Master in Medical Biotechnology


Program Description

The master’s program in Medical Biotechnology provides deep understanding of cutting-edge techniques used to analyze complex biological samples on the molecular level as well as skills to operate and apply such techniques. State-of-the-art techniques used to decipher biological systems, such as the genome or proteome, are covered, with an emphasis on high-throughput technological platforms and analysis of biological information.

Medical Biotechnology at KTH

This two-year master’s program comprises advanced courses that focus on tools used to analyze 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 program 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 program offers two tracks: medical applications of biotechnology and omics, each corresponding to half time studies. The student shall complete all courses within the chosen track. In addition, the student will tailor their education by combing their chosen track with a second track either of this program or any of the three tracks at the master’s program in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology. It is also possible to cherry-pick courses from any of 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 unique and individualized 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 program, students work with a master's degree project in a research setting at KTH, in industry or in a university or research institute anywhere in the world and acquire specialization within a relevant topic.

The program curriculum is designed, taught and continuously updated by a team of internationally recognized researchers within the different subject areas, in collaboration with representatives from the private sector. The program is given by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health in Stockholm with access to facilities, infrastructure and instrument parks 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 program 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.


Find out what students from the program think about their time at KTH.

Mrinal Pandey, India: "KTH is a research-intensive university with a lot of focus on practical applications."

Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programs. 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 characterization of whole organisms, to the development of diagnostics and therapies. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's program in Medical Biotechnology are:

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Life Below Water

The master’s program 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 program 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.


The two-year master's program in Medical Biotechnology consists of three terms of courses and one final term dedicated to the master's degree project. Each term consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.

Year 1

Mandatory courses

  • Eucaryotic Cell Biology (BB1160) 7.5 credits
  • Biomolecular Structure and Function (BB2165) 7.5 credits
  • Applied Gene Technology (BB2255) 7.5 credits
  • Bioinformatics (BB2441) 7.5 credits
  • Sustainable development and project management (CB1000) 3.0 credits

Recommended courses

  • Programming in Python (BB1000) 7.5 credits
  • Microbiology (BB1030) 9.0 credits

Medical Applications of Biotechnology track

Mandatory courses

  • Molecular Biomedicine (BB2290) 7.5 credits
  • Immunology (BB2446) 7.5 credits

Omics track

Mandatory courses

  • Advanced Microbiology and Metagenomics (BB2560) 7.5 credits
  • Proteomics (CB2080) 7.5 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses

  • Degree Project in Biotechnology, Second Cycle (BB200X) 30.0 credits

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English proficiency

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: 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)

Specific requirements for the master's program in Medical Biotechnology

A bachelor's degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, including courses in:

  • Cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology and genetic engineering/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 technology corresponding to a total of at least 20 ECTS credits.

Application documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents

Specific documents for the master's program 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)
Last updated Apr 2020

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