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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 Autumn Term 2018

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.

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 wiht 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

International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2018

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Number of places

20

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree or Bachelor of Engineering degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university is required. Additional requirements are: Thirty ECTS-credits in Chemistry, with a minimum of 7,5 ECTS-credits in Biochemistry; practical experience of laboratory work, corresponding to a minimum of 30 ECTS-credits; 60 ECTS-credits in the Bioscience area covering Plant- and Animal Physiology, and Cell- and Molecular Biology and also including a minimum of 7.5 ECTS-credits in each of Genetics and Microbiology. If you are still working towards your undergraduate degree, you need to include with your application a document from your current University, outlining when you are expected to graduate as well as a course outline for the last semester. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Applicants who have at least two years of university studies in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, or the USA fulfil the requirement for English B/6.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-M5010

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

SEK270,000

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2018

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Number of places

20

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree or Bachelor of Engineering degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university is required. Additional requirements are: Thirty ECTS-credits in Chemistry, with a minimum of 7,5 ECTS-credits in Biochemistry; practical experience of laboratory work, corresponding to a minimum of 30 ECTS-credits; 60 ECTS-credits in the Bioscience area covering Plant- and Animal Physiology, and Cell- and Molecular Biology and also including a minimum of 7.5 ECTS-credits in each of Genetics and Microbiology. If you are still working towards your undergraduate degree, you need to include with your application a document from your current University, outlining when you are expected to graduate as well as a course outline for the last semester. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Applicants who have at least two years of university studies in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, or the USA fulfil the requirement for English B/6.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-05010

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

SEK270,000

Contact us

Contactpersons for the programme are: Anders Byström and Viktoria Vedin, study director

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Programme is given by
Faculty of Science and Technology