Last edit: 12/03/2019
Approved: 12/03/2019

Structure of the education

The programme runs for two academic years with two semesters each year. Each academic year consists of 40 weeks, divided into four study periods, where one or more courses are simultaneously studied. The nominal study pace is 60 credits each academic year. For details about the structure of the academic year see;"Student at KTH/timetable" at

The master program in Medical Biotechnology offers second cycle courses in five subject areas. Students must complete all courses within one of the major subject areas: medical applications of biotechnology or omics. In addition, courses from any of the five subject areas medical applications of biotechnology, omics, cell-based process biotechnology, enzyme biotechnology or environmental biotechnology, will be selected. Students are recommended to take all courses within two of the subject areas. Students may choose to study other courses of relevance for their future profession. There is an ongoing update of the master program and minor changes to the curriculum may occur.


The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1: Course list

Courses are organised to follow academic progression within in each subject area and students are recommended to follow the suggested outline. If other combinations of courses are studied it is important to check the prerequisites for each course. Courses belonging to each subject area are listed in appendix 1. The courses are under revision and there may be minor deviations from this list during the two study years.

Graduation from the program requires at least 105 higher education credits in biotechnology. Students must complete all courses within the major subject areas medical applications of biotechnology or omics. Optional courses relevant for the future profession as a master of science in biotechnology, are chosen freely by the student if they fulfil the program scope.

Teaching and examination methods vary between courses. Commonly, the concepts and theory of a subject is taught through lectures. Exercises, seminars and laboratory sessions aim to emphasize and deepen the understanding of the most important aspects of a subject.

Grading system

Courses in the first and the second cycle are graded on a scale from A to F. A-E are passing grades, A is the highest grade. The grades pass (P) and fail (F) are used for courses under certain circumstances.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Students accepted to the programme will start their studies in the end of August. To register, the student must be present in person at the programme start.

Participation requires admission to courses within the programme and course registration. Course registration is done via the personal menu at

Course selections for upcoming semesters are done no later than November 15 and May 15 each academic year.

For students starting their education from the autumn semester 2018, previous promotion requirements have been replaced with special admission requirements to each course. Admission requirements are specified in the course syllabus.

Recognition of previous academic studies

The students have the right to transfer credits from previous studies at universities in or outside of Sweden. The courses must be on a level and have content that complies with the program's educational goals. Transfer of credits is decided by the program director.

KTH's guideline for the crediting of university education can be found in the KTH Regulations at

Studies abroad

Studies abroad are generally allowed on internationally recognized universities. The university and course selection must be approved by the programme director prior to the start of studies abroad. For more information, contact the international coordinator at the School of Biotechnology.

Degree project

Students admitted to the programme are required to perform an individual study in the form of a degree project corresponding to 30 credits.

The degree project is the final part of the education. The project work may begin when special admission requirements for the course are fulfilled.

The purpose of the degree project is for the student to demonstrate the ability to perform an independent project, using skills obtained during the courses in the programme. It is the student's responsibility to find a suitable degree project, with assistance from KTH.

The thesis will be conducted within major subject areas of Biotechnology. Degree projects in related fields have to be approved by the Director of Undergraduate studies at the School of Biotechnology. For more information, contact the School of Biotechnology student office.

Information regarding the grading scale and criteria of the degree project work read the course syllabus.


The Master of Science in biotechnology degree is obtained after completion of the Medical Biotechnology programme. The requirements are:

Approved final grade in all courses within at least one of the major subject areas: medical applications of biotechnology or omics.
Passed second cycle courses selected from at least two of the subject areas: medical applications of biotechnology, omics, cell-based process biotechnology, enzyme biotechnology and environmental biotechnology,encompassing at least 105 credits.

Passed courses within the programme description comprising a total of no less than 120 credits.

The programme is designed so that students, when they graduate, have fulfilled Swedish national requirements for a Master degree.

Students must apply for the degree through the web service by logging into "Personal menu" applications for degrees. For further information visit

Degree of Master of science in Biotechnology (120 credits)
Teknologie masterexamen i Bioteknik