Do you want to become a scientist? The Master’s Programme in Medical Research provides you with excellent conditions to specialise in an area of your choice and build a solid ground for future doctoral studies. The programme provides you with a theoretical base, practical experience of two research projects, a broad and deep insight of current biomedical research and a valuable network of contacts with researchers.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
Medical research ultimately aims to find and develop diagnostics, treatments and cures for human disease. The biology of most common diseases – cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular to name a few – is complex and therefore difficult to decipher in humans. In this programme, you focus on learning and applying the latest experimental designs, molecular biological techniques and data analysis methods for revealing the biology of complex diseases to facilitate clinical research in humans.
The programme is strongly connected with ongoing pre-clinical research from which examples will be provided of how to dissect complex problems to the underlying molecular mechanisms using studies of animal and cell model systems with help of molecular biology and bioinformatics tools. As a student in the programme you will spend your first year taking a course package giving you training in modern aspects and techniques of biomedical research containing hands-on experimentation and data analyses within longitudinal projects integrated with theoretical education and advanced scientific discussion.
If you have obtained at least 60 credits, including 30 credits at advanced level, in medical or life science areas at another faculty at Uppsala University or another university you may apply for credit transfer for the first year studies. This also applies if you have completed a programme involving at least 11 semesters (e.g. a medicine programme).
The main part of the second year consists of individual research practices in the form of laboratory projects carried out inresearch groups at Uppsala University, or sometimes at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Stockholm University, Karolinska Institute, biomedical companies or a government agency. You will immerse yourself in research and, under supervision, plan and carry out experimental work, and critically evaluate and summarise the results. You will also participate in other activities of the research group such as literature seminars, research presentations and group meetings. You will make the choices of research groups and projects for these internships.
Theoretical research-oriented education is provide in, among other things, new methods and techniques for biomedical research, bioinformatics, genomics, cell signaling, tumor biology, current subject areas, experimental animal models, alternatives to animal experiments, ethical issues in research, biostatistics and written and oral presentation of research. Practical exercises are included.
The programme will lead to a Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with Medical Science as the main field of study.
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the life sciences (e.g. biomedicine, biotechnology, medicine, veterinary medicine) including 10 credits each of cell biology, biochemistry and genetics..
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;
- a statement of purpose (1 page); and
- two letters of recommendation.
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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