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Bachelor's Programme in Biomedicine

Bachelor's Programme in Biomedicine

  • 180 credits
  • 3 years
  • Start of programme: Introductory week late August. Lectures begin 2 September, 2024.  
  • Degree: Bachelor of Medical Science with a Major in Biomedicine  

The Bachelor's Programme in Biomedicine at Karolinska Institutet is an international study programme taught in English.
Graduates in Biomedicine have a broad knowledge of the biology and pathology of the human body and an understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying major global diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, infections and neurological diseases.

Programme presentation

The programme runs in an active research environment, in close contact with the front-line biomedical research performed at Karolinska Institutet. Since biomedicine is a discipline built around international collaboration, you are encouraged to study part of the programme at one of our international partner universities.
The curriculum consists of courses in general natural sciences, together with more medically oriented courses. As a student, you are trained in laboratory practices and scientific methods, and introduced to basic and translational research. Teaching is conducted at several of the departments at Karolinska Institutet.
The final semester consists of a degree project, which provides you with the opportunity of choosing your own subject area within the field of biomedicine. The project is carried out at either an academic institution or a pharmaceutical company, in Sweden or abroad.

Programme syllabus - read more about the learning objectives, content and structure of the programme

Programme web page - for current students on the programme or if you are interested in learning more

Career opportunities

The programme gives you a solid base for further studies at a master's level, such as the international Master's Programmes in Biomedicine, Bioentrepreneurship or Toxicology at Karolinska Institutet. The programme provides a foundation for a career in research, management, marketing, clinical trials, or in media relating to the field of biomedicine, in either the life science sector or an academic setting.


Application Autumn 2024 – 1st intake (International)

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Study location: Solna
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2024
  • Application code: KI-D7000

Specific entry requirements

General eligibility (with exemption from Swedish language proficiency). The Swedish upper secondary school courses Biology 2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4 or Mathemics D, or the equivalent courses. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary school course English 6.

Proficiency in the English language can be documented by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or other documentation that according to regulations certifies the equivalence of English 6/English B at Swedish upper secondary school.

Please read the information at on how to document your English language proficiency.

Application rounds

15 January application deadline (online application open 16 October - 15 January):

  • Open for all international applicants
  • Applicants who need to apply for a visa to study in Sweden must apply in this application round
  • EU/EEA applicants with completed upper secondary school/high school are also advised to apply in this application round

15 April deadline (online application open 15 March - 15 April):

  • Open for national and EU/EEA applicants.
  • EU/EEA applicants studying in their final year of upper secondary school/high school must apply in this application round
  • National applicants should also apply in this application round


15 January application round: The selection is based upon the applicant's upper secondary school qualifications (grade tariff).

15 April application round: The selection is based upon the applicant's upper secondary school qualifications (grade tariff) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (Högskoleprovet) in the ratio 66% / 34%.

Documentation requirements

Applicants with foreign upper secondary school qualifications should follow the documentation requirements for bachelor's applicants at

Applicants with Swedish upper secondary school qualifications should follow the documentation requirements at

All documents must have reached University Admissions in Sweden by the deadline for the supporting documents.


The application is made through University Admissions in Sweden. The online application opens 16 October 2023.

Apply at


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: 540 000 SEK
First instalment: 90 000 SEK
Payment of fees

Application process

Read more on entry requirements, documentation requirements and the selection process at Admissions to Global Bachelor's Programmes.


For information on the application process please contact the Admissions Office at Karolinska Institutet.

For more information about the programme and its outline, please contact:
Programme Study Director Jonas Sundbäck,, +46 8 524 867 68

Contact information for the central Study Guidance Office

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