The master’s programme in Medical Biotechnology is designed to provide a solid foundation required for the development of biotechnological solutions in health care and their translation to clinical practice. The courses encompass state-of-the-art techniques used to decipher biological systems, such as the genome or proteome, hands-on experience on how to operate high-throughput technological platforms as well as analysis and integration of biological information. The programme also provides knowledge regarding how biotechnology is used to promote research and innovation for sustainable health care.
Medical Biotechnology at KTH
This two-year master’s programme comprises advanced courses that focus on tools used to analyse a variety of biological samples for life science research, as well as for health care applications within diagnostics and drug development. The student will be provided with in-depth knowledge about scientific methodologies used for comprehensive analyses of biological systems, and their applications for advanced health care or medical surveillance. The programme offers extensive biotechnology training to tackle global needs in the area of life sciences thus enabling students to prepare for careers both in Sweden and internationally.
The programme offers two tracks: medical applications of biotechnology and omics, each corresponding to half-time studies. The tracks are designed to provide specialization within the specific biotechnology fields. The student shall complete all courses within at least one chosen track. Students are able to tailor their education by combining their chosen track with a second track either from the same programme, or any of the three tracks at the master’s programme in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology. It is also possible to cherry-pick courses from any the mentioned tracks to create one’s own unique professional profile.
Courses comprise both theoretical knowledge and practical application of theory from experimental design to bioinformatics and statistical analysis of raw data and interpretation of results. The curriculum provides a cross-platform approach that enables 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 and 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 Solna Campus (Science for Life Laboratory) and KTH Campus in Stockholm (AlbaNova University Center).
The combination of technology, biology and bioinformatics taught in the master’s programme in Medical Biotechnology provides an attractive profile for a professional career in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry, or for further academic studies. These areas are expanding worldwide, which gives a graduate in Medical Biotechnology opportunities for a career in companies involved in the manufacturing of drugs, medical analyses and diagnostics, or further work in academic preclinical research, research policy, journalism, patent agencies, or as a consultant. Half of the graduates pursue higher education to accomplish a doctoral degree.
Research Scientists, Research Associate, Project Manager, Science Communicator, Field Application Specialist, Laboratory Manager, QC Scientists, Patent Analyst, Sales Representative.
"At KTH, you are encouraged to ask doubts and do your research. Professors are approachable and there is no wall between the lecturers and the students. I feel like it is a great system."
Albert from Spain
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 Medical Biotechnology field creates and maintains sustainable solutions to societal challenges regarding human health. Sustainability is a key aspect that features in all areas of Biotechnology, from the genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic characterisation of whole organisms, to the development of diagnostics and therapies. The three key sustainable development goals that are best aligned with the master's programme in Medical Biotechnology are:
3 Good Health and Well-being
9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
14 Life Below Water
The master’s programme in Medical Biotechnology focuses on cutting-edge technologies used to explore biomolecules in humans at a holistic-level, as well as providing understanding about how biological processes function and are altered in disease. The acquired knowledge is applied to the design of innovative diagnostic tools, drugs and therapies capable of curing diseases and improving human health. Besides knowledge about how health and life quality can be improved, the programme also focuses on how technology can be used to characterize the interplay between humans and populations of other microorganisms, and how such knowledge can be used to benefit the development of a sustainable society and preserve life.
Faculty and research
The School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health conducts research in both fundamental and applied sciences with an emphasis on the medical aspects of human biology and the development of technical applications for medical care. The research activities conducted are multidisciplinary in nature, bringing together technology, medicine and bioinformatics. Active researchers are internationally well recognised, and conduct collaborative projects with leading international scientists as well as companies within the biotechnology private sector.
The School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH conducts research in both fundamental and applied sciences with an emphasis on the medical aspects of human biology and the development of technical applications for medical care. The research activities conducted are multidisciplinary in nature, bringing together technology, medicine and bioinformatics. Active researchers are internationally well recognised, and conduct collaborative projects with leading international scientists as well as companies within the biotechnology private sector.
Department of Gene Technology (Division of Genomics, Environmental Genomics, Evolutionary Biology and Forensics, Experimental Genomics, Expression Bioinformatics, and Statistical Biotechnology.)
Department of Protein Science (Division of Affinity Proteomics, Cellular and Clinical Proteomics, Drug Discovery and Development, Nanobiotechnology, Protein Engineering, Protein Technology, and Systems Biology.)
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 Medical Biotechnology
A bachelor's degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, including completed courses in:
Biochemistry, microbiology and gene technology/molecular biology corresponding to a total of at least 20 ECTS credits
Chemistry corresponding to a total of at least 20 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 Medical Biotechnology
Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
Letters of recommendation (at most three, one is sufficient)
Documentation of relevant work experience eg. certificate for an internship, if any,
Completed summary sheet (including a list of qualifications for specific requirements, motivation letter and description of relevant work experience),