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Study Molecular Biology

Molecular biology has become increasingly important in tackling biological problems. By understanding how the cell’s DNA, proteins and molecules act and interact, molecular biologists can change the cell's function and properties. By doing so, they contribute to the UN’s sustainable development goals in a vast range of areas: from plant breeding to the development of renewable energy sources, from disease control to the production of new medicines.

By studying Molecular Biology at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, you choose to become part of a stimulating environment with top research in cell biology, genetics, genomics, microbiology and molecular biology. As a Master's student, you will have excellent opportunities to deepen your scientific knowledge and develop your experimental skills. By the end of your studies, you will be prepared for an exciting career that will impact the future.

Programmes and Courses

The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology offers two challenging Master’s programmes and a wide range of stand-alone courses, all linked to cutting-edge research.

  • Master's programme in Molecular Biology

    New technologies in the field of molecular biology make it possible to see what is happening at the cellular and molecular levels in living cells. Molecular biologists study how complex processes are influenced by genetics, protein function and interactions between cellular molecules. Performing research on a number of different model organisms from bacteria to human cells will give you a broad background in molecular biology and the mechanisms that lead to the unique biology of different organisms.

    Our Master’s programme in Molecular Biology consists of advanced level courses in biology or in other relevant subjects as well as a degree project of 30, 45 or 60 higher education credits. The degree project can be performed in one of the research groups at the university or in a laboratory outside the university, for instance in a pharmaceutical company.

    During the first academic year, you are recommended to take four of the following in-depth courses at the advanced level:
    • BIO545 - Molecular Biology
    • BIO555 - Genetics
    • BIO510 - Prokaryotic Molecular Microbiology or BIO501 - Neurobiology
    • BIO440 - Eukaryotic Molecular Microbiology or BIO464 - Immunology and Disease Pathogenesis

    In the second year, you will perform an individual laboratory-based project work of 30, 45 or 60 higher education credits. No extra coursework is required when you choose to perform a project work of 60 higher education credits and further courses will be taken if you do a shorter project.

    More information: Master’s Programme in Molecular Biology

  • Master's programme in Genomics and Systems Biology

    In this programme, you will study how genomes change over time and how biological molecules interact in networks to build up living organisms. This knowledge about the properties of complete biological systems, and not just their individual parts, is essential in drug development and treatment of diseases as well as to improve industrial bioprocesses. The Master’s programme in Genomics and Systems Biology also explores evolution at the molecular level, which has implications for how we assess the adaptability of organisms to changing environmental conditions, such as climate change.

    A central aim is to give you the skills to experimentally study all components of a biological system and describe the functional interactions between them in mathematical terms. This modeling enables simulations and predictions about the behavior of the system changes due to various types of perturbations, such as mutations, infections or environmental impact. The programme also provides a good understanding of how genomes change over time as a consequence of, for example, the use of antibiotics, breeding for desired characteristics and chemicals in the environment.

    Our Master’s programme in Genomics and Systems Biology includes four in-depth courses at the advanced level that you are recommended to take during the first academic year:
    • BIO406 - Advanced Functional Genomics
    • BIO403 - Advanced Bioinformatics
    • BIO448 - Experimental Systems Biology
    • BIO442 - Evolutionary Genomics

    In the second year, you will perform an individual laboratory-based project work of 30, 45 or 60 higher education credits. No extra coursework is required when you choose to perform a project work of 60 higher education credits and further courses will be taken if you do a shorter project.

    More information: Master's Programme in Genomics and Systems Biology

  • Stand-alone courses in Molecular Biology

    The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology offers a wide range of stand-alone courses in English within the field of Molecular biology, both on a basic (Bachelor’s) level and on an advanced (Master’s) level. Some of these courses have a sustainability label. The aim of this labelling is to visualize which courses deal with sustainable development.

    For exchange students

    On Courses for Exchange Students, you will find a list of basic (Bachelor’s) and advanced (Master’s) stand-alone courses in English given at the Faculty of Science as well as more information on application, qualifications, credits, and semesters and periods.

    For regular students

    On Courses for Exchange Students, you will find a list of basic (Bachelor’s) and advanced (Master’s) stand-alone courses in English given at the Faculty of Science as well as more information on application, qualifications, credits, and semesters and periods.

    Courses and Programmes lists all basic (Bachelor’s) and advanced (Master’s) biology courses in English given at the University of Gothenburg.

    Please contact our study counsellor Peter Gulz if you have any questions. He will help and guide you so that you can make well-informed decisions.
     

Tailor your education into a unique profile

At the University of Gothenburg, you can tailor your education to your own interests and ambitions.

Our Master’s programmes consist of some predefined and some optional courses. For the optional courses, you can choose to deepen your knowledge in your field or to broaden your knowledge by adding other natural science subjects to your study curriculum. You can, for instance, combine your molecular biology studies with chemistry and neuroscience, allowing you to create a unique profile within Life Science.

You can also choose to study any other subject taught at the University of Gothenburg such as economics, leadership or a new language. This allows you to create a unique interdisciplinary degree, and thus a unique profile on the job market.

Learning and teaching

At the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, you as a student are in focus. During your time with us, you will acquire an in-depth knowledge of Molecular Biology, both in theory and in practice. You will also develop other important transferable skills such as accuracy, analytical thinking and communication, preparing you for all challenges in your future career.

Our way of teaching in a nutshell:

  • You take one course at a time.
  • Classes are given in different formats, from traditional lectures to small-group work, for example.
  • You will learn from dedicated teachers and world-class researchers with in-depth cutting-edge knowledge and extensive international networks.
  • Teaching contains many elements of active, problem-based learning. As a student, you actively participate in discussions about the subject. This way, you will gain a deeper knowledge and become better at analyzing and thinking scientifically.
  • You will put theory into practice during our many laboratory courses that allow you to develop strong analytical and laboratory skills. In addition, you can opt for the course ‘Applied Project in Molecular Biology’ and do an internship in one of our research groups.
  • At the end of your Master’s studies, you will perform an individual laboratory-based project work of up to one year within one of our top research groups.

Career possibilities

A degree in Molecular Biology offers many job possibilities. In the private sector, you may work with research and development in biotech, pharmaceutical, life sciences or food companies.

Alternatively, you may pursue a career in the public sector. Diagnostic laboratories in the health care sector or government authorities such as the Public Health Authority are some of the options.

You may also choose to continue your studies on a doctoral level, which may lead to a career as a research scientist within academia or in industry.

As the optional courses in your education allow you to create a unique profile on the job market, there are many more career paths to choose from. You could for instance work in communications, sales or marketing.

3 reasons why you should study at the University of Gothenburg

1. One of the world’s best universities in the area of life science. In ShanghaiRanking’s global ranking of academic subjects, the University of Gothenburg ranked second in Sweden and 40th worldwide in the field of Life Sciences - Biological Sciences. Biological sciences include biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, cell biology and microbiology.

2. Gothenburg invests heavily in life science. Today, Gothenburg hosts important future employers such as AstraZeneca and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Starting in 2019, the area around Astra Zeneca's plant in Mölndal will be transformed into an international research area for life sciences with almost 7000 new employees. The University of Gothenburg is also strengthening the area of life sciences by gathering scientists active in the field of life science in a new building at the Medical Hill Campus (Medicinareberget).

3. International study environment. At the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, you study in an international environment with researchers, teachers and students coming from all over the world. As a student, you can also take advantage of the large international contact network all our researchers have.

More information

If you have any questions, please contact our study counsellor Peter Gulz. He will help and guide you so that you can make well-informed decisions.


Normally the autumn term is between 1/9 until 18/1, and the spring term between 19/1 until 7/6. The start of each course, however, can vary. Contact our study counsellors for more information.

Study counsellor Molecular Biology

Peter Gulz

Telephone: 031-786 2524

E-mail: education@biology.gu.se

Address: Kansliet för biologiutbildning, Medicinaregatan 18

Do you want to apply to one of our programmes?

Please apply on
www.universityadmissions.se (link opens in a new window). Here, you will find all the information you need to start your studies in Sweden.

Meet Marta from Spain, Master's student in Molecular Biology

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Shanghairanking Life Science 2019

The University of Gothenburg has been ranked top 3 in Sweden and top 40 worldwide.

Page Manager: Katleen Burm|Last update: 10/9/2019
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