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.
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.
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 ut ilized to produce
valuable products, and new medicines are products of biotechnology.
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Entry requirements (academic year 2018/19)
General entry requirements
To be eligible an 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.
Specific entry requirements
Bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry.
Prerequisites: Mathematics (at least 30 cr. including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis, Differential equations and Mathematical statistics), Chemistry (at least 30 cr.) and Biochemistry (at least 7,5 cr.)
Preferable course experience: Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Programming in Matlab
English Language Proficiency
The most common and important scores that are accepted are
- IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
- TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
- TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)
English Language Proficiency in detail
Citizens of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
Chalmers cannot admit applicants with citizenship only of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea due to the European Council Regulation U2017/01157/UH concerning restrictive measures against DPRK. Applicants with double citizenships of which one is of Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the other of another country, the citizenship of the other country has precedence in this respect.
Degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Duration: 2 years
Level: Second Cycle
Rate of study: 100%
Instructional time: Daytime
Language of instruction: English
Teaching form: On-campus
Tuition fee: 140 000 SEK/academic year
*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees.
Application Code: CTH-08009
Questions regarding the application and admission process:
Specific questions about the programme's content:
Joakim Norbeck, Director of Master's Programme, firstname.lastname@example.org
There are four profiles in the master's programme:
• The Biomaterials & Tissue engineering profile offers an interdisciplinary education that gives students breadthin 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.
Please note that the above schematic view corresponds to the academic year starting in autumn 2017. Minor changes may occur.
Programme content in detail
You will find the programme content in detail, incl. syllabus and description of the courses for the current year in the Student Portal, the intranet for enrolled students at Chalmers.
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.
Department of Biology and Biological Engineering
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering