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Master's programme in Genomics and Systems Biology

Master's programme | 120 credits
Autumn 2020
100% Day
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

The Master's Programme in Genomics and Systems Biology is recommended for students looking for an exciting and interdisciplinary education at the forefront of modern biology.

In this program you will study how genomes change over time and how life's molecules interact in networks to build up living organisms. This knowledge about the properties of complete biological systems, and not just their individual parts, is also essential in drug development, treatment of diseases and to improve industrial bioprocesses. Genomics and Systems Biology also opens the way for an understanding of evolution at the molecular level, which has implications for how we assess the adaptability of organisms to changing environmental conditions, such as climate change.


The program includes four in depth courses at the advanced level that you are recommended to take during the first academic year: BIO406 Advanced Functional Genomics 15 credits, BIO403 Advanced Bioinformatics 15 credits, BIO448 Experimental Systems Biology 15 credits and BIO442 Evolutionary Genomics 15 credits, all courses are taught in English. At the end of the programme you will do a thesis.

The program gives you practical knowledge of emerging technologies for large-scale analysis of the molecules of life. The explosive development of technology in this field is interdisciplinary, and research and education lies at the intersection of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science. A central aim is to give you the skills to experimentally study all components of a biological system and describe the functional interaction between them in mathematical terms. This modeling enables simulations and predictions about the behavior of the system in various types of perturbations, such as mutations, infections or environmental impact. The program also provides a good understanding of how genomes change over time as a consequence of for example the use of antibiotics, breeding for desired characteristics and chemicals in the environment.

The program is open to students with a biology background who wish to expand their knowledge in functional genomics, bioinformatics, mathematical modeling, molecular evolution, and experimental and computational systems biology. Education is strongly problem-oriented and closely linked to current research, such as bioinformatic analysis of genomes and networks analysis of the interactions between the molecules of life. This close link to research train you in formulating and solving current and future life science issues.

Career areas

As a graduate student from the Master's Programme in Genomics and Systems Biology you are perfectly suited for the next generation of research challenges in future biotechnology, medicine, pharmaceutical industry or for a career in academia.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A bachelor's degree in molecular biology or biology, including at least 60 credits in biology and 30 credits in chemistry. English B / English 6 or equivalent. Students with an equivalent education may, after examination, be admitted to the program.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 238 000 SEK
First payment: 59 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Peter Gulz, +46-31-786 2524/2526


Department of Chemistry & Molecular Biology
Box 462
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Medicinaregatan 9 C

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