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The Applied Biotechnology program at University of Iceland is an interdisciplinary program within the field of biology, chemistry, pharmaceutical science and engineering. The program is aimed towards the increased need for specialized staff, trained in biotechnical methods.


Students with diverse backgrounds within natural sciences are encouraged to apply. The Applied Biotechnology program at University of Iceland runs in collaboration with companies from the biotech industry where students will conduct research projects within Icelandic companies or academia. 

The program has a broad theoretical approach and is interdisciplinary in nature. The aim of studies is to give a broad but focused view on topics and methods within the biological industry such as:

  • Cellular biology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Protein chemistry
  • Protein purification and upscaling
  • Pharmaceutical biotechnology
  • Production processing in biotechnology.
  • Chemical analysis.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Bioprocessing and Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 
  • Microbiology
  • Overexpression, purification and quality of proteins
  • Analytics for Biologicals 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • BS degree in health sciences, engineering, chemistry, biology or related fields with an average grade of 6,5 or higher (on the scale of 1-10). Applicants may be required to complete basic courses in life sciences (genetics, cell biology and biochemistry).
  • Applicants are asked to submit a letter of motivation, 1-2 pages, in English, where they should discuss their background relevant to this programme and state the reasons why they want to pursue graduate work in the field of applied biotechnology. Applicants should also discuss their future plans and goals, as well as suggesting a possible field for their research project.
  • Confidential letters of recommendation (2) should be submitted. These should be from faculty members or others who are familiar with the academic work of the applicant and qualified to evaluate his/her potential for graduate studies.

Tuition Fee

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  • EU/EEA

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The University of Iceland does not charge tuition fees, but the annual registration fee is ISK 75,000. (aprox. 540 euros or 576 USD)

Living costs for Reykjavik

178929 - 290400 ISK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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