Bioscience - Molecular Biodesign, 180 ECTS

The special prerequisites for this programme, besides basic eligibility for university studies, are the following upper secondary school courses Mathematics B, Science studies B, Civics A, English B or Mathematics 2a / 2b / 2c, Science studies 2, Civics 1b /1a1 +1a2, English 6. The corresponding English proficiency can normally be shown by an internationally recognized language tests, such as IELTS or TOEFL (or equivalent).

Bachelor of Science
autumn -18Old Study Plans

Are you interested in learning how to design genes, molecules, cells or organisms of tomorrow in order to develop better medicine and treatment methods? Do you want to develop methods for better surveillance of health and environment? Maybe you are also interested in realising your ideas and starting your own business or working with innovation and product development in a company. Then Bioscience - Molecular biodesign might be something for you!

Genetic engineering and biotechnology will have a big significance for our effort to solve today's challenges when it comes to fighting infectious and non-infectious diseases as well as environmental threats and climate change.

The objectives of the study programme is to provide you with a broad knowledge in molecular biology; genetic engineering, biotechnology and biodesign and combine this with innovation and entrepreneurship. You will also learn how to use modern experimental techniques and methods that are commonly used in these areas.

The Focus of Your Studies

During the first year of study you will learn the basics in cell biology, chemistry, evolution, genetics, microbiology and sustainable development. The second year includes a specialisation in molecular biology in general and molecular design, biomarkers and bioinformatics in particular. Here you will make use of different software for design of molecules that can be used for diagnostics, treatment of disease, drug development. In the third year you will study project management and entrepreneurship and apply this knowledge in a molecular biodesign project. This makes this programme unique in Sweden as it stimulates entrepreneurship and innovation. Your semester is concluded with a one-semester thesis project.

Upon Completion of Your Studies

The theory and molecular methods and techniques you learn during your education can be applied in a wide range of areas such as services, research and product development in medical biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, food biotechnology, environmental biotechnology and biomaterial development.

After completed studies on undergraduate level you may also continue studying on our one- or two-year masters programmes on advanced/graduate level. These study programmes focus on applied areas such as infection biology, biotechnology or biomarkers. You are also eligible for further studies at other universities.

Undergraduate and graduate studies can be your way to post-graduate studies as a PhD student at a university or research institute, within or outside Sweden, and a future career as a scientific researcher in the academy or in the industry.


Our research in bioscience focuses on biomarkers in immunology, infection biology and biotechnology. Biomarkers are molecules that can be related to particular conditions in health, disease or in the environment. Biomarkers can be used for diagnosis and prognosis of disease, for development of drugs and treatments for different diseases but they can also be used for monitoring the status of our environment.

Read more about our research here.

Application instructions

  • Application deadline: 15 January (online application open between 16 October - 15 January): Open for all international applicants.
  • EU/EEA applicants with completed upper secondary school/high school are advised to apply by 15 January
  • Applicants who need to apply for a visa to study in Sweden must start the Visa application process for your resident permit (if needed)
  • Application deadline: 15 April (online application open between 16 March - 15 April): Open for national and EU/EEA applicants
  • EU/EEA applicants studying in their final year of secondary school/high school must apply in the second application before 15 April

Application and tuition fees

The Swedish Parliament has decided that students from outside the EU/EEA area have to pay application and tuition fees for studying in Sweden.

Application fee

900 SEK

Tuition fee

First tuition fee instalment: 65,000 SEK*
Total amount: 390 000 SEK*
* EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees.

Free-of-charge courses

We offer "free of charge" courses in Swedish and Swedish culture and society.

Practical information

You can also have a look at for information about studying in Sweden.

FAQs - Admissions

Where can I find specific admissions information, like deadlines and similar?

The admissions procedure for the entire country of Sweden is administered centrally at a national level, via Applications to our programme, like applications to any other university study programme in Sweden, happen via their website. Once they have established that you pass the general entry requirements, your application is forwarded to us for programme-specific assessment (more information on which below).

For all questions relating to the overall general admissions procedure, such as deadlines and similar, please see the information and contact details available at

I am not from the EU/EEA, can I still apply?

Yes, we are happy to receive applications from anywhere in the world. However, if you do not hold EU or EEA citizenship, then you will be liable for tuition fees.

The university has a limited number of scholarships available for non-EU/EEA students to help offset a proportion of the tuition fees.

Do you have scholarships available?

Apart from the university scholarships, most of which only offset a proportion of the tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students liable to pay them (see the previous question), we do not have any scholarships available from the university.

Although it varies from year to year, and eligibility varies from country to country, the Swedish Institute sometimes offers a limited number of scholarships, which typically cover both tuition fees, a living stipend, and travel costs up to a stipulated amount. For more information, see the scholarship information on the Swedish Institute's website. Unfortunately, we can not answer questions about these particular scholarships, as we are not involved in processing applications for them.

Apart from the above options, your best chance for receiving a scholarship of some sort is probably by applying to relevant instances in your home country.

Can I send my application documents straight to you?

No. As noted above, the admissions procedure for the entire country of Sweden is administered centrally at a national level, via Once they have performed a preliminary assessment of your application, and deemed that it meets the general entry requirements, they will forward your application documents to us, for topic- and programme-specific assessment. After we receive your application, we may be in contact with you, to request further specifications, as and when we deem this to be necessary.

What are my chances of being accepted?

Our internal admissions procedure (once applicants have passed's preliminary assessment - see above) for all applications received in time consists of two steps:

  1. An assessment of programme-specific eligibility: whether or not we deem you to have the necessary qualifications to be able to embark on the programme.
  2. A ranking of candidates by academic merit: the higher your grades within relevant topics (and, to a lesser extent, in general), the higher your ranking compared to your applicant peers.

It is impossible, in any given year, to predict where an applicant will place in the ranking undertaken in the second step, since it depends on the amount of applicants that year, and the strength of their individual applications. Eligibility (step 1) is necessary for admission, but does not guarantee it, depending on where one's application ultimately ranks (step 2).

Can I study the programme as a distance-based programme?

No, the programme is only given as a campus-based programme.

Do you have any intake for the spring term?

No, the programme only admits new students for an autumn term intake.

FAQs - Studying in Skövde

Do I need to live in Skövde during term?

There is no formal requirement that you must reside in Skövde, during term or otherwise. You will, however, be expected to be in Skövde for a number of occasions - lectures, seminars, laboratory work, workshops, presentations, exams, etc. Depending on the time of the term, this may vary from several times a week, to only once every couple of weeks. It is up to you to determine from how far away you are comfortable commuting, should you consider such an option.

Can I bring my family to Skövde?

Yes, you can, but please note that you will probably not be eligible for standard student housing if you do. In particular, our student housing landlords will not permit children in the student flats. Therefore, if you intend to come with a partner, any children, and/or any other family members, then it is absolutely imperative that you contact the university accommodation office as soon as possible, so that you aren't denied housing altogether.

How might I go about organizing my own non-student room accommodation?

Our university accommodation office can help give you relevant information (contacts, etc.). Please bear in mind that, unlike many other countries, it is relatively unusual to find furnished flats to rent in Sweden. If you are planning to sort your own accommodation, then be prepared either to bring or to buy all the home essentials: furniture, cutlery and crockery, etc. (Rented flats normally come with white goods - a fridge and freezer, and possibly a dishwasher - and, typically, access to shared laundry facilities).

Can I, or an accompanyng family member, take on extra-curricular employment during my time in Skövde?

Although there is no formal restriction on extra-curricular employment, we do not recommend it, since the amount of effort required to successfully complete the programme is significant. In addition, you should be aware that it can be very difficult to find paid employment in Skövde and the surrounding region, particularly if you do not already speak Swedish relatively fluently.

What is the cost of living in Sweden?

Although Sweden has a historical reputation as a relatively expensive country, it is no longer particularly so, when compared to many other west European countries. More information can be found here.

The special prerequisites for this programme, besides basic eligibility for university studies, are the following upper secondary school courses Mathematics B, Science studies B, Civics A, English B or Mathematics 2a / 2b / 2c, Science studies 2, Civics 1b /1a1 +1a2, English 6. The corresponding English proficiency can normally be shown by an internationally recognized language tests, such as IELTS or TOEFL (or equivalent).

Bachelor of Science
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