Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Place of Study: Russia
Outcome (diploma or credits): Master of Science (ITMO University)
Duration: 2 years, 120 credits
Language: English
Application Deadline: 09 August 2021
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Medicine or related field with excellent/good grades, CV & motivation letter. Upper-intermediate level of English language (B2 according to CEFR)*
Tuition Fee: 251,000 rubles per year for Russian students; 271,000 rubles per year for international students

Career Options

Specialists working in the field of biology and biotechnology will undoubtedly be demanded at leading scientific institutions and companies both in Russia and abroad in such areas as medical and pharmaceutical industry, biological, biotechnology, food and chemical enterprises.

Benefits of the Program

The Molecular Biology and Biotechnology program aims to train highly qualified specialists in the fields of new methods for diagnostics and treatment, drug delivery, nanodevices and materials with new properties. This program is intended for those wishing to do world-level science during their Master's studies.

The program uses an innovative interdisciplinary approach, combining modern information technologies and state-of-art practical methods. The program is based on a synergy of experiments and modeling in cell, molecular- and microbiology and biochemistry.

The practical part is supported by theoretical courses of top-tier scientists who specialize in the fields of molecular biology, oncology, new materials for biomedical applications, marketing of new technologies, etc.

The students can perform a research project in one of the research groups or work on their own startups at industrial laboratories. Depending on the project, from the second semester, the students choose an individual learning track in one of the following specializations:

The Program

Content of the Program

1 Semester

2 Semester

3 Semester

4 Semester

*The applicants are required to pass entrance examination successfully.

The list of entrance examination questions

Student review

Want to know more? Read the stories of international students at the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology program to learn more about the major and their experiences:


"I won a scholarship from the Rossotrudnichestvo federal agency and had to choose a university.

Eventually, I decided to enter ITMO University because of its prestige and worldwide recognition."


Moustapha Nour, a student of the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology program




"Starting the program online has been an exciting journey: we had to do a lot of things online.

The university has been doing a good job at making sure we feel part of ITMO,

part of the family even though we’re miles apart."


Subhrajit Barua​, a student of the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology program



How to apply?

To apply, please fill in the application form and follow our step-by-step application guide for more details.

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