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  • Foreign: $ 18k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016

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    The Master Programme in Molecular Biotechnology is focused on the ­structure and function of biomolecules. The programme provides you with knowledge of how these vital molecules can be ana­lysed, separated and modified.

    It rests securely on Uppsala University's proud traditions within this subject are. In our courses, you will meet the researchers working with central biological issues and those who are developing tomorrow’s techniques and products. The exciting development within modern biology has its origin in the research carried out in technology, computer science and new interdisciplinary areas such as systems biology, bioinformatics and synthetic biology.

    This development opens new opportunities for the systematic analysis and interpretation of complex biological systems that could not previously be done. For example, it is possible to examine and ana­lyse all proteins expressed in a human being. However, the development seen in the life sciences also imply high demands on the knowledge and proficiencies of researchers with, for example, mathematics and data modelling.


    With a master degree in molecular biotechnology from Uppsala University, you will have excellent career opportunities both in academic research and in biotechnical industry in Sweden and internationally. A majority of our alumni so far have continued with PhD studies, in Sweden or abroad, after their master studies.


    The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Molecular Biotechnology as the main field of study.

    Year 1

    After an introduction course, all students of the programme are offered a common courses package that is shared with the Swedish Master Programme in molecular biotechnology during the first year. A majority of the courses, such as Immunology and Protein biotechnology are focused on biomolecules and their use in biotechnological applications.


    • Molecular Biotechnology – starting course 15 credits
    • Immunology 5 credits
    • Genome Biology 5 credits
    • Evolution causes and consequences 5 credits
    • Macromolecular Machines 5 credits
    • Microbial regulatory ­mechanisms 5 credits
    • Synthetic Biology 10 credits
    • Protein Crystallography 5 credits
    • Protein Biotechnology 10 credits

    Year 2

    During the second year of the programme, there is a choise of courses and the possibility to specialise within a particular area, such as Protein Engineering and Molecular Biotechnology for Renewable Energy. You may also gain practical experience at a research institute or a company and thus take part in the development of a method or in basic research.

    There is also an excellent opportunity to broaden the acquired biotechnology knowledge of other relevant fields such as bioinformatics and chemistry. The programme is concluded with a degree project at one of our excellent research departments, a government agency or at a biotechnology company.


    • Computational and Systems Biology I 15 credits


    • Biosensors 5 credits
    • Nanobiotechnology 10 credits


    • Protein Engineering 15 credits
    • Computational and Systems Biology II 15 credits


    • Molecular Biotechnology for Renewable Energy 15 credits


    • Degree Project E in Molecular Biotechnology if you want to do a 45-credit degree project.
    • Degree Project E in Molecular Biotechnology 30 credits or continue on your 45-credit project started last period

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    A bachelor degree in any of the natural sciences, medicine, pharmacy, computer science, engineering, mathematics, equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time study).Also required is:knowledge and practical experience of laboratory biology experiments and molecular biology: cell biology, molecular biology and molecular genetics corresponding to approximately 20 weeks full-time studies. knowledge and practical experience of chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry and bio- chemistry corresponding to approximately 20 weeks full-time study. knowledge of mathematics (e.g. algebra, analysis, differential equations and mathematical statistics) corresponding to approximately 20 weeks full-time study.knowledge of computer science: good proficiency in use of computer software for word and simple calculations.Proof of skills in English to a level corresponding to English B in the Swedish secondary school. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test with the following minimum scores:IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90Cambridge: CAE, CPESelectionSelection will be based on previous academic studies and degrees, and a statement of intent. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 90

    Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.
    Read more about scholarships on www.uu.se/scholarships.

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