Infection Biology, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
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. The Infection Biology programme is offered at Uppsala University.


The Master Programme in Infection Biology at Uppsala University 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.

Programme Structure

Year 1

  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Parasitology, Mycology and Veterinary Infection Biology (SLU)
  • Clinical Infection Biology and Antimicrobial Therapy

Year 2

  • Infection Biology – Evolution, Epidemiology and Control,
  • Microbial Ecology and Infection Biology Methodology
  • Master Project in Infection Biology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be in biology, (bio)medicine, biotechnology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical bioscience, (pharmaceutical) chemistry, medical science, agriculture, animal science, veterinary medicine, or a similar field of study, that gives relevant knowledge in cell biology, genetics (bio)chemistry and molecular biology.

Also required is knowledge and previous experience of laboratory work.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 30370 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.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.