme will no longer be available in English from 2022 and onwards.
1½-years of teaching and a 1-year internship and main project.
The Chemical and Biotechnical Science programme is for people who would like to work in a practical, research or development laboratory. This AP programme is the international version of the Danish laborant programme (laboratory technology). The two lines have identical content and offer the same job opportunities, but the international line equips you with a global understanding. So, if you want to work in an international company or study abroad, you will get international and linguistic competencies by studying on the international line.
This entire programme is taught in English.
Practical experience and theoretical knowledge from a laboratory
The programme is versatile and offers a varied mix of laboratory work, theory, project work, lectures, study visits and thematic teaching. A part of the chemical and biotechnical technician’s work is done in cooperation with others, but you must also be able to work independently.
Jobs within the food industry, the environment or the pharmaceutical industry
Chemical and biotechnical science technicians are typically working in the food industry, pharmaceutical industry, independent analytical laboratories or universities. The work can include practical laboratory work, quality assurance and research. With your AP degree, you also have the opportunity to continue your studies on the undergraduate or graduate level.
A student talks about the programme
Earn a Bachelor's degree in 1½ years
The AP degree programme in Chemical and Biotechnical Science is the first 2½ years of a Bachelor’s programme. On completion of this programme, you have the opportunity to apply for one of our related Bachelor’s top-up degree programmes to earn a full Bachelor’s degree.
Go abroad as part of your degree
You can study, join a summer school or take your internship abroad during the programme.
The duration of the programme is five semesters. The first 1½-year is spent at the Academy. The last year consists of practical and theoretical work in a company. You will spend about half the time doing practical work in the laboratories at the Academy.
Teaching is diversified and offers an alternating mix of theory, laboratory work, project work, lectures, study visits and thematic teaching - which is also reflected in the exams during the education. Theoretical teaching is team-based whereas laboratory work is performed both individually and in small groups. The teaching 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.
Introduction to the programme (3 ECTS)
Microbiology (13,5 ECTS)
Chemical technology I (12,5 ECTS)
Organic chemistry (1 ECTS)
Biotechnology I and biochemistry (10 ECTS)
Chemical technology II (10 ECTS)
Analysis of biomolecules (5 ECTS)
Elective element (5 ECTS)
Biotechnology II (5 ECTS)
Chemical technology III (5 ECTS)
Optimisation and validation (5 ECTS)
Project (10 ECTS)
Elective element (5 ECTS)
Internship (30 ECTS)
Internship (20 ECTS)
Final exam project (10 ECTS)
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 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.
Final exam project
The main project must document the students' 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
Apply for admission
This programme will no longer be available in English from 2022 and onwards.
As part of your programme, you will have an internship in a company in your 4th and 5th semesters.
In your internship, you will get to test your newly acquired skills in a company and get insight into future work assignments and career opportunities. You will be able to connect your theoretical knowledge with practical experience and at the same time strengthen your CV.
You can choose an internship company that fits your interests within chemical and biotechnical work. You, therefore, add a special profile to your programme which fits with your future career plans. As part of your internship, you must write a project report which is based on a problem statement from the company. Here, you will have the opportunity to specialise within your specific interests.
Get insight into your career options
The internship gives you insight into work as a chemical and biotechnical analyst in a company. Your theoretical knowledge will be exemplified and you will get new practical competencies in the area of quality assurance, documentation, work environment, procurement, information technology and technical laboratory methods.
The internship is a mandatory part of your programme, and it is your responsibility to find an internship company. To help, we have a wide range of tools and contacts available, e.g. via our career centre.
If the internship is in Denmark, you will get a salary during the internship in accordance with the collective agreement between the trade union and the State/Confederation of Danish Industry. If your internship is outside of Denmark, the company is not obliged to pay a salary, but you can take SU (the government grant) with you.
Get advice from our student, Teddy, on how to find an internship in Denmark
Examples of internship companies
Your internship can be taken in a company in Denmark or abroad. Here are some examples of internship companies:
Cooperation with a lot of companies
Business Academy Aarhus cooperates closely with a wide range of private and public companies. Contact with the business community creates real-life teaching – for the benefit of the students, the programme and the companies.
You will, first and foremost, encounter cooperation with the business community in connection with project work and your internship. We also invite guest speakers to contribute with their experience and the latest trends from the business community. For exams, we also use co-examiners from the business community.
Chemical and Biotechnical Analysts are sought after by the foodstuffs industry, environmental companies, for product quality assurance, by the medical industry, for research at universities and for development projects in private companies.
As a chemical and biotechnical analyst, you will work as a laboratory technician with a variety of tasks. For example within:
- Food industry including breweries, dairies and abattoirs
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Chemical industry
- Textile, paint and plastics industry
- Colour and cosmetics industry
- Biotechnology companies
- Food safety authority or food research laboratories at a university
Continue with your education
An academy profession degree is a dynamic pathway to a higher education. See your options here:
Diploma degree subjects (part-time)
A Diploma degree subject is for you who want to educate yourself on a part-time basis while you work. On our diploma courses, teaching is in Danish.
See our part-time subjects here (in Danish)
Do you want to know more?
If you want to continue studying, you can get counselling from the educational institution that you want to be admitted to.
You are also welcome to contact our student and career counsellors for further information about careers and further education.
When you embark on a higher education programme with us, you'll get:
- a top-quality internationally recognised degree
- combined theory and practice in small classes of 20-35 students, which ensures close contact between lecturer and students
- focus on learning in small teams, with real-life cases in collaboration with companies
- a compulsory internship as well as excellent job opportunities during and after your studies
- a great international experience in a vibrant, active and culturally diverse city
- Danish lessons on campus
- plenty of other social activities.
Info for international applicants
There are a lot of practical matters you need to know in order to get a good start and have a pleasant stay in Denmark.
Get a buddy
All international students are offered a Buddy. A Buddy is a current Academy student, who volunteers to help new international students get off to a good start in Aarhus.
Every two years we carry out – in cooperation with the Ministry and together with the other Danish educational institutions – a survey of the study satisfaction among our students. The survey is called ‘Learning barometer’.
Compare Higher Education programmes
On Uddannelseszoom (in Danish only), you can compare results from the ‘Learning Barometer’ across all higher education institutions in Denmark. You can, among other things, compare salary levels and see how graduates got their first job.
Every year we carry out a teacher evaluation where our students evaluate the teaching they receive.