Biomedicine, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
Are you interested in biomedical research? Do you want to use your knowledge in biomedicine to develop new medicines? The Master Programme in Biomedicine enables you to choose your own career in research, clinical trials or drug development, amongst other things. You will obtain in-depth knowledge about some of our major diseases and the brain, both healthy and diseased. You will follow the process of developing new drugs, from finding new targets to the final product.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The theme of the programme is ”From the ailing body and the ailing brain to the discovery and development of new drugs”;. The focus is research-oriented questions for application in academic research and in the pharmaceutical or life-science industry.

The Master Programme in Biomedicine from Uppsala University provides theoretical and practical skills through a variety of different teaching methods and in close contact with exciting research projects. With a focus on the link between pathophysiology and drug development, and by offering opportunities for specialisation and advancement in your field of interest, the programme provides a natural extension of the Bachelor Programme in Biomedicine. Practical experience of experimental strategies and scientific thinking is integrated in the programme.

You will develop your creativity and problem-solving ability through seminars, journal clubs and experimental projects.


This Master programme prepares students for professional work within various sectors of society, for example in:

  • research
  • drug development
  • production
  • evaluation
  • business development
  • leadership
  • information

The strong focus on research also prepares the student for further academic research through PhD studies.


The programme leads to a Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with Biomedicine as the main field of study. It is also possible to end the programme after one year and obtain a Master of Medical Science (60 credits).

Programme Structure

Semester 1

The programme starts with the course Homeostasis and Endocrine Disorders with a focus on Major Diseases, which provides in-depth knowledge about the pathophysiology and molecular mechanisms of some of our most prevalent diseases with a focus on endocrine disorders.

Then follows the course Advanced Neurobiology which describes the biology and functions of the brain and covers areas such as cognition, behaviour, pain and neurodegeneration. You will be conversant in clinical neurobiology with a focus on diseases of the brain.
Semester 2

You will apply your knowledge from the previous semester with an emphasis on potential strategies for clinical therapies. The focus will be on identifying new targets for pharmacological treatments.

The first course, Drug Discovery and Development provides a comprehensive view of the process of drug development. You will follow the different phases in the development of new drugs, such as in vivo and in vitro pharmacology, biomarkers and disease models.

The second course, Computational Medicinal Chemistry, discusses the early phases of drug design with a focus on structure – effect relationships and interactions between drugs and targets. You will also gain practical experience in the methods and strategies used in computerised drug design.

You can choose to take a course in immunology instead of the first courses in the second semester. This will give you a profound knowledge of the structure and function of the immune system.

Then follows the course Preparation for Research with Focus on New Drug Targets, which provides insights into how new targets for drugs are identified and evaluated. This course takes you through the exciting steps of unravelling the function of new genes, from bioinformatics to expression and functional studies. Laboratory and bioinformatics techniques used in the pharmaceutical industry and research are central topics in this course.

Semester 3

The third semester offers the opportunity to specialise by applying for a choice of courses comprising 30 credits in total.

You may also choose from a variety of courses offered outside the programme. Many students choose to do an experimental project, which allows them to gain practical laboratory experience and to learn how to plan and execute a scientific project.Another option is to apply to the courses in the second year of the Master Programme in Medical Research, which gives you the opportunity to do experimental projects in several research areas.
Semester 4
You will do a Master’s project of 30 credits in the specialisation of your choice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: August 28, 2017
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.

Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.

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Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 30561 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000


Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.

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