MSc Experimental and Medical Biosciences, 120 credits

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

Experimental and Medical Biosciences, Master's Programme

Autumn 2019, Full-time, Linköping

Experimental and Medical Biosciences, Master's Programme

Autumn 2020, Full-time, Linköping

The programme has been designed to provide students with frontline knowledge in biomedicine and related subjects. It unites theoretical knowledge with practical skills, as is most clearly seen in the individual experimental projects.

The master’s programme in Medical Biosciences at LiU received the highest rating in the Swedish Higher Education Authority’s assessment of Sweden’s biomedicine programmes, with five of the evaluated learning outcomes being appraised as Very High Quality and the sixth as High Quality -  – the best result of all international biomedicine master’s programmes in Sweden.

Programme description

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

The programme has been designed to provide students with frontline knowledge in biomedicine and related subjects. It unites theoretical knowledge with practical skills, as is most clearly seen in the individual experimental projects.

Courses are taught using several formats, including regular lectures, tutorial groups that apply problem-based learning (PBL), laboratory work and seminar discussions. The laboratory classes use powerful model systems to illustrate modern concepts of medical biology, while PBL promotes lifelong learning. After two initial, mandatory courses, elective courses offer individual study plans and flexibility in creating a profile that increases the employability of all students within the life sciences. Different areas such as cardiovascular biology, stem cells and applied regenerative medicine, medical genetics and neurobiology are covered. Scientific reasoning, ethical attitudes and multidisciplinary collaboration are given particular emphasis, in order to prepare students for an independent and professional future in 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 on a specific assignment for ten or twenty weeks. During the second year, a one‑term degree project (master’s thesis) is carried out. Both projects are chosen in collaboration with a supervisor, and the student’s aim is to define a research goal, carry out the experimental work and produce a written report that places the work in the context of current knowledge in the field. The degree project is conducted in a research laboratory, either at Linköping University or at another Swedish or international university, in 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 in Vienna, Austria, during the second year. Apart from the experience, an additional degree is earned -  – Master of Science in Engineering. Studies at the University of Applied Sciences, Technikum Wien, within the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine programme have a strong link to industry.

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A detailed syllabus, curriculum, and information on the courses you may take can be found in our study information database via the link below. Entry requirements and tuition information can be found by selecting the drop-down ''Admission requirements'' available under the Autumn 2020 tab.

Career opportunities
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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.

Alumni & student insights
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Photo credit Thor BalkhedAnna Asratian - Research Engineer - Linköping University
''The best part was the variability and the possibility to form the programme to my interests. This programme offers a lot of labs and practical knowledge.

From my mentor, I got some really valuable feedback on how to think for my future career in research, both in regards to group dynamics within a research group, strategies to become a researcher and what to think about when entering a new research project. Join the frontline of knowledge in the field of biomedicine and kick-start your scientific career.''

Ibikari Allwell-Brown - Current international student

''When I decided to study in Sweden, I was impressed with the syllabus and course details of my programme at LiU. There was a large selection of courses available and the opportunity to tailor my study plan to suit my study goals. Photo credit Anna Nilsen 

The teaching style is informal as there is no hierarchy. It makes the lecturers more approachable. There is a lot of laboratory work, literature review and problem-based learning. We also get to oppose each other’s reports besides the review by an expert in the field. This has greatly improved my ability to create as well as analyse scientific reports.

The workload is often heavy, but the student services and facilities go a long way in making it easy to deal with the workload.''

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Ibikari Allwell-Brown

Experimental and Medical Biosciences

Hello! My name is Ibikari. I am a dentist from Nigeria who moved all the way to Sweden to get a master’s degree in experimental and medical biosciences at LiU. You want to know why? Then join me and you will discover many reasons to live and study in Linköping.

Annabel Burkard

Experimental and Medical Biosciences

Hejsan, My name is Annabel and I am coming from Sweden’s neighbour Germany. I recently started my master program in Experimental and Medical Biosciences and in my blog I would like to share my experiences as a LiU student with you and convince you of this beautiful country and Linköping as a great student city.

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