Master's Programme in Biomedical Sciences
Our two- year master's programme in Biomedical Sciences offers teaching from world- class scientists within their fields. The Faculty of Medicine and Department of Biomedicine has a unique location close to the Haukeland university hospital and its connecting laboratory buildings of Haukeland. From the very start, you are placed in an active research environment with staff and students from all around the world.
The master's programme in Biomedical Sciences presents a medical approach to physiology and molecular biology.
The first year you have mandatory courses that amount to 30 ECTS- credits that focuses on theory and ethics of science and a comprehensive exposure to methodological approaches used by scientists within the field of biomedicine. From molecular and cellular biology, to human physiology and biomedical imaging. You also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of elective courses that focus on understanding cellular and biological mechanisms, providing knowledge required for understanding human disease mechanisms and for future development of methods, diagnostics and therapies. These elective courses amount to 30 ECTS- credits.
Your whole second year is devoted to working with your master's thesis that also amount to 60 ECTS credits. This gives you the chance to focus on your own independent scientific work for a full year.
Objectives and content
The field of Biomedicine has a central role in shaping tomorrow's medicine. The Master's Programme in Biomedical Sciences presents a medical approach to physiology and molecular biology and offers you the opportunity to engage in biomedical research and to be an active member of an international research group.
The curriculum starts with a comprehensive exposure to methodological approaches used by scientists with in the field of biomedicine, from molecular and cellular biology, to human physiology and biomedical imaging.
From the very start students are placed in an active research environment and trained in relevant methodology. The theoretical courses focus on understanding cellular and physiological mechanisms, providing knowledge required for understanding human disease mechanisms and for future development of methods, diagnostics and therapies. Throughout the programme students are extensively educated in ethical aspects as well as "soft skills" such as scientific writing and dissemination skills. The major master project can be conducted in basic or translational research groups at the Faculty of Medicine.
We encourage all students to go on exchange to our international partners. We are part of a Nordic network (NordBioMedNet) with the following universities; the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), the Karolinska Insitutet (Sweden), the University of Turku and the University of Eastern Finland (both Finland).
As a master's student at the Faculty of Medicine and UiB, you will belong to an academic group that provides you with teaching and supervision, including numerous resources to support your studies. Your major master project can be conducted in a basic or translational research group at the faculty.
- The master's thesis makes up half the programme, one year (In many cases, the completed research will be suited for primary publication in a scientific journal).
- You will find a research topic in collaboration with academic staff. The available topics are decided from available supervisors and other resources.
- We encourage all our master's students to be proactive and contact academic staff during the first year of the programme, and to start contemplating about a subject for the master's thesis in year two. You will receive guidance and advice throughout the second year from your academic supervisor.
- In general, thesis research topics are encouraged to contain lab- work, computer analysis work, statistical and conceptual synthesis, and a write-up that puts the study and it's findings into the context of previously published research.
What you Learn
Required Learning Outcomes
When you have completed the Master's programme in Biomedical Sciences you shoud have acquired the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- Explain the role of basic research in modern medicine
- Critically analyze central theories, methods and results within the field of Biomedicine, and work independently with practical and theoretical problem solving.
- Communicate biomedical problems, analysis and conclusions in a scientific manner, both orally and in writing.
- Carry out an independent research project under supervision and in line with established ethical norms and regulations
- Produce scientific articles/text according to established research ethics.
- Apply knowledge and skills acquired during the study to new areas and fields in order to carry out advanced tasks and projects.
Study Period Abroad
Study period abroad
We recommend all our students to take a semester abroad with one of our international partners.
The master's programme in Biomedical Sciences is a partner in the Nordic Biomedical Master Network (www.nordbiomed.org), which includes four partner universities: The University of Copenhagen (Denmark), the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), the University of Turku and the University of Eastern Finland (both Finland).
Within this network, you may go on exchange to take courses at these partners universities, lab-projects and your experimental part of your master's project.
You can also go on exchange to other European universities where we have exchange agreements, see list below:
How to Apply
In order to qualify for admission to this programme, you must have completed a bachelor's degree in molecular and/or cell biology, biomedicine, physiology, life sciences, biochemistry, biotechnology or the like.
In addition, you must have a minimun of 80 ECTS in relevant courses, including a minimum of 20 ECTS in chemistry, or biochemistry and 20 ECTS in molecular and/or cell biology. Other relevant courses include biology, biotechnology, anatomy, physiology, medical laboratory courses, mathematics, informatics, image sciences, nanotechnology and physics.
All applicants to the programme will be assessed individually. The selection of students will be based on the following criteria:
- Depth and relevance of educational training
- Academic results
- English profiency
- Year of completion of academic degree ( your degree should not be older than 5 years). Exceptions from this rule may be considered on individual basis.
You also need to be physically able to perform practical work in the laboratory in order to be accepted to the programme.
Non native English speakers must document their English language profiency.
Follow the guidelines on how to apply depending on which applicant group you belong to.
|Compulsory courses (krav 30 SP)|
|Course code||Course title||SP||S||R|
|HELVIT300||Theory and ethics of Science||5||1|
|BMED320||Methods in Medical Cell Biology||25||1|
|Optional courses (krav 30 SP)|
|The listed courses below are already approved as optional courses. You could choose courses beyond this list (both at UiB and other institutions) as long as they are approved by your supervisor and the programme committee.|
|Course code||Course title||SP||S||R|
|BMED330||Cell Communication and Intracellular Signaling||10||2|
|BMED340||Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience||10||2|
|BMED360||In Vivo Imaging and Physiological Modelling||10||2|
|BMED381||Biomedical Nutrition Physiology||5||2|
|HUMGEN301||Human Molecular Genetics||5||2|
|HUPAT301||Basic Human Pathology||5||2|
|Tutoring Contract for Master Program in Medical Biology|
|Master's Thesis (krav 60 SP)|
|Course code||Course title||SP||S||R|
|BMED395||Master's Thesis in Biomedical Sciences||60||3|
|SP = ECTS credits, S = Semester, R = Recommended semester|