Master's Programme in Biotechnology

Lund University

Program Description

Master's Programme in Biotechnology

Lund University

Programme overview

Biotechnology is a globally expanding area with respect to both research and production. Development within this field has the potential to contribute significantly towards a more sustainable society, and has an impact on issues such as health and pharmaceuticals, food production, waste water treatment and other environmental issues, as well as the production of chemicals. Lund University is among the leading universities in the world within biotechnology, and is home to several world-renowned scientists and highly knowledgeable and dedicated teachers. We have strong links to the industry – from large multinational companies to smaller local operations borne out of research within our own departments.

The Master’s in Biotechnology is a broad programme covering many different aspects of converting raw materials into products using biocatalysts (e.g. enzymes and microorganisms). Both the development of the biocatalyst and the conversion process are covered, as well as the role of biotechnology in a sustainable society. Nearly all of our courses include practical projects, which help to prepare our students for their final semester Master’s thesis. It is therefore recommended that students who apply to this programme have acquired laboratory skills during their Bachelor’s degree. The Master's thesis project can be academic in nature, or developed within industry, and can be carried out either in Lund or abroad. Examples of companies and universities where students have performed their degree projects include Bioprocess Control (Sweden), University of Oxford (UK), Keio University (Japan), and Goethe-Universität (Germany).

After completing this programme you will:

  • Have achieved a high level of general skills in biotechnology in order to meet challenges in the field
  • Have improved your communication skills during discussions and by practicing written and oral presentations
  • Be able to suggest processing conditions for the industrial manufacturing of biotech products with regard to raw materials, convenience, energy and sustainability.

Career prospects

Due to our close links with local and international industry, the programme is closely aligned to market needs, and there is a clear emphasis on the engineering aspects of biotechnology. During your studies you will meet not only researchers at the departments but also lecturers from biotech companies working with, for example, product development and marketing. Your future job could be anywhere in the world – with a small business, a large multinational company, a government authority or a university. Our alumni move on to roles within research and development, process operations, product development and sales. The programme also provides an excellent foundation for continuing your studies at PhD level.

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Why Lund University?

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked among the world's top 100 universities in the QS Ranking 2016/2017, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.

If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as the second best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate an in-depth level of learning.

The University is located in Lund - a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes from Copenhagen. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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Last updated February 2, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
2 years
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Start date Sept. 2017
Sweden Lund
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