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Environmental Biology and Molecular Biology

Master (2 years) of Environmental Biology and Molecular Biology, 120 ECTS
Agriculture and environment Mathematics, natural- and computer science

Institution Roskilde University (RUC)
Campus Roskilde
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 8400 EUR

Would you like to work with both environmental and molecular biology?

Despite a common biological basis, today these two subjects are very different in their approach to biology. Nevertheless, molecular biological methods and techniques are increasingly used in modern environmental biology. In the master's programme Environmental Biology + Molecular Biology, you can become qualified to, for example, use genetic engineering methods to explore population ecology issues. Or you can investigate the cellular mechanisms behind the toxicological effects of environmental chemicals for organisms.

You will learn about cell biology and physiology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, genetic and protein engineering and bio-informatics. You will gain insights into biological systems at all levels (from sub-cellular to ecosystems) and into the interactions between micro and macro-organisms and their environment. You will learn about the human impact on biological and ecological systems, genetic versus environmental impacts on organisms, as well as nutrient and element cycling processes in ecosystems.

You finish the programme by writing an interdisciplinary master thesis and you have the possibility to write it as an experimental 60 ECTS master thesis during 3. and 4. semester.


The programme provides you with a wide range of job opportunities in the public and private sectors within:
  • Public or private research or control laboratories, for example in the healthcare or environmental sector
  • Environmental control and consulting
  • The biotech industry
  • The education sector
  • Consultancies, e.g. in environmental monitoring
  • Government agencies with focus on environmental health

The master programme also qualifies graduates for admission to a PhD programme.

Facts about the programme

Degree: Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Biology and Molecular Biology
Language of tuition: 


The general requirements for admission to the Master’s programme are:
  • A Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Danish bachelor degree within the field of study of the Master’s programme.
    Students who wish to apply for a combination master’s programme must have an educational background which is relevant to both subjects of the combination. If this is not the case the student, if generally qualified, will be required to do prerequisite studies at Bachelor level within the subjects for which the student is not fully qualified.
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English. IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL paper-based: 550 or TOEFL computer-based: 225 or TOEFL internet-based: 80.
    Applicants whose native language is English or applicants whose first university degree was completed at an English speaking university need not enclose a proficiency test. Documentation regarding this must be enclosed.

How and where to apply

At RUC you can enrol as a guest student or as an exchange student. Read more about your possibillities using the following links:


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

RUC charges an application fee for applicants from countries outside EU/EEA and Switzerland, who do not hold a Danish entry examination or a Bachelor´s degree issued by a Danish university.

If you are granted one of the following types of residence permit, you are not required to pay the application fee:
  • A permanent residence permit in Denmark ("Permanent opholdstilladelse")
  • A temporary residence permit with the possibility of a permanent residence in Denmark ("Opholdstilladelse med mulighed for varigt ophold")
  • A residence permit in Denmark according to the EU/EEA regulations (Opholdstilladelse jf. EF/EØS bekendtgørelsen")

For Further Information

How to contact RUC

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

Application date
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