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Master's Programme in Molecular Biology

  • Number of credits 120 Credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Spring Term 2020

In the Master’s programme in Molecular Biology you acquire an extensive toolbox for investigating all kinds of biological problems with advanced molecular methods. Your teachers are internationally renowned scientists and you will carry out your thesis project within a research group. You will get a good basis for further doctoral studies and work with research and development, either at a university or in a biotech or pharmaceutical company.

Admitted to the programme

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

Meet Nathan Kenney, from the United States, who studies molecular biology at Umeå University

While studying

The autumn admission to The Master of Science Programme in Molecular Biology begins with a course in Advanced Molecular Biology. If you choose to start in the spring semester you begin with Molecular Genetics and take Advanced Molecular Biology during your second term. Apart from this, you 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. For example, you can take courses in Biochemistry, Infection Biology or Plant Molecular Biology.

Theory mixed with practical problem solving

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.

Thesis project in a research group

The programme finishes with a thesis project in Molecular Biology. You can do your project either in a research group at Umeå University, for example in the departments of Molecular Biology, Chemistry or Plant Physiology, but other arrangements with research intense organizations like biotech companies are also possible.

Strategic research

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 graduate alumni continue with 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.

Programme overview

Career opportunities

With a Master of Science Degree in Molecular Biology you are attractive for employers at, for example, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, usually within research, development or marketing. Other employment possibilities include management, investigations, scientific journalism, and research.

Further studies?

Following your degree you are eligible to apply for PhD positions in relevant areas.

Degree

Degree of Master of Science (Two Years) in Molecular Biology.

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Molecular Biology, 120 hp

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Spring Term 2020 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

International admission round

Programme starts

Spring Term 2020

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognised university. Specific entry requirements are: a) 60 ECTS in the Bioscience area (including genetics, microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology, zoo physiology and plant biology) and also including a minimum of 7.5 ECTS in each of Genetics and Microbiology. b) 30 ECTS in Chemistry, with a minimum of 7,5 ECTS in Biochemistry. c) practical experience of laboratory work, corresponding to a minimum of 30 ECTS. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-M5111

Application

Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Universityadmissions.se. Application deadline is 15 August 2019.

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

SEK71,400

Total fee

SEK285,600

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Spring Term 2020

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Number of places

20

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognised university. Specific entry requirements are: a) 60 ECTS in the Bioscience area (including genetics, microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology, zoo physiology and plant biology) and also including a minimum of 7.5 ECTS in each of Genetics and Microbiology. b) 30 ECTS in Chemistry, with a minimum of 7,5 ECTS in Biochemistry. c) practical experience of laboratory work, corresponding to a minimum of 30 ECTS. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-P5011

Application

Please note: This application round is intended only for applicants within the EU/EEA and Switzerland. Online application service in Swedish will open 16 September 2019 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 15 October 2019.

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

SEK71,400

Total fee

SEK285,600

Contact us

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Programme is given by
Faculty of Science and Technology
Contact persons for the programme are:
Anders Byström and Viktoria Vedin, study director