Large-scale biochemistry

On the Master’s programme in omics, you become an expert in large-scale biochemistry based on the huge biological databases which are available in the public domain.

Omics is the collective term used to describe large-scale biochemistry, e.g. the study of proteins (proteomics), DNA (genomics), RNA (transcriptomics) and biochemical processes (metabolomics) in living organisms. Omics approaches are becoming increasingly important for biochemistry research and production, for example in the pharmaceutical and food industries.

The approach first and foremost seeks to describe the full situation in a given biological system, which means that it yields results that are not obtainable through traditional reductionist methods within the field of biochemistry or molecular biology.

Since the turn of the century, the Chinese government has been investing forcefully in establishing advanced research environments and now has state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories and equipment, as well as some of the most accomplished scientists in the world. The progression has been rapid, and in some fields, for instance genomics, the competences and equipment of the Chinese institutes are unmatched.

A Master’s degree in omics gives you a broad understanding of the different omics disciplines and first-hand experience with specific omics techniques. You learn how to design experiments that generate large quantities of data, how to generate omics information, and how to analyse and interpret the data using biostatistics, bioinformatics and database mining.

The omics programme is unique to SDC and is not offered anywhere else.

On completion of the degree, you receive the titles Master of Science in Omics from the University of Southern Denmark and Master of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Bioinformatics/Genomics from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


In your first semester, you follow a range of courses that introduce the omics fields, technologies and mindsets in combination with various analytical and preparative techniques. You take the following courses:

• Introduction to Omics
• Omics Brush-up
• Analytical Biochemistry and Sample Preparations for Omics
• Contemporary Topic in Omics
The second semester elaborates on techniques and instrumentation and provides in-depth knowledge on how to design experiments and how to make sense of large data sets. You take the following courses:

• Central Techniques in Omics
• Molecular Genetics and Epigenetics
• Biostatistics and Experimental Design
• Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
• FoodOmics
You work on your Master’s thesis for a full year, which gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in a specific topic within omics.

Master’s projects may focus on omics techniques, on specific life science questions or on biostatistics/bioinformatics, depending on the student’s interests.
While working on your thesis, you have access to state-of-the-art laboratories at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and you have an opportunity to gain valuable first-hand experience with working in a Chinese lab environment.


With a Master’s degree in omics, you have a unique and broad understanding of the omics disciplines and first-hand experience with using the different techniques, such as next-generation sequencing and mass spectrometry.

As a graduate of the programme, your key competencies are a comprehensive grasp of the omics approaches and the generic omics workflow, as well as the ability to manage experiment design, large quantities of data and analysis through use of bioinformatics and biostatistics.

The Master’s thesis typically provides experience with independent planning and execution of experiments as well as contextualising the results obtained in relation to existing knowledge.

In addition, you gain invaluable experience with studying, working and living in a cross-cultural environment, which enables you to contribute to an international work environment from day one of your career.

Your competencies can be useful in a wide range of industries and institutions, such as:
• The biotechnology industry
• The pharmaceutical industry
• Production and processing of food and ingredients
• Clinical labs dealing with patient sample analysis and development/research
• Universities and research institutions

Typical work tasks include analysis of large-scale data, clinical chemistry analysis, large-scale DNA/RNA sequencing, analytical biochemistry incl. mass spectrometry, quality control, product development and research and development. 


You apply through University of Southern 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 Omics at SDC, you are welcome to contact current student Anne Eriksson Agger at

Heads of the Educational Programme

Danish Head of Omics
Associate professor Finn Kirpekar
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The University of Southern Denmark

Chinese Head of Omics
Professor Yang Yungui
Beijing Institute of Genomics
Chinese Academy of Sciences