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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 2023

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. 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.

Study both chemistry and molecular biology

The Life Science programme builds the basis and during the third year you specialize in chemistry or molecular biology.

 

While studying

What is Life Sciences?

Life Sciences is very broad, but it is based on chemistry and biology. In order to provide a university education in Life Science, we have therefore chosen to place the program at two departments - Department of Chemistry and Department of Molecular Biology. In this way, we can have experts teaching students on the program in all areas. And since all teachers are researchers, we have strong research links to important applications in society.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020 was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier who was active at Umeå University when the CRISPR-Cas9 method was developed.

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

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 builds a solid basis for doctoral studies in the field of Life Science.

A stated goal of being leading life-science nation

Sweden has a national strategy for life science with a stated goal of being a leading life-science nation. In Sweden alone there are thousands of companies and the sector is growing rapidly both internationally, in Sweden, and in Umeå.

You can read more about some of the companies in the Umeå region here: https://www.ubi.se/lifescience-umea/

We also have an active Life Science industry council to connect companies and the labour market to the program with guest lectures, information sessions, online events, and job fairs.
There is a great and strongly growing need for people with education in Life Sciences!

Common jobs

The Life Science program provides a broad foundation with excellent opportunities to get jobs e.g.

• In the development of new drugs and vaccines at pharmaceutical companies
• In medical technology
• At diagnostics companies, be able to make diagnostics
• Linked to criminology
• Production and development of e.g. food and makeup,
• In project management and as a consultant in the entire life science sector
• In addition to this opportunity to continue in research!

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 credits

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2023 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen
  • Bachelor of Science Programme in Life Science

    Programme starts

    Autumn Term 2023

    Type of studies

    100%, Daytime

    Study location

    Umeå

    Language

    English

    Eligibility

    General entry requirements and Biology 2, Physics 1a or 1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4 or Mathematics D Entry requirements

    Selection

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

    Application code

    UMU-P1506

    Application

    The online application opens 15 March 2023 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 17 April 2023. How to apply

    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

    SEK 900

    Tuition fee, first instalment

    SEK 71,400

    Total fee

    SEK 428,400

    Programme starts

    Autumn Term 2023

    Type of studies

    100%, Daytime

    Study location

    Umeå

    Language

    English

    Eligibility

    General entry requirements and Biology 2, Physics 1a or 1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4 or Mathematics D Entry requirements

    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 16 January 2023. How to apply

    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

    SEK 900

    Tuition fee, first instalment

    SEK 71,400

    Total fee

    SEK 428,400

Contact us

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Programme is given by
Faculty of Science and Technology
Contactpersons for the programme are:
Erik Chorell and Teresa Frisan, programme directors