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If I’m admitted without scholarship, what are the alternatives to finance myself?

As the deadline of fee-paying (31th May) approaches, I received a lot of inquiries about student accommodation, public transportation…..and, finance! True, how to finance yourself is central to the decision-making, in particular for the majority who do not enter on an admission-scholarship basis. Today, I will discuss the alternatives that you can support yourself: non-admission scholarships and part-time jobs on campus!


1. KTH one-year scholarship

Perhaps all of you have applied (or at least heard of) the KTH admission scholarship, but do you also know that there is an one-year scholarship that you apply when you are first-year master student?

  • Type: one-year school fee waiver

  • Selection: based on academia excellence = your grades on KTH transcript

  • Time to apply: usually in April every year

Website: kth.se/en/studies/master/fees-funding/kth-one-year-scholarship-1.290744

So, check the above website in April and file your application in time! As far as I know, the scholarship is usually granted to those straight-A students. Therefore, my personal tips are:

1) Do your study  (of course!) and plan it early

2) Re-exam is a good chance, don’t waste it!

For MTLS students, KTH one-year scholarship probably won’t apply to you, as most courses in the first year are conducted in SU and Karolinska. Instead, try KTH Joint Programme Scholarship!

2. KTH Opportunities

KTH Opportunities is a fund from KTH alumni and friends that support current students (bachelor, master, phD) to explore something meaningful for themselves, KTH and the society.

  • Type: highest amount = SEK 50,000

  • Selection: project-based

  • Time to apply: usually from March to April every year

Website: kth.se/en/opportunities/sok-medel/ansok-om-stod-fran-kth-opportunities-fund-1.552270

The closest example around me is a friend from Medical Engineering who was funded by KTH Opportunities for a volunteering internship in a hospital in Nepal. You may want to have a look at the type of funded projects: youtube.com/watch?v=E6NSuuUiyDA

3. Karolinska Institute Foundation Scholarship

A good news to MTLS students is that you are eligible to apply for scholarship in Karolinska and SU!

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Who studies at MTLS? | Statistics of the admitted students

Recently, I received a lot of questions. Many of them look like these: “I study XXX, I want to know if I am eligible to be considered by MTLS? ” or “Are there any current MTLS students who come from YYY, just like me?” In this blog, you are going to find out more about the admitted MTLS students, regarding their demographic profile and academic background, that you CAN’T even get from our official website!

By 2017, there are in total 3 cohorts of students admitted into our programme.


A purple dot on the map represents the citizenship of one student. The number of students and diversity grow by years.


The number of male and female in all three cohorts are roughly equal. Of course, you may notice that gender equality is a fundamental policy in all Swedish universities. In the admission process, no weight will be added/reduced based on gender of the applicant.


It has been told that life science will be an interdisciplinary field; MTLS is no exception. The majors listed in the pie chart are based on the bachelor degree that the students possess:




Want to know more about our programme? There are numerous routes:

  1. Our four official websites at KTH, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm University and Science For Life Laboratory
  2. Follow my page MSc Molecular Techniques in Life Science
  3. Subscribe to my blog and get a weekly notification of the newest post!
  4. Contact our student ambassadors: me, Carolina at Karolinska or Javier at KTH!

Updated MTLS Course List

MTLS Molecular Techniques in Life Science has just updated its course list for incoming students in Fall 2018. Make sure to have a look at the list before submitting your application!

Green: new courses

Blue: modified courses (compared with 2016 cohort)

  • Genetics (5.0 hp)
  • Frontiers in Translational Medicine (16.5 hp)
  • Applied Communication (7.0 hp)
  • Applied Programming for Life Science I (1.5 hp)

For detailed description (unofficial and from a personal perspective) of the courses, you may take a look my previous blog about Genetics, Applied Communication and Frontiers in Translational Medicine. (Bear in mind that they may or may not correspond to the updated course content)

  • Bioinformatics (7.0 hp)
  • Methods in Molecular Life Science (7.0 hp)
  • Structure and Dynamics of Biological Membranes (7.0 hp)
  • Comparative Genomics (7.5 hp)
  • Applied Programming for Life Science II (1.5 hp)

Same, you might find Carolina, our best ambassador at Karolinska Institute’s blog very useful for preparing Methods in Molecular Life Science. I also wrote about the Bioinformatics and the predecessor of Structure and Dynamics of Biological Membranes in my previous blog.

Here is Carolina’s blog at KI website: /carolinasavatierdupre/

  • Applied Gene Technology and Large-scale Data Analysis (7.5 hp)
  • Clinical Applications of Biotechnology (6.0 hp)
  • Applied Programming for Life Science III (1.5 hp)

Choose 2 courses out of 3

  • Systems Biology (7.5 hp)
  • Drug Development (7.5 hp)
  • Project in Molecular Life Science (7.5 hp)

  • Master’s Dissertation (30 hp)

Want more information (something unique, something fun) about our programme?


A tale of three universities: a summary of my campus(es) life

After weathering the first period at KTH,  I am finally qualified to talk about the experience of being a regular student of these three universities in Stockholm: KTH, Karolinska Institute and Stockholm University! In this blog, I will try to cover the four aspects that a prospective student might consider important, namely education, learning facilities, leisure and restaurants.


At KTH, every academic year is divided into two semesters, which are further divided into two periods.

Within each period, a few courses (usually less than 3) are conducted in parallel, so that most probably there is half or one day free in a week. Each period ends with a reading week (no classes are scheduled) and an exam week (exams only). There is no holiday between two period.

Most exams are graded as A to F,  without sub-grades; and they can be retaken at most three times.

Karolinska Institute

There are also two semesters in an academic year, but the division of a semester is totally dependent on courses, which can vary drastically in duration and credits (from 1 to 16.5).  For this reason, there are no fix exam period or study week.

Partly because it is a medical university, exams are graded as 3 levels: Pass with distinction/Pass/Fail. For certain courses, only Pass or Fail are available.

Stockholm University

Courses are usually non-overlapping: for example, below is an illustration of my last semester at SU:

As you may see, there exists no such reading week or exam week; the final exam is directly scheduled after the completion of lectures.

SU uses the same grading system as KTH, however, a re-exam can only be scheduled if the students failed the first one.

All of them have independent libraries that are open to ALL (including members of the public). All of them hold regular talks and seminars, which can be career-oriented, by an industry leader or an academic professor talking about his/her recent discovery.

Based on the first-hand impression, number of seats decelerates in this order:

Stockholm University > KTH > Karolinska

and so does the length of opening hours:

Stockholm University > KTH > Karolinska*

*The holder of Karolinska University Card have access to the library in the late night and at weekend.

Opening hours of three libraries:

Stockholm University: http://su.se/english/library/opening-hours

KTH: kth.se/en/kthb/besok-och-kontakt/kontakta/oppettider-1.508479

Karolinska: kib.ki.se/en/contact-us/opening-hours

What is the most popular leisure activity in these 3 campuses? Without a doubt:

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MTLS welcomes the third cohort of students

Starting from this September, these 24 talented young people becomes the third “generation” of the family MSc Molecular Techniques in Life Science.

The number of new members rockets from 6 in year 2015, to 19 in year 2016, then this year we have 24!

MTLS Class 2015

MTLS Class  2016

MTLS Class 2017

On Wednesday, my classmates first met and fikad with the third cohort students —— without any exception, they are a amalgamate of ambitious, acquisitive and energetic “scientists in training”.

Here I would like to express thousands of thanks to my classmates Dimitri, who convened all of us with his passion and hospitality. Also, the statistics about their academic background will be posted here later, in favor of the potential applicants of our program.

Finally, my sincerest wish to the new students: the upcoming two years at MTLS will be definitely one of worthiest investment in your life 😉