Master's Programme in Medical Research

120 credits

Are you considering a career that demands an understanding of modern biomedical research? The Master's Programme in Medical Research provides excellent conditions for you to specialise in a biomedical research direction and build a solid ground for a multidisciplinary approach for the benefit of human health. The programme combines genetic, molecular biology and bioinformatic knowledge with practical research experience and insight into current research, as well as a professional network of contacts.

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

Autumn 2024 Autumn 2024, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

The Master's Programme in Medical Research allows you to develop your orientation in the growing field of biomedical research and 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. Deciphering the biology of most common diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases etc., is complex and demands a multidisciplinary approach.

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

The education of the programme is strongly connected to forefront basic and clinical research, from which examples will be provided. You will familiarise yourself with how to dissect complex phenotype and disease mechanisms using modern molecular biology and bioinformatic tools in studies of cells, relevant 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, ethical considerations in research as well as written and oral research presentation techniques.

The programme allows you to deepen your gained knowledge and experiences in authentic research environments at universities, biomedical companies or governmental agencies, both in Sweden and abroad. 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 the degree of 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 of current biomedical research concepts, techniques and approaches to analysis. You will learn about important concepts of genetic and genomic research fenotypes and diseases, followed by training in advanced molecular methods, processes in cell- and tumour-biology, as well as bioinformatic tools for analysis and presentation of data. 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 research practice and a degree project for which you choose the project and research group yourself. You will immerse yourself in a research area of your choice by planning and carrying out experimental work, as well as critically evaluating and summarising the results under supervision. The individual research project training consists of a 18-week-long individual project during the third semester and a degree project of approximately 20 weeks during the fourth semester. In parallel, a scientific writing and presentation training will prepare you for important aspects of scientific communication.

Courses within the programme

Semester 1

  • Comparative Genomics for Biomedicine, 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 Training, 30 credits

Semester 4

  • Degree Project, 30 credits

All scheduled education is given by leading experts from the Uppsala-Stockholm region in the form of lectures, seminars and practical exercises summarising advances in current research and providing 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 on campus in Uppsala.

The second year consists of individual research practice performed at scientific groups at universities, companies or governmental agencies in Sweden or abroad. Besides participation in all activities of the research group, the project will be followed up during regular discussions on the selection of research methods and experiences of the internships with your peer students and course leader. Knowledge and results will be communicated as oral presentations, a scientific review article and a written thesis.

The language of instruction is English.

As a student of the Master's Programme in Medical Research, you will most likely continue with research and development in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry or academic research environments. However, the programme also provides an excellent background for you to work in other sectors, such as in governmental agencies, journalism or the educational sector. The strong emphasis on critical thinking as well as oral and written communication within scientific and popular scientific contexts will give you a broad basis to master biomedical and bioinformatic knowledge and tasks.

The majority of our alumni have continued their careers in academic environments, applying their knowledge and experiences from their Master's studies to the benefit of biomedicine, neuroscience, bioinformatics, medical genetics or similar subjects. According to our alumni, the involvement in research projects of their own interest during the whole second year of studies directly increased their employability and benefitted their careers. Many alumni have continued to conduct research in the same subject and under the continued mentorship of their project supervisors, finding their future employers already before or within six months after graduation.

Prerequisites for international alumni to tie their future careers to Sweden and Scandinavia, as well as for Swedish students to be competitive in the international labour market, are created during the programme studies - mainly by exposing students to experiences that are preparatory for work in multidisciplinary and international environments as well as encouraging for research experiences outside Sweden. Our goal is to continue providing practical experiences, developing the independent and collaborative abilities of our students as well as contributing to the professional network of contacts for your potential future career.

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.