From laboratories to real-world production

A Master’s degree in chemical and biochemical engineering gives you a comprehensive understanding of chemical and biochemical engineering processes and the skills to bring new methods from laboratories to industrial production.

Existing production facilities must reduce pollution, and new facilities must be designed to prevent negative environmental impact. This means that there is a growing demand for research and development aimed at inventing innovative green methods and equipment for transforming raw materials into the substances and products society needs.

China has the largest energy consumption of any country in the world. Huge investments in research and development are being made by both government and industry in order to use energy more efficiently and optimise existing production methods. As a result, China has some of the world’s most advanced research facilities and scientists in the field of chemical and biochemical engineering.

As a student on the chemical and biochemical engineering programme, you participate in courses which are based on state-of-the-art research within the field. You learn how to design, manage and carry out experiments, which gives you first-hand experience with working in a foreign laboratory environment, a great advantage when pursuing a career in an international setting.

On completion of the programme you receive a double degree and the following titles: Master of Science in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering – specialisation in Biomass Based Energy from the Technical University of Denmark and Master of Biochemical Engineering/Chemical Engineering from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


The first semester introduces the fundamentals of chemical reaction engineering, bioreaction engineering, transport processes and biorefinery.

Parts of the theories learnt will be tested through experiments in the laboratory.

State-of-the-art research in these areas will be highlighted in Progress in Research lectures. You take the following courses:

• Industrial Reaction Engineering (7,5 ECTS)
• Transport Processes (10 ECTS)
• Industrial Bioreaction Engineering (5 ECTS)
• Biorefinery (5 ECTS)
The second semester deals with the theory and tools to design chemical and biochemical processes, evaluation of the environmental impacts, and enabling “green” chemical engineering.

The knowledge and tools learnt will be applied innovatively to design a “green” product or process in the Green Challenge course.

The semester is concluded with a summer school focusing on pilot-scale experiments in unit operations. You take the following courses:

• Green Chemical Engineering (5 ECTS)
• Process Design – Principle and Methods (10 ECTS)
• Energy and Sustainability (5 ECTS)
• Green Challenge (5 ECTS)
• SDC Summer School in Unit Operations (7,5 ECTS)
• Laboratory Experiments
The third semester introduces complex multiphase flow systems and combustion processes.

The semester is concluded with a course focusing on combining technology, economics, organisation and management. You take the following courses:

• Technology, Economics, Management and Organisation (10 ECTS)
• Combustion and High Temperature Processes (5 ECTS)
• Fluidisation and Multiphase Flow (5 ECTS)
• Laboratory Experiments (5 ECTS)
• Progress in Research (5 ECTS)
The fourth semester puts your acquired knowledge and skills to use when you do your Master’s thesis.

The thesis will be carried out with supervisors from both Denmark and China. It is possible to conduct the Master’s thesis in collaboration with a relevant company.

The Master's thesis awards 30 ECTS.

Courses may be subject to change.

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As a graduate of the Master’s degree programme in chemical and biochemical engineering, you have a broad knowledge of chemical and biochemical processes and familiarity with process equipment and its use.

You are able to plan, implement and manage experimental studies and design on any scale from laboratory to production, including dealing with large data sets. You will be able to use and develop mathematical models and numerical tools to describe and analyse chemical and biochemical processes. Finally, two years of living and studying with Chinese and Danes in China will give you an invaluable interpersonal and intercultural understanding.

The programme qualifies you to work with innovation, product development, inspection, research or as a liaison between technicians within the field of chemical and biochemical engineering. You could pursue a career within consultancy or academia, or you could work as an engineer in industries related to the field in Denmark, China or other countries, such as the pharmaceutical and industrial chemistry industries.


You apply through the Technical University of Denmark. To find out if you are qualified go to Deadline is 1 March.


Tuition is 40 000 RMB a year. Please read the following carefully to see if you have to pay tuition to attend the programme.

Danish citizens

You have to pay tuition if you at the time of application are not enrolled at a Danish university. However, you may be eligible to receive the Danish “Udlandsstipendium” to cover your tuition fee. To find out if you are eligible, please go to SU-styrelsen. Most Danish citizens will be eligible.

You do NOT have to pay tuition if you at the time of application are enrolled at a Danish University – either in a Bachelor programme, a full Danish Master's programme or a Danish supplementary course in connection to a Danish Bachelor or Danish professional bachelor programme.

Non-EU citizens

For all non-EU citizens the tuition fee for all MSc programmes at SDC is
40,000 RMB a year.

EU/EØS citizens

You have to pay tuition if you at the time of application are not enrolled as a student at a Danish university either in a Bachelor programme, a full Danish Master's programme or supplementary courses.
However, if you are equated with Danish citizens, who are required to pay tuition, you may be eligible to receive the Danish Udlandsstipendium (scholarship for studying abroad) to cover tuition.
To find out if you are eligible, please go to SU-styrelsen (The Danish Education Support Agency) for more information.

You do not have to pay tuition if at the time of application are enrolled at a full Danish Bachelor programme, a full Danish Master's programme or a Danish supplementary course.

Contact current student

If you are curious about what it is like to study Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at SDC, you are welcome to contact current student Mia Bodenhoff at
The contact student does not represent SDC but will answer your questions on the basis of his/her own personal experiences. The contact student is available for questions concerning study environment, campus life and the like.

For course specific questions, please contact the head of the master’s programme or programme coordinator below.

For further information on studying at SDC in Beijing, check out the content and FAQ on the Going to study in China subpage.

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Heads of the Educational Programme

Danish Head of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Kim Dam-Johansen, Professor, Head of Department
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Technical University of Denmark

Programme Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Hao Wu
Mobile: +45 50 54 12 99
Chinese Head of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Professor Suojiang Zhang
Institute of Process Engineering
Chinese Academy of Sciences