Study plan 2017-2018


  • Earning a master’s degree in biotechnology opens employment opportunities
  • You can contribute to solving local and global challenges
  • You will qualify for enrolment in Ph. D. programmes

Biotechnology includes the utilisation of living organisms – plant cells, animal cells, and microorganisms  – and the biomolecules they contain, to create products and services. Biotechnology can help solve local and global challenges that threaten food production, human health and the environment.

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

Experimental Biotechnology, with a focus on either 1. Reproduction biology in livestock animals and fish, 2. Molecular and functional genetics with applications in breeding, diagnostics and wildlife management, or 3. Bioprocess- and enzyme technology.

Commercialization of Biotechnology concerns the transfer of biotechnological ideas and inventions from the laboratory to the market, focusing on the different factors that facilitate and regulate this process.


The language of instruction is English.

Read more about Biotechnology at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences!

Admission requirements 

To enter the programme, you are required to confirm the achievement of either:

  • A Norwegian bachelor’s degree, or an education recognized as being equivalent to a Norwegian bachelor’s degree.
  • An education recognized as three years of higher education in Norway.
  • Education approved as equivalent to the above-mentioned degrees according to university law § 3-4.

Note that bachelor’s degrees (3 years of study) from a number of countries are recognized only as 2 years of higher education in Norway. Among these are most South American countries, USA, Russia and a number of Asian and African countries like India and Nigeria.  

For both specialisation modules of the programme, your degree from higher education must include:

The equivalent of at least 80 ECTS credits in natural sciences and mathematics, with a solid foundation in chemistry and biology with a minimum average grade of C in these courses.

For both specialisation modules your degree from higher education must  additionally  include completed coursework in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of at least approximately 5 ECTS (may be included as part of the 80 ECTS credits described above), each with a minimum grade of C.

English language requirements:

All non-native English speakers must provide official documentation of English language proficiency at a high level.

We require one of the following English language tests with a minimum of the following scores:

  • Toefl internet based: 80
  • Toefl paper based: 550
  • IELTS: 6

No exceptions are made to this requirement. Scores lower than 550/80 (TOEFL) or 6.0 (IELTS) will not be accepted. The TOIC test will not be accepted.

Further studies

The programme qualifies candidates for university Ph.D. programmes


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