About this program
MSc in Molecular Biology
Benefiting From World-class Research
The MSc in Molecular Biology programme is both practical and research-oriented, reflecting the interests of business and industry, research institutions, and the public sector. This flexible programme accommodates the interests of the individual student, because it allows you to specialise in a particular subject area while acquiring a general mastery of molecular biology.
Students can choose to specialise within a choice of fields, including one of the five branches of molecular biology in which Aarhus University is particularly strong: plant molecular biology, neurobiology, RNA biology and innovation, protein science and cellular health, and intervention and nutrition.
The study programme can be tailored to fit your qualifications and interests. In the first year, you will follow a course programme based on your specialisation choices. In the second year, you will write a thesis. There are excellent opportunities for collaboration with research groups in connection with your thesis project work, and this gives you the chance to participate in the research group’s projects, academic discussions, and publications.
Students must have a Bachelor of Science degree with subject components in molecular biology equalling 60 ECTS credits, as well as basic subject components in mathematics, chemistry, and statistics. Other qualifications can also provide admission to the Master’s programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent, and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.
As the Master’s programme admits only a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme. Student places are allocated on the basis of an overall assessment. In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses applicants according to the following criteria: academic background; overall grade level of bachelor’s degree; grades achieved on relevant courses; and relevant courses (measured in credit units) included in the bachelor’s degree.
Relevant courses include core courses within the subject areas of molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, chemistry, mathematics, probability theory, and statistics.
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Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.
- EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE
- Others: €15,300
As a molecular biologist, you will primarily be working with finding solutions to the many health and food challenges faced by our society due to ageing populations and more stringent standards for food development and quality. These areas are growing rapidly a trend that is expected to continue. The employment prospects for future molecular biologists therefore look very promising.
Graduates of the Molecular Biology MSc programme are very much in demand on both Danish and international job markets. Previous graduates are working across a wide range of fields and institutions, mostly within research or administration and consultancy, in both private and public sectors. Graduates who want to be communicators go into teaching at lab-technician and teacher-training colleges or adult education. Other molecular biologists work in specialist molecular biology fields in the food industry, the health sector, or the pharmaceutical industry.
About this institute
Welcome to Aarhus University in Denmark!
Established in 1928, Aarhus University has grown to be a world-leading research institution with a modern, dynamic and highly international study environment. It is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 100 educational institutions, and recently ranked 69th in...
Why study at Aarhus University
An international and diverse university
Aarhus University is home to many international students and researchers – 12% of our students are international, from over 120 different countries! For that reason, English is our second language here at AU and we offer over 50 English-taught courses at either Bachelor’s or Master’s level. All our PhDs are English-taught. We also have a dedicated International Centre, to provide and introduction to living in Denmark and offer support and guidance.
Informal environment with focus on critical thinking
Teaching at AU takes place in an informal and inspiring environment, with a high focus on developing critical thinking skills and encouraging open debate. Professors at AU welcome discussions and value student insights to their classes. Furthermore, many courses at Aarhus University are interdisciplinary to give a students a well-rounded perspective of their chosen subject.
A comprehensive university
Aarhus University has five main faculties: Arts, Business and Social Sciences, Health, Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences. Each faculty is highly specialized with state of the art research facilities available for student use. Our faculties of Natural and Technical Sciences both have a special focus on sustainability and facilitating a green transition.
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