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Master's Programme in Molecular Life Sciences

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.

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 45 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 15 credits of optional courses, these can be in other subjects.

    Year 1

    Compulsory courses autumn term

    Molecular Cell Biology

    Elective courses autumn term

    Green Biotechnology


    Radiation Biology and Cellular Toxicology

    Elective courses spring term

    Infection Biology


    Molecular Physiology

    Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions


    Stem cells in developmental and cancer biology

    Courses offered at other departments

    Signal Transduction

    Structure and Dynamics of Biological Membranes

    Neurochemistry with Molecular Neurobiology

    Protein structure and function I

    Year 2

    Compulsory courses

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

    See also elective courses year 1.

    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 (updated yearly, only latest version accepted).

    Cover letter/Motivation letter
    Note! Must be submitted by the supporting documentation deadline. The form is only available during the application period, up to the supporting documentation deadline.

    Recommendation letters and CVs are not concidered.

  • 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