Master's Programme in Biomedicine

120 credits

Programme syllabus, MBM2M

Finalised by
The Educational Board of Medicine, 27 April 2021
Registration number
MEDFARM 2021/566
Responsible faculty
Faculty of Medicine
Responsible department
Department of Medical Cell Biology

Decisions and guidelines

The program is established by the faculty of medicine, following decision by the vice chancellor at Uppsala University

The program must fulfil the general goals for advanced university education stipulated in the Higher Education Act.

The programme is provided in English.

Entry 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, biology, or a similar field of study that gives relevant knowledge in cell and molecular biology, chemistry and biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology and neurobiology.

Also required is knowledge and practical experience of laboratory experiments in life sciences.

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


The theme of the programme is "From the ailing body and the ailing brain to the discovery and development of new drugs".

The Master programme offers courses giving in-depth knowledge in medical cell and molecylar biology, physiology and neurobiology as well as how normal and pathological processes are regulated in the development of major diseases. The students are given skills to use bioinformatic tools to identify drug targets.

The programme aims to prepare the students for independent work within research, development, production, control, project management or information within medical or biomedical sectors. It also is a good option for students who want to go into academic research and do a PhD. The students will get methodological skills and an in-depth knowledge of the subjects, as well as an ability for independent critical thinking.

Learning outcomes

In order to obtain the degree of Master in Biomedicine, a student should have deep and broad theoretical knowledge within the field of study. The student should also possess advanced knowledge and practical experience of relevant experimental techniques. With this knowledge, the student will be able to:

  • indepently perform complex scientific investigations and use results from different areas to find solutions to complicated problems, even in the absence of full background information. To do this, the student has to have in-depth knowledge, see the limits of this knowledge and have a great ability to independently perform empirical investigations.
  • critically and correctly summarize the level of knowledge in biomedicine and related fields when it comes to methods, results and applications. The student must therefore possess a considerable level of theoretical knowledge, be well acquainted with literature and data bases, be able to judge results from different research traditions and formulate their conclusions.
  • have developed the ability to continue their training. The student should have an extensive experience with group work and be able to lead a groups' work.
  • have reached a considerable intellectual maturity and education, as well as a good overview of how their own knowledge and skills, together with research and applications of scientific results, could be used to solve different societal challenges.

Layout of the programme

The courses are given at the advanced level. They are a continuation of studies at the Bachelor level and will provide a broader and deeper understanding of the field of study. The students are further expected to work independently and take responsibilty for their own learning process.

Semester 1

Homeostasis and Endocrine Disorders with a Focus on Major Diseases, 15 credits

Advanced Neurobiology, 15 credits

Semester 2

During the first half of the semester, the student will choose one of these options:

Drug Discovery and Development, 7,5 credits

Computational Medicinal Chemistry, 7,5 credits


Drug Discovery and Development, 7,5 credits

Molecular Neurodegeneration, 7,5 credits


Immunology, 15 credits

During the second half of the semester, all students take the course Preparation for Research with Focus on New Drug Targets, 15 credits.

It is possible to finish the programme after the first year with a one-year Master degree, in which case some of the courses in the second semester are exchange for a thesis.

Semester 3

The third semester consists of an eligible period. Some common choices are:

Clinical Drug Development, 30 credits

Laboratory Project in Biomedicine 15 or 30 credits

Research Training in Biomedicine and Laboratory Animal Science, 15 credits

Master's Degree Project in Biomedicine, 45 credits (with or without Laboratory Animal Science)

Other alternatives are the school of Entrepreneurship or courses within any of the other Master programmes at Uppsala university.

Semester 4

Master's Degree Project in Biomedicine, 30 or 45 credits


The teaching consists of lectures, seminars, journal clubs, laboratory practicals, group work and projects.


The programme leads to a Degree of Master of Medical Science (Two Years) with Biomedicine as the main field of study.