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How does the human body function on the molecular, cellular and physiological level? The Master’s Programme in Biomedical Sciences studies how we can understand, prevent, diagnose and treat human diseases.

The field of biomedicine deals with questions like:

  • What are the cellular mechanisms/pathways of diseases and disorders?
  • How is the genotype in different diseases?
  • How do genes and the environment interact?
  • How can we improve/enhance therapeutic efficacy?
  • How does the brain work?

Biomedical research has a central role in shaping tomorrow’s medicine, through the development of new drugs and understanding disease mechanisms.

The impact of new discoveries in biomedicine is significant: we develop technology that can lower the production costs of medicine, we analyse cancer development and progression and develop molecular imaging techniques.

Through biomedicine, we understand human body function and health. Fighting infectious diseases through new therapies and vaccines also has an extra impact on life in developing countries.

The master’s programme offers you the opportunity to engage in biomedical research and to be an active member of an international research group.

Career 

The Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences will qualify you for work such as:

  • Scientific research and other academic positions
  • Technical positions in research laboratories (Staff engineer)
  • Lecturer within the education sector
  • Administrative consultant- public and private businesses
  • HSE consultant
  • Research communicator

92 percent of alumni with a master’s degree from the Faculty of Medicine say that they have found relevant work within two years of graduating.

You can apply for a PhD degree at UiB or another institution if you are interested in pursuing a career in research.

Structure 

Semester 1 

  • Mandatory courses:

HELVIT300 Theory and ethics of Science 5 ECTS

BMED320 Methods in Medical Cell Biology 25 ECTS

  • Choose the topic for your master’s project

Semester 2 

  • Elective courses relevant to your research field, 30 ECTS in total. List of pre-approved courses. (lenke)  You can choose other courses (both at UiB and other institutions) as long as they are approved by your supervisor and the Programme Committee. List of UiB courses. (lenke)

Semesters 3 and 4 

Master’s project

  • You can choose from the available master’s topics, or find a project on your own. The project must then be approved by the Programme Committee.
  • You will meet your supervisor on a regular basis. You will be guided as the research project progresses in the lab, and especially when you are writing the thesis.

Read more about our master’s students and their projects.

Admission Requirements

This Master´s Programme is open to self-financing applicants. You need a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and/or Cell biology, Biomedicine, Physiology, Life Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or the like. You should have a minimum of 80 ECTS in relevant courses, including a minimum of 20 ECTS in chemistry or biochemistry and 20 ECTS in molecular and/or cell biology. Other relevant courses include biology, biotechnology, anatomy, physiology, medical laboratory courses, mathematics, informatics, image sciences, nanotechnology and physics.

All applicants will be assessed individually. The selection of students will be based on the following criteria:

– Depth and relevance of educational training

– Academic results

– English proficiency

– Year of completion of academic degree (should not be older than 5 years). Exceptions from this rule may be considered on individual basis.

You need to be physically able to perform practical work in the laboratory in order to be accepted to the programme.

For all students, admission to the programme requires a minimum grade of 2nd Class Upper Division or higher.

English proficiency:

Non-native English speakers must document their English language proficiency.

Compulsory units

  • HELVIT300: Introduction to Philosophy of Science and Research Ethics
  • BMED320: Methods in Medical Cell Biology

Specialisation

In the second semester you will be able to choose from a range of elective courses according to your interest and the direction of your studies. In the third and fourth semester you will work on a master project.

Recommended electives

  • BMED330: Cell Communication and Intracellular Signaling
  • BMED331: Tumour Biology
  • BMED340: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • BMED350: Cardiovascular Physiology
  • BMED360: In Vivo Imaging and Physiological Modelling
  • BMED370: Computational methods for drug design
  • BMED380: Seminar Series
  • BMED381: Biomedical Nutrition Physiology
  • HUIMM303 : Human Immunobiology
  • HUIMM307: Basic course in flow cytometry
  • HUMGEN301: Human Molecular Genetics
  • HUPAT301: Basic Human Pathology
  • LAS301: Animal Science Course
  • LAS302: Mammal Science Course

Sequential Requirements, courses

1. Semester

In the first semester you will attend two mandatory courses, providing a general, yet advanced biomedical basis for further studies.

2. Semester

In the second semester you will be able to specialize by choosing elective courses equalling 30 ECTS.

3. and 4. Semester

In the 3rd and 4th semester you will be working on your own independent research project, the Master’s Thesis (equalling 60 ECTS). You will be participating in an active scientific community through daily contact with researchers and peer students.

Shortly after the start of the semester we will provide information about available master projects at the Faculty of Medicine. You are free to look for a project on your own, but remember that all Master’s projects must be approved by the Programme Committee for the Master’s Programme in Biomedical Sciences.

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