• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
This two-year Master’s programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science at KTH Royal Institute of Technology prepares students for a professional research career in life science, with particular focus on molecular techniques for disease therapies and diagnostic tools, coupled with substantial training in data analysis (bioinformatics and programming). 


Our understanding of the human body on a molecular level has advanced dramatically in recent years which has led to the development of new therapies and diagnostic tools for the effective treatment of diseases. 

Students at the Molecular Techniques in Life Science programme at KTH Royal Institute of Technology will receive a comprehensive education in life science emphasising cutting-edge methods in bioinformatics analysis of big data, combined with state-of-the-art techniques used in modern "high throughput" molecular biology. Students will also learn how to translate biological findings into diagnostic tools and novel treatments.

The 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 courses 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 programme also develops skills and abilities essential to the professional career – including oral and written presentation, teamwork, 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 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 industry. The life science industries and academic institutions working in these areas are active and the life science sector is expanding worldwide, which gives students an excellent job market and wide range of possible employments.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

    • Genetics
    • Frontiers in translational medicine
    • Applied communication
    • Bioinformatics
    • Structure and dynamics of biological membranes
    • Methods in molecular life science
    • Comparative genomics
    • Applied programming for life science 

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                General Requirements

                A Bachelor's degree, corresponding to 180 ECTS, including courses in:

                • Life science, e.g. courses in cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology or gene technology/molecular biology corresponding to a total of at least 20 ECTS 
                • Theoretical mathematics corresponding to at least 10 ECTS
                Programme specific documents
                • Curriculum Vitae
                • Letters of recommendation
                • Description of and documented relevant work experience, if any.
                • Completed summary sheet

                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  19284 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 38572 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
                • EU/EEA

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                • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 400,000
                • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

                Living costs for Stockholm

                • 9668 - 17250 SEK/month
                  Living Costs

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