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Biotechnology is a key enabling technology that offers strong innovation potential for the sustainable development of society. Research and development in biotechnology continue to improve processes and develop products that have a profound impact on various sectors, such as healthcare and pharmaceuticals, agriculture, food and feed, environmental remediation, as well as the production of chemicals and biofuels.

Lund University is among the leading universities in the world for research and education in biotechnology. It is home to several world-renowned scientists who have strong links to the industry – from large multinational companies to small enterprises based on research developed within our departments.

The Master’s in Biotechnology is a broad programme covering scientific and technological aspects of biotechnology processes, biocatalysts including enzymes and microorganisms, product recovery and process design. To prepare our students for the final semester Master’s thesis, nearly all of our courses include practical exercises. It is therefore recommended that students who apply to this programme have acquired laboratory skills during their Bachelor’s degree.

The Master’s thesis project can be academic in nature, or developed within the industry, and can be carried out either in Lund or abroad. Examples of companies and universities where students have performed their degree projects include Bioprocess Control (Sweden), University of Oxford (UK), Keio University (Japan), and Goethe-Universität (Germany).

After completing this programme you will:

  • have achieved a high level of general skills in the various aspects of biotechnology processes
  • have improved your communication skills by way of discussions and by practising written and oral presentations
  • be able to suggest processing conditions for the industrial manufacturing of biotech products with regard to choice of raw materials, biological catalysts, energy efficiency and sustainability

Career prospects

Due to our close links with local and international industry, the programme is closely aligned to market needs, and there is a clear emphasis on the engineering aspects of biotechnology. During your studies, you will meet not only researchers at the departments but also guest lecturers from biotech companies working with, for example, product development and marketing.

Your future job could be anywhere in the world — in a small start-up or a large multinational company, a government authority or a university. Our alumni move on to roles within research and development, process operations, product development and sales. The programme also provides an excellent foundation for continuing your studies at PhD level.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in biotechnology, biochemical engineering, food technology or equivalent. Completed courses in mathematics/calculus and microbiology or biochemistry. English 6.

Selection criteria

The selection is based on academic qualifications.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under “Entry requirements”). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master’s studies or Bachelor’s studies in Sweden.

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