Biomedicine (including Toxicology and Bioentrepreneurship) 15/16
Biomedicine is an exciting scientific field that analyses and solves medical problems by applying the latest chemical and biological knowledge. After graduation employment in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry, or in academic research, may be possible.
In order to be accepted as an exchange student at KI, the applicant must be enrolled at a university that has a written exchange agreement with KI for the specific study programme of interest. Exchange students should be nominated by their home institution. The final decision on admission will be made by KI.
All courses are full-time courses and require at least 40 hours of work per week. A student can only attend one course at a time. One study week is equivalent to 1.5 ECTS credits. The performance will be graded in accordance with the ECTS grading scale and on the basis of the student´s fulfillment of the learning outcomes stated in the course syllabus.
General requirements have to be met in order to apply for the courses:
- A very good command of English (equal to a TOEFL score of 550)
- 60 ECTS credits (1 year of study) at the home university
Courses offered on Bachelor level
Specific requirements may apply.
Courses offered during semester 2 in the curriculum (spring semester)
- 1BI021 Medical Biochemistry, 10 ECTS credits (Early January - Beg March)
- 1BI022 Cell biology and genetics, 20 ECTS credits (Beg March - Beg June)
Courses offered during semester 3 in the curriculum (autumn semester)
- 1BI023 Infection and Immunity, 15 ECTS credits (End Aug-End October)
- 1BI024 Integrative Physiology, 15 ECTS credits (End October-Mid January)
Courses offered during semester 4 in the curriculum (spring semester)
- 1BI007 Neuroscience, 10 ECTS credits (Mid January-Beg March)
- 1BI005 Tissue Biology, 5 ECTS credits (Beg March-End March)
- 1BI008 Pharmacology and Toxicology, 10 ECTS credits (End March-Mid May)
- 1BI009 Biostatistics, 5 ECTS credits (Mid May-Beg June)
Courses offered during semester 5 in the curriculum
- 1BI011 Molecular Oncology and Biostatistics, 15 ECTS credits (End August-End October).
- 1BI012 Molecular Medicine, 15 ECTS credits (Beg November-Mid January).
The Biomedicine Programme offers research-oriented projects on Bachelor level during both autumn and spring semester 2013/2014. Students can choose between 15, 22.5 and 30 ECTS credits. One credit is equivalent to 1.5 week. Students will have to make the initial arrangements themselves and present the project area as well as a supervisor at Karolinska Institutet when applying.
One example of a syllabus is presented below.
- 1EE051 Biomedical project for exchange students, 10 ECTS credits (6.5 weeks)
Courses offered on Master's level in Biomedicine
General requirements: Bachelor Degree or equivalent. In addition, specific requirements may apply. Please consult the course syllabuses for specific requirements.
Courses offered during semester 1 (autumn)
- 4BI069 Frontiers in Translational Medicine, 22 ECTS credits (places are very limited, so a study place is by no means guaranteed)
Courses offered during semester 2 (spring)
- 4BI094 Applies communication in biomedicine 2, 5 ECTS credits
- 4BI073 Bioinformatics, 5 ECTS credits
- 4BI071 Biostatistics, 6 ECTS credits
- 4BI068 From Science to Business - Concepts in Biotechnology, 9 ECTS credits*
* The course is a part time course, held two night a week between 5 pm and 8 pm.
Courses offered during semester 3 and 4
The Biomedicine Programme offers research-oriented projects on Masters´ level during both autumn and spring semester. Students can choose between 15, 18, 22.5, 30 and 60 ECTS credits. One credit is equivalent to 1.5 weeks. One example of a syllabus is presented below. Students will have to make the initial arrangements themselves and present the project area as well as a supervisor at Karolinska Institutet when applying.
- 2EE084 Biomedical project for exchange students
Courses offered on Master's level in Toxicology
(courses starting with TOX in the application form)
General requirements: Bachelor Degree in life sciences or equivalent. In addition, specific requirements may apply. Please consult the course syllabuses for specific requirements.
Courses offered during semester 1 (autumn semester)
- 4TX018 Principles of toxicology, 7.5 ECTS credits
- 4TX012 Toxicokinetics, 3 ECTS credits
- 4TX017 Target organ toxicology, 14.5 ECTS credits
- 4TX016 Histopathology and clinical pathology, 5 ECTS credits
Courses offered during semester 2 (spring semester)
- 4TX021 Applications of methods in toxicological research, 18 ECTS credits
- 4TX002 Health risk assessment of chemicals, 7.5 ECTS credits
Courses offered on Master's level in Bioentrepreneurship
(courses starting with BIOENTR in the application form)
General requirements: Bachelor Degree or equivalent and a university level course in economics. In addition, specific requirements may apply. Please consult the course syllabuses for specific requirements.
Courses offered during semester 1 (autumn)
- 4BP033 Project management: Leadership and control, 6 ECTS credits
- 4BP024 Entrepreneurship in the life sciences, 6 ECTS credits
- 4BP030 Business development, 6 ECTS credits
- 2XX017 From idea to service business - transforming health care, 7.5 ECTS credits
Courses offered during semester 2 (spring)
- 2XX002 From Science to Business - Concepts in Biotechnology, 7.5 ECTS credits
- 4BP029 Market Analysis, 7.5 Credits
More information about the study programmes, please visit the websites:
- May 1, for autumn term (end of August to mid-January)
- November 1, for the spring term (mid-January to the beginning of June)
Who can apply?
When you have been nominated by your home university for exchange studies at Karolinska Institutet, you can apply using the form below.
Will I be admitted?
There are only a limited number of places on curricular courses and projects. You apply in competition and a study place cannot be guaranteed. Please choose more than one alternative when filling in the application form, since that will increase you chances of being admitted.
How do I apply?
Start the on-line application below by selecting your home university, preferred period of study and language of instruction. Then look through the entire form and read all the information carefully, especially under proposed study programme at Karolinska Institutet. Mandatory information is marked " * ". You will not be able to submit the application if you omit this information.
Have all the information ready when you start
Once you have started to enter the required information on-line, you cannot save it to continue at a later stage. This means that you must have all information ready by the time you wish to submit your application, which will take about 15 minutes to complete. As long as you are actively entering information, there is no time limit.
Remember to print the application and registration number. Please note that you must print your application before you submit it electronically. You submit the application by pressing the "Submit" button at the end of the form. Note that when this is done you cannot make any changes! You will immediately get a notification that your application has been registered along with a registration number unique to your application. Please make a note of this registration number as it is used to check the status of your application.
What do I do with my printed application? Once you have printed the application, sign it and also have it signed by the international coordinator or contact person at your university. Please send the application to the international student coordinator by regular mail, together with :
- A verified transcript of credits and grades, i.e. list of courses passed at your home university
- A verified copy of your passport, where your photo and details are visible. The copy MUST be certified by your university, i.e. signed and stamped by somebody who works at your university, who can certify that it is a copy of your passport. A copy of an ID-card is not sufficient.
- CV in English
- One photograph (passport size )
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
The information you enter will be stored in a database and treated according to PUL (Personal Data Act - Swedish Code of Statutes, SFS 1998:204).
More information about the study programmes
Bachelor programme in Biomedicine (180 Higher Education Credits, 3 years)
A graduate in Biomedicine has knowledge about human biology and the healthy and unhealthy body, predominantly the mechanisms behind major public health concerns such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, allergy and dementia. The biomedical researcher discovers and applies new insights on the molecular level in order to develop future methods of diagnosis and treatment, and spreads this knowledge to other scientists, healthcare personnel and the general public.
The study programme in biomedicine has a scientific base centring on human biological processes. It includes basic science and medical subjects, and combines theory with practical work with use of statistics. The study programme also studies how drugs work, how they are produced and how they are metabolised in the body. The education takes place in active research environments.
The practical training takes place in laboratories at KI. The final term includes a degree project at an academic institution or a pharmaceutical and research company.
Master Programmes (120 Higher Education Credits, 2 years)
As a student at the Master programme in Bioentrepreneurship (MBE) you will lay a foundation for a life science industry career.
The programme is tailored for students with a background in medicine, natural sciences or technology who wishes to apply this knowledge and work with the development and management of projects and companies in the life sciences field.
Your core courses during the programme all revolve around the central themes of how to manage and develop life science companies. You will study the entrepreneurial process and the factors that drive innovation. You will learn how products in this highly regulated industry are developed with often long time spans and high costs. You will learn the specifics of the life science markets and how products are launched. You will also learn about business development and what drives the industry, such as collaborations, mergers and acquisitions. During the two years in the programme, these core courses will also be coupled with courses in general management and business, all to prepare you for your future career. These business courses are offered together with our partner university, KTH - The Royal Institute of Technology.
A key concept within this programme is the application of knowledge in the real world. Therefore, many of the courses use real cases to learn from. Also, many of the lecturers are experienced business leaders who share their knowledge and experience.
The two internships that are included in the programme let you practice what you have learned while you perform tasks in a company or organization within the life science field. These experiences will give you valuable knowledge and insights as well as networks that will provide you with a head start for your future career.
The Master Programme in Biomedicine advances your knowledge in the broad and expanding field of biomedicine and molecular medicine having the aim to contribute to improved human health. The programme lays the foundation for independent work using and obtaining new knowledge in molecular medicine. It can be an entrance to a research career or the basis for jobs in which profound knowledge in biomedicine is a prerequisite e.g. in the pharmaceutical industry.
The education is focused on mechanisms and therapeutic strategies of the most common diseases of today including infections, cancer and metabolic and neurological disorders. Understanding and development of forefront methods is an important part. Rather than giving answers, the education trains the students to address the questions why and how. The programme is developed by experienced scientists and is based on the work in the research laboratories at Karolinska Institutet.
Studying Toxicology is a way of learning how to understand various mechanisms of toxicity and how to assess health risks with the use of chemicals in our daily life. Knowledge and training in toxicology will give you the opportunity to contribute to a future with safe and sustainable use of chemicals, pesticides and drugs.
The education provides a solid platform for future studies in the field, or for working in the pharmaceutical industry, for example, or with clinical pharmaceutical trials, marketing, finance and information regarding the biomedical/biotechnical field.