Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #173 (WUR) ,
The Master’s programme in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology aims to provide a deep understanding of how to design and operate state-of-the-art life science based processes, with respect to product quality, sustainability and finance.


Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

The two-year programme consists of core mandatory courses in biotechnology followed by elective courses, which include chemistry, environmental analysis and other technological subjects chosen by the student. The student is therefore able to tailor their education allowing for a unique profile to each degree, for instance “Industrial-Process Design” or “Environmental-Systems Analysis.” The courses are then followed by a degree project.

Skills such as problem solving and project work, as well as oral and written presentation, are emphasised in several courses. The education is also closely coupled to the research undertaken at the School of Biotechnology and to the Swedish Bio/Pharmaceutical/Chemical industry.

Career prospects

Graduates of the programme will command the skills necessary for a professional career in the biotechnological industry, as well as for further academic studies. These areas are expanding worldwide, offering a Master’s degree holder in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology plentiful career opportunities, including those found in patent and consultant agencies and finance.

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science)
  • Microbiology
  • Cultivation Technology
  • Molecular Enzymology
  • The Cell Factory
  • Biocatalysis
  • Energy and Environment
  • Industrial Management, Basic Course
  • Ethics of Biotechnology
  • Cleaner Production
  • Programming in Python
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Structure Biology
  • Drug Development
  • Molecular Modeling
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Glycobiology and Carbohydrate Technology
  • The Immune System in Health and Disease
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopic Tools for Chemistry
  • From Science to Business- Concepts in Biotechnology
  • Technology and Ecosystems, Larger Course
  • Degree Project in Biotechnology, Second Cycle
  • Bioprocess Design
  • Environmental System Analysis and Decision-making
  • Process Design for Industry and Society

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • 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:


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Academic Requirements

To be eligible for the programme you must fulfil both the general and specific admission requirements. The general admission requirements are the same for all programmes at KTH while the programme specific varies between the programmes.

Specific admission requirements

A bachelor's degree corresponding to 180 ECTS

  • Cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology and gene technology/molecular biology corresponding to a total of at least 20 ECTS
  • Chemistry corresponding to at least 30 ECTS
  • Mathematics, numerical analysis and computer science corresponding to a total of at least 20 ECTS
Programme specific documents
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Relevant work experience, if any
  • List of qualifications

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16087.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32175 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310 000
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens


Every year a limited number of KTH Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence. Recipients of the KTH Scholarship will have their tuition fee waived for the first and the second year, provided that the study results during the first year are satisfactory.

Applications for the KTH Scholarship for studies beginning in autumn will be open December 1 - January 15.

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