Master’s studies

Master Programme in Medical Research 2018/2019

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Do you want to become a scientist? The Master Programme in Medical Research gives motivated students good conditions to proceed with postgraduate studies and the opportunity for informed choice of specialisation and thesis projects. The programme provides you with a theoretical base, practical experience of two research projects, a broad and deep insight of current biomedical research and a valuable network of contacts with researchers.

Why this programme?

As a student in the Master Programme in Medical Research you will spend your first year taking courses from one of the Master's programmes offered by the Medical Faculty of Uppsala University. If you have obtained at least 60 credits, including 30 credits at advanced level, in medical or life science areas at another faculty at Uppsala University or another university you may apply for credit transfer for the first year studies. This also applies if you have completed a programme involving at least 11 semesters (e.g. a medicine programme).

The main part of the second year consists of individual research practices in the form of laboratory projects carried out in research groups at Uppsala University, or sometimes at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Stockholm University, Karolinska Institute, biomedical companies or a government agency. Hereby you will immerse yourself in research and, under supervision, plan and carry out experimental work, and critically evaluate and summarise the results. You will also participate in other activities of the research group such as literature seminars, research presentations and group meetings. You will make the choices of research groups and projects for these internships.

In addition, theoretical research-related instruction is given in selected areas, including new methods and techniques used in biomedical research, current research themes, cell signalling, experimental animal models, alternatives to animal experiments, ethical approaches and considerations in research, biostatistics and written and oral research presentations including practical exercises e.g. with help of video recordings.


The programme leads to a Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with Medical Science as the main field of study.


Courses within the programme

Year 1
The content of year 1 of one of the following Master's programmes at the Medical Faculty, Uppsala University:

  • Biomedicine
  • Forensic science
  • Infection biology
  • Medical nuclide techniques
  • Molecular medicine 

Courses of 60 credits at advanced level within the medical or life science areas at other faculties or universities.

Year 2
Advanced Research Practice, 30 credits
Master's project, 30 credit

Learning experience

The practical laboratory component of the Master Programme in Medical Research consists of one individual project of 15 weeks during semester 3 and a thesis of approximately 19 weeks during semester 4.

The projects will be presented at joint seminars where students discuss each other’s results, the selection of research methods and their experiences of the different internships. During semester 3 different forms of research presentations are practiced: in addition to oral presentations you will make a poster presentation, write short summaries and write a scientific review article.
The graduation project will be presented as a written thesis and orally at a mini-symposium.

The scheduled theoretical teaching during terms three and four is given by leading representatives of each subject from the Uppsala-Stockholm region in the form of lectures and seminars. This provides information on technologies and advances in specially selected areas of current research and the opportunity for contact with the lecturing researchers. The programme is given in Uppsala.

All teaching is given in English.


Most graduates of the Master Programme in Medical Research continue with PhD studies or research in the pharmaceutical industry. However, the programme also provides excellent opportunities for you to work in other sectors. The strong focus on critical thinking, verbal and written communication, and collaborative work in groups provide knowledge and skills that are valuable to many businesses in a range of different industries.


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

A second application period is open between 15 March and 16 April. This round is only for students who are citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland who do not require a Swedish residence permit to study in Sweden. Admission results will not be published until the beginning of July, which means that non-EU, EEA, or Swiss students who apply for and are admitted to the programme during the second application period will not have time to arrange a Swedish residence permit before the start of the programme. Applications must be made through the Swedish application system, For more information, please contact the programme coordinator before applying.

Master Programme in Medical Research

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M3901 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 within the 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 are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).


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

For programme-specific information, please contact: Susanne Lundgren

Telephone: +46 18 471 45 03

Staffan Johansson

Telephone: +46 18 471 42 77