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Master's Programme in Molecular Biology

Dear student, welcome to Umeå University and the Department of Molecular Biology. Our teachers and students are from many different countries and we all appreciate an international environment and internationally competitive research. If you have any questions relating to the contents of the Master's Programme please contact Program Director Peter Lind. For questions related to admissions or other issues contact the Programme Student Counselor: studycounsellor.molbiol@umu.se

How to start

  • 1. Your offer

    You have been admitted. If you want to keep your place (seat), you do not have to reply to your offer.

    If you do not want to keep your place you should decline your offer by logging in to 'My pages' on universityadmissions.se, and follow the instructions. You should click "I wish to decline this offer" next to the course or programme you want to decline.

    If you see "Reserve" next to your course or programme in the Notification of selection results, this means that you've been placed on a waiting list for that course/programme.

    Support for students with disabilities

    If you are in need of special support due to disability, you should apply for that in good time before you start your studies. Find more information about support for studying with disabilities.

  • 2. Programme registration

    You must be registered for the course in the study documentation system in order to be able to follow the course and to get your results registered during the course.
    Registration on a course (and to the programme) will occur only if you are actually present at the first lecture of the course. If you are unable to attend the registration and introduction, you need to contact the study counselor in advance, or else you risk loosing your place on the programme. You will start the programme on the course Molecular Genetics 15 ECTS.

  • 3. Programme start

    January 15, 2024

    Time: According to schedule

    Location: According to schedule

    Schedule is published here no later than 30 days before the start of the course

    You need to register for the course. For this course, registration takes place during an introduction meeting on January 15, 2024.

    You need to activate your UMU-Id to reach the student web :


    There will be a Canvassite for the course Molecular Genetics where all information you need i about the course.

    You can log in to the learning platform CANVAS with your Umu-id.

    Link to: https://www.umu.se/en/student/we-can-assist-you/it-services/canvas/

    For questions related to admissions or other issues contact the Programme Study Counsellor : studycounsellor.molbiol@umu.se


About the programme

  • Programme/course information

     You will start Spring semester with a mandatory 15 ECTS course in Molecular Genetics. You will start fall semester with a 15 ECTS credits course in Advanced Molecular Biology (approximately 10 weeks of full time studies) and continue with a 15 ECTS course in Tumour Biology during the next half of the Fall semester. For the rest of your master you may, to a large extent, "design" your Master's programme which ends with a 30 ECTS exam project (i.e. Master thesis). Contact the study counselor if you are concerned about courses in very specific subjects. You can read more about the programme and the programme courses at https://www.umu.se/en/education/master/masters-programme-in-molecular-biology/.

  • More information 1

    It is important that you wear a cotton lab coat at the practical exercises during the courses. You can bring your own if you already have one or buy one here at Umeå University.

  • More information 2

    For students that need to pay tution, all offers of admission to Umeå University are considered preliminary until the student has paid the first installment of his or her tuition fee. Applications for a residence permit will not be approved until the Swedish Migration Board receives notification from the university that your first tuition fee installment has been paid. After receiving a notification of admission letter from Umeå University, students will receive information about the process regarding the payment of tuition fees. For more information regarding tuition fee, please visit https://www.umu.se/en/education/fees-and-scholarships/.

    More important information regarding studies at Umeå University can be found at https://www.umu.se/en/education/student-services--support/faq/.

    Residence permit
    Students coming from countries outside the EU and planning to study for longer than three months, require a residence permit. Note that you might have to wait for the decision, so apply well in advance. More information can be found at http://www.migrationsverket.se/info/start_en.html and www.swedenabroad.com/


New at Umeå University

  • Checklist for admitted students

    Follow this simple list of things to complete your enrolment at Umeå University. It includes: how to secure housing, getting a residence permit (for citizens from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland), tuition payment (if applicable), travel directions and more.

    To the checklist for admitted Students

  • The Student web

    The website for current students has all sorts of information about services, support, legal and practical matters at Umeå University. You can sign in to the learning platforms, see your schedule and course overview, get a study certificate, apply for a degree or sign up for an examination.

    Student life begins here

  • Recommended arrival times

    International students are recommended to arrive at least a few days before the start of the regular semester, preferably prior to the Orientation. If you fail to arrive on time, you have to contact the study counselor as soon as possible, but no later than one week ahead of the course start, or you may not be able to register for the programme or course.

    If you will have student housing through the Housing Office at Umeå University you will receive information about your arrival in your offer of housing.

    Don't forget - Umeå has cold winters, so pack accordingly with a warm jacket, warm shoes, gloves and hat.

  • Orientation

    Moving to a new country with an unfamiliar language, culture and customs can be a challenge. We would like to help you and ease that challenge so that you can focus on your studies. Therefore, we would like to offer you the possibility to take part in our Orientation, which begins a few days before the start of the semester (Autumn) or the same day as the semester starts (Spring).

    More about the Orientation this semester.

  • Welcome Fair

    Are you a new student at Umeå University? Visit the Welcome Fair – a perfect opportunity to learn what our university and Umeå can offer. The fair normally takes place in the beginning of each semester.

    Learn more

  • Activate your user account

    As a new student, you need to activate your user account approximately two weeks prior to the start of the semester in order to, for instance:

    • access the internet in computer labs and the university's wireless network
    • register for courses
    • submit assignments and verify your study results
    • access your student e-mail

    If you are a new student, you will automatically receive a user account when you are admitted, but you will need to activate it for it to function properly. You will not be able to activate it until approximately two weeks prior to the start of the semester.

    I want to learn more about my user account (Umu-id)

    For exchange students and tuition fee paying students 
    If you are an exchange student or tuition fee paying student, you will receive an email with instructions on how to activate your account.

    Help! It's not working
    If you are having problems activating your account or logging in, please contact our Servicedesk. You will find answers to common questions, and can submit enquiries.

  • Get your UmU card

    When you are on Campus Umeå, Umeå Arts Campus or Campus Örnsköldsvik, you will need a UmU card. The card has the following functions:

    • building access
    • borrowing card for the University Library system
    • copying and printing card.

    To get the card, you need to apply for it. Here’s how to apply for the UmU card.

  • Join a student union

    There are three student unions at Umeå University:

    • Umeå Student Union
    • Umeå Student Union of Science and Technology
    • Umeå Medical and Health Sciences Student Union.

    They are actively involved so that fellow students have a high quality of education, good working environment, and fun leisure time.

    Become a member of a student union!

  • Access to Microsoft Office 365

    Students at Umeå University have free access to the programmes of Microsoft Office 365. This means that you have access to Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Whiteboard Forms, your student email and other services which can facilitate your studies and your collaboration with other students. To access Office 365 you need to activate your UmU-id. 

    Learn more about Office 365 and how to install it on your computer



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