Master Programme in Molecular Biotechnology

The master programme in molecular biotechnology  covers two academic years and starts in late August. The courses during the first year are taken serially in the order as they are presented in the content table below. The programme ends with a Master degree project of 30 to 45 credits (hp). Theory studies, seminars and practical exercises are integrated within the courses. All courses are given in English and include written and/or oral examinations.

Year 1

The first year begins with a starting course, which will be tailored to suit individual students with slightly varying backgrounds, so that all will be well equipped for the continued course work (see admission requirements to gain insight into what is needed).

After that, you have additional courses in molecular biotechnology during the first year. These courses build on previous courses and experiences gained from the well established, popular and highly acclaimed Master programme in Biotechnology Engineering (a programme taught in Swedish and established already in 1991) as well as our discontinued Research master in Molecular Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.

Period 11
Molecular biotechnology - starting course, 15 credits - 1MB800

Period 12
Immunology, 5 credits - 1MB423
Genome biology, 5 credits - 1MB428
Macromolecular machines, 5 credits - 1MB429
Evolution - Causes and Consequences, 5 credits - 1MB402

Period 13
Microbial regulatory mechanisms, 5 credits - 1MB431
Synthetic Biology, 10 credits - 1MB433

Period 14
X-ray crystallography, 5 credits - 1MB443
Literature project in Molecular biotechnology, 5 credits - 1MB801
Protein biotechnology, 10 credits - 1KB761
Degree project D, 15 credits
(Only for 1-year master students)

Year 2

Year two ends with a degree project of 30–45 credits, where you will get a really good chance to apply your acquired skills to work with real biological questions, either at a company or at a research department at the University.

Depending on the length of your concluding Degree project, to a varying extent you have the option to select other courses during year 2. Some of your distinct options are presented below.

Period 21
Protein engineering, 15 credits - 1BG301
Biosensors, 5 hp - 1KB466
Nanobiotechnology, 10 hp - 1KB457

Period 22
Computational and systems biology I, 15 credits - 1MB511
Molecular biotechnology for renewable energy, 15 credits - 1KB764
Degree project E, 45 credits

Period 23 - 24
Degree project E, 30 credits

As an alternative to the conventional courses during year 2 you can also choose to do individual courses, for instance a Literature project and/or a Research training, as a possible prelude to your degree project.

The concluding Degree project starts at the end of October (45 credits) or in mid-January (30 credits) and is finished and presented at the end of the spring semester, in early June. The student can choose to perform the work at a research group within our Faculty or at a research department at one of the biotechnology companies that the program collaborates with.