Aula Medica

Master's Programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science

Master's Programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science

  • 120 credits
  • 2 years
  • Start of programme: Introductory week late August. Lectures begin September 2, 2024.  
  • Degree: Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with a Major in Molecular Life Science  

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. As a student you receive a comprehensive education in life science emphasising cutting-edge methods in bioinformatic analysis of big data, combined with state-of-the-art techniques used in modern "high throughput" molecular biology and how to translate biological findings into diagnostic tools and novel treatments.

Programme presentation

This two-year master's programme is delivered by a team of teachers who are internationally recognised researchers in their respective disciplines to ensure a relevant curriculum at the research forefront. The programme consists of courses aiming to give a solid education in a combination of molecular biology, biotechnology and medicine with a focus on high-throughput biology and analysis of big data for translation of biological findings from lab bench to patient bedside. The education also aims to develop skills and abilities essential to the professional career - including oral and written presentation, team working skills, 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.

The first year includes advanced level courses in genetics and genomics, translational medicine, applied communication, and molecular life science methods, as well as the foundations of biostatistics, programming, bioinformatics, and comparative genomics. Karolinska Institutet (autumn semester) and Stockholm University (spring semester) offer the courses during the first year.

The second year contains mandatory courses in applied gene technology with bioinformatics analysis of large-scale data, and applied proteomics. The second half of the autumn semester offers three courses, of which the student should select two: systems biology, drug development, and a project course. The courses during the autumn semester are offered by KTH Royal Institute of Technology. During the spring semester, the individual degree project is performed.

The application process for the programme will be handled by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in collaboration with Stockholm University (SU) and Karolinska Institutet (KI).

Detailed information on the necessary documents and the application process (the Royal Institute of Technology's website)

Career opportunities

The combination of molecular biology, biotechnology and medicine provides an excellent profile for a professional research career in an academic setting or in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industries. The life science industries and academic institutions working in these areas are active and the life science sector is expanding worldwide. This gives students an excellent job market and a wide range of possible employments.

Application Autumn 2024

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2024


If you have citizenship within the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. For further details:

Application fee

900 SEK

Tuition fee

Total amount: 400 000 SEK
First instalment: 100 000 SEK
Payment of fees

Application and admission

Admissions for the programme is handled by KTH Royal Institute of Technology. If you have questions about your application or admission, please refer to KTH’s information about application and admission.

For more information about the programme and its outline, please contact:
Rachel Fisher,, +46-8-517 732 45

Contact information for the central Study Guidance Office

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