Master's Programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science

  • 120 credits
  • 2 years
  • Start of programme: The programme starts 28 August 2017.  
  • Degree: Master of Science (120 credits)  

The programme is a unique collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University, in the environment of Science for Life Laboratory, Stockholm. The students will receive a comprehensive education in life science emphasising cutting-edge methods in bioinformatic analysis of big data, combined with state-of-the-art techniques used in modern "high throughput" molecular biology and how to translate biological findings into diagnostic tools and novel treatments.

Programme presentation

This two-year master’s programme is delivered by a team of teachers who are internationally recognised researchers in their respective disciplines to ensure a relevant curriculum at the research forefront. The programme consists of courses aiming to give a solid education in a combination of molecular biology, biotechnology and medicine with a focus on high-throughput biology and analysis of big data for translation of biological findings from lab bench to patient bedside. The education also aims to develop skills and abilities essential to the professional career –including oral and written presentation, team working skills, and how to make ethical and societal considerations about life science related issues, all of which are important for the ability to lead projects in academia and industry.

Year 1
The first year contains advanced level courses in genetics, biophysical chemistry, and translational medicine, as well as the foundations of bioinformatics and comparative genomics. There is also a project course. All three universities offer courses during the first year, with an emphasis on Karolinska Institutet (autumn semester) and Stockholm University (spring semester).

Year 2
The second year offers courses in applied gene technology, proteomics, drug design, and bioinformatics analysis of large-scale data. There is also a project course. Most courses during the fall semester are offered by KTH Royal Institute of Technology. During the spring semester, the individual degree project is performed.

The application process for the programme will be handled by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in collaboration with Stockholm University (SU) and Karolinska Institutet (KI).

Detailed information regarding the necessary document and the process for application is available in English here.

Career opportunities

The combination of molecular biology, biotechnology and medicine provides an excellent profile for a professional research career in an academic setting or in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industries. The life science industries and academic institutions working in these areas are active and the life science sector is expanding worldwide, which gives students an excellent job market and wide range of possible employments.

Autumn 2017

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Language: English


If you have citizenship within the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. For further details:

Application fee

900 SEK

Tuition fee

Total amount: 400 000 SEK
First instalment: 100 000 SEK
Payment of fees

Information about application and admission

For more information about the programme and its outline, please contact Lars-Arne Haldosén , , +46-8-524 811 71

If you have questions about application and admission procedures please visit

Application and Admission

Read more about the programme and the application process on the KTH website.