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Master in Applied and Commercial Biotechnology

A master's degree in biotechnology is a gateway to stimulating, challenging and lucrative jobs within a rapidly growing bioeconomy. You can contribute to smart solutions that secure future sustainable development, and become eligible for admission to various PhD programmes.

2 år
Full time
Teaching language
Semester fee
Application deadline
Apr. 20, 2022

About the Programme

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 the commercialisation of biotechnology. Thus, students graduating from our programme possess a cross-disciplinary approach to addressing biotechnological problems. 

Experimental biotechnology

Students with specialisation in experimental biotechnology will have a focus on the following:

  • Cell- and reproduction biotechnology
  • Molecular and functional genetics/genomics
  • Bioinformatics and Biodiscovery

Commercialisation of biotechnology

The specialisation in the commercialisation of biotechnology focuses on taking biotechnological ideas and inventions from the laboratory to the market, with emphasis on various factors that facilitate and regulate this process. This includes topics as the economy and business models, commercialisation, innovation, intellectual property and legislation.

Job opportunities

Master’s Degree students in both specialisations may implement their thesis work on problems relevant to the industry, and in some cases, in close collaboration with an industrial company or partner.

Experience with cross-disciplinary approaches to biotechnology renders graduates from our programme well suited to work in research and development laboratories, both in public and private domains, including industries related to agriculture and aquaculture, food production, pharmaceutic development, and other sectors where biotechnology knowledge is relevant.

Application deadline and admission

February 1st (applicants outside EU/EEA) or April 20th (applicants from EU/EEA and the Nordic countries).

The application portal opens on December 1st.

Guidelines of application.

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

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

How much does it cost?

No tuition, but a semester fee is required

Curricula and courses

For detailed information on the programme, view the study plan.

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Why study Master in Applied and Commercial Biotechnology

The Hamar region constitutes an agro-industrial hub, including major animal and plant breeding companies, high-tech spin-off enterprises and chief companies in the food and feed industries. The biotech group at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences collaborates closely with industry, and an essential part of our biotechnology research stems from relevant industrial strategies and problems.

Contact us

If you have questions about applications and admission requirements, you can contact our admissions office at or telephone 62 43 00 04.

Picture of Svein Birger Wærvågen
Study programme coordinator

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Head of Department