Biomedical Sciences, Master's, 2 years

How does the human body function? The master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences will help you understand the health and functions of the human body on the molecular, cellular and physiological level. Biomedical research has a central role in shaping tomorrow's medicine, through the development of new drugs and understanding disease mechanisms.
  • TuitionFor non eu/eea citizens
  • Years2 Years
  • Grade requirementsMinimum C
  • LanguageEnglish
  • ECTS120
  • StartAutumn

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Welcome to the start of the semester for Biomedical Sciences at The Faculty of Medicine!

On Monday, August 12th, there will be a Welcome Ceremony for students at the university!

Semester startup: To maintain your right to study, you must attend the obligatory meeting for Biomedical Sciences Tuesday the 13th of August at 10:00 am in auditorium 2 at BB-bygget (Jonas Lies vei 91).

You can find more practical information about the start of the semester on the web page for new master students at the Faculty of Medicine.

Questions? Contact The Faculty of Medicine Student Information Centre.  

What will you learn? 

With a master’s degree in biomedical sciences, you’ll learn to understand body function and health.  

Throughout the program, you will develop the ability to:  

  • critically analyse 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  
  • apply knowledge and skills acquired during the study to new areas and fields to carry out advanced tasks and projects. 

The impact of new discoveries in biomedicine is significant: we develop technology that can lower the production costs of medicine, we analyse cancer development and progression and develop molecular imaging techniques. Fighting infectious diseases through new therapies and vaccines can also affect life in developing countries. 

See full list of required learning outcomes

More information below

Student and lab
Elias Dahlen

Student life 

In the initial year, you’ll be busy with courses, reading theory, getting to know other students, and gradually familiarizing yourself with various research groups.   

The second year you’ll work in the laboratory and become integrated in the research group matching your master’s project. You will get assigned an office space to work on your project, shared with other master’s students at the department. You’ll write your master’s thesis including theoretical work and laboratory work with your research group. This will amount to a full working week.  

This master’s programme demands both independent work and cooperation in groups with other students and staff in the research group. You will be trained in soft skills like scientific writing and dissemination skills. 

The master’s programme offers you the opportunity to be a part of an active scientific community through daily contact with researchers and students. You can engage in biomedical research and be an active member of an international research group.  

The Department of Biomedicine has excellent facilities in the Building for Basic Biological Research (BBB), which is located just outside the city centre. As a student you can join the student committee Nucleus


The Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences will qualify you for various career opportunities, including:  

  • Scientific research and academic positions.   
  • Technical positions in research laboratories (Staff engineer).   
  • Lecturer positions within the education sector.   
  • Administrative consultancy, both in public and private businesses.   
  • HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) consultancy.   
  • Research communication roles.  

92 percent of alumni with a master’s degree from The Faculty of Medicine report finding relevant work within two years of graduating.  

Admission requirements and how to apply 

Follow these links to find the general entry requirements and guidelines on how to apply: 

You will also have to meet the programme specific entry requirements

All applicants with citizenship from outside the EU/EEA must pay tuition fees. 

Study structure 

The master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences is a two-year full-time programme, starting in august each year. The field of biomedicine deals with questions like:  

  • What are the cellular mechanisms/pathways of diseases and disorders?   
  • How is the genotype in different diseases?           
  • How do genes and the environment interact?  
  • How can we improve/enhance therapeutic efficacy?  
  • How does the brain work? 

First semester 

In the first semester, you’ll have 40 hours of lectures and laboratory work per week. Most of it is mandatory.   

Mandatory courses:   

Second semester 

In the second semester, you’ll have roughly 10 hours of lectures and other activities per week. This varies depending on the courses you choose. Normally the lectures are recommended and other activities mandatory.   

The semester consists of elective courses relevant to your research field, 30 ECTS in total. You can choose other courses (both at UiB and other institutions) if they are approved by your supervisor and the Programme Committee. 

List of UiB courses

Third and fourth semester 

Master’s project   

You can choose from the available master’s topics or find a project on your own. The project must then be approved by the Programme Committee.   

You’ll meet your supervisor on a regular basis. You’ll be guided as the research project progresses in the lab, and especially when you’re writing the thesis.  

See full list of courses

Study period abroad 

There are several options if you want to spend some time abroad. As a member of the Nordic Biomedical Master Network, we have agreements with universities in Sweden, Finland and Denmark.  

You can follow courses (semester 3), do lab projects and the experimental part of the Master's project (semester 3 and 4). 

See list of recommended exchange agreements

Further studies 

You can apply for a PhD degree at UiB or other institutions if you are interested in pursuing a career in research. 

Questions about the study? 

Phone: +47 55 58 64 00 (open 12.00 - 14.00 on weekdays) 

Mail: info.med@uib.no 

Study plan 

Link to the study plan