Master's Programme in Biomedicine

Master's Programme in Biomedicine

  • 120 credits
  • 2 years
  • Start of programme: Introductory week late August. Lectures begin August 29, 2022.  
  • Degree: Master of Medical Science with a Major in Biomedicine  

The Global 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 cutting edge knowledge and essential practical and communication skills for an academic research career within the field of biomedicine. It focuses on understanding disease mechanisms at a molecular level, particularly for the most common and widespread diseases, with the aim of developing future methods for the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases.

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading universities in the biomedical field. The Global Master's Programme in Biomedicine is heavily research-oriented, running in close association with Karolinska Institutet's renowned research environment and integrated with doctoral education. The programme focuses on basic biological knowledge and how it is used to drive medical developments forward. As a student, the first part of the programme provides you with an advanced biomedical base that builds upon your bachelor studies. You then develop a personalised study profile through deeper exploration of one or more of Karolinska Institutet's research areas, by selecting elective courses, which are performed together with PhD students, and through the choice of research area(s) for your independent research projects. Read more on how the programme is structured in the programme syllabus.

Career opportunities

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

Application Autumn 2022

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Study location: Solna
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: 17 January 2022
  • Documentation deadline: 1 February 2022
  • Application code: KI-D1001

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, medicine, or the equivalent. Check the country specific requirements for information on how to meet the requirement of a degree equivalent to at least 180 credits. Applicants who are in their final year may be conditionally admitted.

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary school course English 6/English B. You must prove that you meet the English language requirement either through an internationally recognised test, previous university studies or upper secondary school studies. Instructions on how to document your English proficiency are available at


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. In the CV form you will find instructions on how to certify your experiences.

All documents must have reached University Admissions by the deadline for supporting documents 1 February 2022.

Documentation requirements

Applicants with foreign academic credentials should follow the documentation requirements for master's applicants at

Applicants with Swedish academic credentials should follow the documentation requirements at

All documents must have reached University Admissions by the deadline for supporting documents 1 of February 2022.


The application is made through University Admissions in Sweden. The online application opens 18 October 2021.

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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

Application process

Read more on entry requirements, documentation requirements and the selection process at Admissions to Global Master'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 director, Rachel Fisher,, +46 8 517 732 45

Contact information for the central Study Guidance Office

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