Last edit: 13/09/2016
Approved: 13/09/2016

Structure of the education

The programme runs for two academic years with two semesters each year. The nominal study pace is 60 credits each academic year. The first semester consists of courses mainly provided by Karolinska Institute, the second semester consists of courses provided by Stockholm University and the third semester consists of courses mainly provided by KTH. The degree project is performed during the fourth semester.


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

All courses on the programme are mandatory and there are no specializations.

Teaching and examination methods vary between courses. Lectures, group work,exercises, seminars, and computer laboratory sessions aim to emphasize the crucial contents of each course, and to deepen the understanding of the subjects and their interplay. The programme is concluded with a degree project, advanced level, of 30 credits.

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.

Courses given by KTH in the first and the second cycle are graded on a seven step goal-related grading system (A to F), where A-E are passing grades and A is the highest. The grades pass (P) and fail (F) are used for courses under certain circumstances. Grading of courses given by Karolinska Insitutet and Stockholm University follows their local guidelines.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Students accepted to the programme will start the programme at the end of August when the registration also takes place and where the student must be present in person.

At least 45 credits have to be completed during the first academic year (including the re-examination period in August) in order for the student to be promoted to the second year of the programme. Students who have not passed 45 credits in the first year, must contact the educational coordinator for an individual study plan. This study plan will include residual courses and appropriate courses for the upcoming year.

Recognition of previous academic studies

The students have the right to transfer credits from previous studies at universities in or outside Sweden. The courses have to be at a level and include contents that agree with the goals of the programme. Transfer of credits is decided by the programme director.

For more information, see Policy on credits transfer for higher education courses including prior learning at

Studies abroad

Studies abroad are not suitable during semesters 1 to 3. For information about studies abroad, contact the programme director.

Degree project

Students admitted to the programme are required to perform an individual study in the form of a degree project, advanced level, corresponding to 30 credits. The project may be performed under examination by Karolinska Institute, The School of Biotechnology at KTH or at Stockholm University.

The main portion of the studies (60 credits) must be completed before the start of the degree project. The examiner of the degree project may add additional prerequisites. The purpose of the degree project is for the student to demonstrate the ability to perform an independent project, using skills obtained previously during the courses in the programme. It is the student's responsibility to find a suitable thesis project, with assistance from the programme director.

Students under examination by KTH follows a course syllabus for a degree project at the School of Biotechnology. More information on the KTH policy on the degree see

Students under examination by Karolinska Institute and Stockholm University follows their local course syllabuses


The master of science degree is obtained after completion of all mandatory courses on the Molecular techniques in life science programme. The programme is designed so that students, when they graduate, have fulfilled Swedish national requirements for a Master degree.

Students who fulfil all the requirements will be awarded a Master of Science (120 credits).To apply use the web service “Application for degrees” that is found in the personal menu.

Degree name
Master of science  (120 credits)

For further information see Local regulation for qualifications at firs end second cycle at