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Bachelor of Science Programme in Life Science

  • Number of credits 180 Credits
  • Study time 3 years (full time)
  • Level Bachelor's Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2018

As a chemist and molecular biologist you can for example work with development of pharmaceuticals, vaccines and forensic techniques or the refinement of plants. The Bachelor of Science programme in Life Science covers a broad spectrum of chemistry and molecular biology and your teachers have a close link to leading research in fields such as microbiology, medicinal, biological and environmental chemistry, infection medicine and plant- and forest biotechnology.

Admitted to the programme

Here you will find everything you need to know before the programme starts.

While studying

The first and second year gives you basic knowledge of chemistry and molecular biology. You take courses in, for example, bioorganic chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology and molecular genetics. During the third year you may choose to specialize in these fields by taking advanced courses or broaden your knowledge in other subjects. The programme ends with a thesis project.

All instruction in English

The teaching consists of lectures, lessons, group work, seminars and laboratory work with a strong focus on problem solving. During laboratory exercises you use modern techniques to study chemical and molecular biological processes. All course literature and instruction is in English and you have the possibility to study one or two semesters abroad at one of our partner universities.

An ordinary day at the programme

Programme overview

Year 1
Biological chemistry. Fundamentals of chemistry. Biochemistry. Bioorganic chemistry

Year 2
Microbiology and basic molecular biology. Basic and molecular genetics. Cell biology. Animal and plant physiology.

Year 3
Breadth and depth through optional courses. Degree thesis within chemistry or molecular biology.

Career opportunities

The programme provides you with the theoretical and practical skills you need in your future work life and work prospects are generally good. As a chemist or molecular biologist you can for example work in pharmaceutical and biotech companies, often with research, development or communication. Other professions include: environmental consultant, company leader, salesperson, investigator or science journalist. The education also builds a solid basis for doctoral studies in the field of Life Science.

Common job titles

  • Scientist (pharma, biotech, forensics, academia)
  • Project leader
  • Investigator
  • Environmental consultant
  • Salesperson in pharmaceuticals

Further studies?

The Bachelor of Science Programme in Life Science qualifies for further studies on advanced level. We offer Master of Science programmes in chemistry, molecular biology, and plant and forest biotechnology. A master's degree provides a good basis for doctoral studies, but also increases your overall competitiveness on the labour market.

Application and eligibility

Bachelor of Science Programme in Life Science, 180 hp

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  • Bachelor of Science Programme in Life Science

    Programme starts

    Autumn Term 2018

    Type of studies

    100%, Daytime

    Study location

    Umeå

    Language

    English

    Number of places

    20

    Eligibility

    Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4, or Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B, Mathematics D

    Selection

    The selection is based upon both GPA and the Swedish National University Aptitude test (Högskoleprovet) in the ratio 67/33.

    Application code

    UMU-G1506

    Application

    Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Universityadmissions.se. Application deadline is 15 January 2018.

    Application and Tuition fees

    As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

    Application fee

    SEK900

    Tuition fee, first instalment

    SEK67,500

    Total fee

    SEK405,000

    Programme starts

    Autumn Term 2018

    Type of studies

    100%, Daytime

    Study location

    Umeå

    Language

    English

    Number of places

    20

    Eligibility

    Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4, or Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B, Mathematics D

    Selection

    The selection is based upon both GPA and the Swedish National University Aptitude test (Högskoleprovet) in the ratio 67/33.

    Application code

    UMU-01506

    Application

    The online application opens 15 March 2018 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 16 April 2018.

    Application and Tuition fees

    As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

    Application fee

    SEK900

    Tuition fee, first instalment

    SEK67,500

    Total fee

    SEK405,000
  • Life Science with Emphasis on Chemistry

    Programme starts

    Autumn Term 2018

    Type of studies

    100%, Daytime

    Study location

    Umeå

    Language

    English

    Number of places

    10

    Eligibility

    Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4, or Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B, Mathematics D

    Selection

    The selection is based upon both GPA and the Swedish National University Aptitude test (Högskoleprovet) in the ratio 67/33.

    Application code

    UMU-G1508

    Application

    Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Universityadmissions.se. Application deadline is 15 January 2018.

    Application and Tuition fees

    As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

    Application fee

    SEK900

    Tuition fee, first instalment

    SEK67,500

    Total fee

    SEK405,000

    Programme starts

    Autumn Term 2018

    Type of studies

    100%, Daytime

    Study location

    Umeå

    Language

    English

    Number of places

    10

    Eligibility

    Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4, or Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B, Mathematics D

    Selection

    The selection is based upon both GPA and the Swedish National University Aptitude test (Högskoleprovet) in the ratio 67/33.

    Application code

    UMU-01508

    Application

    The online application opens 15 March 2018 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 16 April 2018.

    Application and Tuition fees

    As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

    Application fee

    SEK900

    Tuition fee, first instalment

    SEK67,500

    Total fee

    SEK405,000
  • Life Science with Emphasis on Molecular Biology

    Programme starts

    Autumn Term 2018

    Type of studies

    100%, Daytime

    Study location

    Umeå

    Language

    English

    Number of places

    10

    Eligibility

    Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4, or Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B, Mathematics D

    Selection

    The selection is based upon both GPA and the Swedish National University Aptitude test (Högskoleprovet) in the ratio 67/33.

    Application code

    UMU-G1510

    Application

    Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Universityadmissions.se. Application deadline is 15 January 2018.

    Application and Tuition fees

    As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

    Application fee

    SEK900

    Tuition fee, first instalment

    SEK67,500

    Total fee

    SEK405,000

    Programme starts

    Autumn Term 2018

    Type of studies

    100%, Daytime

    Study location

    Umeå

    Language

    English

    Number of places

    10

    Eligibility

    Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4, or Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B, Mathematics D

    Selection

    The selection is based upon both GPA and the Swedish National University Aptitude test (Högskoleprovet) in the ratio 67/33.

    Application code

    UMU-01510

    Application

    The online application opens 15 March 2018 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 16 April 2018.

    Application and Tuition fees

    As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

    Application fee

    SEK900

    Tuition fee, first instalment

    SEK67,500

    Total fee

    SEK405,000

Contact us

Contactpersons for the programme are: Henrik Antti and Jan Larsson, programme directors

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Programme is given by
Faculty of Science and Technology