Master's programme in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology

The master’s programme in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology aims to provide a deep understanding of how to design and operate state-of-the-art life science based processes, with respect to product quality, sustainability and finance. The goal is to use cells and cell components like enzymes to produce commodities such as fine and bulk chemicals, pharmaceuticals or their building blocks, food, paper and pulp, energy, polymeric materials and clean water. The programme offers a comprehensive education in this vital and varied field, enabling students to prepare for careers in Sweden or internationally.

Application closed

The application for the programme is now closed. Opens again 16 October 2017.

16 October 2017: Application opens
15 January 2018: Application deadline

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310,000
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are generally required to pay an application fee of SEK 900.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to pay an application fee.

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Degree awarded: Master of Science
Language of instruction: English
Duration: Two years (120 ECTS credits)
Programme start: Late August
Location: KTH Campus, Stockholm
School: School of Biotechnology (at KTH)

For questions regarding programme content and specific admission requirements, feel free to contact the programme coordinator.

Programme coordinator:

Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology at KTH

The two-year programme consists of core mandatory courses in biotechnology followed by elective courses, which include chemistry, environmental analysis and other technological subjects chosen by the student. The student is therefore able to tailor their education allowing for a unique profile to each degree, for instance “Industrial-Process Design” or “Environmental-Systems Analysis.” Skills such as problem solving and project management as well as professional communication are emphasised in several courses. A master's degree project is performed during the last semester of the programme where the student work on a research topic related to the theoretical courses in the curriculum. The project may be carried out either in a research setting at KTH, in industry or in another university or research institute anywhere in the world.

The education is closely coupled to the research undertaken at the School of Biotechnology and to the Swedish Bio/Pharmaceutical/Chemical industry.


Career prospects

Graduates of the programme will acquire the skills necessary for a professional career in the biotechnological industry, as well as for further academic studies. These areas are expanding worldwide, offering a master’s degree holder in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology vast career opportunities, including those found in patent and consultant agencies and finance.


Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.

Wojciech Kazmierczak, Poland

"There have been tons of surprises since I came to Stockholm! People here know how to have fun."

Meet the students

Faculty and Research

The School of Biotechnology conducts research in both fundamental and applied sciences reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of biotechnology. The research activities are focused on protein technology and engineering, therapeutics, industrial process biotechnology, metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, glycoscience, plant biotechnology as well as bioenergy production. Researchers have vast collaborations with leading international research groups as well as companies within the biotechnology private sector and are internationally well recognised.

Changes in the programme may occur.

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