MSc Eng graduates in Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling are educated in the interface between pathology, pharmacology, and mathematical modelling.
The world needs graduates with extensive knowledge of pathology, mechanisms and treatment of disease, and handling of quantitative biological data to make mathematical models that improve our understanding of complex diseases and their prevention or treatment.
Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling is an interdisciplinary programme offered by DTU in collaboration with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH).
Study programme focus
On the MSc Eng in Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling, you will build upon previous experience in mathematics and mathematical modelling, pharmacology, biology, and pathology to master quantitative biology and pathology and create relevant mathematical models to advance the understanding of disease mechanisms. While the aim of other study programmes is ‘engineering for biology’ by developing new technical solutions to biological problems, or ‘engineering of biology’ by developing biotechnology solutions to biological production; our aim is to ‘engineer with biology’ to increase our understanding of biology through a quantitative and modelling approach. These skills will give you unique tools to develop new effective drugs, and advance the understanding and treatment of multifactorial and complex diseases.
The core of the MSc Eng programme consists of mandatory courses in molecular pathology, immunology, systems biology and pharmaceutical PK/PD modelling supplemented by statistics and advanced technological and modelling specialization.
A clear profile
Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling has a clear MSc Eng profile and admission requires biological training at BSc level in biology, chemistry, and pharmacology, as well as computer programming and mathematical modelling to continue with the mandatory courses. Beyond the mandatory training there are no predefined study lines or recommended programmes so you can choose from a pool of technological specialization courses and the extensive range of elective courses offered by DTU and UCPH.
You may choose to focus on laboratory animal science, immunology, microbiology, advanced programming and modelling, or take advantage of the many research groups at both DTU and UCPH engaged in e.g. cancer immunology, obesity, or diabetes. Here you can design special individual courses to apply mathematical models to analyse their quantitative data, and maybe follow up with your own biological experimental work in your thesis to further advance and refine the models.
Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling is a highly specialized study programme starting in 2018. As our students will be pioneering the field of quantitative biology there are no available statistics on job opportunities. However, the amount of quantitative biological data is exploding and graduates from the programme are well suited to function as a link between biomedical experts and data handlers, in systems pharmacology, in the development and production of pharmaceuticals, and in research.
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Academic requirements for this programme
Bachelor of Science in Engineering from DTU
The following BSc Eng programme from DTU entitles students to admission to the MSc Eng programme in Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling:
- Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling
Students from the following BSc Eng programmes from DTU
- Biomedical Engineering
- Human Life Science Engineering
- Chemistry and Technololgy
have access to be admitted based on an individual assessment and subject to having completed the following courses:
|02402||Introduction to Statistics||5||point||Autumn E3A (Tues 8-12), Spring F4A (Tues 13-17)|
|24001||Human Physiology||5||point||Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)|
|27002||Life Science||5||point||Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)|
|27022||Biochemistry||5||point||Spring F4B (Fri 8-12)|
|ku015||Fundamental Pharmacology and Bioavailability of Drugs||7.5||point||Tues 8-12 and Thur 8-17|
Course 24001 and 27002 may be replaced by (for most students, it will be an advantage to take KU002 and KU003 instead of 24001 and 27002):
|ku002||Human Biology||10||point||Autumn E3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17) and Autumn E4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)|
|ku003||Human Diseases for Non-Clinicians||10||point||Spring F3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17) and Spring F4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)|
Course KU015 is not a prerequisite if the student has passed the two courses below, in which case KU015 must be taken in the second semester of the programme to qualify for KU115 in the third semester:
|26400||Organic Chemistry 1||5||point||Spring F5A (Wed 8-12)|
|27322||Immunology||10||point||Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)|
Please also read “Additional requirements for all applicants” below!
Bachelors of Science in Engineering from other universities
BSc in Engineering from other universities than DTU may qualify based on an individual assessment and provided that the applicant holds credit in the following areas:
- 20 ETCS Mathematics for technical sciences
- 10 ECTS Physics for technical sciences
- 5 ECTS Chemistry
- 15 ECTS Programming and/or modelling
- 5 ECTS Statistics
- 30 ECTS Human physiology, anatomy, cell biology and pathophysiology
- 5 ECTS Basic pharmacology or 10 ECTS Immunology
- 5 ECTS Bioinformatics
Additional requirement for all applicants (except BSc Eng in Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling)
The MSc Eng programme in Quantitative Biology and disease Modelling requires a sound knowledge of mathematics, physics, pharmacology, human biology and diseases as well as specialization within computer programming and statistics.
Applicant are therefore expected to review the contents of the mandatory courses and the desired technological specialization courses in the MSc Eng programme and make sure that the necessary requirements are met, or wil be, in good time before starting the programme. It is possible to take Basic Pharmacology (a prerequisite to Pharmacometrics) in the second semester of programme if the student already has taken a course in Immunology.
The applicants are expected to be able to understand and learn new programming languages without teachning assistance.
Applicants are also recommended to have passed a bachelor project within the biomedical engineering field.
When applying, the applicant should
- include a motivational letter of maximally one A4 sheet and
- specify how the course requirements listed in this document are met and
- specify their planned area of specialization and give an account of how their bachelor degree may qualify them for this area of specialization
All documents must be in pdf-format.
General admission requirements
Only applicants holding either a relevant Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering programme. The bachelor degree must be less than 10 years old.
The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants have to complete supplementary educational activities.
Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified in the form of a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.
The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor programme or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng programme. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.
Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng programme do not form part of the MSc Eng programme, and partial tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the deadlines specified, the conditional admission to the programme is withdrawn.
The Master of Science in Engineering programmes are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL- or Pearson test).
DTU offers Honours Programme as part of all MSc Eng. programmes. The admission requirements are described at http://www.dtu.dk/english/education/msc/honours-programmes
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