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Molecular Biotechnology is a growing field within Life science that combines applications from e.g. molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry and immunology, in order to generate products and services within the area of medicine, agriculture and food.

At the University of Skövde, we offer a one-year Master´s programme in Molecular Biotechnology were you will use laboratory and computer-based techniques to study and modify genes and proteins. The techniques can be applied within the fields of human and animal health, agriculture and food industry to e.g. identify diseases and genetically engineer plants, cells and animals. In the programme you will also study the structure of genes and proteins as well as the understanding of their function and regulation.

The focus of your studies

The programme involves in-depth research oriented studies in the areas of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Independent laboratory work is a prominent part of the studies. During the first semester of the Master´s programme you will study advanced courses in biotechnology, molecular biology, biostatistics and bioinformatics and their applications in biotechnology. Advanced laboratory facilities are employed for DNA and protein analyses such as PCR amplification, site-directed mutagenesis, cloning, and protein expression. Computational resources are also used for molecular biological and bioinformatic analysis and database searching.

The programme is concluded with a master degree project work (30 ECTS credits) in the last semester. During the project work, you will expand your theoretical and laboratory knowledge and solve a relevant research problem in Molecular Biology. The project work is performed individually under the direction of supervisors qualified in the field.

Upon completion of your studies

After completing the program you can for example work in pharmaceutical companies, in the food industry or at hospitals. You can also continue with PhD studies or other kind of research at governmental and private research laboratories. Students with a Master´s Degree in Molecular Biology have got excellent comments and references from the laboratories where they realized their master project works. Most of these students got international PhD-student positions or other jobs soon after finishing their project work. A survey of programme alumni (former students with a degree in Molecular biology) shows that about 80% have a job related to their education. Of these, over 75% got their job within a year after their graduation.

To be eligible for the program a Bachelor’s Degree (equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor’s Degree) with a major in the biological or medical area is required. The biological area can be defined as e.g. Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Physiology. The medical area is here defined as Biomedicine but can also include subjects like Pharmacology. A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as English course 6 / English course B. This is normally demonstrated by means of an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS or TOEFL or the equivalent.

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