Master's programme in Medical Biotechnology

The master’s programme in Medical Biotechnology provides deep understanding of cutting-edge techniques used to analyse complex biological samples on molecular level as well as skills to operate and apply such techniques. State-of-the-art techniques used to decipher biological systems, such as the genome or proteome, are covered, with an emphasis on high-throughput technological platforms and analysis of biological information.

Application dates for studies starting in Autumn 2019

16 October 2019: Application opens
15 January 2020: Application deadline
3 February 2020: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
3 April 2020: Notification of selection results
August 2020: Arrival and start of studies

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Medical Biotechnology at KTH

This two-year master’s programme comprises advanced courses that focus on tools used to analyse a variety of biological samples for life science research, as well as for health care applications within diagnostics and drug development. The student will be provided with in-depth knowledge about scientific methodologies used for comprehensive analyses of biological systems, and their applications for advanced health care or medical surveillance. The programme offers extensive biotechnology training to tackle global needs in the area of life sciences thus enabling students to prepare for careers both in Sweden and internationally.

The programme offers two tracks: medical applications of biotechnology and omics, each corresponding to half time studies. The student shall complete all courses within the chosen track. In addition, the student will tailor their education by combining their chosen track with a second track either of this programme, or any of the three tracks at the master’s programme in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology. It is also possible to cherry pick courses from any the mentioned tracks to create one’s own unique professional profile.

Courses comprise both theoretical knowledge and practical application of theory from experimental design to bioinformatic and statistical analysis of raw data and interpretation of results. The curriculum provides a cross-platform approach that enables students to acquire a unique and individualised expertise that appeal to a wide span of employers. Students train problem-solving skills, project management as well as professional communication. During the last term of the programme students work with a master degree project in a research setting at KTH, in industry or in a university or research institute anywhere in the world and acquire specialisation within a relevant topic.

The programme curriculum is designed, taught and continuously updated by a team of internationally recognised researchers within the different subject areas, in collaboration with representatives from the private sector. The programme is given by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health in Stockholm with access to facilities, infrastructure and instrument park available at at Solna Campus (Science for Life Laboratory) and KTH Campus in Stockholm (AlbaNova University Center).

Courses in the programme

Career

The combination of technology, biology and bioinformatics taught in the master’s programme in Medical Biotechnology provides an attractive profile for a professional career in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry, or for further academic studies. These areas are expanding worldwide, which gives a graduate in Medical Biotechnology opportunities for a career in companies involved in the manufacturing of drugs, medical analyses and diagnostics, or further work in academic preclinical research, research policy, journalism, patent agencies, or as consultant. Half of the graduates pursue with higher education to accomplish a doctoral degree.

After graduation

Research Scientists, Research Associate, Project Manager, Science Communicator, Field Application Specialist, Laboratory Manager, QC Scientists, Patent Analyst, Sales Representative.

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Students

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

"KTH is a research-intensive University with a lot of focus on practical applications."

Mrinal Pandey, India

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Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The Medical Biotechnology field creates and maintains sustainable solutions to societal challenges regarding human health. Sustainability is a key aspect that features in all areas of Biotechnology, from genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic characterisation of whole organisms, to the development of diagnostics and therapies. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Medical Biotechnology are:

3. Good Health and Well-Being
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
14. Life Below Water

The master’s programme in Medical Biotechnology focuses on cutting-edge technologies used to explore biomolecules in humans at a holistic-level, as well as providing understanding about how biological processes function and are altered in disease. The acquired knowledge is applied to the design of innovative diagnostic tools, drugs and therapies capable of curing diseases and improving human health. Besides knowledge about how health and life quality can be improved, the programme also focuses on how technology can be used to characterise the interplay between humans and populations of other microorganisms, and how such knowledge can be used to benefit the development of a sustainable society and preserve life.

Webinar on sustainable development

KTH offers a series of webinars focused on the master’s programmes and how they relate to sustainable development. You will meet with academics and students representing the master’s programmes and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. The webinar from the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health takes place Thursday 14 November at 16.00 CET.

Faculty and research

The School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health conducts research in both fundamental and applied sciences with an emphasis on the medical aspects of human biology and the development of technical applications for medical care. The research activities conducted are multidisciplinary in nature, bringing together technology, medicine and bioinformatics. Active researchers are internationally well recognised, and conduct collaborative projects with leading international scientists as well as companies within the biotechnology private sector.

The School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH conducts research in both fundamental and applied sciences with an emphasis on the medical aspects of human biology and the development of technical applications for medical care. The research activities conducted are multidisciplinary in nature, bringing together technology, medicine and bioinformatics. Active researchers are internationally well recognised, and conduct collaborative projects with leading international scientists as well as companies within the biotechnology private sector.

Next step

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The current admission round for the programme is for studies starting autumn 2020. Apply before 15 January.

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