Master's Programme in Molecular Biology

  • Years2 years
  • Intake5
  • ECTS credits120
  • Tuition feeNone


Objectives and content

The master programme in molecular biology provides the candidate with solid and advanced understanding of current topics within this discipline. We conduct research on important biomolecules and their roles in the various life processes including diseases. The candidate can choose a research project among the areas of protein structure and function relationship, signal transduction and regulation in biological systems, and biological computation and bioinformatics . The research project is often part of a larger project where the candidate collaborates in groups with researchers. Through project work the student will learn how to work both independently and collaboratively in the laboratory. The candidate will learn to evaluate own results in relation to the hypothesis being tested. In addition, the candidate will develop skills to present own results, both orally and in writing. The student will also learn how to read and evaluate relevant literature. In addition to the practical work, other requirements include both mandatory and elective courses.



What you Learn

Required Learning Outcomes


The candidate

  • has advanced level of knowledge within the field of molecular biology - including protein structure and function, and holds specialized knowledge within the subfield connected to the master work
  • has advanced knowledge about the theory behind basic molecular biology techniques such as gene technology and protein purification
  • can collect, analyse and apply new knowledge within the field of molecular biology


The candidate

  • can apply a wide range of basic molecular biology methods covering gene technology, protein expression and purification, and cell culture work
  • can plan and carry out biochemical and molecular biology experiments and evaluate critically the results in relation to the hypothesis being tested
  • is able to carry out an independent research project under guidance of supervision
  • will develop good skills to present and discuss quantitative data and to master basic statistical tools
  • can read relevant literature and apply this knowledge in reasoning and in the formulation of new ideas within the field of molecular biology

General competence

The candidate

  • can analyse scientific problems and participate in discussion to solve such problems
  • has the skills to present scientific knowledge and research both orally and in written form both to scientists and to the public
  • can reflect about key ethical issues and scientific problems in research
  • has the skills to demonstrate understanding and respect for scientific values such as transparency and accuracy, and to discriminate between knowledge and opinions

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

 Who may apply?

You need a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology or equivalent education - with first class results. Admission to the programme will be based on content and performance in chemistry and molecular biology, which in general should not be any less than three semesters worth of courses.

Equivalent education must include extensive molecular biology and some chemistry. It may be a three year engineering or bioengineering degree, or with a background in biology, chemistry, physics or informatics. In addition practical laboratory skills in molecular biology/biochemistry are required.  As a comparison our bachelor degree contains a minimum of 70 ECTS in molecular biology topics (Introduction to Molecular Biology/Metabolism: Reactions, Regulations and Compartmentalization/ Molecular Cell Biology/ Gene Structure and Function/ Applied Bioinformatics/ Experimental Molecular Biology I and II) and also minimum 30 ECTS in Chemistry (at least one course in organic chemistry is mandatory).

Applicants with 2nd class, upper division/B average or the equivalent will not be considered for admission. Only applicants with grades in first division will be considered.

How many places?

Within 5 places are reserved for qualified international applicants in the Master's Programme in Molecular Biology.

Application procedure

Follow the guidelines on how to apply depending on which applicant group you belong to.



Programme structure

Master's Programme in Molecular Biology (krav 120 SP)
Compulsory subject (krav 30 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MOL300Practical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology201–41
MOL310Structural Molecular Biology101–42
Optional subject (krav 30 SP)
You should choose subjects in consultation with your academic supervisor.
Elective course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MOL210Lipid Biochemistry: From Chemistry to Diseases101–42
MOL213Developmental Genetics101–41
MOL215Tumor Biology101–42
MOL217Applied Bioinformatics II101–42
MOL320Biophysical methods for molecular biologists101–42
Master thesis (krav 60 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MOL399Master's Thesis in Molecular Biology603
SP = ECTS credits, S = Semester, R = Recommended semester



More information

About the programme

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Department of Biological Sciences (BIO)

Please contact the academic adviser for the program

if you have any questions:


Phone: + 47 55 58 45 29