The Master’s programme in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology aims to provide a deep understanding of how to design and operate state-of-the-art life science based processes, with respect to product quality, finance and a sustainable society. The goal is to use cells and enzymes to produce commodities such as fine and bulk chemicals, pharmaceuticals or their building blocks, food, paper & pulp, energy, polymeric materials and clean water. The student will be given a comprehensive education in this vital and varied field, enabling them to prepare for careers in Sweden or internationally.
The two-year programme consists of core mandatory courses in biotechnology followed by elective courses, which include chemistry, environmental analysis and other technological subjects chosen by the student. The student is therefore able to tailor their education allowing for a unique profile to each degree, for instance “Industrial-Process Design” or “Environmental-Systems Analysis.” The courses are then followed by a degree project.
Skills such as problem solving and project work, as well as oral and written presentation, are emphasised in several courses. The education is also closely coupled to the research undertaken at the School of Biotechnology and to the Swedish Bio/Pharmaceutical/Chemical industry.
The degree project is performed during the last semester of the programme, where the student works on a research topic related to the theoretical courses in the curriculum. The project may be carried out either in a research setting at KTH, in industry or in another university or research institute anywhere in the world.
Graduates of the programme will command the skills necessary for a professional career in the biotechnological industry, as well as for further academic studies. These areas are expanding worldwide, offering a Master’s degree holder in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology plentiful career opportunities, including those found in patent and consultant agencies and finance.
Last updated May 27, 2016