The Master’s Programme in Applied Biotechnology is carefully designed for ambitious future professionals who wish to specialise in the field of biotechnology and at the same time, want to gain exposure in project management and entrepreneurship. Your studies will benefit from the close proximity to the biotechnology industry in Uppsala, with collaborations with biotech companies and authorities generating a stimulating educational environment.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
Located right in the strongest biotechnology cluster in Sweden, Uppsala has been a centre for pioneering and high quality biotechnological research for many decades. Uppsala houses a great number of small and large biotech companies. Collaborations between Uppsala University, biotech companies, the University hospital and national food and medicine authorities generate a stimulating educational environment. Thus, Uppsala University is the premium choice for your biotechnology studies.
The Master’s Programme in Applied Biotechnology gives you theoretical as well as hands-on knowledge in the areas of molecular biology, structural biology and biotechnology. You can also extend your studies in the areas of protein engineering, synthetic biology and molecular biotechnology for renewable energy.
Thanks to courses in project management, marketing and entrepreneurship, you will also gain insight into business management and learn how projects are planned and carried out in the biotechnology industry. One important element of the Master’s programme is the Master’s thesis, which allows students to specialise in their area of interest and can be conducted in both academia and industry.
During the programme you can expect to:
- study in the strongest biotechnology cluster in Sweden
- specialise in a research area of interest
- gain exposure in project management and entrepreneurship
The Master’s Programme in Applied Biotechnology has an interdisciplinary character and strong connections to biotechnology industry. You will meet both Swedish and international students and teachers in this programme, which will help you to build up a valuable network during and after your studies.
As a student in Applied Biotechnology, you will have a strong foundation in molecular biology and biotechnology coupling structure, function and applications. You will have courses with many lab-hours, which will allow you to gain hands-on skills in the modern techniques of protein engineering, immune technology and synthetic biology. In addition, you will learn about industrial project management and intellectual property right, which will allow you to have a unique and very attractive profile.
Based on your interest, you will conduct your Master’s thesis project (6 or 9 months) in academia or industry – which will allow you to experience the real working milieu already when you are a student. This also allows you to be organised, motivated and active in team-work and communication.
As a student, you will actively study, conduct group works for lab-exercises or small projects, and will take part in scientific discussions and presentations. You should be motivated and should be ready to take responsibilities. You should see biotechnology as a toolset that you can apply in different problem areas, which will improve the quality of life in future. You can opt to do a PhD or work in a company/agency after completion of your Master’s degree.
The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Applied Biotechnology as the main field of study.
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be molecular biology, biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology, chemistry, medical technology/informatics, pharmacy or biophysics.
Also required is:
- knowledge and practical experience of laboratory experiments in biology, and molecular biology: cell biology, molecular biology and molecular genetics corresponding to approximately 20 weeks of full-time studies (30 credits);
- knowledge and practical experience of laboratory experiments in chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry corresponding to approximately 20 weeks full-time studies (30 credits);
- knowledge of mathematics: algebra and analysis corresponding to approximately 10 weeks of full-time studies (15 credits);
- and knowledge of computer science: good proficiency in use of computer software for word and simple calculations.
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
- Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Students are selected based on:
- 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.
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000
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