Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Place of Study: St. Petersburg, Russia
Outcome (diploma or credits): Master of Science (ITMO University)
Duration: 2 years, 120 credits
Language: English
Application Deadline: 04 August 2024
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree in microbiology, biotechnology, biology or related fields, with excellent/good grades; CV & motivation letter; upper-intermediate level of English (B2 according to CEFR)
Tuition Fee: 429,000 rubles per year

Program description

The 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. The focus of the Master's program lies in practical work on projects in laboratories. The results of these studies are published in high-impact journals and are applied in the development of new products for medicine and biotechnology.

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

Four biological laboratories function on the basis of the educational program: microbiological, cell, molecular and bioinformatics. When working with projects, students choose one of the laboratories.

In the process of studying, students have the chance to engage in world-class science or launch their own innovative project.

This program is for you: 

The main thing for us is your desire to work, purposefulness and desire to develop. Relevant lab experience will also be an advantage.

Career prospects

After graduation, students can pursue their career in one of three tracks:

List of entrance exam questions

Student reviews

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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