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Study programme syllabus for
MPBIO - BIOTECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR Academic year: 2019/2020
Associated to: TKBIO
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2019-02-18 by Dean of Education and is valid for students starting the programme the academic year 2019/2020

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry.



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

General organization:


The aim of the Master's program in Biotechnology is to educate skilled people for the biotechnology sector. The programme focuses on the interface between chemistry, biology and medicine, with engineering as a common working tool. Students should gain competencies in using engineering principles in the analysis and optimisation of biological systems, and in using integrated approaches for solving complex biotechnological problems.

The programme should:

  • prepare students primarily for work within industrial and academic research and development, with a broad understanding of the industrial context;
  • prepare students for professional careers in local and international industry in existing and emerging fields in the biotechnology area, such as strong local industry in foods, biomedicine, pharmaceutical development, and biomedical technology, and the emerging concepts of biorefineries and bioeconomy;
  • give an extended theoretical foundation in technologies common to most life science contexts such as bioinformatics and analytical chemistry, biochemical engineering skills, and a framework for ethical assessment;
The program should lead to the Degree of Master Science in the major subject Bioengineering, and together with a suitably designed BSc program, the program may also lead to the degree of Master of Science in Engineering.


Learning outcome:

The objective of the programme is that students acquire necessary skills in the basic and applied sciences in certain areas of biotechnology, and learn to use an integrated approach for solving complex biotechnological problems.

After graduating from the program, students will be able to

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the disciplinary foundation of and proven experience in Bioengineering, including both broad knowledge of the field, including mathematical modeling and analysis of biotechnological systems, and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current biotechnological research and development work; and
  • demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in biotechnology, within at least one of the four profiles: (i) Systems biotechnology and bioeconomy; (ii) Biomolecular science and technology; (iii) Food and health; and (iv) Biomaterials and tissue engineering.

Competence and skills

  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to model, simulate, predict, analyse, and assess complex bioengineeering phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information,
  • demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and undertake advanced tasks within predetermined parameters and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work,
  • demonstrate the ability to create, analyse and critically evaluate various biotechnological solutions,
  • demonstrate the ability to develop and design products, processes and systems while taking into account the circumstances and needs of individuals and the targets for economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development set by the community,
  • demonstrate the capacity for teamwork and collaboration with various constellations,
  • demonstrate the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to clearly report and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
  • demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.

Judgement and approach

  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the major subject of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work,
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research and technology, their role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, including both social and economic aspects and also environmental and occupational health and safety considerations,
  • demonstrate the ability to identify additional needs for further knowledge acquisition and take responsibility for obtaining this knowledge.


Extent: 120.0 c



Students must complete an independent project (Master Thesis) worth 30 or 60 c. In the Master Thesis the student shall integrate, deepen and expand his or her knowledge within one of the areas that have previously been studied within the Master programme. The purpose of the Master Thesis is also for the student to gain a broad understanding of and skills in engineering and scientific work methods.


Courses valid the academic year 2019/2020:

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Accredited to the following programmes the accademic year 2019/2020:

Degree of Master of Science in Engineering



All students must attend the five obligatory courses: KMG060, KAM021, BBT010, MVE510, and KBT090.

Students with limited background in biochemistry and / or molecular biology must attend KBB032. Students taking KBB032 in study period 1 in year 1 must read the compulsory course BBT010 Ethics in biotechnology in year 2. The Director of the Master's Programme decides whether the KBB032 must be included or not.

At least 3 compulsory elective courses must be passed. BBT005, BBT045, BBT020, KBB057, KBB101, KBB111, KFK022, KKR063, KLI011, KLI022, KLI042, KPO065, SSY180, TIF050 and TIF125 are the compulsory elective courses given during 2017/18.

There are four profiles in the Master programme: Biomaterials and tissue engineering, Biomolecular science and technology, Food and health, and Systems biotechnology and bioeconomy. To acquire a specialization in one of these areas it is recommended that at least three of the compulsory elective courses in the profile are included in the degree.

The Biomaterials & Tissue engineering profile offers an interdisciplinary education that gives students breadth in 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. Recommended compulsory elective courses in the Biomaterials & Tissue engineering profile include: KPO065, SSY180, TIF050, TIF125. One additional compulsory elective course in this profile is planned to start autumn 2018.

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. Recommended compulsory elective courses in the Biomolecular science and technology profile include: BBT005, BBT020, KBB057, KBB101, KBB111, KFK022.

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. Recommended compulsory elective courses in the Food and health profile include: KLI011, KLI022, KLI042. Two additional compulsory elective courses in this profile are planned to start autumn 2018.

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. Recommended compulsory elective courses in the Biomedicine and biotechnology profile include: BBT045, BBT020, KKR063. Two additional compulsory elective courses in this profile are planned to start autumn 2018.

Other course combinations are also possible, but the student must respect the course specific prerequisites that are stated in the syllabuses.

 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the Local Qualifications Framework - first and second cycle qualifications

Title of degree:

Master of Science (120 credits). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Bioengineering are stated in the degree certificate. Specializations and tracks are not stated.


Major subject:



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