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Master in Applied and Commercial Biotechnology

  • Duration: 2
  • Full degree student
  • ECTS 120 ECTS
  • Application period Application deadline: February 1st (applicants outside EU/EEA) or April 15th (applicants from EU/EEA and the Nordic countries)
  • 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
  • You become eligible for admission to various PhD programmes

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 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 focuses on the following:

Commercialisation of biotechnology

The specialisation in 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 economy and business models, commercialisation, innovation, intellectual property and legislation.

Admission Office


Phone: + 47 62 43 00 04 (Opening hours: 10:00 - 14:00 CET)

Deadline:  February 1st (applicants outside EU/EEA) or April 15th (applicants from EU/EEA and the Nordic countries)

Guidelines of application


How to apply

Apply through our local admission service using the code 5452 (Commercial) or 5455 (Experimental). Click the Apply button on this page to proceed.

Practical information

All lessons are taught in English.

The study includes two elective modules for specialisation:

  • Specialisation 1 (experimental biotechnology) is suitable for those who want a career in research, education, or other professions in applied biotechnology.
  • Specialisation 2 (commercialisation of biotechnology) is aimed at those who want to commercialise knowledge from biotechnological research to generate intellectual property, a product, or a service.


Biotechnology involves utilising microorganisms, animal or plant cells, or both to create useful and necessary products and further provides the opportunity for genetic modification of living organisms and their function. In the years to come, biotechnology will increasingly play a more extensive and more critical role concerning how society develops.

Genetic technology can, for example, contribute to the development of new and better vaccines. Biotechnology can be used as a tool to understand fundamental biological processes, in diagnostics, hygienic control, to purify water, raw materials, finished products, in connection with production processes, and to deal with waste and pollution.

Companies and businesses in a rapidly growing biotechnology industry are experiencing an increasing demand for skilled workers. The program prepares students for work in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and the food industry. Students with an interdisciplinary approach to biotechnology problems are well suited to work in both public and private research and in the development of laboratories.

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.

Admission requirements

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

Read more about admission

You will learn this


The candidate

  • has advanced cross-disciplinary approach to biotechnological problems
  • has advanced knowledge of methods used in biotechnological companies as gene technology, cell biology and bioprocess engineering
  • has advanced knowledge about the commercialisation of biotechnology in order to develop marketable products based on promising research results


The candidate

  • can meet the increasingly cross-disciplinary demands of an expanding biotechnological business sector
  • has thorough hands-on laboratory experience and theoretical competance in Cell and Reproduction Biology, Molecular Biology and Biprocess Technology
  • can establish biotechnological enterprises based on their own research, using Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) strategies and developed business plans
  • can analyse and critically reflect on ethical problems involving biological organisms, as well as environmental ethics as related to biotechnological products, and to see them in a larger scientific context

General competence:

  • has advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills making them well equipped for a career in biotechnology-based activities
  • has advanced knowledge and skills in biotechnological subjects so they can analyze and complete a piece of original research
  • can communicate independent work within the academic field of biotechnology



Master in Applied and Commercial Biotechnology

General courses:

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Specialisation Experimental Biotechnology:

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Specialisation Commercialisation of Biotechnology:

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What does it cost?

No tuition, but semester fee is required
Photo from Colourbox: Young male researcher pipetting red liquid in the glass tube in the laboratory. Female asistant science student watching and learning the protocol.

Why study in Master in Applied and Commercial Biotechnology

The Hamar region constitutes an agroindustrial 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.

Read interview with programme graduate Pranvera Hiseni: A master in Applied and Commercial Biotechnology is a unique combination of cutting edge research, challenge, and enjoyment