Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
The Master Programme in Biology at 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.


The Master Programme in Biology at 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.


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

You will take courses within your specialisation, or prepare your own combined study plan. The programme will end with a degree project of 30 or possibly 45 credits.


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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:

  • 40 weeks of full-time studies (60 credits) in biology; and
  • 20 weeks of full-time studies (30 credits) in chemistry.

Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 30370 International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000


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