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Master's Programme in Biomedical Sciences

  • Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120
  • Tuition feeNone

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Introduction

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).

Master thesis

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.

Semester

Autumn

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:

Knowledge:

  • Explain the role of basic research in modern medicine

Skills:

  • 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.

General competence:

  • 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

Admission Requirements

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.

English profiency:

Non native English speakers must document their English language profiency.

Application procedure

Follow the guidelines on how to apply depending on which applicant group you belong to.

Semester

Autumn

Programme structure

Master's Programme in Biomedical Sciences (krav 120 SP)
Compulsory courses (krav 30 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
HELVIT300Theory and ethics of Science51
BMED320Methods in Medical Cell Biology 251
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.
Elective course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
BMED330Cell Communication and Intracellular Signaling102
BMED331Tumour Biology102
BMED340Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience102
BMED360In Vivo Imaging and Physiological Modelling102
BMED381Biomedical Nutrition Physiology52
HUMGEN301Human Molecular Genetics52
HUPAT301Basic Human Pathology52
BMED350Circulatory Physiology52
Tutoring contract
Mandatory course
Tutoring Contract for Master Program in Medical Biology
Master's Thesis (krav 60 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
BMED395Master's Thesis in Biomedical Sciences603
SP = ECTS credits, S = Semester, R = Recommended semester

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Faculty of Medicine

Feel free to contact the Section for Student Affairs at the Department of Biomedicine if you have any queries:

E-mail: studie@biomed.uib.no

Tel: (+47) 55 58 64 39/ 55 58 64 40

The Department of Biomedicine