Last edit: 21/11/2019
Approved: 21/11/2019

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 provided by Karolinska Institute. The second semester consists of courses provided by Stockholm University. The third semester consists of courses 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 except the second half of the third semester, where 2 out of 3 provided courses should be chosen. 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.

Grading of courses given by Karolinska Institute 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.

To participate, admission to the courses within the program and registration on the courses are required. Course registration for courses at KTH is done via (personal menu).

For students starting the education from fall semester 2018, the previous requirement of having passed a certain number of credits in the first year in order to be allowed to start the second year is substituted with specific requirements for each individual course. The requirements for specific requirements is specified.

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 Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH or at Stockholm University.

The degree project is the final part of the education. The degree project course can be started when the specific requirements of 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 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 follow a course syllabus for a degree project at the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health. More information on the KTH policy on the degree project see

Students under examination by Karolinska Institute or Stockholm University follow their local course syllabuses.


The master of science degree is obtained after completion of all mandatory courses and 2 out of the 3 elective courses during semester 3 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 first and second cycle at