The Master Programme in Molecular Medicine focuses on the molecular mechanisms that cause diseases, the newest technologies in genomics, epigenetics and proteomics as well as the development of prognostic, diagnostic and therapeutic tools. This is a crucial aspect of the health care of tomorrow, offering personalised and improved translational medicine. You will be in an advanced educational environment at the forefront of molecular medicine research, with researchers, clinicians and industry from world-leading laboratories at Uppsala University.
The programme gives you in-depth knowledge about molecular and cellular mechanisms causing diseases, including genetic diseases and cancer, with special emphasis on epigenetic mechanisms. You will learn to independently analyse and interpret research results and data, generated by current methods and technologies. You will also learn techniques for developing novel molecular diagnostics and therapies with applications in both research and industry.
With an advanced education in molecular medicine you are expected to go on to occupations in research, health-care systems, pharma or biotechnology companies, and governmental organisations.
The strong component of cutting-edge research in the programme gives you an excellent basis for further academic research and PhD studies in the field. You will have gained practical experience of several new molecular technologies and their applications for research in genomics, epigenomics and proteomics, which together with a profound understanding of molecular mechanisms in diseases including cancer, is a requisite for progress in medical research as well as in health care.
The programme leads to a Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with Molecular Medicine as the main field of study.
During the first year you will focus on methods and technologies for assessing genetic as well as epigenetic variations, current clinical diagnostics and novel approaches to treatment. You will study in depth research-oriented problems in molecular medicine and be trained in experimental design and laboratory work. We describe the use and applications of new sequencing technologies and data analysis with an emphasis on genome analysis, epigenomics and comparative genomics as well as current methods in proteomics, analysis of proteins and protein expression with identification of novel biomarkers for diseases, using practical applications within the Human Proteome project (HPR). In the laboratory, you will, for example, study epigenetic changes in cancer cells using pyrosequencing and ChIP analysis as well as perform diagnostic analysis by proximity ligation assay (PLA). The programme will also give you insights into presentation techniques and research ethics.
The second year includes analysis and diagnostics by molecular imaging, from the detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms to whole body analysis. The course Regenerative Medicine describes stem cells therapies, tissue engineering, generation of biomaterials as well as other novel cell and immunotherapies against human diseases. In the laboratory, you will perform in vitro differentiation of neuronal stem cells. If you are interested in research and in gaining laboratory experience, you can apply for projects.
During the last part of the programme, you will undertake an independent degree project in molecular medicine 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.
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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