Joint Master Programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science

The unabbreviated  name of the programme that I study at KTH is “The Joint Master’s Programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science”.  It is a long name and I find it always hard to explain it to others. Now, as one of the KTH official bloggers, I finally get the opportunity to explicate what it is — Hooray!


Yes, my programme is co-organized by three most prominent universities in Stockholm, namely KTH, Stockholm University, Karolinska Institutet. A total of 120 ECT credits are equally taught by these three universities. Indeed, joint programmes are not uncommon across European countries: they epitomise the acceleration in international cooperation within academia. A quick glance at the list of  KTH I Master’s Programmes gives you more than a dozen!

“Master Programme”

The duration is two years, and like most of the master programmes at KTH, the language of teaching is English. Actually, we have a very international class – about 80 % of my classmates come from countries outside Sweden.

“Molecular Techniques”

All the courses in the programme are developed surrounding the core idea of molecular techniques.

The first semester will be mostly spent at Karolinska Institutet. At KI we study the mechanisms of major diseases that entangle human, with the emphasis put on the frontier research and application of high throughput biology in it.


In the second semester, we will mainly learn how to programme at Stockholm University, thus one should be capable of both interpreting and unraveling complex biological problems as a bioinformatician after the first year.


In the third semester, we will come back to school of biotechnology of KTH, in which the study will focus extensively on gene technology and analysis of big data.


Want to know more details? Visit the programme’s webpage at KTH.

“Life Science”

Whether you are a prospective student or not, the term “Life Science” obviates the need of explanation, right? Another question, which I think more compelling is perhaps “Do I have to hold a bachelor degree in life science-related subjects in order to gain entry into your program?” Not necessarily. According to a unofficial survey about our academic background in my class, it shows that:

However, it would be always fail-safe to take a careful look at the entry requirements on our website.

After reading this blog (which is my also first blog ever), are you more familiar with my program?