Master's Programme in Molecular Medicine

Academic year 2023/2024

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Application

Future health care will offer personalised medicine and novel techniques that will predict, diagnose and treat diseases. Do you want to contribute to these research advances? The Master's Programme in Molecular Medicine prepares you for an international academic career in a variety of fields within biomedical translational research or for jobs in the life science industry. During the programme, research scientists and clinicians from world-leading laboratories will share their knowledge and skills in cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art technologies within precision medicine.

Why this programme?

The Master's 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 healthcare, research and industry.

You will, together with international research groups, but also independently, work experimentally with different research projects as well as develop your abilities to formulate and approach scientific problems, analyse, critically evaluate and present research results in different forums. During the programme, you will be trained in compiling research results into scientific writings and assessing the results of current knowledge in the field.

During the entire programme, you interact with lecturers and supervisors, from both academia and industry, who are scientists and experts in their field.

The programme provides hence a research-preparatory education intertwined with current research and most graduates are also continuing with PhD studies or jobs in the life science industry all over the world.

Student profile

As an applicant for the programme, you are very interested in the molecular mechanisms regulating cellular processes which can cause diseases as well as in methods used in diagnostics and therapies. You want to gain skills and interdisciplinary knowledge preparing you for international PhD studies or other jobs within academia or the Life Science industry.

You have completed your Bachelor's studies with a strong background in biochemistry, chemistry, cell and molecular biology as well as genetics. You have practical experience from lab work. You have excellent English skills and want to work in an international setting with colleagues from all over the world. You are curious and enjoy problem-solving, and are highly motivated to pursue a career in academic research or industry.

Degree

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

Programme

During the first year, you will focus on molecular mechanisms and cellular processes causing genetic diseases including cancer as well as other diseases. You will learn about methods and technologies for assessing genetic and epigenetic variations, current clinical diagnostics and novel treatment approaches. You will study in-depth research-oriented problems in molecular medicine and be trained in experimental design and laboratory work. You will also be trained to evaluate and present research results in writing and in seminars. A seminar series will provide knowledge about research ethics, ethical approvals and other professional skills.  

Applications and use of new sequencing technologies, bioinformatics and other analysis of research results in genomics and epigenetics are discussed as well as current methods in the analysis of proteins and identification of novel disease biomarkers. In the laboratory, you will, for example, study epigenetic changes using state-of-the-art methods as well as perform diagnostic analysis and cellular protein interactions using proximity ligation assay (PLA).

Throughout the programme, you will meet a large number of researchers and lecturers from different universities and companies, but also visit Life Science companies and clinical laboratories as well as participate in international conferences when possible.

In the second year, you will learn digital analysis and diagnostics by molecular imaging. The course Regenerative Medicine discusses stem cell therapies, tissue engineering, generation of biomaterials, as well as novel cell- and immunotherapies against cancer and other human diseases. In the laboratory, you will perform in vitro differentiation of neuronal stem cells and generate iPSC models. If you are interested in research and in gaining laboratory experience, you can apply for projects.

The programme is concluded with an independent Degree project in Molecular Medicine corresponding to 30 or 45 credits, which you undertake in an academic research group or in a company, in Sweden or abroad.

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 course(s), 15 credits, or

Master's Degree project in Molecular Medicine 45 credits (or Master´s degree project with animal science), or

Master's Degree project in Molecular Medicine, 30 credits

Learning experience

Teaching in the Master's Programme in Molecular Medicine includes lectures, seminars, computer or web-based exercises, demonstrations, project work as well as theoretical and practical tasks, conducted both in groups and individually. The lectures provide you with an understanding of current research and perspectives and are given by scientists specialising 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 ongoing biomedical and molecular research, scientific problems and methods relevant to both academia and 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 life science 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 ongoing research. You will gain practical experience with 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.

The Master's programme in Molecular Medicine is international with students from many different countries. During your studies, the students are building a network which opens possibilities for a further international career and future collaborations. Several of our students undertake their degree projects at well-known universities and research institutes all over the world or in different companies, which can provide valuable merits in a global job market.

The programme is taught entirely in English.

Career

With an advanced education in Molecular Medicine, you are expected to go on to a career in research, healthcare systems, pharma or life science companies, and governmental organisations.

In-depth knowledge about molecular mechanisms causing disease as well as state-of-the-art methods and applications for genomic, epigenetic and proteomic studies is crucial for further development of precision medicine and personalised healthcare. The strong component of cutting-edge research in the programme prepares you well for further academic research and PhD studies in the field.

A majority of our graduates go on with their PhD studies at leading universities in Sweden and abroad, and continue their careers in academic research. Some graduates also choose to work in Life Science companies as, example, project managers, laboratory engineers, clinical process coordinators or application specialists.

Most students find their first job before graduation or within six months after their graduation.

Faculty and research

The Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology (IGP) is located in the Rudbeck Laboratory, in Uppsala Biomedical Centre (BMC) and at Uppsala University Hospital. The Department conducts advanced research in Medical Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Tools, Clinical Immunology, Pathology, Oncology, Neuro-oncology, Vascular Biology and Medical Radiation Sciences. Research is also linked to the Clinical units for Immunology, Genetics, Pathology and Oncology, which provide clinical insights into education. IGP is housing high-tech equipment in core facilities also utilised for experimental analysis in the Master's programme.

Career support

During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.

Admissions

Below you will find details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what general documents you need to submit, check the application guide. Besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit programme-specific documents: 1. an Application Summary Sheet; 2. document(s) and/or letter(s) of recommendation certifying your previous experience.

There are two admissions rounds for this Master's programme. The first admissions round is open to all international applicants at www.universityadmissions.se. The last date to apply is 16 January 2023. We strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.

The second admissions round is primarily for Swedish applicants and students who are citizens of a country within the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland. The last date to apply is 17 April 2023 and the application should be submitted via www.antagning.se for Swedish speaking applicants, or www.universityadmissions.se for non-Swedish speaking applicants.

Master's Programme in Molecular Medicine

120 credits

Autumn 2023, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 16 January 2023

Application code: UU-M3865 Application

Language of instruction: English

Requirements:

Academic requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The degree must be in biochemistry/chemistry, biology, biomedicine/medicine, biotechnology, cell/molecular biology, genetics, life science, medical sciences or a similar field of study. Also required is:

  • courses in biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, and molecular biology/-genetics totalling at least 30 credits; and
  • knowledge and previous experience of related laboratory work.

Language requirements

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • an overall appraisal of previous university studies;
  • a statement of purpose;
  • practical experiences gained during research work; and
  • relevant work experience.

Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.

Fees:

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 72,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290,000

Contact and further resources

Is this programme right for you?

Contact

For programme-specific information, please contact our programme director Anna Dimberg

mastermolmed@igp.uu.se

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

masterprogrammes@uu.se

Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

Dag Hammarskjölds väg 20

The Rudbeck Laboratory, SE-751 85 Uppsala, Sweden

Last modified: 2022-10-27