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Master's programme in Molecular Biology (General)

120 credits

The general master’s programme in Molecular biology provides you with an opportunity to design your own programme. You choose from around 30 courses at advanced level in molecular biology and plan an individual course of study. Areas included are for example cell- and molecular biology, molecular biotechnology and medical biology. During your studies, you integrate theoretical analysis with strong training of practical skills in our excellent laboratory facilities. Most courses are full-time studies and you usually take only one course at a time. The courses are typically teaching-intensive, with lectures, seminars, laboratory work as well as theoretical and practical exercises. The teachers are active researchers so you will study in close association with vibrant international research environments. After having completed the programme, you are prepared for research or work in the biotechnological, pharmaceutical or food industries, depending on your specialisation.

Special features of the programme:

  • A broad range of courses related to cell and molecular biology, molecular biotechnology and medical biology
  • Close connection to research in an international environment
  • Integration of theoretical analysis with strong training of laboratory skills
  • Freedom to create your own study programme and specialisation

Career prospects

The knowledge and skills you will gain on this programme open doors to employment within many sectors in industry, academia and the public sector. Depending on which specialisation you choose, this could be in the biotechnological, pharmaceutical or food industries. Employment can also be found in agencies concerned with hygiene and environmental protection issues, in patent and legal issues, education or research funding.

Recommended course of study

The majority of the links below lead to Lund University's education pages.

Year 1


Methods in Molecular Biology,15 credits BIOR79 or Neurobiology,15 credits BIOR58 it is compulsory to take one of these courses 
Plant Biology,15 credits BIOR76, Sensory Biology,15 credits BIOR20 or elective course


Molecular Microbiology, 15 credits (BIOR63), Immunology, 15 credits BIOR85 or elective course
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, 15 credits BIOR84 or Antibiotics, 15 credits BIOR56 plus Microscopy – Bioimaging, 7,5 credits BIOS08 or elective course

Year 2


Elective course or master's degree project of 30/45/60 credits


Master's degree project continuation

You find completed master's degree projects in Biology and Molecular Biology in LUP Student Papers.

Degree requirements

Courses corresponding to 120 credits, of which should encompass

Degree title

Master of Science (Two Years)
Major: Molecular biology

Prerequisites and application at Lund University's education pages.

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Molecular Biology (General)
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Christina Ledje, study advisor, molecular biology,
international coordinator

Telephone: +46 46 222 73 16
Email: Christina [dot] Ledje [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se