The Experimental and Medical Biosciences master’s programme prepares students for a scientific career within the broad field of Life Sciences, with particular emphasis on understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms related to health and diseases.
The Experimental and Medical Biosciences master's programme is designed to provide students with frontline knowledge in biomedicine and related subjects. The aim of the programme is to mix theoretical knowledge with practical skills and is most pronounced in the individual experimental projects done during the first and second year of studies.
The programme is newly designed but has evolved from two previous master’s programmes at Linköping University: Medical Biosciences, and Molecular Genetics and Physiology. Previously existing courses have been further developed and new ones have been created to meet the rapid development within the area. This means that the experiences from previous programmes and the novelty of a newly improved and updated programme are united.
Courses are taught using a multitude of formats, including regular lectures, tutorial groups with Problem-Based Learning methodology, laboratory work and seminar discussions. The laboratory classes use powerful model systems to illustrate modern concepts of medical biology and Problem-Based Learning promotes lifelong learning. After two initial, mandatory courses, the choice of elective courses offers individual study plans and flexibility in creating a profile that increases employability for all students within the area of Life Sciences. Different areas, such as: Cardiovascular biology, Stem cells and Applied Regenerative Medicine, Medical Genetics, and Neurobiology are covered (for a summary of all courses, please see the curriculum), but there is also a special emphasis on scientific reasoning, ethical attitudes, and multidisciplinary collaboration in order to prepare students for an independent and professional future in the field of biomedicine.
Individual projects in which students apply their theoretical and methodological knowledge in practice are key parts of the programme. During the first year, the Project in Experimental and Medical Biosciences will allow students to work with a specific assignment for ten or twenty weeks. During the second year, a one semester Degree Project (Master Thesis) is done. For both projects, chosen in collaboration with the project supervisor, the aim is to define a research goal, carry out the experimental project and produce a written synthesis of the data generated in relation to the current knowledge within the field. The degree project is conducted in a research laboratory, either at Linköping University, or at other Swedish or international universities, in the industry or in the public administration sector.
Double degree programme: An extra feature of the programme is the possibility for a limited number of students to study the second year in Vienna, Austria. Apart from the experience, an additional degree, is earned - Master of Science in Engineering. In contrast to the research oriented environment in Linköping, the studies at the University of Applied Science Technikum Wien within the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine programme, have a strong link to the industry.