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Programme of study

Master's Programme in Medical Biology

Specializations:

Biomedical Image Sciences

Objectives and content

The study track in Biomedical Image Sciences is primarily intended for students with a BSc degree in the exact sciences (physics, informatics, mathematics, statistics) who wants to acquire competence in biomedicine and work on biomedical imaging applications. The curriculum differs from a Master's programme in mathematics or in physics in that it focuses on theory and applications in biology and medicine more than the development of new technology, generic methods and algorithms per se.

Biomedical Image Sciences offers a broad collection of courses, both at the Department of Biomedicine, Department of Mathematics, Department of Informatics and the Department of Physics and Technology. The study track is also well integrated with the cross-disciplinary MedViz initiative, which focuses on advanced medical image analysis and visualization in order to bridge the gap between "bench and bedside", and where research groups and potential supervisors at UiB, Haukeland University Hospital, and Christian Michelsen Research AS participate.

This enables students to focus either on (i) a fundamental research project aimed at designing novel methods for a problem-specific image analysis or modeling task in biomedicine, or (ii) an application-oriented project aimed at improving or validating existing imaging methods or perform quantitative analysis of image data from clinical examinations, animal-, or cell experiments, where morphological, physiological, or statistical parameters, or other biomarkers are to be extracted. It is also possible to focus on topics within "image-based system biology", biological/medical visualization, and biomedical aspects of "computer vision", "pattern recognition" and "machine learning".

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Interview with students: http://www.uib.no/biomedisin/en/nyheter/2012/01/cross-disciplinary-study

The Degree

The programme leads to a master degree in Medical Biology - Biomedical Image Sciences. It is a two-year programme (120 ECTS).

Study Period Abroad

It is possible to take parts of the programme at a foreign educational institution. We have exchange agreements with several European institutions concering courses, and it is also be possible to go on exchange for the Master's thesis (last year) to Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, Turku University in Finland or University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Professional Prospects

Biomedical Image Sciences will be an expanding field for many years to come, both in academia, industry and in hospitals. Students completing their Master programme will have several interesting career opportunities. An important fraction of Biomedical Image Sciences students will continue their research towards a PhD degree, either at our institution or elsewhere. This is the recommended route if you plan for a university career or if you want to work as an imaging scientist in a hospital abroad, or do research in an industrial setting. Other students will continue their career directly as an employee in a company (R&D or marketing), in a clinical department, or in a research laboratory.

Start-up Date

Start-up each August.

Application procedyre

The study track is aimed at people who have a bachelor's degree in physics, computer science, mathematics or statistics. Nevertheless, students with bachelor's degree in biology / life sciences, and strong interest in biomedical image analysis and programming could also be qualified. A bachelor's degree in biology would have to include 30 ECTS in mathematics and 20 ECTS in programming.

Admission requires a good knowledge of written and oral English as all courses will be taught in English. Non-native English speakers must document their English language proficiency. For more information:

https://www.uib.no/education/admission/master/international-applicants-residing-abroad/english-language-requirements

For all students, admission to the programme requires that you are in upper secondary division or higher.

You apply for admission at this website:

http://www.uib.no/education/admission/master/international-applicants-residing-abroad/applicants-financing-their-own-studies#howdoiapply

Application deadline is 1 December every year. We do not accept late applications.

For international applicants residing in Norway (with a valid residence permit and a Norwegian ID number) the application deadline is 15 April.

You will find more information at this website:

http://www.uib.no/education/admission/master/international-applicants-residing-in-norway

For further details, please contact Department of Biomedicine: studie@biomed.uib.no.

Who may apply

Self-financing degree students.

More information

Department of Biomedicine

studie@biomed.uib.no / (+47) 55 58 64 40

Language of Instruction

English

Objectives and content

The study track in Biomedical Image Sciences is primarily intended for students with a BSc degree in the exact sciences (physics, informatics, mathematics, statistics) who wants to acquire competence in biomedicine and work on biomedical imaging applications. The curriculum differs from a Master's programme in mathematics or in physics in that it focuses on theory and applications in biology and medicine more than the development of new technology, generic methods and algorithms per se.

Biomedical Image Sciences offers a broad collection of courses, both at the Department of Biomedicine, Department of Mathematics, Department of Informatics and the Department of Physics and Technology. The study track is also well integrated with the cross-disciplinary MedViz initiative, which focuses on advanced medical image analysis and visualization in order to bridge the gap between "bench and bedside", and where research groups and potential supervisors at UiB, Haukeland University Hospital, and Christian Michelsen Research AS participate.

This enables students to focus either on (i) a fundamental research project aimed at designing novel methods for a problem-specific image analysis or modeling task in biomedicine, or (ii) an application-oriented project aimed at improving or validating existing imaging methods or perform quantitative analysis of image data from clinical examinations, animal-, or cell experiments, where morphological, physiological, or statistical parameters, or other biomarkers are to be extracted. It is also possible to focus on topics within "image-based system biology", biological/medical visualization, and biomedical aspects of "computer vision", "pattern recognition" and "machine learning".

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Interview with students: http://www.uib.no/biomedisin/en/nyheter/2012/01/cross-disciplinary-study

Required Learning Outcomes

After completion of the Master´s Programme in Medical Biology - Biomedical Image Sciences the student should be able to:

Knowledge

  • Present advanced knowledge about key imaging teqniques, as well as about the methods used within the field.
  • Present niche/specialized knowledge within a limited research field (the subject matter of the Master´s thesis).

Skills/Competences

  • Analyze key theories, methods and results within biomedical image processing and image analysis in a critical manner, and work independently with practical and theoretical problem solving.
  • Conduct an independent, limited research/development project under supervision, in line with current research ethics.
  • Apply knowledge and skills acquired during the Master's Programme to new areas and fields, and carry out advanced tasks and projects.
  • Communicate - orally and in writing - issues, themes and problems within biomedical imaging, analysis and conclusions in a scientific manner.
  • Explain basic research's role in modern medicine and the need for interdisciplinary research.

Compulsory units

The following courses are mandatory:

BMED310 - Philosophy of Science and research ethics (5 credits)

MNF262 - Introduction to image processing and visualization (10 credits)

BMED360 - In vivo imaging and physiological modeling (10 credits)

PHYS212 - Medical Physics and Technology (10)

BMED395 - Master's Thesis in Medical Biology (60 credits)

All mandatory courses, and 25 elective credits approved by the programme committee, must be passed before one can take the final master's exam. Students must complete two progress reports (oral presentation) during the study period. The Master's thesis must be delivered no later than 1 June in the fourth semester.
The programme is governed by a master agreement.

Recommended electives

This programme focuses strongly on methodological training and skills within the exact sciences.

¿ A student with very little experience in programming must take course in scientific / numerical programming as part of the elective component of the program.

¿ A student who does not have experience within biological sciences must take courses in biology as part of the elective component.

¿ A student with a background mainly in biology or biological science must take mathematics as part of the elective component.

¿ A student with a background mainly in the exact sciences and scientific programming experience take physiology, histology or neurobiology as part of the elective component.

Note that the elective courses must be relevant to the study programme and approved by the programme committee. Application to the programme committee must take place well before the course starts: studie@biomed.uib.no

Sequential Requirements, courses

The study track in Biomedical Image Sciences is comprised of two main components: The first year consists of basic and compulsury courses (60 ECTS credits) and the second year of a research assignment (thesis 60 ECTS credits).

1. Semester

BMED310 - Philosophy of Science and research ethics (5 credits)

MNF262 - Introduction to image processing and visualization (10 credits)

BMED360 - In vivo imaging and physiological modeling (10 credits)

Optional course (5 credits)

2. Semester

PHYS212 - Medical Physics and Technology (10 credits)

Optional courses (20 credits)

3. and 4 Semester

Master Thesis (60 credits)

The research project involves independent research with a focus on problem-specific development of methods or image-based modeling, or experimental work related to validation or data analysis using established methods. The research project is performed with co-supervision typically between Department of Biomedicine (incl. Molecular Imaging Center) or a clinical department at Haukeland University Hospital, on one side, and Department of Mathematics, Department of Informatics, or Department of Physics and Technology at the other.

Shortly after starting the first year, students will be informed about available projects. They should then choose a project within 1. February, and at the latest by the end of the second semester. The student will normally be affiliated to a research group at the Department of Biomedicine, but can also choose a project at other departments at the faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. All projects must be approved by the programme committee.

The written master thesis, which must be completed by the end of the fourth semester, consist of an introductory part, description of the materials and methods and a presentation and discussion of the obtained results (totalling 60-80 pages).

Teaching methods

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

Assessment methods

Written and oral examinations, written and oral presentations.

Grading scale

Pass/fail grading system, or A-F

Access to further studies

With a completed master's degree you are eligible for admission to the PhD program (PhD). Note that most doctoral scholarships require that the grade on the final master's exam is high.

Employability

Biomedical Image Sciences will be an expanding field for many years to come, both in academia, industry and in hospitals. Students completing their Master programme will have several interesting career opportunities. An important fraction of Biomedical Image Sciences students will continue their research towards a PhD degree, either at our institution or elsewhere. This is the recommended route if you plan for a university career or if you want to work as an imaging scientist in a hospital abroad, or do research in an industrial setting. Other students will continue their career directly as an employee in a company (R&D or marketing), in a clinical department, or in a research laboratory.

Evaluation

The programme is continually evaluated by a programme sensor according to guidelines for quality assurance at UiB.

Programme committee

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and The Programme Committee in Medical Biology.

Administrative responsibility

The Department of Biomedicine: studie@biomed.uib.no

Study Period Abroad

It is possible to take parts of the programme at a foreign educational institution. We have exchange agreements with several European institutions concering courses, and it is also be possible to go on exchange for the Master's thesis (last year) to Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, Turku University in Finland or University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

MAMD-MEDBI/Master in Medical Biology
SP = studiepoeng, S = semester, A = anbefalt semester
Biomedical Image Sciences (krav: 120 SP)
Compulsory courses (krav: 35 SP)
    Mandatory course
Emnekode Emnetittel SP S A
BMED310 Philosophy of Science and Research Ethics 5 1
MNF262 Introduction to Image Processing and Visualization 10 1
BMED360 In Vivo Imaging and Physiological Modelling 10 1
PHYS212 Physics of Medical Imaging 10 2
Optional courses (krav: 25 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
Emnekode Emnetittel SP S A
HUPAT301 Basic Human Pathology 5 2
Master's Thesis (krav: 60 SP)
  Mandatory course
Emnekode Emnetittel SP S A
BMED395 Master's Thesis in Medical Biology 60 3
Tutoring contract
Mandatory course
SP S A
Tutoring Contract for Master Program in Medical Biology - -