Medical Research, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
The Master's programme in Medical Research at Uppsala University gives motivated students good conditions to proceed with postgraduate studies and the opportunity for informed choice of specialisation and thesis projects.


You will follow one of the Master's programmes offered at Uppsala University. If you have who have obtained at least 60 credits, including 30 credits at advanced level, in medical or life science areas at another faculty at Uppsala University or another university you may apply for credit transfer for the first year studies. This applies also if you have completed a programme involving at least 11 semesters (e.g. a medicine programme).

The Medical Research course is offered at Uppsala University.

The main part of the second year consists of individual research practices in the form of laboratory projects carried out in research groups at Uppsala University, or sometimes at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Stockholm University, Karolinska Institute, biomedical companies or a government agency. Hereby you will immerse yourself in research and, under supervision, plan and carry out experimental work, and critically evaluate and summarise the results. You will also participate in other activities of the research group such as literature seminars, research presentations and group meetings. You will make the choices of research groups and projects for these internships.

In addition, theoretical research-related instruction is given in selected areas, including new methods and techniques used in biomedical research, current research themes, cell signalling, experimental animal models, alternatives to animal experiments, ethical approaches and considerations in research, biostatistics and written and oral research presentations including practical exercises e.g. with help of video recordings.


Most of the students will probably continue with PhD studies or research in the pharmaceutical industry, but the education provides excellent opportunities to work in other sectors. The strong focus on critical thinking, verbal and written communication, and collaboratory work in groups provide knowledge and skills that are valuable to many businesses.


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

Programme Structure

Courses Within The Programme

Year 1

Courses of 60 credits at advanced level from any of the Master's programmes at Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University, or from courses in the medical or life science areas at other faculties or universities.

Year 2
  • Advanced research practice
  • Master's project

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 within the life sciences.

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


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