The Master Programme in Biology is a first-class programme that gives you the freedom to create your own profile. We offer a broad range of courses (both in class and individual) making it possible for you to improve your personal competitiveness. The required subject depth and complementary knowledge within your education opens up the job market for you. All teachers for the individual courses in the Master Programme in Biology are active scientists, ensuring that you will get an education that reaches to the absolute forefront of the respective field.
Why this programme?
As a student in the Master Programme in Biology, specialising in Cell and Molecular Biology, you will obtain an in-depth understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind the function, reproduction and communication of cells. This fundamental knowledge of multi-cellular animals and plants makes you well equipped for the pharmaceutical and other biotechnical job markets and basic research. You can also specialise in microbiology or structural biology.
The combination of cell and molecular biology in this specialisation permits you to develop a deep insight into biological systems, from molecular interactions at the subatomic level to complex systems and their interactions in cells and organelles.
In most courses are the lectures intertwined with discussion seminars and laboratory practicals to give you an overall knowledge about cells and cellular processes, and how to work with cells.
The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Biology as the main field of study.
The Master Programme in Biology, specialising in Cell and Molecular Biology, starts with the course Trends in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, covering modern applications of molecular biology. You then choose among our recommended courses and prepare your individual study plan. The core courses for the specialisation are Trends in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Molecular Cell Biology, and Functional Genomics.
During the second year, you can study one or two regular courses, or combine a research training course with a degree project of 30 or 45 credits. This allows you to prepare well for an academic career as well as a career outside academia.
Biology instruction at Uppsala University is done in close connection to current research. All lecturers and tutors in the Master Programme in Biology are also active researchers in the field.
The courses provide factual knowledge and practical training in the form of laboratory work and field trips, as well as the ability to solve problems, think analytically and work scientifically. Communication training is integrated in the courses of the programme.
The Master Programme in Biology has a strong international character, and all courses are held in English.
The Master Programme in Biology, specialising in Cell and Molecular Biology, is an entry port for PhD training in Sweden as well as abroad. Your most important merit in that respect is your degree project. With a careful choice of the courses and topic for your degree project you will leave this specialisation with a solid theoretical knowledge regarding molecular processes in cell as well as practical knowledge of the methods you need to study them.
Your primary work area will be in research and development in academia or industry, for instance in pharmaceutical industry and biotechnical industry, forensic medicine, diagnostics and agriculture industry. The training provided in applying solid theoretical knowledge to applied problems and projects, accounting for projects and studies orally and in writing, and being able to work in projects both individually and in groups, is valuable in all these areas of work.
As a biologist, you can also work as a teacher or science journalist.
You apply to all specialisations through www.universityadmissions.se except for the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME); for this specialisation you apply through www.evobio.eu.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is:
40 weeks of full-time studies (60 credits) in biology; and
20 weeks of full-time studies (30 credits) in chemistry.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.