The program is a unique collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University, in the environment of Science for Life Laboratory, Stockholm. The students will receive a comprehensive education in life science emphasizing cutting-edge methods in the bioinformatic analysis of big data, combined with state-of-the-art techniques used in modern "high throughput" molecular biology and how to translate biological findings into diagnostic tools and novel treatments.

Program presentation

This two-year Master’s program is delivered by a team of teachers who are internationally recognized researchers in their respective disciplines to ensure a relevant curriculum at the research forefront. The program consists of courses aiming to give a solid education in a combination of molecular biology, biotechnology, and medicine with a focus on high-throughput biology and analysis of big data for translation of biological findings from lab bench to patient bedside. The education also aims to develop skills and abilities essential to the professional career –including oral and written presentation, team working skills, and how to make ethical and societal considerations about life science-related issues, all of which important for the ability to lead projects in academy and industry.

Courses - Master’s program in Molecular Techniques in Life Science

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Year 1

The first year contains advanced level courses in genetics, biophysical chemistry, and translational medicine, as well as the foundations of bioinformatics and comparative genomics. There is also a project course. All three universities offer courses during the first year, with an emphasis on Karolinska Institute (fall semester) and Stockholm University (spring semester).

Mandatory courses fall semester

  • Frontiers in life science 1
  • Frontiers in translational medicine
  • Applied communication
  • Genetics

Mandatory courses spring semester

  • Frontiers in life science 2
  • Bioinformatics
  • Project in molecular life science
  • Comparative genomics
  • Biophysical chemistry

Year 2

The second year offers courses in applied gene technology, proteomics, drug design, and bioinformatics analysis of large-scale data. There is also a project course. Most courses during the fall semester are offered by KTH Royal Institute of Technology. During the spring semester, the individual degree project is performed.

Mandatory courses fall semester

  • Frontiers in life science 3
  • Project in molecular life science
  • Proteomics
  • Drug development
  • Applied gene technology
  • Analysis of data from high-throughput molecular biology experiments

Mandatory courses spring semester

  • Degree project


The application process for the program will be handled by the Royal Insititute of Technology (KTH) in collaboration with Stockholms Universitet (SU) and Karolinska Institutet (KI).

Career opportunities

The combination of molecular biology, biotechnology and medicine provide an excellent profile for a professional research career in an academic setting or in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry. The life science industries and academic institutions working in these areas are active and the life science sector is expanding worldwide, which gives students an excellent job market and a wide range of possible employment.


Application and tuition fees

If you have citizenship within the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, you are not required to pay application or tuition fees.

Application fee

900 SEK

Tuition fee

  • Total amount: 400 000 SEK
  • First installment: 100 000 SEK

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