Do you want to help develop new techniques that will contribute to improving people’s lives? This could involve being able to identify diseases or genetically modifying cells.
Molecular biotechnology is a growing scientific field that combines molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, and immunology, in order to develop products and services within the pharmaceutical, agricultural and food industries.
Constituent courses in the study programme
During the first semester, you will study advanced courses within molecular biology, biostatistics, and bioinformatics. You will work with advanced laboratory equipment to analyze DNA, RNA, and proteins. Techniques used include qPCR, mutagenesis, cloning and protein expression. You will also learn to use molecular biology and bioinformatics data analyses and to carry out database searches.
During the second semester, you will carry out a degree project in which you will apply your theoretical and practical knowledge to solve a research problem within molecular biotechnology. This is an individual degree project and can be carried out at a business or an educational institution, either in Sweden or abroad.
Molecular Biotechnology is an international programme, and the courses are conducted in English.
The master’s programmes in Molecular Biotechnology start in the autumn semester. The 120-credit master’s programme is offered in two academic years (four semesters) and the 60-credit programme is offered in one academic year (two semesters).
After your studies, you can work within the pharmaceutical or food industries, at biotechnology companies or in laboratory analysis, for example at public or private-sector research laboratories.
Opportunities for further studies
After completing your degree, you can continue with third-cycle education (PhD studies).
Opportunities for international studies
You will have the opportunity to carry out part of your degree project abroad.
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To be eligible for the program a Bachelor's Degree (equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor’s Degree) with a major in the biological or medical area is required. The biological area can be defined as e.g. Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Physiology. The medical area is here defined as Biomedicine but can also include subjects like Pharmacology.
A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as English course 6 / English course B. This is normally demonstrated by means of an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS or TOEFL or the equivalent.