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Master's Programme in Translational Physiology and Pharmacology

Master's Programme in Translational Physiology and Pharmacology

  • 120 credits
  • 2 years
  • Start of programme: Introductory week late August. Lectures begin 1 September, 2025.  
  • Degree: Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with a Major in Translational Physiology and Pharmacology  

The Global Master's Programme in Translational Physiology and Pharmacology gives you an integrated knowledge of human physiology, pathology, and pharmacology with emphasis on mechanism-based therapies and drug development in a truly translational approach. The obtained skill set at the crossing of academia, applied science and industry is key to understanding human diseases and their treatments rendering you attractive and highly employable with the utmost potential to improve global health.

Programme presentation

The Global Master's Programme in Translational Physiology and Pharmacology focuses on the thematic and practical integration of the two disciplines physiology and pharmacology towards a translational approach combining molecular mechanisms of bodily functions and disease with a whole-body-oriented understanding.

The curriculum offers broad knowledge in translational aspects of physiology and pharmacology as well as practical skills in state-of-the-art methodology and know-how. Teaching takes place in an international and world-leading research environment at Karolinska Institutet providing outstanding laboratory training, means of scientific communication, networking opportunities with pharma- and biotech industry as well as further opportunities for academic research careers.
While the first part of the programme focuses mostly on theoretical knowledge, the second part emphasises the practical applicability of the learned skills in preclinical laboratories, as well as clinical or industrial settings.

The programme is characterised by close collaboration with pharma- and biotech companies providing supervision and secondments for project work. The programme offers ample opportunities through elective courses and individual projects and thesis work to gain broad knowledge as well as creating the foundation for a niched expertise.

Throughout the two-year programme integration of knowledge and skills is emphasised to foster a mindset of translating molecular and mechanistic understanding from basic research to novel therapy.

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 Global Master's Programme in Translational Physiology and Pharmacology gives you broad knowledge and a state-of-the-art skill set that is not only suitable for continued research education at the doctoral level but also highly attractive for a career in the pharmaceutical, biotech or medical device industry. Given their integrative nature, the competencies you obtain are highly desired in different sectors ranging from academia to industry and the public sector.

Application Autumn 2025

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Study location: Solna
  • Language: English
  • Documentation deadline: 3 February 2025
  • Application code: KI-D1009

Specific entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree or a professional degree worth at least 180 credits in biomedicine, biotechnology, cellular and molecular biology, pharmaceutics, health care, 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 testprevious 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. Only experiences which have been certified according to the instructions in the CV form, will be considered in the selection.

All documents must have reached University Admissions by the deadline for supporting documents 3 February 2025.

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 3 February 2025.


The application is made through University Admissions in Sweden.
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: 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:
Jessica Norrbom, Programme Director,

Contact information for the central Study Guidance Office