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Eukaryotic Molecular Microbiology

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 29 750 SEK
First payment: 29 750 SEK

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

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Eukaryotic Molecular Microbiology is a course about molecular biology studies of eukaryotic microorganisms, including yeast. You will study cellular regulatory mechanisms such as signal transduction, control of gene expression, stress responses and cell cycle control.

During the course, great importance is attached to experimental strategies and applications such as molecular biology and genetic analysis, cell biology and genome-wide techniques. Special focus is on complex molecular biological, cell biological, genetic and functional genomics processes in eukaryotic microorganisms. The course also addresses applications of yeast as a model organism for other eukaryotes (animals, plants, fungi or parasites) or in biotechnology, and introduces new application areas for yeast such as systems biology, surrogate genetics and synthetic biology.

After having completed the course, you should be able to conduct experimental laboratory work, including analysis and interpretation. You should also be able to independently understand and evaluate scientific literature and research information.


The theoretical part of the course consists of lectures, literature studies, oral presentations, seminars and group discussions. In the laboratory work, you will learn yeast molecular genetics and molecular biology techniques.

The course attaches great importance to individual and group studies of scientific literature aiming at analyzing experimental strategies and giving an overview of modern applications of molecular methods in eukaryotic microorganisms. You will get good practice in oral and written scientific presentation and argumentation. You will also get to independently plan a small research project and get training in critically reviewing other people’s research data.

Prerequisites and selection


Passed basic courses in Biology 75 credits (BIO900 Cell Biology, BIO905 Molecular Genetics, BIO910 Biological form and function, BIO915 Ecology and Evolution and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics) and completion of Chemistry 30 credits. In addition you need at least one approved advanced level course in biology, 15 credits, in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or corresponding. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


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 can be included in the Bachelor’s programmes in Molecular Biology and in Biology, or in the Master’s programmes in Molecular Biology, in Biology or in Genomics and Systems Biology. The course can also be applied for as a stand-alone course.

In this course, you will learn how to use and interpret problem solving methods that are generally applicable in a wide area of biology, biotechnology and biomedicine. You will be able to use your knowledge and skills in scientific research, education, development and innovation, or investigation and consulting.

Future employers can be universities, research institutes, clinical laboratories, innovation companies, the pharmaceutical or bioprocess industry, and the public administration. You can also work with plant breeding and environmental protection.


The course is given on Campus Medicinareberget. The laboratory work, practical demonstrations and computer-based exercises will take place in the Lundberg Laboratory.