Master, 2 år
Studieform: Undervisning ved lærestedet
Studietempo: Heltid

Informasjon oppdatert

14. mars 2022.

Om studiet

Biotechnology revolves around the use of living organisms – plant cells, animal cells and microorganisms – and biomolecules from these, for the creation of new products and services. Biotechnology provides solutions for a future bioeconomy based on sustainability with respect to food production, health, and the environment.

In our master's degree programme, you can choose between two specialisations:

  • Experimental biotechnology
  • Commercialisation of biotechnology

Students in both specialisations take coursework covering our main experimental fields of interest, as well as commercialisation of biotechnology. Thus, students graduating from our programme possess a cross-disciplinary approach to addressing biotechnological problems.

Studiets oppbygging

The Master’s Degree Programme comprises two years of full-time study (120 ECTS credits) that may also be completed part-time, and includes modules each totalling 5 – 20 ECTS credits. Given courses each totalling 5 - 15 ECTS credits, and a master`s degree thesis of 60 ECTS credits in experimental or 30 ECTS credits in Commercial biotechnology.

The study may also be completed part-time.

This biotechnology master study is unique by having a two-tailed specialisation possibility, either in Experimental Biotechnology or in Commercialisation of Biotechnology direction. Chosen specialisation is based on chosen courses and in master`s degee thesis. Further, this study is taught in English, giving it an international perspective and recruit possibilities.


The instruction is based on lectures, workshops/group work, laboratory exercises and excursions. All students working toward a Master’s Degree in Applied & Commercial Biotechnology will be enroled in obligatory courses comprising the subjects. Introductory lectures and practical learning exercises on the computer followed by a hand-in assignment that is to count as a part of the total assessment of the students. Synopses of these assignments are presented by students in short lectures to the instructors and the remaining students. Lectures also include group discussions, individual assignments, group assignments and quizzes. See detailed description for each courses below.


For both specialisation modules of the programme, your degree from higher education must fulfil the following requirements:

  • The equivalent of at least 80 ECTS credits in natural sciences and mathematics, with a solid foundation in chemistry and biology. Coursework in biochemistry must be included, with a minimum grade of C.
  • A minimum average grade of D for the 80 ECTS credits.

For Experimental Biotechnology:

  • Coursework in Molecular biology with a minimum grade of C

Students lacking molecular biology coursework may qualify for molecular biology thesis work by taking a Bachelor-level molecular biology course at INN University.

English Language requirements

Applicants must document their proficiency in English at a certain level.

The English language requirements applies to all except applicants native to UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or the nordic countries, who do not require to document any language proficiency.

You will find the list of accepted courses and minimum scores accepted here.



The candidate

  • has advanced cross-disciplinary approach to biotechnological problems
  • has advanced knowledge of methods used in biotechnological companies as gene technology, cell biology and bioprocess engineering
  • has advanced knowledge about the commercialisation of biotechnology in order to develop marketable products based on promising research results


The candidate

  • can meet the increasingly cross-disciplinary demands of an expanding biotechnological business sector
  • has thorough hands-on laboratory experience and theoretical competance in Cell and Reproduction Biology, Molecular Biology and Biprocess Technology
  • can establish biotechnological enterprises based on their own research, using Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) strategies and developed business plans
  • can analyse and critically reflect on ethical problems involving biological organisms, as well as environmental ethics as related to biotechnological products, and to see them in a larger scientific context

General competence:

  • has advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills making them well equipped for a career in biotechnology-based activities
  • has advanced knowledge and skills in biotechnological subjects so they can analyze and complete a piece of original research
  • can communicate independent work within the academic field of biotechnology


The Master’s Degree Programme in Applied & Commercial Biotechnology leads to a Master’s Degree in biotechnology, with specialisation in either “Experimental biotechnology” or “Commercialisation of Biotechnology” fields. Expertise in biotechnology can be utilised in basic and/or applied research focusing on the economic and socially beneficial use of organisms and their products, or to help stimulate the establishment of biotechnological enterprises.


The biotechnology master study programme is entirely taught in English, which allow for international applicants as well as local ones. The entire curriculum is in English. We recruit students globally, and therefore we have an international environment at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. Natural science is an international oriented subject. Biotechnological Professors therefore have international collegaes and cooperations with students involved. Students sometimes visit interational contacts.


Master in Applied and Commercial Biotechnology

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