Master's Programme in Biomedicine

  • 120 credits
  • 2 years
  • Start of programme: Introductory week in late August. Lectures starts 29 August.  
  • Degree: Master of Science (120 credits) in Medical Science  

The Master's Programme in Biomedicine gives students an in-depth knowledge within the broad and expanding biomedical field and specialises in creating new and advanced skills for the improvement of human health. 

Programme presentation

The programme provides a solid platform for independent research and the application of new knowledge within the field of molecular medicine. The programme focuses on understanding disease mechanisms, particularly for the most common and widespread diseases, which may lead to the future development of methods for diagnosis and treatment of these diseases.

Karolinska Institutet (KI) is one of the world's leading universities in the biomedical field. The Master's Programme in Biomedicine is research-oriented and runs in close association with KI’s renowned research environment. The programme focuses on basic biological knowledge and how it is used to drive medical developments forward. The first part of the programme provides a general, advanced biomedical base. Students may then develop a more personalised study through deeper exploration of one of KI’s research areas, by taking elective courses and/or performing independent research projects.

Career opportunities

The programme provides a solid foundation for graduates wishing to continue with studies at the doctoral level (PhD). It also provides possibilities for a career in the field of research, or for research-related occupations, both within academia or the life science industry.

Autumn 2016

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Study location: Solna
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2016
  • Application code: KI-D1001


The online application opens 16 October 2015.

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Specific entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree or a professional degree equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in biomedicine, biotechnology, cellular and molecular biology or medicine.

Proficiency in the English language should be documented by an internationally recognized test such as TOEFL: internet based (iBT) with a total score of at least 90 and minimum score of 20 on written test, paper based (PBT) with a total score of at least 575, and minimum score of 4.5 on written test, or IELTS (academic) with an overall mark of at least 6.5 and no band less than 5.5; or other documentation that according to regulations certifies the equivalence of English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school.


The selection is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications such as previous education, relevant work and/or research experience and statement of intent. Letters of recommendation are not required.

Applicants to Karolinska Institutet´s Global Master´s programmes are asked to complete a CV form that will be used in the selection process. 

Contact the Admissions Office at KI if you have any questions,

Application and tuition fees

If you have citizenship within the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. For further details:

Application fee

900 SEK

Tuition fee

Total amount: 400 000 SEK
First instalment: 100 000 SEK
Payment of fees


For more information about the course and its outline, please contact Rachel Fisher , , +46 8 517 732 45

If you have questions about application and admission procedures please visit

Application and Admission.

Programme website

Master's Programme in Biomedicine

The Master's Programme in Biomedicine will provide you with extensive contemporary knowledge of and a strong foundation for independent work within molecular medicine. A large focus also lies on developing skills in scientific communication.

A day in the life of Preethi Pillai, Master of Biomedicine student from Singapore

Let Preethi, our biomedicine graduate give you her perspective on beeing a student at KI.