Education at UBE

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The Unit for Bioentrepreneurship (UBE) develops and provides educational activities related to innovation and entrepreneurship within life science. The education offered is ranging from single lectures to courses, project works and a two year master programme. The education is aiming at different target groups, from undergraduate students, to PhD candidates, researchers, clinicians and teachers. The pedagogic model at UBE is student-centred and based on "entrepreneurial learning" to create conditions for creativity, reflection and initiative in teaching. Lectures are often held by external experts with diverse backgrounds and serve as inspiration and a source to discussion. Theoretical knowledge is obtained through literature studies and applied through practical work such as workshops, case exercises and projects, often in groups.

UBE is the KI competence centre within SSES (Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship). Today three of UBE:s courses are given in collaboration with SSES.

We are also very happy to be able to offer KI undergraduate and postgraduate students different interesting courses in collaboration with the other SSES schools. All of the courses are open to students from Karolinska Institutet, KTH, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm University and Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design).

Master's programme in Bioentrepreneurship

The Master's programme in Bioentrepreneurship (MBE) is a 120 higher education credits programme that provide the foundation needed for future leaders in industry, investment companies or other organisations in the biomedical field.

Why study bioentrepreneurship at Karolinska Institutet?

In the rapidly developing life science industry, there is an urgent need for people who combine business knowledge with the understanding of science and technology.
Focus on real life issues, cases and internships gives you experience and networks that will enhance your future career.
As a bioentrepreneur you will help bridge the gap between research and the public and private sectors.

Programme presentation and application

Information about project placements for students

Freestanding and programme elective courses

The following courses are offered within the framework of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.

Core courses - The venture creation process

Cross-disciplinary projects are a major part of the courses.

Business Model Innovation
Execution - Running Your Own Company
Growth - Managing Your Firm
Ideation - Creating a Business Idea

Context courses

Offers the opportunity to explore venture creation in specific areas.

Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries
From Idea to Service Business
From Science to Business - Concepts in Biotechnology
Social Entrepreneurship

Skills courses

Practical techniques covering a variety of skill sets.

Design Thinking
Finance for Start-ups
Negotiations for Start-ups
Trendspotting and Future Thinking

Doctoral education 

Research school in Health Innovation 

In the spring of 2017 KI organises a research school in health innovation, together with the University of Oslo and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The school consists of two courses that you apply for separately. The first course, "Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship" is equivalent to 4.5 HEC-credits and is now open for applications from postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students at KI. 

The course is divided into three modules; in Oslo, Trondheim and Stockholm. The focus is learning from industry cases and networking. 

More information on content and application process

Exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in research 

"Exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in research” is a package of short courses in entrepreneurship, only one week long. The first course begins with the discovery and identification of intellectual assets in the daily work. Then introduce relevant business tools in order to develop a business idea related to one's own research. Finally, package an already developed business idea for introduction into the start-up world. The courses are free standing, and you apply for each course separately, but the content is built on on experience from the previous courses.

Exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in research - Identify

Exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in research - Develop

Exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in research - Test


Applications for undergraduate students 

As an undergraduate student you apply for elective courses through your study program.

"From idea to service business" and "From Science to Business" are single subject courses and you apply at

NB. Important information regarding Applicants from the EU/EEA area can also contact KI:s Admissions Office for further information on how to apply.

Requirements, fees, selection, FAQ

Applications for doctoral students and postdocs 

As a doctoral student you apply for courses online using the Postgraduate catalogue. If the course catalogue is closed for application, please contact Liisa Olsson to know if there are any vacancies.

Postgraduate catalogue

Registration for SSES courses (VT17)

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