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Molecular biology has invaluable contributions to the understanding of diseases, including HIV, cancers, diabetes and prionic diseases.

At a fundamental level, molecular biology looks at life from a molecular perspective – how it started and how it keeps going. The molecules that we study can only be fully understood by considering their information content and properties in relation to a living organism.

In Molecular Biology we ask:

  • How do genes cause function and characteristics in organisms?
  • How do diseases emerge, and how do we develop new treatments?
  • How do we improve our access to food, its nutritional value and safety?

Knowledge of theoretical and practical molecular biology is necessary to understand and create new knowledge in biotechnology and biological and medical science. There are many techniques specific to our field, which are being developed intensively. Molecular biology is also important for developing good data tools for the analysis of biological data.

Master’s projects in Molecular Biology cover a wide professional range and are carried out in different research groups and departments at the university but also at the University Hospital and Institute of Marine Research.

You can choose a research project among the areas of

  • protein structure and function relationship
  • signal transduction and regulation in biological systems
  • biological computation and bioinformatics

Master’s students have their own study hall and social area close to the research facilities, and there is a close connection between staff and students.

Career

With a master’s degree in molecular biology you can work with research and teaching at universities, university colleges, university hospitals and other major hospitals.

Molecular biologists work in a variety of fields such as

  • food research
  • petroleum industry
  • marine research
  • forensic science
  • environmental research

Medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry and research are also relevant fields of work for molecular biologists.

7 out of 10 of alumni with a degree from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences say that they have found relevant work within two years of graduating.

You can also continue in academic research by pursuing a PhD.

Structure

As a master’s student in molecular biology you will spend your first year doing coursework (60 ECTS) and your second year working in the lab, and on writing your master’s thesis (60 ECTS).

Some courses are mandatory, the rest can be chosen to match your academic interests.

First semester (autumn):

  • MOL300 Practical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (20 ECTS), mandatory
  • Elective course on 200- or 300-level (10 ECTS) (MOL203 or MOL204 is recommended)

Second semester (spring):

  • MOL310 Structural Molecular Biology (10 ECTS), mandatory
  • Elective course on 200- or 300-level (20 ECTS) (MOL217 or MOL320 is recommended)

Third and fourth semester:

  • MOL399 Master’s thesis in Molecular Biology

Read more about course combinations and content.

Admission Requirements

 Who may apply?

You need a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology or equivalent education – with first class results. Admission to the programme will be based on content and performance in chemistry and molecular biology, which in general should not be any less than three semesters worth of courses.

Equivalent education must include extensive molecular biology and some chemistry. It may be a three year engineering or bioengineering degree, or with a background in biology, chemistry, physics or informatics. In addition practical laboratory skills in molecular biology/biochemistry are required.  As a comparison our bachelor degree contains a minimum of 70 ECTS in molecular biology topics (Introduction to Molecular Biology/Metabolism: Reactions, Regulations and Compartmentalization/ Molecular Cell Biology/ Gene Structure and Function/ Applied Bioinformatics/ Experimental Molecular Biology I and II) and also minimum 30 ECTS in Chemistry (at least one course in organic chemistry is mandatory).

Applicants with 2nd class, upper division/B average or the equivalent will not be considered for admission. Only applicants with grades in first division will be considered.

How many places?

Within 3 places are reserved for qualified international applicants in the Master’s Programme in Molecular Biology.

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