Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, M.Sc. | Makerere University | Kampala, Uganda
M.Sc. On Campus

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

24 months
2660 USD/year
1300 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Molecular Biology and Biotechnology techniques taught at Makerere University allow researchers to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the survival and replication of disease causative agents and the pathogenesis of diseases.


Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, taught at Makerere University, is highly demanded in the study of emerging problems such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Rift Valley Fever.  Some of our local institutions especially the Uganda Virus Research Institute and the Joint Clinical Research Center need molecular biology and biotechnology to make modest advances in control of diseases.  Therefore molecular biology and biotechnology is highly relevant in Uganda and Africa just like in other parts of the developed world.   

With this knowledge powerful new therapeutics, or prophylactics and diagnostic tools or control strategies can be developed to manage diseases more efficiently.  For example recombinant DNA technology can facilitate the development of recombinant vaccines such as DNA vaccines that can be produced at a lower cost and are more thermal stable than conventional vaccines.  

Students at Molecular Biology and Biotechnology techniques taught at Makerere University will:

  • learn basic molecular biology techniques that are essentially the same for plant, animal or human scientists.  Therefore, molecular biology and biotechnology has a demand that cuts across many disciplines. 
  • be engineered to have a wider spectrum of protection especially useful if mutations or variants occur.  Animals or plants with new desirable characteristics can be developed using genetic engineering in order to improve productivity and food security. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Immunobiology
  • Cell And Molecular Biology
  • Protein Biotechnology
  • Nucleic Acid Biotechnology
  • Advanced Parasitology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must posses a good first degree or its equivalent in the following disciplines: veterinary or human medicine, biological or agriculture science.  

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2660 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    1300 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1300 USD per year during 24 months.
  • 5.000.000 Ugandan shillings for national students
  • 10,100,000 Ugandan shillings for international students

Living costs for Kampala

1463786 - 1961574 UGX /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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