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Best Colleges in Europe for Getting a Degree in Biotech
A guide for higher education in biotechnology including a list of popular universities/colleges in Europe. Best places to do Masters or PhD in various Life Science fields.

To become successful in biotechnology, you need to get a proper education first. Here’s the list of few European schools that are providing enough knowledge for any career in biotech you want.

University of Natural Resources & Applied Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria

It’s founded in 1872. Over 10 000 students are currently enrolled in studding programs at BOKU (“Universität für Bodenkultur” – German name for the university). It is research centre for renewable resources. If you are interested in agricultural engineering and water management, food and biotechnology, landscape architecture, natural resource management and ecological engineering, environmental engineering, food science and biotechnology, organic farming, phytomedicine… - beautiful Vienna is perfect place for you. Shy

Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden

It’s one of the largest and most prestigious medical universities in Europe. One of the greatest achievements associated with this university is discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent, which is rewarded with a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2012. It’s founded in 1810 and has 2 campuses. For all people interested in Life science – Karolinska is excellent choice (among 20 best life science colleges in the world). You can choose some of the following departments: cell and molecular biology, environmental medicine, medical biochemistry and biophysics, medical epidemiology and biostatistics, microbiology, tumor and cell biology, neuroscience, physiology and pharmacology, molecular medicine and surgery, oncology-pathology, biosciences and nutrition, laboratory medicine, neurobiology…

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

ETH Zurich is founded in 1854. Main research areas are associated with mathematics, engineering and architecture beside natural and system-oriented sciences. It won 21 Nobel Prizes in the past and had several pretty famous students, such as Albert Einstein. Over 80 new patents are released each year and main focuses are energy supply, risk management, food security and human health. It’s one of the largest universities in Europe with over 17 000 students (from 80 different countries) and more than 400 teachers.

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Cambridge University is second oldest university in UK, founded in 1209. It holds a record in Nobel Prizes won – 65 so far. For the second consecutive years it’s ranked number 1, in the competition for the best university in the world, according to QS World University Rankings and U.S. News & World Report. It operates botanic garden and 8 art, scientific and cultural museums. List of famous people attending this college in the past is going all the way from Charles Darwin and Watson & Crick, to Stephen Hawking, Emma Thompson & Rachel Weisz. Graduation ceremony is unique: students wearing special academic dresses are taken by university officials to the vice-chancellor for the degree they are about to take. Praelector presents graduates and claims their knowledge using Latin language. Students are kneeling and proffering their hands to the vice-chancellor, who is clasping them and conferring degree they earned using Latin again. Nice way to conclude your college days. Wink

University of Strasbourg, France

This is the largest University in France with over 43000 students and over 4000 teachers. It’s founded in 1631. In 1970 it was divided in three separate universities: Louis Pasteur University (focused on natural sciences, technology and medicine), Marc Bloch University (dealing with humanities subjects and the social sciences) and Robert Schuman University (operating with law, politics and international relations). As from January 2009, those three fused back together and today, University of Strasbourg is among the most respectful European colleges famous for high quality research and education provided.

Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

UMB (Universitetet for miljø- og biovitenskap) is located in Ås, Norway. It’s famous for his beautiful surroundings (old trees, bushes, flowers…). Although established in 1859, it received university status in 2005. It’s divided in 8 departments (animal and aquacultural sciences, biotechnology and food science, ecology and natural resource management, landscape architecture and spatial planning, plant and environmental sciences…) and 6 centers (aquaculture protein center, animal production experimental centre, centre for plant research in controlled climate, centre for continuing education, the centre for integrative genetics and Norwegian centre for bioenergy research). It collaborates with lot of worldwide institutions and have exchange agreements with 93 universities/institutions worldwide (including 44 European and 8 North American), which allow people to come and experience Norwegian style of life and get a lot of valuable knowledge from environmental & food science and biotechnology.

Those were just few universities in Europe that could provide excellent education and research options. If you are coming from different country or even continent – whole experience will be even better because you’ll have a chance to meet a lot of people and exciting new cultures that are gathered on one place with same idea: to learn and develop in biotech field. Enjoy your student days where ever you are.
How an Indian student will apply to read there fr phd and what r the eligibility criteria?
(07-16-2017, 04:58 AM)Samidha Wrote: How an Indian student will apply to read there fr phd and what r the eligibility criteria?

You don't need any GRE or other exam. All you need is to apply, have a good academic track record, and most importantly a pair of great recommendation letters. That's all.

All the best
Sunil Nagpal
MS(Research) Scholar, IIT Delhi (Alumnus)
Advisor for the Biotech Students portal (
Computational Researcher in BioSciences at a leading MNC

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