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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 2021

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.

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.

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 credits

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Autumn Term 2021 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2021

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4, or Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B, 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-P1510

Application

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.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 71,400

Total fee

SEK 428,400

International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2021

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4, or Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B, 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-G1510

Application

Application deadline was 15 January 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.

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 Mattias Alenius, programme directors