Medical applications using radionuclides are of increasing importance in today’s world. Tomographic imaging techniques such as PET (positron emission tomography) and SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) are important components of the molecular imaging and the development and use of radionuclides for tumour therapy require special education. The Master’s Programme in Medical Nuclide Techniques is highly interdisciplinary and brings together leading scientists and clinicians from Uppsala University to create a unique and stimulating educational environment.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
The development of radioactive compounds for preclinical research, medical imaging or tumour therapy requires competence from several areas. At the start of the Master’s Programme in Medical Nuclide Techniques you will focus on methods and technologies for producing, assessing and measuring ionising radiation. You will study physical and biological aspects on ionising radiation, including sources of radiation, measurements and estimates of radiation effects and risks.
The choice of labelling method is critical for functional molecules in radionuclide-based imaging and therapy and you will study various techniques for labelling and purification of radionuclides for preclinical applications. Further studies involve function and application of detectors and imaging modalities in research and for clinical practice. This includes PET (positron emission tomography) cameras and how to assure product quality and patient safety in the production of pharmaceutical compounds.
You will study strategies for compound development, labelling techniques, testing and evaluation of radionuclide-labelled compounds aimed for in vitro and in vivo (PET, SPECT) research and clinical practice.
During the programme you can expect to:
- learn potential strategies for research and clinical applications of radionuclides for medical imaging and cancer therapy.
- study the function and application of detectors and imaging modalities including PET.
- do an independent project in a research group at an academic department, in a company or other agency in Sweden or abroad.
Uppsala University has been world leading in this field for many years. The Master’s Programme in Medical Nuclide Techniques is highly interdisciplinary and brings together leading scientists and clinicians from Uppsala University to create a unique and stimulating educational environment.
You aquired a broad theoretical base during your Bachelor’s studies in Medicine, Pharmacy, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or other related areas and now you want to expand your skillset in the intersection between academic research and clinical practice in cancer therapy. Ideally, you have some practical experience working in the field after earning your Bachelor’s degree but not so long so you have forgotten your broad theoretical base and study techniques. You have practical experience working in a lab, can select reasonable methods for analysis and stay safe while doing so.
You can critically analyse and reflect on problems and are creative and innovative enough to come up with your own ideas. You enjoy problem solving and your natural curiosity drives you to seek a deeper understanding, not just learn the facts.
A PhD education is a distinct possibility in your future so you would value an educational experience that gets you in close contact with current research and prominent researchers in Uppsala and all across the world.
The programme leads to a Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with Medical Nuclide Techniques as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Medical Science (60 credits).
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be medicine, pharmacy, physics, radiophysics, chemistry, biology, or a similar field of study.
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
Selection: Students are selected based on:
- a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
- a statement of purpose (1 page).
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
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