Uppsala University has been world leading in the area of Medical Nuclide Techniques for many years. This front-line education meets the increasing demand for knowledge in nuclide techniques for physicians, pharmacists, physicists, biologists and chemists.
The Medical Nuclide Techniques programme provides theoretical and practical skills through a variety of different teaching methods and in close contact with current research projects. The development of radioactive compounds for pre-clinical research, medical imaging or tumour therapy requires competence from several areas.
The first semester focuses on the unique properties of ionising radiation and radionuclides and includes theoretical and practical training about radiation types and sources, medical use, development of pharmaceutical compounds and techniques to optimise detection and measurement. An important part of the education involves good manufacturing practice (GMP), i.e. how to assure product quality and patient safety in the production of pharmaceutical compounds.
During the second semester you will apply your knowledge from the previous semester with emphasis on potential strategies for research and clinical applications of radionuclides for medical imaging and cancer therapy. The semester ends with a Degree Project where you have the opportunity to focus on a research area of your specific interest.
The first year also features a seminar series covering a variety of topics such as project leadership, design methods, biostatistics, presentation techniques and research ethics.
The overall aim of the third semester is to give advanced knowledge on methods used for radiolabelling of biologically interesting molecules of low and high molecular weight aimed for use in molecular imaging studies (mainly PET and SPECT), preclinical evaluation of radioligands, and an overview of their clinical use. You will be trained in experimental design as well as to independently analyse and interpret research results and data generated by current methods and technologies.
The programme is concluded with an independent Masters degree project in the field of medical nuclide techniques, which may be performed within the academy, at a biotech/pharma company or in the public sector.
With an advanced education in medical nuclide techniques you are expected to go on to occupations in research, healthcare systems, pharma or biotechnology companies, and governmental organisations. The interdisciplinary training, with focus on development of radionuclide labelled compounds, and knowledge about new methods and applications are highly important for progress of molecular imaging in research as well as in healthcare. The strong association with research in the programme gives you an excellent basis for further academic research and PhD studies in the field.
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).
During the first semester 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, including PET (positron emission tomography) cameras and how to assure product quality and patient safety in the production of pharmaceutical compounds. The first year ends with an individual project where you can study, as a literature project or combined with experimental work, an area of specific interest. The programme will also give you insights into presentation techniques and research ethics.
The second year includes studies on 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 last semester you will undertake an independent degree project in a research group at an academic department, in a company or other agency in Sweden or abroad. You conclude the degree project by writing a thesis, compiling the research results, and giving a research seminar.
You can apply until:
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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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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