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Biochemistry and molecular biology

Master (2 years) of Science, 120 ECTS
Mathematics, natural- and computer science

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Odense
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 6640 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The Master programme in Biochemistry and molecular biology at SDU is characterised by a large number of electives. This allows you to specialise by taking elective courses in Denmark or abroad or by conducting a research project in close cooperation with a business.

Career Opportunities

The demand for biochemists and molecular biologists has increased significantly in recent years.Typical employers of biochemists and molecular biologists include pharmaceutical companies, the health-care sector, universities and other research institutions.Through a broadly designed programme we aim to equip graduates for careers in research, development and teaching in companies and institutions where molecular biotechnology is used, or to prepare students for PhD studies in Biochemistry and molecular biology.

About the programme
Research in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is centered around the fundamental processes which control all life and development of cells. That is, the study of how genes are constructed and organised, how gene activity is regulated and how gene information is translated through RNA to proteins.

The first year consists of an experimental core course in advanced protein chemistry and biological mass spectrometry, which can be supplemented with an experimental course in molecular microbiology and/or an experimental course in cloning and characterisation of human proteins.

The second year of the programme is devoted to the master's thesis, a 60 ECTS research project. This may be conducted at one of the laboratories of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, within the areas of proteomics/mass spectrometry, molecular biomedicine or molecular microbiology. The project can also be conducted at another laboratory, e.g. at the Odense University Hospital.


To be admitted to this programme, you must hold a Bachelor's degree (or other degree based on at least three years of higher education after the high school level).You must have qualifications in Biochemistry and molecular biology corresponding to at least 60 ECTS.

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. Read about the language requirements of the University of Southern Denmark

Apply directly at the University of Southern Denmark with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact T
he University of Southern Denmark directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

No tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss students.
There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland.

SDU offers 75 scholarships yearly. The scholarship consists of two parts: full tuition fee waiver and a grant, to help cover living costs amounting to $ 950 per month before taxes. Candidates must come from a non-EU/EEA country and be eligible to pay tuition fees. The scholarship will be awarded to the best qualified of the eligible applicants. All eligible applicants who are offered a study place, will automatically be considered for the scholarship. No separate application is needed. The best-qualified candidates based on points will be awarded the scholarship.

For Further Information

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

Autumn | EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Feb 01
Start date
Sep 01

Spring - EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Oct 15
Start date
Feb 01

Spring - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Sep 01
Start date
Feb 01



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