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Master's Programme in Molecular Life Sciences

  • 120 credits

This programme offers broad training at the frontier of research. Molecular life sciences aim is to understand the structure, function and regulation of biological systems from molecular to organism level. This rapidly growing field, seeing extensive technological advances and emerging new sub-disciplines, opens up a broad spectrum of career opportunities.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - programmes

Welcome to the Department of Biological Education! We are happy to be part of your student experience and contribute to your future success.

In order to get you off to a good start, we have gathered the important things you need to know here. Read through carefully and if you have any questions, please contact us.


Starting in the autumn term, we will make a partial return to campus-based teaching, to the degree possible. Compulsory teaching will to a large extent be given on campus, adapted according to the guidelines of the Public Health Authority. Parts of the teaching will be given online to reduce the spread of infection. Read more about the teaching at BIG in autumn 2020.


As a new programme student you are called to an introduction week and a compulsory roll call, the week before start of term. Note! As a Master's student you should, well in advance of the roll call, check if you have any conditions on your admission. See "Eligible with condition" below.

Note that the roll call is compulsory and if you do not participate you can loose your place on the programme. If you are unable to attend you must contact the student office latest one hour before the roll call starts.

After the roll call you will be registered on the programme and the autumn courses.

Introduction to Master's programmes

Eligible with conditions

If you did not meet all the eligibility requirements for the course when you applied then you are eligible with conditions. It is stated in your acceptance letter from if you are eligible with conditions. In that case, you cannot be registered as the department must first assess your eligibility.

Conditions for master's programmes are almost always that you need to complete your Bachelor's degree. You must meet the condition before the programme starts and a completed Bachelor's education should be documented in University admissions or Ladok (the Swedish student registry). If you will not meet the conditions in time you should decline your place.

Check the requirements under "Eligibility" here on the course page. As soon as you meet the requirements, send a message to with the following information:

  • Subject line: Terms
  • Your name
  • Which programme you are admitted to

If you have questions about your condition, you can contact the study counsellor.

Read about eligibility

Studying with a disability

If you need special pedagogical support, you can apply for support measurs. You should apply as soon as possible after you have been admitted to take advantage of the best possible support.

Read how to apply for support

Once you have your Nais certificate, contact the study counsellor for a meeting where we will go through the support measured. After the meeting, you should contact the course coordinators for the courses you will attend and inform them that you have been granted support, so that they can prepare well.

Declining your place

If you no longer want your place, it is important that you decline your place so that another applicant can get the place. Please note that you can only decline your place at before the roll call. Declining the place after roll call is counted as having dropped the programme.

Declining your place at

Reserve place

If you have been given a reserve place you may be admitted if someone declines their place. Reserve admission mainly takes place in connection with the roll call. If there is cause for reserve admission then you will receive notice one to two weeks before the roll call.

More information about your studies with us

On our website you will find more information about your studies with us.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

Find your way on campus

Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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Reasons to choose a Master in Molecular Life Science

  • 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 overview

    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.

    You are required to choose 30 credits of courses from the list of elective courses (updated each year). You can also include at least 30 credits of optional courses, these can be in other subjects.

    Year 1

    Elective courses

    Green Biotechnology

    Infection Biology


    Molecular Cell Biology

    Molecular Ecology

    Molecular Physiology

    Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

    Paleoecology, genetics and human prehistory

    Radiation Biology

    Science in Biological Research and Investigation

    Stem cells in developmental and cancer biology

    Courses offered at other departments


    Signal Transduction

    Structure and Dynamics of Biological Membranes

    Structural Biochemistry

    Year 2

    Compulsory courses

    Degree project in Molecular Life Science
    (instructions apply for all degree projects at the department)

    Independent 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


  • How to apply

    The Master's programme in Molecular Life Science is only open for application in the first round, with deadline for applications in mid-January.

    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.

    Selection process

    Additional eligibility criteria

    Applicants that meet the eligibility requirements are ranked based on their merit rating. Only students with the highest merit ratings are selected for our programmes. The merit rating is based on the following four selection criteria, with equal weight:

    • relevance of previous studies in relation to the programme
    • grades of academic courses
    • motivation letter
    • research ideas

    Required supporting documentation

    To submit your motivation letter and research ideas you must use our cover letter form.

    Cover letter/Motivation letter
    The form is only available when applications are open.

    Recommendation letters and CVs are neither required, nor concidered if included.

  • Career opportunities

    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.

    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.

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor at master's level