Master’s programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science

This two-year Master's programme prepares students for a professional research career in life science, with particular focus on molecular techniques for disease therapies and diagnostic tools, coupled with substantial training in data analysis (bioinformatics). The programme is a unique collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University in the environment of Science for Life Laboratory, Stockholm.

Master’s programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science

Application open

Application through University Admissions in Sweden.

16 October 2017: Application opens
15 January 2018: Application deadline
1 February 2018: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
6 April 2018: Notification of selection results

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 400,000
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.

Degree awarded: Master of Science
Language of instruction: English
Duration: Two years (120 ECTS credits)
Programme start: Late August
Application deadline: To be announced
Partner universities: KI, KTH and Stockholm University (Sweden)
Location at KTH: KTH Campus, Stockholm
School: School of Biotechnology (at KTH)

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

Programme director: Olof Emanuelsson,

Molecular Techniques in Life Science at KTH

Our understanding of the human body at a molecular level has advanced dramatically in recent years, which has led to the development of new therapies and diagnostic tools for the effective treatment of diseases. Students on the Molecular Techniques in Life Science programme will receive a comprehensive education in life science, emphasising cutting-edge methods in bioinformatics analysis of big data, combined with state-of-the-art techniques used in modern "high throughput" molecular biology. Students will also learn how to translate biological findings into diagnostic tools and novel treatments.

The programme is delivered by a team of teachers who are internationally recognised researchers in their respective disciplines, so as to ensure a relevant curriculum at the research forefront. The courses give a solid education in a combination of molecular biology, biotechnology and medicine, with a focus on high-throughput biology and the analysis of big data for the translation of biological findings from lab bench to patient bedside. The programme also develops skills and abilities essential to the professional career – including oral and written presentation, teamwork, and how to make ethical and societal considerations about life science related issues, all of which are important for the ability to lead projects in academia and industry.

Degree project

The degree project is carried out during the last term of the programme, and involves the student working on a research topic related to the theoretical courses in the curriculum. The project is carried out in a research group at Karolinska Institute, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, at Science for Life Laboratory, or in any other internationally recognised university or research institute or industry.

Topics covered

Bioinformatics, programming, molecular life science methods, translational medicine, genomics, transcriptomics.



The combination of molecular biology, biotechnology, medicine and data analysis provides an excellent profile for a professional research career in an academic setting or in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry. The life science industries and academic institutions working in these areas are active and the life science sector is expanding worldwide, which gives students a wide range of possible employments. The first students from this programme graduated in 2017, and most of them have taken up research positions at prestigious research institutions.

After graduation

The first students from this programme graduated in 2017, and most of them have taken on research positions at prestigious research institutions.


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

Javier Lanillos, Spain

"I feel impressed and captivated by the large amount of research departments available."

Meet the students

Faculty and research

Karolinska Institutet is the largest institution for medical and biomedicine education and research in Sweden. Teachers engaged in courses within the programme and given by Karolinska Institutet are all active researchers in basic or clinical research. More information is found here.

At the School of Biotechnology at KTH, there are strong research groups affiliated with the program within bioinformatics, gene technology, proteomics, and metabolic engineering. In particular, the School of Biotechnology is the home of the Spatial Transcriptomics and Human Protein Atlas projects. 

Stockholm University hosts one of the largest faculties of Science in Sweden, and the programme teachers are active researchers in bioinformatics, biophysics, biochemistry, and molecular biology. The SU faculty at SciLifeLab have developed a number of widely used research tools, including projects such as Pfam, Pcons, and GROMACS.

Changes in the programme may occur.

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