Why choose Stockholm University?

Student centered education in an interdisciplinary learning environment:
Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest ranked universities in the world and a leading European university . At our Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics (DBB) and the SciLifeLab we have 30 research groups
providing forefront knowledge in cell biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, biophysics and computational structural biology. These expert fields are reflected in our teaching and with small student groups we have a dynamic and familiar learning environment which is valued by staff and students.

Studies in close connection to department research:
At DBB, we carry out unique and world leading research on biological membranes, the fundamental way to understand central processes in the cell and improve development of future pharmaceutical drugs. All teaching staff at the MSc programme are active researchers and as a student, you are offered multiple opportunities to get in contact with the most recent scientific advancements through lectures, laboratory sessions and degree projects. Want to know more about our current research fields or profile research areas?

Programme structure

The first year of your MSc studies is aimed to improve your theoretical competence as well as experimental skills and lab techniques required to make you independent during the following year. In our Svante Arrhenius laboratories, you have access to top lab equipment and teaching assistance. The main part of your studies are placed at campus with focus on lectures and lab work in each course. During the second year you are offered an elective course combined with a degree project where you get deeper research knowledge in an chosen field. The project will develop your skills in working with scientific methods, experimental planning and performing independent research within one of our research groups. The degree project can extend from one to two semesters.

The Swedish credit system is compatible with the European standard ECTS. 30 ECTS is equivalent to one semester of full time studies.

First year (60 credits)  
Autumn Spring
Structural Biochemistry, 15 credits Bioinformatics, 7.5 credits
Structure and Dynamics of Biological Membranes, 7.5 credits
The Molecular Properties of Proteins: Structure, Function and Disease, 15 credits

Advanced Biochemical Methods, 7.5 credits

  Spectroscopy of Biological Molecules, 7.5 credits
Second year (60 credits)  
Autumn Spring

Optional course*, 15 credits

Degree project, 45 or 60 credits


*Optional courses offered in the Master's programme.

Examples of recent degree projects:

  • Lost in translation: protein-protein interaction as a tool to resume synthesis of protein nascent chains stuck on the ribosome
  • Assembly of complexes and supercomplexes of bacterial respiratory membrane proteins
  • Protein Quality Control and Diseases; The role of contacts between the Endoplasmic reticulum and Mitochondria in Parkinson’s disease

Career prospects

The combined qualifications in chemistry, biology and medicine in this MSc degree provide a range of career options in research, pharmaceuticals industry or sustainability matters in public sectors. The analytical thinking and advanced problem-solving skills are highly demanded by employers and apart from continuing with PhD studies, you find our alumni at, amongst others, the Swedish Chemicals Agency or companies such as Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Vitrolife.

Application procedure

The application period for our Master's programmes starting in autumn 2018 opens at October 15th. You apply by following the three steps below, and your application should be registered no later than January 15th.

Step 1. Check that you meet the entry requirements
Step 2. Apply online
Step 3. Upload your documents

Scholarships and funding

The scholarship scheme at Stockholm University is aimed at especially qualified students coming from countries outside of EU/EEA/Switzerland and who are required to pay tuition fees for studies. Show scholarships offered by Stockholm University.

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships target highly-qualified students from certain countries. The scholarships will be awarded for master’s studies in Sweden, starting in autumn and covers both living costs and tuition fees. Show scholarships offered by the Swedish Institute.

You are also encouraged to investigate what scholarships are available through your university, government or international organisations.


If you are left with questions or need more information about the application procedure, programme structure or practical details concerning your studies at Stockholm University, please do not hesitate to contact our Student Office.

We look forward to your application!