First cycle (Bachelor's) education

The Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology provides basic education in Biomedicine, Medicine and Optometry.

MTC teachers are also co-organizing six more courses for biomedical students at KI and KTH as well as a course in clinical microbiology for the medical students.

The Director of First Level Studies has the task of planning and coordinating First cycle (Bachelor's) educational activities at MTC. First cycle (Bachelor's) educational coordinator works in collaboration with the faculty at MTC and the education secretariat:

MTC Education Office

Bachelor Program in Biomedicine: Infection and Immunity

Basic immunology including morphology and general functions of the cells, proteins and organs of the immune system. Maturation, interactions and regulations of innate and adaptive immune responses. Clinical orientated immunology including autoimmunity, allergy and transplantation immunology.Morphology, taxonomy, genetics and metabolism of bacteria. Microbial ecology including normal flora in humans. Interactions between bacteria and eukaryotic cells. Pathogenicity and virulence factors. Function of antibiotics at a molecular level. Structure, classification and replication of viruses. Viral pathogenicity and antiviral agents. Life cycle and pathogenicity of parasites. Traditional vaccines.

Biomedicine Program at KI

Second cycle (Master's) Program 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.

Second cycle (Master's) Degree Programme in Biomedicine, 120 ECTS credits

Research Introductory Courses for Biomedical Students 1 to 3

These courses are offered students on the bachelor’s programme in biomedicine at KI, one course per year of the programme. The courses will give an introduction to how research is conducted. The courses consists of an introduction to how to write scientifically, to document research and an introduction to ethical considerations. The major part of the course consists of practically taking part in a research project. The course ends with oral presentations and a written report of the conducted research.
More information can be found on the course web pages which are located here:

Research Introductory Courses for Biomedical Students 1 to 3 website


MTC runs two courses (modules) as part of Karolinska Institutets five year Medical Doctor education. These courses are given in Swedish.

Den Sjuka Människan 1 
(DSM 1)

Den sjuka människan 2 (DSM 2.1)


Optometry Website (term 2)

Summer Course in Medical Science (Sommarkurs i medicinsk forskning)

Summer Course in Medical Science (1QA017), 10,5 ECTS

Summer Research School in Biomedical Research (Sommarforskarskola för gymnasieelever)

Summer Research School in Biomedical Research