Infection Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book 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.


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.

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
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: The CV form and all supporting documentation must then be uploaded by 1 February.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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    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:


    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.

Among the applicants fulfilling the entry and programme-specific requirements, there will be a selection based on their qualifications specified on a CV form.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15113.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30227 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Living costs for Uppsala

  • 7620 - 12070 SEK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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