Master Programme in Medical Research 2019/2020

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Do you want to become a scientist? The Master Programme in Medical Research provides you with excellent conditions to specialise in an area of your choice and build a solid ground for future doctoral studies. 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?

Medical research ultimately aims to find and develop diagnostics, treatments and cures for human disease. The biology of most common diseases - cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular to name a few - is complex and therefore difficult to decipher in humans. In this programme, you focus on learning and applying the latest experimental designs, molecular biological techniques and data analysis methods for revealing the biology of complex diseases to facilitate clinical research in humans.

The programme is strongly connected with ongoing pre-clinical research from which examples will be provided of how to dissect complex problems to the underlying molecular mechanisms using studies of animal and cell model systems with help of molecular biology and bioinformatics tools. As a student in the programme you will spend your first year taking a course package giving you training in modern aspects and techniques of biomedical research containing hands-on experimentation and data analyses within longitudinal projects integrated with theoretical education and advanced scientific discussion. 
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 inresearch groups at Uppsala University, or sometimes at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Stockholm University, Karolinska Institute, biomedical companies or a government agency. 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.

Theoretical research-oriented education is provide in, among other things, new methods and techniques for biomedical research, bioinformatics, genomics, cell signaling, tumor biology, current subject areas, experimental animal models, alternatives to animal experiments, ethical issues in research, biostatistics and written and oral presentation of research. Practical exercises are included.


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


During the first year you will get thorough experience on current biomedical research approaches. Important concepts of cell biology from gene to expressed protein and cellular activity will be dealt with on theoretical and practical basis with focus on research questions addressed at the department. You will receive ample training opportunities working on project applications throughout the year from research groups at the department thus giving a thorough training on practical and theoretical solutions for modern aspects of biomedicine. 

The second year consists of individual training and degree projects. The individual practical research project training of the Master Programme in Medical Research consists of one individual project of 15 weeks during the third semester and a thesis of approximately 19 weeks during the fourth semester. In addition a biostatistics course (3 weeks) and a scientific presentation course (1 week) will prepare you for important aspects of scientific data handling and presentation.

Courses within the programme

Year 1
Comparative genomics for biomedicine, 15 credits
Biomedical research methodology, 15 credits
Cellular communication, 7.5 credits
Cell and tumour biology, 7.5 credits
Bioinformatics, 15 credits

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

Learning experience

All scheduled theoretical teaching 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.

The individual projects will be presented at joint seminars where you will discuss each other’s results, the selection of research methods and their experiences of the different internships. During the third semester, 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 language of instruction is English.


You as a participant of the Master Programme in Medical Research will most likely continue with PhD studies at preclinical or clinical laboratories, alternatively with research in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry. However, the programme also provides excellent opportunities for you to work in other sectors such as in governmental agencies, journalism or the educational sector. The strong focus on critical thinking, verbal and written communication, within and outside scientific context, will give you a broad basis to master different tasks.

Furthermore you will gain skills by practical training and application of modern research methodology that will give you a strong ground to drive own projects as well as the capacity to collaborate with other groups, knowledge and skills that are valuable to many professional sectors in a broad range of different industries.


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 Medical Research

120 credits

Autumn 2019 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2019-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M3902 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 (e.g. biomedicine, biotechnology, medicine, veterinary medicine) including 10 credits each of cell biology, biochemistry and genetics..

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;
  • a statement of purpose (1 page); and
  • two letters of recommendation.


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