Understanding the molecular mechanisms behind the function, reproduction and communication of cells is fundamental for the understanding of multi-cellular animals and plants. The combination of cell and molecular biology in this specialisation of the Master's Programme in Biology permits encourages 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.
Why this programme?
The cells are the smallest units of all living organisms. As a student in the Master's Programme in Biology, specialising in Cell and Molecular Biology, you will obtain an in-depth understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind e.g., the biological processes governing the function and behaviour of proteins. This makes you well equipped for the pharmaceutical and other biotechnical job markets and basic research. You can also specialise in microbiology or structural biology.
During the programme you can expect to:
obtain an in-depth understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind the function, reproduction and communication of cells
gain necessary skills for a career in the pharmaceutical and other biotechnical job markets
get insights into molecular interactions at the subatomic level to complex systems and their interactions in cells and organelles
In most courses the lectures are intertwined with discussion seminars and laboratory practicals to give you general knowledge about cells and cellular processes, and how to work with cells.
Student profile You have a broad interest in biology or a more narrowly focused interest in a specific sub-area. Either way, you are willing to take a lot of responsibility yourself to form your own educational experience from the very wide range of biology courses offered at Uppsala University.
Ideally, during your Bachelor's studies, you had the opportunity to work in a laboratory and do some field work as well as use statistics to analyse data from your work. Writing lab reports and shorter essays is something you already have experience doing.
A PhD education is a distinct possibility in your future so you would value coming in close contact with current research and prominent researchers in this international field.
The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Biology as the main field of study.
There is a joint starting course for the specialisations in Cell and Molecular Biology and Immunology and Microbiology. The course name is Trends in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, reflecting that it cover modern applications of molecular biology and also builds on knowledge gained in your Bachelor's studies. The starting course also include a general introduction to the Master's programme. Thereafter, courses such as RNA: structure, function and biology, Structure and function of macromolecules or Genes, brain and behaviour can be chosen.
In the course Molecular Cell Biology (first course in spring semester) you will delve much deeper into the structure and function of the cell. Together with some of your classmates you will choose a topic for deeper studies and present and discuss this topic at a symposium concluding the course.
Your choice of different course combinations in addition to these two courses will permit you to prepare for you thesis work as well as a career outside the university after your Master's studies.
Biology instruction at Uppsala University is done in close connection to current research. All teachers for the individual courses in the Master's Programme in Biology are active scientists, ensuring that you will get an education that reaches to the absolute forefront of the respective 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 all courses of the programme.
The Master's Programme in Biology has a strong international character, and all courses are held in English.
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.
The specialisation in cell and molecular biology builds a strong base for PhD training in Sweden or 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 the cell as well as practical knowledge of the methods you need to study them.
As a biologist, you can also work as a teacher or science journalist.
Career support When you are about to finish your studies and want to start planning for your next step in life, you are welcome to UU Careers for support and guidance. You are also welcome to a variety of career activities and events all through your stay at Uppsala University. Of course, the services are free of charge. Learn more about UU career support.
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 that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
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.