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Biotechnology - Master's Programme

Master's programme2 years120 credits

Biotechnology is a globally expanding area with respect to both research and production. Development within this field has the potential to contribute significantly towards a more sustainable society, and has an impact on issues such as health and pharmaceuticals, food production, waste water treatment and other environmental issues, as well as the production of chemicals.

Lund University is among the leading universities in the world within biotechnology, and is home to several world-renowned scientists and highly knowledgeable and dedicated teachers. We have strong links to the industry – from large multinational companies to smaller local operations borne out of research within our own departments.

The Master’s in Biotechnology is a broad programme covering many different aspects of converting raw materials into products using biocatalysts (e.g. enzymes and microorganisms). Both the development of the biocatalyst and the conversion process are covered, as well as the role of biotechnology in a sustainable society. Nearly all of our courses include practical projects, which help to prepare our students for their final semester Master’s thesis. 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 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 biotechnology in order to meet challenges in the field
  • have improved your communication skills during discussions and by practising written and oral presentations
  • be able to suggest processing conditions for the industrial manufacturing of biotech products with regard to raw materials, convenience, energy 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 lecturers from biotech companies working with, for example, product development and marketing.

Your future job could be anywhere in the world – with a small business, 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.

Contact

Biotechnology (MSc)
Kårhuset, John Ericssons väg 3, Lund

Programme Director:
Olle Holst
International Master's Coordinator:
Cecilia Nilsson, E-mail: bio [at] master.lth.se

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

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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Important dates

Start Autumn semester 2017

Study period

Application

daytime Lund, full time 100%

In English

August 28, 2017 - June 7, 2019

Closed for applications

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
 

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in
  • Start your application – go to www.universityadmissions.se where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline
     

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at www.universityadmissions.se. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
  • Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants)
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated on this page
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable) before the document deadline

*Note that the process if different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme.

Programme-specific documents

No programme-specific documents (such as a CV or letters of recommendation) are required when you apply to this programme.

 

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 290 000

First payment: SEK 72 500

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at www.universityadmissions.se. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions


*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

 

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

 

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations