Master in Molecular Biology


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Program Description

Master's Program in Molecular Biology

Present-day molecular biologists now have at their disposal an extensive molecular toolbox capable of taking on and answering most biological problems. If your wish is to enter a master program that is at the forefront of presenting exciting scientific discoveries, the master program in Molecular Biology at Umeå University is for you.

The master program in Molecular biology, Umeå, is an advanced 2-year 120 ECTS credit education. It is guaranteed to train in a wide variety of tools necessary for state-of-the-art molecular biology research. Our courses typically include lectures and group discussions as well as seminars, report writing, data production and analysis exercises. To maximize your educational experience, training is purposely held in small class sizes and are lead by internationally distinguished scientists. The majority of the courses place an important emphasis on relevant hands-on experimental training in modern molecular techniques. The curriculum includes advanced courses in Molecular biology and Molecular genetics and several optional courses within related disciplines such as Biochemistry, Plant molecular biology, Infection biology and Tumour biology.

Another notable feature of this program is the opportunity to perform an extended phase of intense and strategic theoretical and practical training in an active research laboratory of your own choosing. This training in the form of master thesis projects in molecular biology provides the necessary knowledge to graduate from the program. Projects are generally conducted in a local research group at Umeå University, such as those found at the departments of Molecular biology, Chemistry or Plant physiology, but other arrangements with research intense organizations like biotech companies are also possible.

Umeå University hosts many prominent research groups conducting strategic molecular research of international significance within areas of microbiology, cell biology, chemical biology, genetic model organisms, immunology, systems biology, sensory systems, cancer biology, developmental biology, medical biology, and immunology. Importantly, many of our alumni students are continuing on a PhD-program here or elsewhere. However, Molecular biology is a very broad discipline whereby this education also provides ideal training even for those wishing to pursue careers outside of academia.


Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 6.5 and no individual score below 5.5. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum score of 575 and a minimum TWE score of 4.5). TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum score of 90 and a minimum score of 20 on the Writing Section) is required. Applicants who have at least two years of university studies in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, or the USA fulfill the requirement for English B. A Bachelor's degree or Bachelor of Engineering degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognized university is required. Additional requirements are: Thirty ECTS-credits in Chemistry, with a minimum of 7,5 ECTS-credits in Biochemistry; practical experience of laboratory work, corresponding to a minimum of 20 ECTS-credits; 45 ECTS-credits in the Bioscience area covering Plant- and Animal Physiology, and Cell- and Molecular Biology and also including a minimum of 7.5 ECTS-credits in each of Genetics and Microbiology. Degree (exam) project is excluded from the required 45 ECTS-credits in the Bioscience area. If you are still working towards your undergraduate degree, you need to include with your application a document from your current University, outlining when you are expected to graduate as well as a course outline for the last semester.

Tuition fee and scholarship

Master's Program in Molecular Biology, 120 Credits
With a few exceptions, all citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees for education at the undergraduate and advanced level beginning in the autumn semester 2011 and thereafter.Umeå University offers a limited number of scholarships to students from outside the EU/EEA.

Last updated Dec 2017

About the School

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