Bioengineering and Synthetic Biology

SwB, course package, 60 credits

This course package covers disciplines like molecular biology, engineering principles, analytics and fermentation technology. One of the aims is to equip successful students with knowledge and skills to develop sustainable bioprocesses for production of chemicals and fuels to reduce the dependence on finite fossil resources. To achieve this, studies includes knowledge concerning generation and evaluation of large data sets as obtained in modern “omics” technologies. Furthermore, synthetic biology and the design of novel cell factories taking into account the constraints imposed by mass-, energy-, and redox balances as well as thermodynamics and metabolic regulatory circuits are part of the
course package.

First semester: September 2015 - December 2015

KBB101 - Biochemical toxicology, 7.5 cr
KBB032 - Biochemistry and molecular biology, 7.5 cr or KMG037 - Advanced molecular biology, 7.5 cr
KMG060 - Systems biology, 7.5 cr
KFK021 - Biophysical chemistry, 7.5 cr
Second semester: January 2016 - June 2016
KAM021 - Advanced analytical chemistry, 7.5 cr
MVE360 - Bioinformatics, 7.5 cr
KBT090 - Industrial biotechnology, 7.5 cr
KKR063 - Metabolic engineering, 7.5 cr

Entry requirements
Minimum 3½ years and preferably 4 years of studies in a BSc degree programme in Brazil.
Undergraduate Profile:  Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Chemical engineering or Chemistry
Courses: Chemistry, Biochemistry and Mathematics (Linear algebra, multivariable analysis, differential equations).

The most common and important scores that are accepted for studies at Chalmers 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)

The above tests and test scores are minimum requirements, no exemptions will be granted by Chalmers.
The Institutional TOEFL-test (ITP) score is not valid for academic purposes at Chalmers.

Application (for entry academic year 2015/16)
Credits: 60 cr
Duration: 10 months or 2 semesters
Start of first semester: Early September 2015
End of second semester: Early June 2016
Rate of study: 100% (full-time studies at Chalmers is equivalent to 4 courses or 30 credits per semester)
Instructional time: Daytime
Language of instruction: English
Teaching form: On-campus
Tuition fee: 140 000 SEK
Application period: 
10 February: Application period opens on
20 February: Application deadline
25 February: Deadline for University Admissions to receive documents to complete the electronic admission application (transcript in Portuguese, official translation of transcript in English, copy of English test results)
18 March: Notification of selection results published on your personal profile on
Application instructions in detail (external link on 
Questions regarding application and admission: Chalmers’ Admissions,
Specific questions about course content: Christer Larsson,
Other questions: Student Exchange,

Published: Fri 23 Nov 2012. Modified: Wed 11 Mar 2015