Introduction to the programme

Study the properties and interactions of macromolecules, and examine the function of genes and the function of the proteins that are formed

Molecular Biology is a subject which you will study as a part of your bachelor programme at Roskilde University.

How are biological characteristics inherited? How do various organisms protect themselves against the effects of harmful substances? Why and how do we age? Why does cancer occur?

Molecular Biology is the part of biology that concerns itself with macromolecules’ properties and interactions, and examines the function of genes and the function of the proteins that are formed. You will acquire a solid understanding of all the key theories of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and microbiology.

The subject engages in research into, among other things, DNA synthesis and DNA repair, and expression of genes in bacteria and higher-ranking animals and humans. This research increases our general knowledge of these processes and their molecular mechanisms, which is also of major importance for our understanding of a number of diseases. Research is also conducted into the structure and function of various proteins that are important for the development of new medicines or biotechnology processes, such as for the production of second generation bioethanol. 

All teaching and project writing is conducted in English.

Daily life while studying

The study environment is very international, with one-third of the students come from abroad. The study environment is characterised by direct contact with the experimental work carried out in the research laboratories, and with the researchers, technicians and visitors at the laboratories. We often meet with students from the other natural scientific disciplines in the famous 'Kemobar' on Fridays.

From bachelor to master

With a bachelor's degree from Roskilde University, you will have access to study at a number of master's degree programmes. Please note that the current master's programmes at Roskilde University offer admission for the last time this year. The application deadline is the 1st of March 2021.

From 2022, Roskilde University will offer 14 new international master's programmes that replace the current ones. Already now you can see the master's programmes which Roskilde University will offer from 2022.