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Life Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #322 (BCR) Umeå, Sweden
The Bachelor of Science programme in Life Science at the Umea University covers a broad spectrum of chemistry and molecular biology.
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While studying

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 Bachelor of Science programme in Life Science at the Umea University ends with a thesis project.

All instruction in English

The teaching consists 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.

Career opportunities

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Biological chemistry
  • Fundamentals of chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioorganic chemistry
  • Microbiology and basic molecular biology

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The selection is based upon both GPA and the Swedish National University Aptitude test (Högskoleprovet) in the ratio 67/33. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6789 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6789 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • Application fee SEK900 
  • Tuition fee, first instalment SEK71,400 
  • Total fee SEK428,400

Living costs for Umeå

  • 7125 - 11770 SEK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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