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Molecular Biology, General - Master Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

Students working in a lab. Photo.

Description

Do you enjoy working in the borderland between biology, biomedicine and chemistry? This Master’s programme allows you to design your own degree in molecular biology based on a wealth of courses in everything from microbiology, molecular genetics and biochemistry to sensory biology, neurobiology and immunology.

The General Master’s Programme in Molecular Biology is aimed at students who are interested in creating their own unique education in molecular biology. You will design your personal study route together with our study advisor. You can choose among some 30 courses and compose a degree based on your interests and previous knowledge.

Teaching takes place on modern premises and in laboratories with advanced equipment. During your studies you will obtain both knowledge in theoretical analysis and practical skills in our laboratory facilities. Regardless of which subjects you base your knowledge profile upon, you will receive in-depth experience in experimental design and analysing results. You will practice both oral and written presentations and obtain ample experience in working in groups.

The Master’s programme has a high proportion of scheduled lessons, and the interaction with teaching staff and course assistants is relaxed. The programme is conducted in an international environment and has strong ties with research. All of the teaching staff are researchers, and as a result the teaching is continuously adapted based on current research. The Department of Biology has several world-leading research teams and conducts both basic research and applied research. The language of instruction is English.

Programme structure

During the first semester you will begin with a course on methods in molecular biology or immunology. Thereafter you will take courses on plant function or sensory biology, for example. During the second semester you can take courses on cellular and molecular neurobiology, infection biology and/or antibiotics or microscopy, among others. You may freely choose from a list of courses in molecular biology, biochemistry and biomedicine.

During the second year you will continue to build your expertise based on your own preferences. The degree project is worth 30, 45 or 60 credits and is conducted in a research team or at a company. If you decide to do a degree project worth less than the maximum number of credits, you can do a second project or take additional theoretical courses. You can also do an internship, which can provide valuable professional contacts during the programme. Most of our students do their degree project at the Faculty of Medicine, where in some cases you can also take biomedicine courses within the framework of this Master’s programme.

Career prospects

After graduation, you can work in several different areas in industry, academia and the public sector. Depending on your chosen educational profile, you could work in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical or food industry. You could also work in a research laboratory at a higher education institution. The Master’s programme gives you a good foundation for third cycle studies in the field.

 

Open for applications

Application opportunities

This programme is open for applications from 17 October to 16 January.

There is a preparation programme available for this Master's degree

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Contact

Study adviser

Christina Ledje

Phone: +46462227316

Email: Christina [dot] Ledje [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Specialisation: General Molecular Biology

Bachelor’s degree of at least 180 credits or the equivalent, of which 120 credits must be in science/biomedicine/engineering, including:

45 credits in molecular biology comprising genetics, cell biology and microbiology
7.5 credits in human/animal physiology
30 credits in chemistry comprising biochemistry

Proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper-secondary school.

Selection criteria

Based on grades awarded for previous academic courses and a statement of purpose for the application to the study programme (from the applicant’s “Summary sheet”).

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.

How to prove your English proficiency – universityadmissions.se

Country-specific requirements

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

Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se

Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se

Apply

Start Autumn Semester 2023

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

28 August 2023 - 8 June 2025

Application

Last application date 2023-01-16

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.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
    Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
  • 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 the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
    Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
    Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
     
  • 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 (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
     
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is 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. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

Svensk student? 
Läs instruktionerna om att söka till ett internationellt masterprogram på lu.se

Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a Summary Sheet when you apply to this programme.

Summary Sheet for the Master's programmes in Molecular Biology (PDF, new window)

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 310 000

First payment: SEK 77 500

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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.

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 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.


*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/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 Master's level.

Scholarship information on 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