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Master's Programme in Molecular Biology, 120 Credits

About the programme

Present-day molecular biologists now have at their disposal an extensive molecular toolbox capable of taking on and answering most biological problems. If your wish is to enter a master programme that is in the forefront of presenting exciting scientific discoveries, the master programme in Molecular Biology at Umeå University is for you.

The master programme in Molecular biology, Umeå, is an advanced 2-year 120 ECTS credit education. It is guaranteed to train in a wide variety of tools necessary for state-of-the-art molecular biology research. Our courses typically include lectures and group discussions as well as seminars, report writing, data production and analysis exercises. To maximize your educational experience, training is purposely held in small class sizes and are lead by internationally distinguished scientists. The majority of the courses place important emphasis on relevant hands-on experimental training in modern molecular techniques. The curriculum includes advanced courses in Molecular biology and Molecular genetics and several optional courses within related disciplines such as Biochemistry, Plant molecular biology, Infection biology and Tumour biology (see Programme outline).

Another notable feature of this programme is the opportunity to perform an extended phase of intense and strategic theoretical and practical training in an active research laboratory of your own choosing. This training in the form of master thesis projects in molecular biology provides the necessary knowledge to graduate from the programme. Projects are generally conducted in a local research group at Umeå University, such as those found at the departments of Molecular biology, Chemistry or Plant physiology, but other arrangements with research intense organizations like biotech companies are also possible.

Umeå University hosts many prominent research groups conducting strategic molecular research of international significance within areas of microbiology, cell biology, chemical biology, genetic model organisms, immunology, systems biology, sensory systems, cancer biology, developmental biology, medical biology and immunology. Importantly, many of our alumni students are continuing on a PhD-programme here or elsewhere. However, Molecular biology is a very broad discipline whereby this education also provides ideal training even for those wishing to pursue careers outside of academia.

Level of education: Continuation programme
Degree: Degree of Master of Science (Two Years) in Molecular Biology. Application and eligibility Programme syllabus


The autumn admission to The Master of Science Programme in Molecular Biology commences with a course in Advanced Molecular Biology, whereas the spring admission starts with a course in Molecular Genetics. However, students starting with the spring semester are supposed to also take the course in Advanced Molecular Biology during their second semester. Apart from this, students are free to select from a number of different courses in Molecular Biology or in other subjects as long as they fulfil the requirements to obtain The Master of Science Degree in Molecular Biology. The programme finishes with a Degree Thesis in Molecular Biology.

The individual courses in the programme usually consist of nine weeks of full-time studies. The teaching forms used include lectures, group exercises, seminars, laboratory exercises, and tutorials. Current questions in Molecular Biology often with relevance to Biomedicine are covered. The laboratory exercises entail modern experimental techniques to solve relevant questions in Molecular Biology.

Career Opportunities

Students holding a Master of Science Degree in Molecular Biology are attractive for employers at for example pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, usually with research, development or marketing. Other employment possibilities include management, investigations, scientific journalism, and research. Students that have completed one year of studies at the advanced level at The Master of Science Programme in Molecular Biology are also eligible to apply for Ph. D. positions in relevant areas.

Application and eligibility


Tuition fees and scholarships

With a few exceptions, all citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees for education at undergraduate and advanced level.
For most degree programmes rates are SEK 90,000–135,000 per year. Programmes in architecture, design, and fine arts range from SEK 270,000 to SEK 330,000 per year.

Umeå University offers a limited number of scholarships to students from outside the EU/EEA.

The Swedish Institute administers numerous scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden.

Contact Information

Faculty of Science and Technology

Anders Byström and Viktoria Vedin, study director

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