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?
The Master Programme in Biology, specialising in Genetic and Molecular Plant Science, is a first-class programme that gives you the freedom to create your own profile within the specialisation. 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 will open up the job market for you. All teachers for the Master Programme in Biology, specialising in Genetic and Molecular Plant Science, are active scientists, ensuring that you get an education that reaches the absolute forefront of the respective field.
The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Biology as the main field of study.
The first course for the Master Programme in Biology, specialising in Genetic and Molecular Plant Science, is Plant Growth and Development. It has a focus on the mechanisms at molecular, cell and organismal level controlling different phases of plant development. Plant growth and development are genetically programmed but to a large extent also controlled by external signals – an example is the many plant species that do not flower until they have been exposed to a period of low temperature. In addition to studying hormones and genetic functions, we also study how factors such as light and temperature affect the development of plants.
The next course, Plant Biodiversity, Breeding and Biotechnology, is given by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and will cover biodiversity and selection, plant breeding, comparative genetics, biotechnology issues, and bioinformatics tools within the plant breeding area.
The spring term will start with the course Plant-Microbe Interactions (Stockholm University), focusing on the interaction among plants and their environment, for example, symbiosis and effects on plants attacked by insects and microorganisms. Within this course there is also a five-week project work.
During the last period of the first year, we recommend the course Functional Genomics. It provides in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of the large-scale and technology-driven strategies currently applied within the field of molecular biology.
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.
Studying this specialisation will enable you to prepare yourself for PhD studies and research in plant biology and related biological sciences, and for qualified assignments within private companies or governmental agencies and other organisations. You will automatically get a network of contacts within the three universities and through your teachers you can gain contacts within the international research community.
The Master Programme in Biology, specialising in Cell and Molecular Biology, specialising in Genetic and Molecular Plant Science, will give you knowledge and skills for a career as researcher, teacher or a qualified investigator within higher education and research, governmental agencies or private companies with a profile towards plant breeding, biotechnology or pharmacognosy. During the second year studying the courses of your own choice, together with the thesis project, gives you the possibility to develop your competence for a future career within inside or outside academia.
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.