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, sustainability and finance. The goal is to acquire competencies and skills to use cells, cell components and biomolecules to produce commodities such as food, biofuel and biomaterials, for the development of a sustainable society.
Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology at KTH
The two-year programme comprises advanced courses regarding biotechnological tools used for the development of industrial processes, sustainable production of commodities and the impact of such processes on the environment and the society. The education provided is comprehensive and prepares students for future carriers in Sweden or internationally in a private and public sector.
Three tracks are offered within the program syllabus: cell-based process biotechnology, enzyme biotechnology and environmental biotechnology. The tracks are designed to provide specialization within the particular biotechnology field. Students have the opportunity to tailor their education by choosing one track and complement with courses from other tracks, or the master’s programme in Medical Biotechnology. It is also possible to cherry-pick courses from any track to create one’s unique professional profile.
Courses comprise both theoretical knowledge and practical application from experimental design, to production, analysis of the output, and performing life cycle analyses of the produced entity. The curriculum provides a cross-platform approach to enable students to acquire a unique and individualised expertise that appeal to a wide span of employers. Students train problem-solving skills, project management as well as professional communication. During the last term of the programme, students work with a master degree project in a research setting at KTH, in industry or in a university or research institute anywhere in the world to acquire specialisation within a relevant topic.
The programme curriculum is designed, taught and continuously updated by a team of internationally recognised researchers within the different subject areas, in collaboration with representatives from the private sector. The programme is given by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health in Stockholm with access to facilities, infrastructure and instrument park available at the KTH Campus in Stockholm, AlbaNova University Center.
Graduates of the programme will acquire the skills necessary for a professional career in the biotechnology industry, as well as those for further academic studies. These areas are expanding worldwide, offering anyone with a master’s degree in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology vast career opportunities within the manufacturing of bioproducts or equipment, research and development, biotechnological services, including those found in patent and consultant agencies, research policy, journalism and finances.
Research Scientists, Field Application Specialist, QC Scientists, Project Manager, Science Communicator, Laboratory Manager, Operation Developer, Sales Representative, Patent Analyst, Research Associate.
"Stockholm is a very international city, with a perfect combination of city life and nature. As a student, it is very easy to travel to/from KTH, as the metro station is located right in front of the main entrance."
Giancarlo from Brazil
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and the necessary tools to improve society in a sustainable way, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The Biotechnology sector is considered to be one of the main players in the development of a sustainable society and able to tackle current and future societal challenges. The courses focus on topics related to the majority of the 17 sustainable development goals. The master’s programme in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology prepares students for carriers focusing on the development of more effective and environmentally friendly production of commodities. The three key sustainable development goals that are best aligned with the master's programme in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology are:
6 Clean Water and Sanitation
7 Affordable and Clean Energy
9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
The programme provides knowledge and understanding about how biological processes and cellular components are used to create new technologies, industrial processes and biotechnological products. Knowledge is acquired on how microorganisms are orchestrated to remove contaminants from water and soil or to produce biomolecules that can serve as raw materials. Microorganisms are used to design and create effective and sustainable production of products from food ingredients to detergents, paper and textiles. Sustainability is a key aspect that features in all areas of biotechnology and that continuously combines science and technology to improve, simplify or streamline industrial manufacturing of products or services.
Faculty and research
The School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health conducts research in both fundamental and applied sciences reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of biotechnology. The research activities are focused on protein technology and engineering, therapeutics, industrial process biotechnology, metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, glycoscience, plant biotechnology as well as bioenergy production. Researchers have vast collaborations with leading international research groups as well as companies within the biotechnology private sector and are internationally well recognised.
Division of Glycoscience at the Department of Chemistry
Department of Industrial Biotechnology (Division of Bioprocess Design, Biorefinery Technology, Enzyme Technology, Wastewater Treatment, and Waterchain)
Department of Theoretical Chemistry and Biology
To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English, and meet the programme-specific requirements.
A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.
English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:
TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)
The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognized English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions.
​Specific requirements for the master's programme in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology
A bachelor's degree corresponding to 180 ECTS credits including completed courses in:
Cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology and gene technology/molecular biology corresponding to a total of at least 20 ECTS credits
Chemistry corresponding to at least 30 ECTS credits
Mathematics, numerical analysis and computer science corresponding to a total of at least 20 ECTS credits
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme-specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:
Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
Proof of English proficiency
A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents
Specific documents for the master's programme in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology
Curriculum Vitae (maximum two pages)
Letters of recommendation (at most three, one is sufficient)
Documentation of relevant work experience e.g. certificate for an internship, if any.
Completed summary sheet (including list of qualifications for specific requirements, motivation letter and description of relevant work experience).