Master Programme in Biomedicine 2019/2020

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Are you interested in biomedical research? Do you want to use your knowledge in biomedicine to develop new medicines? As a student in the Master Programme in Biomedicine at Uppsala University, you will obtain in-depth knowledge about some of our major diseases and the brain, both healthy and diseased. You will follow the process of developing new drugs, from finding new targets to the final product. Prepare for your career in for example research, clinical trials or drug development.

Why this programme?

The theme of the Master Programme in Biomedicine is  "From the ailing body and the ailing brain to the discovery and development of new drugs". The focus is on research-oriented questions for application in academic research and in the pharmaceutical or life-science industry.

With a focus on the link between pathophysiology and drug development, and by offering opportunities for specialisation and advancement in your field of interest, the programme provides an excellent base for future work in science, both academically and within the life science industry. Practical experience of experimental strategies and scientific thinking is an integral part of this Master's programme and you will get in close contact with exciting research projects.

As a student in the Master Programme in Biomedicine you will develop your creativity and problem-solving ability through seminars, journal clubs and experimental projects.

Student profile
You acquired a broad theoretical base during your Bachelor's studies in medicine, pharmacy, biology or another Life Science area and now you want to expand your skillset in the intersection between understanding diseases and curing them.
You are naturally curious and have an analytical attitude that makes you able to apply your theoretical knowledge to solve problems. Your university was well equipped so you have good practical experience of working in a lab and can stay safe while doing so.

You are able and willing to express your thoughts in writing and speaking and expect to contribute as much to the educational experience of others as you expect to learn from their experience and knowledge. You can critically analyse and reflect on problems and are creative and innovative enough to come up with your own ideas. You enjoy problem solving and team work and your natural curiosity drives you to seek a deeper understanding, not just to learn the facts.

A PhD education is a distinct possibility in your future so you would value coming in close contact with current research and prominent researchers in your field. Starting to work in the life science industry right after graduation is also something you might be considering.


The programme leads to a Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with Biomedicine as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one year and obtain a Master of Medical Science (60 credits).


The Master Programme in Biomedicine starts with the course Homeostasis and Endocrine Disorders with a focus on Major Diseases, which provides in-depth knowledge about the pathophysiology and molecular mechanisms of some of our most prevalent diseases with a focus on endocrine disorders.

Then follows the course Advanced Neurobiology which describes the biology and functions of the brain and covers areas such as cognition, behaviour, pain and neurodegeneration. You will be conversant in clinical neurobiology with a focus on diseases of the brain.

During the first semester, you will follow a seminar series with a focus on, for example, presentation technique and ethics.

During the second semester, you will apply your knowledge from the previous semester with an emphasis on developing potential strategies for clinical therapies. The focus will be on identifying new targets for pharmacological treatments.

The first course, Drug Discovery and Development provides a comprehensive view of the process of drug development. You will follow the different phases in the development of new drugs, such as in vivo and in vitro pharmacology, biomarkers and disease models. The second course, Computational Medicinal Chemistry, discusses the early phases of drug design with a focus on structure - effect relationships and interactions between drugs and targets. You will also gain practical experience in the methods and strategies used in computerised drug design.

You can choose to take a course in immunology instead of the first courses in the second semester. This will give you a profound knowledge of the structure and function of the immune system. If you wish to finish your studies with a one-year Master Degree, you will do a 15 credit Master's thesis during the first half of the semester instead of these courses.

After, you will take the course Preparation for Research with Focus on New Drug Targets, which provides insights into how new targets for drugs are identified and evaluated. This course takes you through the exciting steps of unravelling the function of new genes, from bioinformatics to expression and functional studies. Laboratory and bioinformatics techniques used in the pharmaceutical industry and research are central topics in this course.

The third semester offers the opportunity to specialise by applying for a choice of courses comprising 30 credits in total, for example the course Clinical Drug Development, which focuses on how clinical trials are planned and performed. This course is given in collaboration with the Medical and Pharmaceutical Faculties, Swedish and international life science companies and the Medical Products Agency.

You may also choose from a variety of courses offered outside the programme. Many students choose to do an experimental project, which allows them to gain practical laboratory experience and to learn how to plan and execute a scientific project. Students, who has not studied laboratory animal science in their Bachelor programme may do so during the third semester in the form of a course that combines a course in laboratory animal science with an experimental project where this knowledge is applied. Another option is to apply to the courses in the second year of the Master Programme in Medical Research, which gives you the opportunity to do experimental projects in several research areas.

During the fourth semester, you will do a Master's project of 30 credits in the specialisation of your choice. You can also choose to do a 45 credit thesis starting in the middle of the third semester.

Courses within the programme

Year 1:
Homeostasis and Endocrine Disorders with a focus on Major Diseases, 15 credits
Advanced Neurobiology, 15 credits

Drug Discovery and Development, 7.5 credits
Computational Medicinal Chemistry, 7.5 credits
Immunology, 15 credits

Preparation for Research with Focus on New Drug Targets, 15 credits

Year 2:
Elective courses, 30 credits or 15 credits, for example Clinical Drug Development, 30 credits
Master Project, 30 credits or 45 credits

Learning experience

The Master Programme in Biomedicine includes scheduled lectures, laboratory practicals, seminars, problem-oriented group assignments and demonstrations. The curriculum requires full-time studies. The programme is given entirely in English during the first year and consists mainly of theoretical courses.

You will have more opportunities for practical laboratory work during the second year, primarily through the Master's project, but also by choosing to do experimental projects during the elective third semester. 

The School of Entrepreneurship during the third semester is given in Swedish. Non-Swedish-speaking students may choose from other courses, for example the popular course in Clinical Drug Development, to which you have priority in the admission.

A seminar series with lectures about, for example, presentation techniques, research ethics and bioethics is given during the first semester.

The programme takes place in Uppsala and is taught in English.


The Master Programme in Biomedicine prepares you for professional work within various sectors of society, for example in:

  • research
  • drug development
  • production
  • evaluation
  • business development
  • leadership
  • information.
Our graduates work at, for example, Quintiles, Scandinavian CRO and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Job titles include Clinical Trial Coordinator, Product Development Specialist and Marketing Manager.

The strong focus on research also prepares you for further academic research through PhD studies.


Among the applicants fulfilling the entry and programme-specific requirements, there will be a selection based on their qualifications specified in a merit template. After you have completed your application online at, download and fill out the programme-specific merit template. The merit template and all supporting documentation must then be uploaded on by 1 February.

Master Programme in Biomedicine

120 credits

Autumn 2019 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2019-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M3252 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be in biomedicine, medicine, pharmacy, biology, or a similar field of study that gives relevant knowledge in cell and molecular biology, chemistry and biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology and neurobiology.
Also required is knowledge and practical experience of laboratory experiments in life sciences.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students with a Bachelor's degree or one-year Master's degree from a biomedicine programme have priority.
Selection among other applicants is based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • previous professional experiences.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Contact and further resources

Department of Neuroscience

Uppsala Biomedical Centre, Husargatan 3, Uppsala

P.O. Box 751, SE-751 23 Uppsala, Sweden

For programme-specific information, please contact Lina Thorvaldson

Telephone: +46 18 471 42 16

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team: