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Study molecular biology abroad

An in-depth guide to studying molecular biology as an international student.

Molecular biology degrees abroad

Molecular biology is the study of macromolecules and the macromolecular mechanisms found in living things. It’s an exciting and vital subject that has led to advancements in areas of medicine, agriculture and biotechnology.

As a molecular biology student, you’ll focus on the structure and function of biologically important molecules. You’ll also learn about DNA, RNA, and proteins and explore other important areas like biochemistry, genetics and cell biology.

As an international student, you could study molecular biology all over the world in countries such as the UK, USA, Canada and Turkey. Choosing to study abroad means accessing facilities and technologies that you might not see in your home country, and getting to choose from some of the best programs in the world.

Molecular biology program structure

At the undergraduate level most universities offer molecular biology as a BSc program which can take three or four years to complete. Some universities offer an MBiol (Master of Biology) qualification that is available at the undergraduate level that combines a bachelor’s and master’s program and takes an extra year to complete.

Many universities offer molecular biology programs that are combined with another subject, like cellular biology or genetics. These programs are worth considering if you want to study a broader range of topics.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology or something similar, you can study an MSc over one or two years. PhD programs in molecular biology are also available and will involve between three and six years of unique research and a doctoral dissertation.

Teaching on most molecular biology programs will include theoretical sessions in lectures and seminars, and practical workshops and laboratory-based classes. Assessment will vary between modules, but you can expect to complete essays, written exams, research projects and practical assignments.

Exactly what modules you’ll study will depend on your university and the electives you choose, but some of the most common core subjects include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Cell biology and evolution
  • Microbiology
  • Laboratory and research skills
  • Human physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Biology of disease

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Molecular biology study abroad programs

Molecular biology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in molecular biology

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    Microbial, Cellular and Molecular Biology - Microbiology Option (MCMB) - BSc Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Biochemistry/Molecular Biology - BSc Stockton University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,605 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,605 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Biochemistry & Molecular Biology - BSc Trent University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,719 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,529 CAD

    Start date
    -
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    Molecular Biology - BSME Ohio Northern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,715 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,715 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Biomolecular Science (Level 8) - BSc Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,984 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Molecular biology graduate programs

Master's in molecular biology

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    Applied Molecular Biology - MSc University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,896 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Biomolecular Sciences - MSc Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,682 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,850 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Molecular Biology and Genetics - MSc Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Chemistry and Molecular Sciences - MSc University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,240 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - MSc Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    43,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,690 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in molecular biology

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    Cell and Molecular Biology - PhD American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,478 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,478 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Molecular Biology and Genetics - PhD Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Environmental Sciences, Biomolecular Sciences - PhD Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Future molecular biology careers

As a molecular biology graduate, you’ll be well placed for a rewarding career in a range of sectors including healthcare, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Some popular job roles graduates pursue include:

  • Molecular biologist
  • Clinical scientist
  • Research scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Academic researcher
  • Genome scientist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Teacher/lecturer

If you know what career you want after you graduate, make sure you choose a course that will help you fulfill your ambitions. Choose elective modules that will give you the knowledge and skills you’ll need for your dream job, and make use of the university’s career services who can help you achieve your aims.