Education at UBE

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.

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. 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

From a student perspective - Studying and living in Sweden

Freestanding and programme elective courses 

Digital Health from an Entrepreneurship Perspective

The course is aimed at students in all of KI:s undergraduate programmes (a minimum of 120 credits and proficiency in English equivalent to English B/English 6.), with an interest in analyzing the area of digital health from an entrepreneurship perspective. The course aims to enable students to lead entrepreneurial projects in digital health by navigating context specific challenges and opportunities.

UBE is the KI competence centre within SSES (Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship)

All SSES courses are recognized as “Programöverskridande valbara kurser” at KI. If you want to participate just ensure you have an approval from your program councellor and contact us no later than 4 weeks before the course starts. If you are a PhD student and would like to participate in our courses, please contact Liisa Olsson,

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, Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design) and KMH Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Royal College of Music).

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.

Context courses

Offers the opportunity to explore venture creation in specific areas.

Skills courses

Practical techniques covering a variety of skill sets.

Doctoral education

We have one PhD course and School of health innovation together with the University of Oslo.

School of Health Innovation

The aim of this course is to equip the healthcare and life science researchers with tools and knowledge to innovate services for patients, create new companies with their research ideas, or bring their research ideas and talent into existing companies.

Exploring Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Research 4,5 Credits

Exploring Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Research is a course divided into three modules. The first module begins with an introduction to entrepreneurship, what it is and how it can be used in the doctoral education. The doctoral students are then given a number of practical tools to identify intellectual assets within daily work to use in a minor innovation projects based on their own research. The second module begins with an introduction to prototyping using the design thinking approach. The doctoral students are then given a number of business tools to develop a business opportunity, stemming from their research, into a business model. The last module begins with an introduction to product road map followed by a comprehensive business plan. The doctoral students are then given a number of practical business tools to write and test a complete business plan of the developed idea.

Course syllabus


Applications for undergraduate students

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 course catalogue for doctoral studies. If the course catalogue is closed for application, please contact Liisa Olsson to know if there are any vacancies.

Application process Co-up lab incubation programme

Students, undergraduate students and doctoral student are welcome to apply to the Co-up lab incubation programme. The Co-up lab events will also be open to researchers, healthcare professionals and general public. Since the focus for the incubation programme is development of ideas, testing of prototypes and packaging of concept, the selection of participants is crucial.

Student requirements

Selection criteria are set up to enroll students who are interested, have ideas, interdisciplinary and international backgrounds:

  1. Well formulated interest and ambition
  2. Well formulated idea and/or challenge area
  3. Documented experience from previous education (e.g. Innovation days or Summer schools)
  4. Educational background
  5. Country
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