MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

General

Program Description

In the Master's degree program in Biochemistry and molecular biology, you will be taught about cell reactions, proteins, and their functions and the genes of organisms. These are central areas in the research of both cancer, diabetes, and infectious diseases.

The technological and scientific advances move the boundaries for what is academically possible. Human DNA – the 3 billion building blocks of life – are now known and will come to revolutionize molecular bioscience. The next challenge will be to map out the function of genes.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has accepted this challenge and is among the frontrunners worldwide in the new research area of proteome analysis which is used to map proteins in humans and other organisms.

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Shape the program

The first year of the Master's degree program in Biochemistry and molecular biology consists of an experimental core course in advanced protein chemistry and biological mass spectrometry, which can be supplemented with an experimental course in molecular microbiology and/or an experimental course in cloning and characterization of human proteins.

The program is known for a large degree of electives. This gives you the opportunity to specialize according to your interests in all fields within the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 

Program structure

The Master's degree program in Biochemistry and molecular biology at SDU has a standard duration of two years.

The Master's degree program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is based on the internationally recognized expertise of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the areas of proteomics and biological mass spectrometry. 

The first semester consists of compulsory and constituent courses, whereas the second semester is devoted to electives. You can do elective courses at SDU or abroad or conduct an individual project in cooperation with a business.

The second year of the program is devoted to the Master Thesis, a 60 ECTS individual research project. This may be conducted at one of the laboratories of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, within the areas of proteomics/mass spectrometry, molecular biomedicine, or molecular microbiology. The project can also be conducted at another laboratory, e.g. at the Odense University Hospital.

Career perspectives

Development within biotechnology and gene technology has been rapid in recent years and the demand for biochemists and molecular biologists has increased significantly.

Typical employers include biotechnological and pharmaceutical companies, the health-care sector, and private research institutions.

Quality control technician

Biochemistry and molecular biology graduates may find work as quality control technicians, working in laboratories, manufacturing plants, or other production facilities. These technicians review products ranging from pharmaceuticals to food in order to ensure that the manufactured goods comply with industry regulations. 

Clinical laboratory technologist

Clinical laboratory technologists use their background in biochemistry and molecular biology to conduct experiments on bacteria, viruses, and micro-organisms. They may be involved in a broad range of studies or specialize in a specific field, such as bacteriology or virology.

Business analyst

Graduates in Biochemistry and molecular biology may work as business analysts in pharmaceutical companies or within the health-care sector. Analysts with a background in molecular bioscience may use their knowledge and experience with laboratory equipment to research and recommend new equipment for laboratories.

Academic research

In recent years, about 25 % of Biochemistry and molecular biology graduates from SDU have pursued a career in academic research.

  • To be considered for a 3-year Ph.D. fellowship, you must hold a Master's degree.
  • To be considered for a 4-year Ph.D. fellowship, you must hold a Bachelor's degree and have passed Master's level exams corresponding to 60 ECTS.
Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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