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Biomedicine courses

Biomedicin student

Bachelor's programme in Biomedicine

This programme gives you extensive knowledge of the biology and pathology of the human body with understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying major global diseases, e.g. cancer, cardiovascular diseases, allergies, infections and dementia, and also knowledge of their diagnosis and treatment.

You will be trained in an active research environment and have contact with the front-line of biomedical and clinically oriented research through lectures, seminars, laboratory practices and projects. As biomedicine is an international subject and has an international work arena students are encouraged to study part of the programme at one of our international partner universities.

Many Bachelor´s students, with their solid base in biomedicine, continue into our master´s programmes in biomedicine, toxicology or bioentrepreneurship from which they carry on into research in academia or industry or into management in the life science sector.

Courses offered

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Biomedical Science, 6 credits
  • General and Organic Chemistry, 12 credits
  • Cell-, Stem Cell and Developmental Biology, 12 credits

Semester 2

  • Biochemistry, 12 credits
  • Genetics, Genomics and Functional Genomics, 10 credits
  • Chemical Biology, 8 credits

Semester 3

  • Biostatistics, 4,5 credits
  • Tissue Biology, 4 credits
  • Immunology and Microbiology, 13 credits
  • Neuroscience, 8,5 credits

Semester 4

  • Physiology, 13 credits
  • Pathology, 3 credits
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology, 10 credits
  • The Life Science Industry, 4 credits

Semester 5

  • Molecular Medicine – Oncology, 15 credits
  • Molecular Medicine – Cardiometabolic and Infectious Diseases, 15 credits

Semester 6

  • Alternative 1: Degree Project in Biomedicine, 30 credits
  • Alternative 2: Degree Project in Biomedicine, 22,5 hp and Elective Course(s), 7,5 credits


Master's programme in Biomedicine

The Master's Programme in Biomedicine is a natural education to follow an achieved BSc in the biomedical field.

The programme advances your knowledge in the broad and expanding fields of biomedicine and molecular medicine, aiming to contribute to improved human health. The Bologna Declaration in higher education throughout Europe is implemented, giving a student-centred education with an outcome-based curriculum.

The programme is developed by experienced scientists and is based on work done in the research laboratories at Karolinska Institutet.

It consists of compulsory taught components, large proportions of individual projects including a degree project and advanced elective courses. There are also opportunities for exchange studies.


Courses offered

Semester 1

  • Applied communication in biomedicine 1 including philosophy of science and bioethics (8 credits)
  • Frontiers in translational medicine (22 credits)

Semester 2

  • Laboratory animal science in theory and practice (4.5 credits)
  • Applied communication in biomedicine 2 (5 credits)
  • Bioinformatics (5.5 credits)
  • Biostatistics (6 credits)
  • Elective courses (9 credits):
    Junior research project, From science to business

Semester 3

  • Applied communication in biomedicine 3 (2.5 credits)
  • Applied communication in biomedicine 4 (2.5 credits)
  • Research project (16 credits)
  • Elective tracks (9 credits):
    Immunology and infection biology, Neuroscience, Tumor Biology, Metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, Advanced Course in Development Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Semester 4

  • Degree project (30 credits)