Infection Biology, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
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Infections are a serious threat to the survival of humans, animals and plants on Earth. Our knowledge of the processes that govern microbial life and evolution must increase if we are to solve acute problems of antimicrobial resistance. This is of particular importance for developing countries where microbial infections are more widespread and might have devastating consequences. The Master Programme in Infection Biology integrates human and veterinary medicine, drug development and food safety.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Master Programme in Infection Biology allows you to take advantage of Uppsala’s strong environment for research and education in infection biology. The city has two universities, two university hospitals as well as three national authorities responsible for food safety, medical products and veterinary issues. In combination, this offers a broad competence for those who have interest in infection biology. Courses are conducted largely at Uppsala Biomedical Centre (BMC), Uppsala University, but in some courses / course modules you will study at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). In other words you will meet teachers and researchers from both SLU and Uppsala University as well as clinicians and researchers from both hospitals. The strong link to on-going research will also offer an excellent stepping stone for further doctoral studies.

If you have a strong interest in research and plan to continue with PhD studies, you can apply to replace the second year with practical project studies within the framework of the Master Programme in Medical Research.


A broad and deep knowledge in infection biology will prepare you for work in research and development in diagnostics, drug development, resistance problems, vaccinations, emergency management, food production, developing country-specific diseases in animals and humans as well as zoonoses.

Employment may be found in academia and in drug and biotech companies. In the public sector there is a need for surveillance, analysis and follow-up of outbreaks, both nationally and on a global scale. You can also work in analytical laboratories related to health care, food and agriculture. The strong links to research will be of particular use if you are heading for further research education.


The programme leads to a Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with Infection Biology as the main field of study.

Programme Structure

Year 1

The first year of study will provide a deep understanding of the molecular processes that control the interaction between viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi and their hosts. The processes governing the infection process are described based on the immunological defense, but also on the infecting organism’s strategies to escape this defense. This knowledge is the basis for more applied issues concerning infectious diseases in animals and humans regarding among other, zoonotic infections. The first year ends with the study of molecular processes in antimicrobial therapy and resistance development, diagnosis and the clinical picture of symptoms from the perspective of infections of different organs.

Year 2

Year two will provide knowledge about the origin, evolution and distribution infectious diseases as well as tools for the control, surveillance and prevention at the local and global level. A specific focus will be on food-borne infections and the role of infectious diseases from a global perspective, with special attention to the problems in developing countries. Microbial diversity in different ecosystems and in depth practical work using current laboratory analysis methods in microbiology and infectious biological is part of the last course of the third semester.

The programme is completed by an independent project during the fourth semester corresponding to 30 credits, which alternatively may begin during the third semester and then constitute 45 credits. The selected topic must fit within the field of infection biology and can be performed at an academic unit, company or public sector in Sweden or abroad.

The Master Programme in Infection Biology includes two-weeks of field training that focuses on infectious diseases in the context of low-income settings of developing countries.

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
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Academic Requirements

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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