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Design and Production of Biomolecules

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 30 250 SEK
First payment: 30 250 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Application closed, late application opens 15 July 2021.


Design and Production of Biomolecules is a course in biochemistry at the advanced level and provides the opportunity to increase your knowledge of proteins. The course will give you a deeper understanding of the whole process of protein production, from design to production and characterization. This understanding is important for biochemical research in both industry and academia.

The course includes

  • design of the DNA-template
  • description of different host organisms
  • review of various purifications techniques
  • orientation about different methods for the characterization of the protein structure and function.

The course is divided into three modules:

  • A theoretical module with lectures and a final exam
  • A practical laboratory module to illustrate different parts from the lecture series
  • A project work and a final seminar.

The theoretical module will give you a deeper knowledge of the proteins that are involved in transport over the membrane and signal transduction. You will learn how you can produce and purify these proteins in larger quantities and how you can subsequently characterize their structure and function.

The practical laboratory module will provide deeper knowledge of methods for production, separation, purification and characterization of proteins. Laboratory classes and exercises will focus on protein design and production, electrophoresis, chromatography, spectroscopy as well as enzyme kinetics. You will perform the laboratory exercises in pairs and write laboratory reports.

A mandatory literature project and a seminar where you as students teach each other in different parts of the course will deepen your understanding of the whole process from protein design to characterization.

Prerequisites and selection


The admission requirements are 120 credits within Science, 45 credits of these should be in Chemistry, including KEM060, Biochemistry, 15 credits or equivalent education.


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

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

The course Design and Production of Biomolecules is included in the Master’s programme in Chemistry, track Neurobiochemistry, but can also be applied for as a stand-alone course.

This course will provide knowledge of up-to-date biochemical methodology and research. It will give you a better understanding of membrane proteins and their production, which is important within the fields of drug development and diagnostics. The course will prepare you for further studies in biochemistry, medicinal chemistry or molecular biology. It will also give you a solid basis for continued studies at a doctoral level as well as for work in the pharmaceutical or biotechnological industry.


The course is given in modern premises and well-equipped laboratories on Campus Medicinareberget.

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