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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Autumn Term 2021
Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens
Autumn Term 2021
Type of studies
Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4, or Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B, Mathematics D
The selection is based upon both GPA and the Swedish National University Aptitude test (Högskoleprovet) in the ratio 67/33.
Application deadline was
15 April 2021.
The application period is closed.
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.