Education in Chemistry

Lund University


Understanding proteins is vital to understand and solve medical and biochemical proteins at a molecular level. The master's programme in chemistry, biochemistry (BIKE) covers 120 ETCS credits and explores the molecular structures and functional mechanisms of a large number of proteins. Upon completion of the programme you will be comfortable using methods for cloning, expression and purification of proteins, as well as several specialised techniques for protein analysis. You will also be able to use and understand scientific publications and be able to independently plan, perform and critically evaluate experiments.

The first year you study advanced courses in biochemistry, protein chemistry and molecular biophysics.
During your second year you choose to do either one or two degree projects within biochemistry that can be carried out at the university or at a company with the relevant research profile.

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Programme structure

The master's programme in biochemistry contains a number of advanced courses and a compulsory degree project. These courses are organised according to a recommended programme structure, see image to the right (below for mobile). This programme structure is only recommended and it is possible to take these or other courses in a different order than what is shown, provided that you fulfill the entry requirements for each course. 

Applying for courses

Being admitted to the master's programme in biochemistry means that you are garanteed admission to all courses that are part of the recommended programme structure if you apply for them as part of your programme, but since the programme structure is only recommended you will not be automatically admitted to these courses, but must apply for them. Information about how to apply for courses can be found here. If you want help planning what courses to take please contact the Director of studies Sophie Manner.  

Degree requirements and compulsory courses

The only compulsory course for the master's programme in biochemistry is the degree project. Other than that you are relatively free to chooses which courses to take, provided that you meet the entry requirements for each course. You should also make sure you meet the general critera for obtaining your degree. 

To be eligible for a master's degree in biochemistry, 120 ETCS credits, the following are required: 

  • Completed courses covering a minimum of 120 ETCS credits
  • Advanced courses in chemistry covering a minimum of 30 ETCS credits, of which 15 ETCS credits must be within biochemistry or molecular biophysics
  • A degree project covering at least 30 ETCS credits