Study plan for MAMD-MEDBI Master's Programme in Biomedical Sciences, fall 2017

Name of qualification

Master of Science in Biomedicine

ECTS Credits

The Master's Programme in Biomedical Sciences accounts for 120 ECTS and is estimated to 2 years of studies.


Full time

Language of Instruction




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).

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.

General competence:

  • Apply knowledge and skills acquired during the study to new areas and fields in order to carry out advanced tasks and projects.

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.

Compulsory units

  • HELVIT300: Introduction to Philosophy of Science and Research Ethics
  • BMED320: Methods in Medical Cell Biology


You can choose to specialize within three different Biomedical fields: Human Physiology, Medical Cell Biology and Biomedical Image Sciences. 

In the second semester you will be able to choose from a range of elective courses according to your interest and the direction of your studies. In the third and fourth semester you will work on a master project within one of these three different specializations.

Recommended electives

  • BMED330: Cell Communication and Intracellular Signaling
  • BMED331: Tumour Biology
  • BMED360: In Vivo Imaging and Physiological Modelling
  • BMED340: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • BMED350: Cardiovascular Physiology
  • BMED38: Biomedical Nutrition Physiology
  • HUMGEN301: Human Molecular Genetics
  • HUPAT301: Basic Human Pathology

Sequential Requirements, courses

1. Semester

In the first semester you will attend two mandatory courses, providing a general, yet advanced biomedical basis for further studies.  

2. Semester

In the second semester you will be able to specialize by choosing elective courses equalling 30 ECTS. 

3. and 4. Semester

In the 3rd and 4th semester you will be working on your own independent research project, the Master's Thesis (equalling 60 ECTS). You will be participating in an active scientific community through daily contact with researchers and peer students. 

Shortly after the start of the semester we will provide information about available master projects at the Faculty of Medicine. You are free to look for a project on your own, but remember that all Master's projects must be approved by the Programme Committee for the Master's Programme in Biomedical Sciences.

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:

Teaching methods

Lectures, demonstrations, self-study, group work, laboratory work.

Assessment methods

Typical assessment methods will be: 

  • Written (school) exam
  • Oral exam
  • Home exam/written assignments
  • Oral/practical presentations
  • Assessment of laboratory work (practical)
  • Final oral examination (Master's exam)

Grading scale

At the University of Bergen the grading system has either:

  1. a descending scale from A to E for passes and F for fail
  2. pass/fail

 Grading A-F is most commonly used.

Diploma and Diploma supplement

You can order your diploma after having finished your degree at this website: https://tjinfo.uib.no/diploma

Access to further studies

With a Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences you are qualified for applying for PhD fellowships. A doctoral degree allows for an academic career, but do also provide opportunities within the bio-industry, administration and/or various research-related positions in the private sector.


Graduates from this programme are eligible for a wide range of career paths in both public and private sector. Our master's programme in Biomedical Sciences makes you eligible for work at for instance research companies and industries, hospitals, teaching etc.

Our graduates have landed jobs as for instance:

  • Researcher at Bionor Pharma
  • Project manager at Haukeland University Hospital
  • Sectional engineer at Oslo University Hospital


You can qualify to work as teacher in secondary high schools or university colleges if you complete one year of practical pedagogy training.


You can apply for a PhD degree at UiB or another institution if you are interested in pursuing a career within research


The Master's programme is continually evaluated in accordance with the guidelines for quality assurance at UiB. You can find course and programme evaluations at kvalitetsbasen.uib.no

Programme committee

The Programme Committee in Biomedicine is responsible for the scientific content and the quality of the study programme.

Administrative responsibility

The Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biomedicine.

Contact information

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