Programme type

Master studies

Field of study


Study area

Life Sciences


Master of Life Sciences


2 years


120 ECTS credits

Language of instruction



Life Sciences Centre

Starting date

September 1st

Tuition fee EU/non-EU students

 €3242/ €5000 per year





  • The objective

The goal of this programme is to deepen and broaden knowledge in biochemistry and related sciences as well as to understand the achievements and perspectives of biochemistry. Programme provides with research skills needed to know and understand modern methods and technologies necessary for creative development and implementation of scientific ideas.

  • Career opportunities

A graduate is able to work at biochemical and chemical laboratories, industry and trading companies.

  • Access to further studies

Analytical knowledge could be improved in doctoral studies in fields of biochemistry and related areas.




A holder of a Master’s degree in Biochemistry has knowledge in biochemistry necessary for independent scientific research, uses modern methods and technologies of experimental biochemistry and related sciences in vivo, in vitro and in silico, has an ability to integrate the knowledge of different sciences, apply methods and technologies of biochemistry and related sciences in research and practical work, select appropriate methods of research and interpret reasonably the results obtained through those methods, work in the interdisciplinary areas and use the knowledge of different scientific fields in solving problems of the research, perform research and practical work requiring analytical and innovative thinking, plan and conduct research in the field of biochemistry and related fields. The programme provides with ability to be responsible for the decisions taken, evaluate critically the novelties in the field of biochemistry and related sciences as well as improve and update knowledge and skills.


The programme has the following structure:

Course Type

1st Semester

(30 ECTS credits)

2nd Semester

(30 ECTS credits)

3rd Semester

(30 ECTS credits)

4th Semester

(30 ECTS credits)

Compulsory Courses

Term Research Project (8)

Mechanisms of Organic Reactions (7)

Term Research Project (15)

Term Research Project (15)

Master Thesis (30)

Elective Courses

Genetics of Micororganisms (5)

Bionanotechnologies (5)

Principles of Molecular Virusology (5)

Management in Modern Biotechnology Company (5)

Mechanisms of Nucleic Acids and Protein Interaction (5)

Bioethics (5)

X-ray Crystallography of Biological Macromolecules (5)

CRISPR-Cas Biology and Applications (5)

Mechanisms of Enzymatic Reactions (5)

Nucleic Acids Chemistry (5)

Advanced Biochemical Methods (5)

Protein Physical Chemistry (5)

Ecological Biochemistry (5)

Synthetic Biology (5)

Systems Biology (5)

Cancer Molecular Biology (5)



Studies are finished by defending of Final Master Degree Project.


The main form of evaluation is an examination. However, course units may be evaluated by the pass/fail evaluation as well. Every course unit is concluded with either a written or written-oral examination or pass/fail evaluation. Student's knowledge and general performance during the exam are evaluated using grading scale from 1(very poor) to 10 (excellent), or by pass or fail evaluation in the cases when pass/fail evaluation is foreseen as a final evaluation of the course unit.



Academic entry qualification overview

Applicants for Biochemistry master programme should have a Bachelor or equivalent degree in one of these fields: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Bioengineering.

English language

English Language requirements: applicant has  to present document  providing the level not lower than B2 (following the common European Framework of Reference Languages (CEFR), or TOEFL score 75/IELTS score 6


The grade for admission (K) is calculated by the following formula:

K= 0,4V+0,3E + 0,3D

E = Motivation letter 0.3

V = Average of the grades of the  following subjects or their  close  equivalents (in bachelor or equivalent degree diploma): Biochemistry, Bioorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry.

D = Grade of bachelor thesis in biochemistry or related sciences.

Academic contact

Admission contact

Prof. Edita Sužiedėlienė


 Admission Office at Vilnius University

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