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.
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.
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.
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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.