Biomedical Sciences, Master's , 2 years

  • Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120
  • Tuition feeNone


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).



What you Learn

Required Learning Outcomes

After completion of the Master´s Programme in Biomedical Sciences students should be able to: 

  • Critically analyze central theories, methods and results within the field of Biomedicine, and work independently with practical and theoretical problem solving.
  • 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.
  • Communicate biomedical problems, analysis and conclusions in a scientific manner, both orally and in writing.
  • Explain the role of basic research in modern medicine.

Study Period Abroad

Study period abroad

We encourage students to take parts of their curriculum at foreign educational institutions. The Master's programme in Biomedical Sciences is a partner in the Nordic Biomedical Master Network (https://nordbiomed.org/) which includes four partner universities; The Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, Turku University in Finland, University of Eastern Finland and the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. You may go on exchange to take courses at these partner universities, lab projects and also the experimental part of the Master's project. 

You can also go on exchange to other European universities where we have exchange agreements.

For more information, please visit http://www.uib.no/en/biomedisin/63531/student-exchange#

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

This Master´s Programme is open to self-financing applicants. You need a bachelor's degree in Molecular and/or Cell biology, Biomedicine, Physiology, Life Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or the like. You should have a minimum 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 will be assessed individually. The selection of students will be based on the following criteria: 

- Depth and relevance of educational training

- Academic results

- English proficiency

- Year of completion of academic degree (should not be older than 5 years). Exceptions from this rule may be considered on individual basis.

You need to be physically able to perform practical work in the laboratory in order to be accepted to the programme.  

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

English proficiency:

Non-native English speakers must document their English language proficiency.

Application procedure

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



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
HUIMM303Human Immunobiology 102
BMED370Computational methods for drug design52
HUIMM307Basic Course in Flow Cytometry52
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
Student and lab

More information

About the programme

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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: