Master's Programme in Medical Research 2020/2021

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Are you considering a future career in medical research? The Master's Programme in Medical Research provides excellent conditions to specialise in a research direction of your choice and build a solid ground for future doctoral studies. The programme provides a theoretical background, practical experience of two research projects, a broad and deep insight into current biomedical research and a valuable network of contacts with researchers.

Why this programme?

The Master's Programme in Medical Research allows you to develop your orientation in the growing field of biomedical research and to prepare you for a future potential scientific career. The field of biomedical research aims for finding and developing new diagnostic and treatment approaches for ultimately curing human disease. The biology of most common diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases etc., is complex and therefore often difficult to decipher by studies in only humans.

In this programme, you focus on learning and applying the latest experimental designs, molecular techniques and data analysis methods for revealing the biology of complex phenotypes and diseases in order to facilitate clinical research in humans.

The education of the programme is strongly connected to forefront pre-clinical research, from which examples will be provided. You will familiarise with how to dissect complex questions of underlying mechanisms using modern molecular biology and bioinformatic tools in studies of cell and animal models as well as human cohorts.

You will be trained in modern aspects and techniques of biomedical research. You will gain knowledge of bioinformatics, genomics, cell-signalling, tumour biology, (experimental) animal models, ethical considerations in research, biostatistics, as well as written and oral research presentation techniques.

The programme gives you an opportunity to deepen your gained knowledge and experiences in authentic research environments at Uppsala University, or alternatively at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Stockholm University, Karolinska Institutet, biomedical companies or governmental agencies. Throughout the studies you will establish contacts with researchers and peer-students, preparing the network of contacts necessary for your future studies and career in the research field.


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


During the first year you will attend five courses providing you with thorough knowledge on current biomedical research concepts, techniques and approaches of analysis. You will start by learning about genetic and genomic concepts for model animal and human disease, followed by training in advanced molecular methods, processes in cell- and tumour-biology, as well as bioinformatic tools for analysis. The courses are organised by researchers on the forefront of the topics from the organising department, as well as other universities and research institutes.

The second year consists of individual training and degree projects. The individual practical research project training of the Master's Programme in Medical Research consists of a 15-week long individual project during the third semester and a thesis work of approximately 20 weeks during the fourth semester. In parallel, a biostatistics course (three weeks) and a scientific presentation course (one week) will prepare you for important aspects of scientific data handling and presentation.

Courses within the programme

Semester 1
Comparative Genomics for Biomedicine, 15 credits
Advanced Scientific Research and Methodology, 15 credits
Biomedical Research Methodology, 15 credits

Semester 2
Cellular Communication, 7.5 credits
Cell and Tumour Biology, 7.5 credits
Bioinformatics, 15 credits

Semester 3
Advanced Research Practice, 30 credits

Semester 4
Master's Project, 30 credits

Learning experience

All scheduled theoretical education is given by leading experts from the Uppsala-Stockholm region in the form of lectures, seminars and practical exercises. This close contact with experts of the field provides not only information on advances in specifically selected areas of current research, but also contact with the lecturing researchers.
Each course during the first year includes various teaching moments, such as lectures, seminars, group-assignments as well as discussions with and feedback from the teachers and your peer students. Practical exercises include laboratory work and bioinformatic analyses, dependent on the topic of the course. The courses end with an exam, whereas completion of other obligatory assignments (such as written reports and oral presentations) is necessary for passing the course. The first year of the programme is given in Uppsala.
The second year individual projects may be performed at scientific groups located at universities, companies or governmental agencies.
You will immerse yourself in research under supervision by planning and carrying out experimental work, as well as critically evaluating and summarising the results. You will also participate in other activities of the research group such as literature seminars, research presentations and group meetings. You will have the opportunity and obligation to choose the research groups and projects for these internships yourself, thereby gaining experiences and developing your knowledge towards your research field of interest.
The individual projects are followed up during seminars, giving an opportunity to discuss results, the selection of research methods and experiences of the internships with your peer students. Additionally, during the third semester, different forms of research presentations are practiced: oral and poster presentations, writing short summaries and a scientific review article. The graduation project will be presented as a written thesis and an oral presentation at a minisymposium in Uppsala.
The language of instruction is English.


As a participant of the Master's Programme in Medical Research, you will most likely continue with PhD studies at pre-clinical or clinical research environments, alternatively with research and development in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry. However, the programme also provides excellent background for you to work in other sectors such as in governmental agencies, journalism or the educational sector. The strong focus on critical thinking, oral and written communication within and outside scientific context, will give you a broad basis to master biomedical and bioinformatic research topics and tasks.

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

Career support
During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.


Please download and fill out the programme-specific merit template. The merit template and all supporting documentation must then be uploaded to by 3 February 2020.

There are two application periods for Master's programmes. The first application period is open to all international applicants through The deadline for application is 15 January. We strongly encourage all international students to apply during the first application round.

The second application round is primarily for Swedish students. Only students who are citizens of a country within the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland can apply during this application round. The deadline for application is 15 April and is made through for Swedish speaking applicants, and through for non-Swedish speaking applicants.

Master's Programme in Medical Research

120 credits

Autumn 2020 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2020-01-15

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 relevant for the Master's Programme in Medical Research
  • description of performed research project (i.e. abstract)
  • practical experiences gained during research work including letter(s) of recommendation certifying the place, length and performed tasks
  • motivation letter describing your main interest in biomedical research and expectations on the Master's Programme in Medical Research.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.


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

Is this programme right for you?


Programme coordinator Gerli Rosengren Pielberg

+46 18 471 45 75

Programme administrator Maria Salomonsson

+46 18 471 45 60

Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology

Husargatan 3, BMC

752 37 Uppsala, Sweden

+46 18 471 44 44

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