Reasons to choose

  • Highly flexible course combinations so you can tailor studies to your own needs and interests
  • International and highly interactive research and learning environment
  • Strong laboratory and experimental focus

Programme structure

Two years full time study, 120 credits, awarding an MSc in Molecular life sciences.

The Master’s programme offers a selection of courses covering a broad range of subjects within cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, developmental biology, molecular physiology, and immunology. The flexible nature of the programme allows upto 60 credits of optional courses, which can be courses in other subject areas such as law or economics.

First year

Autumn Spring
Elective or optional courses Elective or optional courses


Second year

Autumn Spring

Optional courses or degree project

Degree project


Degree projects are carried out in ongoing research projects within the current broad research areas of Infection and Immunobiology, Integrative Biology and Molecular Cell Biology at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute (MBW). It is also possible to conduct the degree project externally, at a research institute, organisation or company.

Recent degree projects

  • Role of imaginal disc growth factors (IDGFs) in Drosophila immunity
  • Investigation of radiosensitizers for tumor initiating cells in lung cancer

  • RNA editing in splice sites
  • Suitable conditions for quantitative Western blot with analysis of UCP1 protein expression in iBAT and ingWAT of mice under thermal stress, high fat diet and thyroxin treatment

Career prospects

A Master's degree in Molecular Life Sciences opens a broad spectrum of career opportunities both within and outside of the academic sphere. This programme gives you the eligibility to continue with PhD studies.

Over 90% of molecular biology students find jobs relevant to their education upon graduation (see alumni survey). Important parts of industry and society require deep knowledge within molecular life sciences, from biomedical research and pharmaceuticals development to the effect of the environment on biological systems, quality assurance of foodstuffs, and nutritional science.

Positions held by our alumni


The Molecular life sciences programme requires a solid background in molecular biology, as well as good understanding of chemistry. Specifically expect the equivalent to our Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology: at least one year's fulltime studies in molecular biology including one semester of chemistry, particularly biochemistry.

We look forward to your application!