Experimental and Medical Biosciences

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 18 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2025
401–500 place StudyQA ranking:4373 Duration:24 months

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The Experimental and Medical Biosciences master’s programme prepares students for a scientific career within the broad field of Life Sciences, with particular emphasis on understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms related to health and diseases.


The programme is designed to provide students with frontline knowledge in biomedicine and related subjects. The aim is to mix theoretical knowledge with practical skills and is most pronounced in the individual experimental projects done during the first and second year of studies.


Courses are taught using a multitude of formats, including regular lectures, tutorial groups with Problem Based Learning (PBL) methodology, laboratory work and seminar discussions. The laboratory classes use powerful model systems to illustrate modern concepts of medical biology and PBL promotes lifelong learning. After two initial, mandatory courses, the choice of elective courses offers individual study plans and flexibility in creating a profile that increases employability for all students within the area of Life Sciences. Different areas such as cardiovascular biology, stem cells and applied regenerative medicine, medical genetics and neurobiology are covered. There is also a special emphasis on scientific reasoning, ethical attitudes and multidisciplinary collaboration in order to prepare students for an independent and professional future in the field of biomedicine.


Individual projects in which students apply their theoretical and methodological knowledge are key parts of the programme. During the first year, the Project in Experimental and Medical Biosciences will allow students to work with a specific assignment for ten or twenty weeks. During the second year, a one semester degree project (master thesis) is done. For both projects, chosen in collaboration with a supervisor, the aim is to define a research goal, carry out the experimental work and produce a written synthesis of the data generated in relation to the current knowledge within the field. The degree project is conducted in a research laboratory, either at Linköping University or at other Swedish or international universities, in the industry or in the public sector.

Double degree programme

An extra feature of the programme is the possibility for a limited number of students to study the second year in Vienna, Austria. Apart from the experience, an additional degree is earned - Master of Science in Engineering. Studies at the University of Applied Science Technikum Wien, within the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine programme have a strong link to the industry.

Career opportunities

The Experimental and Medical Biosciences master's programme is designed to prepare students for careers in the pharmaceutical and health care industries. Graduates will be able to work in biomedical research settings, development or production companies, in the public sector or within academia, through PhD programmes.

Degree: Master of Medical Science in Medical Biology

First semester

Week 1-5

  • Laboratory Techniques in Experimental Biosciences (mandatory)

Week 6-10

  • Analytical Techniques in Experimental Biosciences (mandatory)

Week 11-20

  • Laboratory Animal Sciences (elective, streamed)
  • Molecular and Medical Pharmacology (elective, streamed)
  • Advanced Immunology (elective, streamed)
  • Tumour Biology (elective, streamed)
Second semester

Week 1-5

  • Cardiovascular Biology (elective, full time)

Week 6-10

  • Molecular Imaging (elective, full time)

Week 11-15

  • Neurobiology (elective, full time

Week 16-20

  • Infection Biology - Clinical Perspectives (elective, full time)

Probable/possible position of Project in Experimental and Medical Biosciences (mandatory, streamed or full time)

Third semester

Week 1-5

  • Medical Genetics (elective, full time)

Week 6-10

  • Stem Cells and Applied Regenerative Medicine (elective, full time)

Week 11-20

  • Laboratory Animal Sciences (elective, streamed)
  • Molecular and Medical Pharmacology (elective, streamed)
  • Advanced Immunology (elective, streamed)
  • Tumour Biology (elective, streamed)

Possible position of Project in Experimental and Medical Biosciences or possible start of Degree Project (mandatory, streamed or full time)

Fourth semester

Week 1-5

  • Cardiovascular Biology (elective, full time)

Week 6-10

  • Molecular Imaging (elective, full time)

Week 11-15

  • Neurobiology (elective, full time)

Week 16-20

  • Infection Biology - Clinical Perspectives (elective, full time)

Possible position of Degree Project (mandatory, streamed or full time)

Programme specific requirementsa bachelor’s degree with a major in a subject area with relevance for biomedical sciences. This could include previous studies at faculties of medicine, technology/natural sciences, odontology or veterinary medicine. A major part of the courses included in the bachelor’s degree should cover subjects such as: biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, gene technology, microbiology, immunology, physiology, histology, anatomy, and pathology.each applicant must enclose a letter of intent written in English, explaining why they want to study the programme and a short summary of their bachelor’s essay or project. If applicants hold a degree that does not include a bachelor’s essay or project, their letter of intent should describe previous studies and any other relevant academic activities.Send your letter together with all supporting documents to: University Admissions in Sweden, FE 1, SE–838 73 Frösön, Sweden. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 90
Scholarships

LiU International Scholarships

Linköping University offers scholarships to new students with excellent academic results. Scholarships within the programme LiU International Scholarships will result in a tuition fee waiver.

Who is eligible?

  • Students who have applied for master’s programmes at Linköping University in time (before 15 January)
  • AND who have chosen a programme at Linköping University as the first priority (ranked as No.1 out of 4)
  • AND who are required to pay tuition fees
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