Master's Programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science

  • 120 credits
  • 2 years
  • Start of programme: The programme starts 2 September, 2019.  
  • Degree: Master of Science (120 credits)  

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.

Application Autumn 2019

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2019


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

Application and admission

Admissions for the programme is handled by KTH Royal Institute of Technology. If you have questions about your application or admission, please refer to KTH’s information about application and admission.

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