Bachelor's Programme in Molecular Biology, 180 credits

About the education

Molecular biology examines the structure and function of biological processes at molecular, cellular and organism levels. The subject is broad and many different fields interact. Molecular biology is characterised by very rapidly growing need to gather knowledge, extensive technological advances, and the establishment of new subdisciplines. As a consequence of this, molecular biology has given deeper understanding of the biological processes of life, and it forms the basis for continued research and the development of powerful new tools for biotechnology and biomedicine.

The Bachelor Programme in Molecular Biology begins with one year of chemistry studies, with an emphasis on organic chemistry and biochemistry. The second year is devoted to biology. The initial part comprises 30 hp of cell and molecular biology, and this is followed by a course in basic physiology (15 hp)and a basic course teaching the use of necessary tools in molecular biology. The third year starts with compulsory courses in molecular genetics 7,5 hp) and developmental biology (7.5 hp). You are then to select courses for a minimum of 15 hp from a list of electives, with main focus on the field of molecular biology. In addition to this, you select courses for 15 hp fully freely, and degree thesis in molecular biology, for at least 15 hp.

The programme provides a broad and basic education within the molecular life sciences. The Bachelor Programme in Molecular Biology gives you the qualifications required and a firm foundation for further studies in several different master's programmes, or you may choose to enter the labour market outside of the university.

Subject: Biology

Biology means the study of life and living organisms including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, diversity, their interaction with their environment and their presence in time and space.

There are many subdivisions and topics within Biology such as: molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, botany, zoology, ethology, faunistics, floristics and ecology.

An education in biology not only gives you basic knowledge in biology, but also an understanding of relationships between structure and function on various biological levels and it also gives you a grasp of the processes that control the evolution of the organism.

Biology is an experimental subject, meaning it alternates theoretical studies with practical exercises such as laboratory work and field trips. Examples of laboratory work include analyzing DNA molecules, producing bacteria or studying preparations of various tissues under a microscope. Dissections and experiments with living organisms are a part of an education in biology, however, an option without animal experiments within the zoology moments is also available.

You will be able to study animals and plants in their natural habitats as well as participate in practical ecological field work through different field trips and excursions. Stockholm University has access to three field stations located in interesting nature areas: Tovetorp in Södermanland, Askö in Trosa Archipelago and Tjärnö on the west coast of Sweden.

Area of interest: Science and Mathematics

Science and mathematics help us understand how the world around us is connected – from the origin and structure of the universe, to the development and function of humanity and all other organisms on earth.

Scientific knowledge makes it possible to critically examine the credibility of information in different areas of everyday life, society, and the media.

As a scientist or mathematician, you will be attractive on a large job market that covers all parts of society and includes everything from pure technology companies to environment and healthcare, as well as research.

Department responsible for education

Department of Biology Education