Infection Biology is a growing field within Life science that combines immunology, microbiology, molecular biology and cell biology, in order to enhance understanding about infectious diseases and thus be better to control them in the future.
At University of Skövde, we offer a one-year Master’s programme in Infection Biology were you will study molecular mechanisms and processes involved in the pathogenesis of different microorganisms as well as the molecular and cellular processes of the immune defense. You will also use laboratory and computer-based techniques that can be applied within the fields of human and animal health. In the programme you will also study the structure of genes and proteins as well as the understanding of their function and regulation.
The focus of your studies
The programme involves in-depth research oriented studies in the areas of Molecular Biology and Infection Biology. Independent laboratory work is a prominent part of the studies. During the first semester you will study advanced courses in infection biology, molecular biology, biostatistics and bioinformatics and their applications in infection biology. Advanced laboratory facilities are employed for cell culture, RNA/DNA and protein analyses. Computational resources are also used for molecular biological and bioinformatic analysis and database searching. The programme is concluded with a master’s degree project work (30 credits) during the last semester. During the project work, you will expand your theoretical and laboratory knowledge and solve a relevant research problem in Molecular Biology (with a focus in Infection Biology). The project work is performed individually under the direction of supervisors qualified in the field.
Upon completion of your studies
After completing the program you can for example work in pharmaceutical companies or at hospitals. You can also continue with PhD studies or other kind of research at governmental and private research laboratories.
You can also have a look at www.studyinsweden.se for information about studying in Sweden.
To be eligible for the program a Bachelor’s Degree (equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor’s Degree) with a major in the biological or medical area is required. The biological area can be defined as e.g. Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Physiology. The medical area is here defined as Biomedicine but can also include subjects like Pharmacology. A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as English course 6 / English course B. This is normally demonstrated by means of an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS or TOEFL or the equivalent.
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