Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
The Master Programme in Biology from Uppsala University is a first-class programme that gives you the freedom to create your own profile. The broad range of courses in biology and biotechnology makes it possible for you to improve your personal competitiveness on the job market by obtaining the required subject depth and complementary knowledge within your education.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Master Programme in Biology from Uppsala University offers many alternative course combinations, and you can choose from a number of specialisations that prepare you for research or professions outside the university. You can also choose to take courses outside your own specialisation.

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolution Biology (MEME)
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetic and Molecular Plant Science
  • Immunology and Microbiology
  • Limnology - Ecology and Environment of Inland Waters
  • Nabis - Nordic Master in Biodiversity and Systematics

This Master Programme in Biology provides you with knowledge and skills required for a profession in the scientific industry, the public sector and entrepreneurship. You may also continue with doctoral studies.

Depending on your specialisation you can work with, for example, nature and environmental conservation at governmental agencies, NGOs and consultancy firms, or with product development or microbiological analyses at pharmaceutical and biotech companies. You can also work as a teacher or science journalist.


The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Biology as the main field of study.

Programme Structure


Cell and Molecular Biology

You will obtain an in-depth understanding of molecular systems to interactions within complex systems and within cells and organelles. This course is suitable for pharmaceutical research and other biotechnical applications, as well as basic scientific research in cell and molecular biology. You can also specialise in microbiology or structural biology.

Ecology and Conservation

Within this specialisation, you choose among theoretical courses dealing with plants, animals and microorganisms and their interactions, together with vocational courses aiming at a future career in nature conservation within industry, the public sector or other organisations. You will become a practical nature conservationist with a firm theoretical base.

Environmental Toxicology

Here the entire chain of the impact of chemicals on nature is covered, from biochemical processes in living cells, via physiological effects on cells, organs and individuals to consequences at population and ecosystem levels. The programme has substantial applied aspects within fields such as risk assessment, environmental impact descriptions and the testing of chemicals.

Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolution Biology (MEME)

This is a research-oriented programme within evolutionary biology linked to the EU Erasmus Mundus scholarships. Applications for this specialisation are made via MEME ( where you apply for the programme and the scholarship simultaneously.

Evolutionary Biology

This specialisation is characterised by the integration of field, laboratory and theoretical studies, and embraces areas such as evolutionary ecology, genomics, macro-evolution, and developmental biology. Studies may also be turned towards biodiversity and systematics.

Genetic and Molecular Plant Science

The growth of plants, their development and interactions with the surroundings and other organisms (for example, symbioses) are studied in this joint education given by Uppsala University, Stockholm University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Applications are found within research, plant breeding, genetic engineering and biotechnology.

Immunology and Microbiology

This specialisation focuses on how the immune system discovers and removes pathogenic bacteria, viruses and parasites. Included in this specialisation are studies in infection biology, as well as investigations of mechanisms at the cellular and molecular levels. For instance, we study what happens when the immune system overreacts and allergies or autoimmunity arise.

Limnology – Ecology and Environment of Inland Waters

The limnology specialisation provides an interdisciplinary study of physical, chemi­cal and biological processes and their interactions in freshwater ecosystems. The specialisation is linked to current research and has strong connections to professional activities related to the management of water resources.

NABiS – Nordic Master in Biodiversity and Systematics

This specialisation is jointly hosted by universities in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Each university offers courses for organisms where it has specialist competence. Combining courses (largely web-based) at different universities leads to a top-quality master in taxonomy and systematics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: August 28, 2017
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.

Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.

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Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 30561 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000


Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.

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