The Master Programme in Molecular Medicine focuses on the molecular mechanisms that cause diseases, the newest technologies in genomics, epigenetics and proteomics as well as the development of prognostic, diagnostic and therapeutic tools. This is a crucial aspect to offer personalised and improved translational medicine. You will study at the forefront of molecular medicine research, with researchers, clinicians and industry from world-leading laboratories.
Why this programme?
The Master Programme in Molecular Medicine gives you in-depth knowledge about molecular and cellular mechanisms causing diseases, including genetic diseases and cancer, with special emphasis on epigenetic mechanisms. You will learn to independently analyse and interpret research results and data, generated by current methods and technologies. You will also learn techniques for developing novel molecular diagnostics and therapies with applications in both research and industry.
The programme provides a research-preparatory education intertwined with current research and most graduates in molecular medicine are also continuing with PhD studies or jobs in the Life Science industry all over the world.
During the programme you can expect to:
independently analyse and interpret research results and data, generated by current methods and technologies.
learn techniques for developing novel molecular diagnostics and therapies.
develop an profound understanding of molecular mechanisms in diseases, including cancer.
You will gain practical experience of several new molecular technologies and their applications for research in genomics, epigenomics and proteomics, which together with a profound understanding of molecular mechanisms in diseases including cancer, is a requisite for progress in medical research as well as in health care.
Student profile You aquired a broad theoretical base in bio-/chemistry, cell- and molecular biology as well as in genetics during your Bachelor's studies in biology or other Life Science area and now you want to expand your skillset in the intersection between understanding diseases and curing them. You have practical experience working in a lab, can select reasonable methods for analysis and stay safe while doing so.
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 your natural curiosity drives you to seek a deeper understanding, not just learn the facts.
A PhD education is a distinct possibility in your future so you would value an educational experience that gets you in close contact with current research and prominent researchers in Uppsala and all across the world.
The programme leads to a Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with Molecular Medicine as the main field of study.
Name: Velin Marita Sequeira Home town: Mangalore, India Education/Degree: Master of Science in Molecular Medicine at Uppsala University Current profession: PhD student
What do you work with now?
− I am doing my PhD at Radboud University under a Marie Curie funded ITN called EpiSystem (https://episystem-itn.net/). My project will involve proteomics and other omics technologies to decipher the epigenetic regulation of embryonic stem cells and their differentiation. That means a lot of cell culture, wet-lab experiments, and data analysis!
How did you get the job?
− The position was posted on the EURAXESS website, and apart from an application, I had to provide two references. The most important factor in getting to this position was the experimental, data analysis and troubleshooting skills that I developed during my 45 credit Master's Thesis project.
Why did you choose to study for a Master's Degree at Uppsala University?
− I wanted to deepen my knowledge in basic and applied biology research after completing my undergraduate Engineering Degree in Biotechnology. The best thing about studying at Uppsala University is that the professors are very interactive. Uppsala, with its student nations, is also a vibrant student town with plenty of pubs to hang out with friends in. The city is very pretty and nice to bike through as each season changes; the Christmas lighting in winter, the spring flowers, the summer warmth, and the autumn leaves.
Do you have any good advice for today's programme students?
− I recommend you to try to choose your Master's Thesis project in your area of interest. Also, enjoy the student life in Uppsala!
Year 1 During the first year you will focus on molecular mechanisms causing cancer and other genetic diseases as well as methods and technologies for assessing genetic and epigenetic variations, current clinical diagnostics and novel approaches to treatment. You will study in depth research-oriented problems in molecular medicine and be trained in experimental design and laboratory work. We describe the use and applications of new sequencing technologies and data analysis with an emphasis on genome analysis, epigenomics and comparative genomics as well as current methods in proteomics, analysis of proteins and protein expression with identification of novel biomarkers for diseases, using practical applications within the Human Proteome project (HPR). In the laboratory, you will, for example, study epigenetic changes in cancer cells using ChIP analysis as well as perform diagnostic analysis by proximity ligation assay (PLA). During the first year, you will also learn about different bioinformatical tools used in medical research and use them in practical tasks.
Throughout the programme, you will visit several Life Science companies and clinical laboratories as well as meet lecturers from the private sector and authorities. The programme will also give you insights into presentation techniques and research ethics.
Year 2 The second year includes analysis and diagnostics by molecular imaging, from the detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms to whole body analysis. The course Regenerative Medicine describes stem cells therapies, tissue engineering, generation of biomaterials as well as other novel cell and immunotherapies against cancer and other human diseases. In the laboratory, you will perform in vitro differentiation of neuronal stem cells as well as generate iPSC models. If you are interested in research and in gaining laboratory experience, you can apply for projects.
During the last part of the Master Programme in Molecular Medicine, you will undertake an independent degree project in molecular medicine in a research group at an academic department, in a company or other agency in Sweden or abroad. You conclude the degree project by writing a thesis, compiling the research results, and giving a research seminar.
Courses within the programme
Year 1 Medical Genetics and Cancer; Molecular Mechanisms, 15 credits Advanced Techniques in Molecular Medicine, 15 credits Genomic and Epigenomic Medicine, 15 credits Molecular Tools for Proteome Analysis and Diagnostics, 7.5 credits Biomarkers; Discovery and Validation, 7.5 credits
Year 2 Bioimaging and Cell Analysis, 7.5 credits Regenerative Medicine, 7.5 credits Elective period, 15 credits Master's project in molecular medicine, 30 or 45 credits
Teaching in the Master Programme in Molecular Medicine includes lectures, seminars, computer or web-based exercises, demonstrations, project work as well as theoretical and practical tasks. The lectures provide you with an understanding of current research and perspectives, and are given by scientists specialised in the field. During seminars, we will discuss experimental methods, strategies and research results, while reviewing the current scientific literature.
The programme is tightly linked to on-going medical and technological research, offering a solid basis for future work either in academia or in industry. You will interact with researchers and clinicians from Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital and other universities, providing an advanced education, connected with local biotechnology companies and the drug industry.
You will independently compile and present research findings, both in writing and orally. Apart from training in independent thinking and analysis, you will early on obtain direct insights into on-going research. You will gain practical experiences of current methods in genomics, epigenomics and proteomics. You will be part of a dynamic academic research environment with access to expertise and state-of-the-art technologies.
Your achievements during seminars and laboratory work will be evaluated together with your ability to analyse, interpret and present research results, both in writing and orally as well as together with your theoretical knowledge, assessed by examinations and seminars.
The programme is taught entirely in English.
Faculty and research The Department of Immunology, genetics and pathology (IGP) is located in the Rudbeck Laboratory, in Uppsala Biomedical Center (BMC) and at Uppsala University Hospital. The Department includes the clinical units Clinical Immunology, Clinical Genetics, Clinical Pathology, Oncology and Medical Radiation Physics, which gives us access to both clinical samples and clinical insights and needs. The work is performed in pleasant premises, housing high-tech equipment in core facilities also utilised for experimental analysis in the Master's programme.
With an advanced education in molecular medicine you are expected to go on to a career in research, health-care systems, pharma or biotechnology companies, and governmental organisations. The strong component of cutting-edge research in the programme gives you an excellent basis for further academic research and PhD studies in the field.
Our graduates work as PhD students, PhDs at, for example, universities in Uppsala, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, DKFZ in Germany, ETH in Switzerland and Life Science companies such as Luminex, EuroImmun, OLINK and ThermoFischer Scientific.
Career support When you are about to finish your studies and want to start planning for your next step in life, you are welcome to UU Careers for support and guidance. You are also welcome to a variety of career activities and events all through your stay at Uppsala University. Of course, the services are free of charge. Learn more about UU career support.
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 universityadmissions.se, download and fill out the programme-specific merit template. The merit template and all supporting documentation must then be uploaded on universityadmissions.se by 1 February.
Requirements: 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, engineering, biology, or a similar field of study that gives relevant knowledge in chemistry, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and molecular genetics. Also required is previous experience of laboratory work.
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
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies with emphasis on grades in relevant fields;
a statement of purpose; and
a summary in English (1-2 pages) of a degree project.
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