Master's programme in Medical Biotechnology
The master’s programme in Medical Biotechnology aims to provide a detailed understanding of cutting-edge techniques used in molecular biology, with an emphasis on the analysis of biological samples and clinical applications. The student will be provided with in-depth knowledge about those scientific methodologies used for a comprehensive analysis of biological systems, translation of biological and technological knowledge to clinical use and development of biotechnological applications for advanced health care.
Medical Biotechnology at KTH
This two-year master’s programme comprises advanced courses regarding biotechnology tools used for the analysis of complex biological samples for research purposes, as well as for health care within diagnostics and drug development. State-of-the-art techniques used to interrogate biological systems, such as the microbiome, are covered, with an emphasis on high-throughput technological platforms and the analysis of biological information. The programme offers courses with a focus on five subject areas: medical applications of biotechnology, omics, cell-based process biotechnology, enzyme biotechnology and environmental biotechnology. The courses are tailored to provide a holistic perspective on the use of biotechnology and 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 to education enabling students to acquire a unique and individualised profile of expertise. Skills such as problem-solving and project management as well as professional communication are emphasised on several courses. The programme curriculum is designed, thought out and continuously updated by a team of internationally recognised researchers within the different subject areas.
The master's degree project is completed during the last term of the programme, where the student works on a research topic related to the courses included in the curriculum. The project may be carried out either in a research setting at KTH, in industry in Sweden or abroad, or in another university or research institute anywhere in the world.
The combination of technology, biology and chemistry taught in the Medical Biotechnology programme 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, patent agencies, or as consultant.
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Faculty and Research
The School of Biotechnology 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.
Changes in the programme may occur.