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What will I learn?

Programme aim

The programme focuses on the interface between chemistry, biology and medicine, with engineering as a common working tool. It provides students with competencies on how to use engineering principles in the analysis and manipulation of biological systems to solve problems across a spectrum of important applications.

The programme thus covers the broad base of knowledge from genetics to process engineering provided by expertise from the Departments of Biology and Biology Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Applied Physics, at Chalmers, and the units of Chemistry and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, at the University of Gothenburg.

Why apply

In recent decades, gene modification has revolutionized the biotechnology industry, giving rise to countless new products and improving established processes. However, biotechnology as practiced today is much more than recombinant DNA technology, cellular biology, microbiology and biochemistry.

It also embraces process design, engineering, modelling and control.

The practical applications of biotechnology include age-old techniques such as brewing, fermentation and cheese making, all of which are still important today. The introduction of new techniques based on fundamental biological research has resulted in major advances. Microorganisms and cells (or parts thereof) are utilized to produce valuable products, and new medicines are products of biotechnology.

There are four profiles in the Master's programme:

The Biomaterials & Tissue engineering profile offers an interdisciplinary education that gives students breadth in the biomaterials area, as well as depth in specific topics related to medicine-, cell- and tissue-oriented biotechnology, materials for medical devices and tissue engineering.

The Biomolecular science and technology profile provides advanced level education in protein function, stability, structure, production and design. It also focuses on the physical chemistry of RNA and DNA and the biological chemistry of molecular interactions within the cell. Such knowledge is essential for modern drug design and for understanding molecular mechanisms of health and disease.

The Food & Health profile focuses on physical, nutritional and safety aspects of food and food (bio-)technology applications, from raw materials to consumer products. Special focus is put on the causal relationship between food intake and health/disease, and sustainable food production and consumption

The Systems biotechnology and bioeconomy profile deals with the analysis of biochemical, cellular, organismal and global systems. The profile focuses on genome-scale cell models, omics technologies, bioinformatics and enzyme technology and how these can be applied in biomedical research, and in the bioeconomy via systems biology, metabolic engineering and industrial biotechnology.

Career opportunities

Biotechnology today is much more than recombinant DNA technology, cellular biology, microbiology and biochemistry. It also embraces process design, engineering, modelling and control.

These skills are highly relevant for graduates pursuing a research career in the bioscience field or seeking to enter the biotechnology, food or biomedicine industries.

Which department am I in?

Department of Biology and Biological Engineering

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
SEK140,000.00 (10,88,647) per year
EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees.
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

Chalmers University of Technology

Johanneberg Campus,

Chalmersplatsen 4,

GOTHENBURG,

SE-412 96, Sweden

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To fulfill the general entry requirement for the second cycle (master’s level), the prospective student must either hold a degree of Bachelor or Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering (minimum 3 years/ 180 hp) in Science, Engineering, Technology or Architecture from an internationally recognized university, according to the official guidelines by the Swedish Council for Higher Education published at universityadmissions.se. Programme-specific requirements include a bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) with a major in (one or several alternatives will be listed) and prerequisites (one or several courses selected as necessary for the specific programme) and for three particular programmes a portfolio is required. English language requirement: IELTS (academic training): 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5); TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 22 on the written part); TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part); Pearson PTE Academic - Score of 62 (writing 61).

For international students

Applicant must either be a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Science / Engineering / Technology/ Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree.

Accepted tests and minimum results required: IELTS Academic: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5; TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575, TOEFL Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90; Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61); C1 Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English), or Cambridge ESOL Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International, Level C1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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