Bachelor of Science in Life Science

General

Program Description

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Bachelor of Science Programme in Life Science

As a chemist and molecular biologist you can for example work with development of pharmaceuticals, vaccines and forensic techniques or the refinement of plants. The Bachelor of Science programme in Life Science covers a broad spectrum of chemistry and molecular biology. Your teachers have a close link to leading research in fields such as microbiology, medicinal, biological and environmental chemistry, infection medicine and plant- and forest biotechnology.

Knowledge regarding Chemistry and Molecular Biology is crucial for e.g. development of pharmaceuticals and vaccines, novel diagnostics and forensic techniques as well as within exercise and health sciences. The Bachelor of Science Programme in Life Science covers a broad spectrum in the fields of Chemistry and Molecular Biology where course content and teachers have a close link to leading research within fields such as Biological chemistry, Infection medicine, Microbiology and Environmental chemistry. The programme provides both the theoretical and practical skills needed for a promising and interesting future career.

  • Life Science with Emphasis on Chemistry
  • Life Science with Emphasis on Molecular Biology

The first and second year gives you basic knowledge of chemistry and molecular biology. You take courses in, for example, bioorganic chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology and molecular genetics. During the third year you may choose to specialize in these fields by taking advanced courses or broaden your knowledge in other subjects. The programme ends with a thesis project.

The teaching concists of lectures, lessons, group work, seminars and laboratory work with a strong focus on problem solving. During laboratory exercises you use modern techniques to study chemical and molecular biological processes. All course literature and instruction is in English and you have the possibility to study one or two semesters abroad at one of our partner universities.

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Degree and career

The programme provides you with the theoretical and practical skills you need in your future work life and work prospects are generally good. As a chemist or molecular biologist you can for example work in pharmaceutical and biotech companies, often with research, development or communication. Other professions include: environmental consultant, company leader, salesperson, investigator or science journalist. The education also builds a solid basis for doctoral studies in the field of Life Science.

Common job titles
  • Scientist (pharma, biotech, forensics, academia)
  • Project leader
  • Investigator
  • Environmental consultant
  • Salesperson in pharmaceuticals

Further studies?

The Bachelor of Science Programme in Life Science qualifies for further studies on advanced level. We offer Master of Science programmes in chemistry, molecular biology, and plant and forest biotechnology. A Master's degree provides a good basis for doctoral studies, but also increases your overall competitiveness on the labour market.

Tuition Fees, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

With a few exceptions, all citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees for education at the undergraduate and advanced level beginning in the autumn semester 2011 and thereafter.

Umeå University will be offering a limited number of scholarships to students from outside the EU/EEA. To date, specific details about these scholarships have yet to be determined.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

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We constantly strive towards being one of Scandinavia and Europe's best environments for education, research and community engagement that meets the challenges of an ever-increasing global society. Read less