Master's Programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science

Karolinska Institutet

Program Description

Master's Programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science

Karolinska Institutet


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 important for the ability to lead projects in academy 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 Institute (fall semester) and Stockholm University (spring semester).

Mandatory courses

  • Genetics, 5 credits at KTH
  • Frontiers in translational medicine, 16,5 credits at KI
  • Applied communication, 7,5 credits at KI
  • Frontiers in life science 1, 1 credit at KI
  • Bioinformatics, 7,5 credits at SU
  • Comparative genomics, 7,5 credits at SU
  • Biophysical chemistry, 7 credits at SU
  • Project in molecular life science, 7 credits at SU
  • Frontiers in life science 2, 1 credit at SU

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.

Mandatory courses

  • Applied gene technology, 5 credits at KTH
  • Frontiers in life science 3, 1 credit at KTH
  • Proteomics, 6 credits at KTH
  • Drug development, 6 credits at KTH
  • Project in molecular life science, 5 credits at KTH
  • Analysis of Data from High-throughput Molecular Biology Experiments, 7 credits at KTH
  • Degree project 30 credits

The application process for the programme will be handled by the Royal Insititute of technology (KTH) in collaboration with Stockholms universitet (SU) and Karolinska Institutet (KI).

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 industry. 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 and tuition fees

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

Application fee

900 SEK

Tuition fee

  • Total amount: 400 000 SEK
  • First instalment: 100 000 SEK
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 18, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
2 years
Full time
400,000 SEK
Oct. 15, 2016
Start date Oct. 2016
Sweden Stockholm
Application deadline Oct. 15, 2016
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 400,000 SEK

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