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System-wide biology and chemistry

Through the Master’s programme in Life Science Engineering and Informatics, you will become an expert in high-throughput biological and biochemical studies, based on novel experimental techniques and huge publicly-available biological databases.

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 Life Science Engineering and Informatics 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 Life Science Engineering and Informatics programme is unique to SDC and is not offered anywhere else.

On completion of the programme you receive a double degree and the following titles: Master of Science in Life Science Engineering and Informatics from the Technical University of Denmark and Master of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Bioinformatics/Genomics from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Semesters

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 (6 ECTS)
• Omics Brush-up (5 ECTS)
• Analytical Biochemistry and Sample Preparations for Omics (8 ECTS)
• Unix and Python for Data Science (5 ECTS)
• Personalised Track (7 ECTS)
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 (9 ECTS)
• Molecular Genetics and Epigenetics (5 ECTS)
• Biostatistics and Experimental Design (3 ECTS)
• Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (7 ECTS)
• Applied Omics in Food and Veterinary Sciences (5 ECTS)
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.

Course catalogues

Academic Regulations

The name of the Master's programme in Omics has changed to "Life Science Engineering and Informatics". The content of the programme is basically the same.

Academic regulations for the MSc in Life Science Engineering and Informatics

Videos

Anne studies Life Science Engineering and Informatics

Meet Anne Eriksson Agger, who talks about what she has experiences from studying the programme in Beijing.

Anne on writing her thesis in Beijing

Anne Eriksson Agger shares her experiences from writing her thesis at the Center for Protein Science in Beijing.

Career

With a Master’s degree in Life Science Engineering and Informatics, 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. 

Admission

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

Chinese citizens (including citizens from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao) must apply through the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Tuition

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.

Further Questions?

If you have further questions, please take a look at the FAQ on the Going to study in China page.

For questions regarding specific courses, admission or
practical matters please contact SDC at:

contact@sdc.university
For first-hand questions regarding living and studying in China, you may contact recent Life Science Engineering and Informatics graduate Andreas Fønns Møller at andreas.f.m@hotmail.com.

He does not represent SDC, but will answer your questions on the basis of her own personal experiences.

SDC alumni

Heads of the Educational Programme

Danish Head of Life Science Engineering and Informatics
Paolo Marcatili
Associate Professor
Department of Health Technology
Technical University of Denmark
Chinese Head of Life Science Engineering and Informatics
Professor Yang Yungui
Beijing Institute of Genomics
Chinese Academy of Sciences

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