M.Sc. Medical Education

Karolinska Institutet

Application deadline: April 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 10,900 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 48 months
  • English
Delivery mode: Blended
Educational variant: Part-time
Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 48 months
Part-time variant: Flexible
Structure: Fully structured
Student interaction: Online group works/assignments
Attendance: No Attendance
Teacher support: Continuous support with feedback on request

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Medical education is an interdisciplinary field based on research and theory from both healthcare and behavioural sciences, particularly pedagogy, but also psychology, sociology and social anthropology.

The programme provides advanced education in strategies and methods that stimulate and guide the learning processes of students, academics, professionals and patients alike.

Participants will study the significance of teaching and learning in healthcare, for example, considering the patient, professional development, integration of basic science and practice, rapid development in medical research, advances in technology and also challenges of working in teams. The development of a scholarly approach to one's own practice is encouraged. This includes exploring existing knowledge, investigating, developing, changing, evaluating, and publishing results, which can be summarised as the "scholarship of medical education".

The study programme is arranged around four different themes, with the education being based on the students own experiences of and questions relating to these themes:
1. Learning processes within medical and health care from a system perspective
2. Learning processes from an individual perspective
3. Developing a metaperspective of learning
4. Managing development These four themes are addressed from different angles within the programmes various courses. The content is integrated into the courses, and a number of the themes recur during several of the courses. All four themes are introduced and dealt with to a certain degree during the first half of the programme. There are also opportunities to study certain specific fields based on individual interests within the framework of the courses.
Students maintain a portfolio throughout the programme, both to have the ability to reflect on their own progress and as a basis for assessment.
During the second half of the programme, students choose a more in-depth specialisation, which is reflected in the student's choice of both elective courses and degree project. There are four main specialisations within the programme: academic management, educational development work, professional development and subject didactics within the field of medicine and health care. This means that, during the second half of the programme (beginningin the third year of half-time studies), students carry out a research project within their selected specialisation areas.


Semester 1

* Scholarship of Medical Education
* Learning processes
* Integration of Theory and Practice
* Design and assessment for learning

Semester 2

* Interprofessional Learning
* Leading change and Learning
* Master degree project


A Bachelors degree or a professional degree equivalent to a Swedish Bachelors degree of at least 180 credits and at least two years work experience within the medical, caring, or behavioural sciences, and/or two years teaching experience (at upper secondary level or higher).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90



Karolinska Institutet is one of the world´s leading medical universities. Our mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education.

Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country´s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences.

Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

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