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Biomedicine - master


Duration:2 Years
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Science in biomedicine
Admission requirements:Bachelor degree in Biomedicine or equivalent.
Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 15 April
International applicants: 1 December
Application code:Nordic applicants: 3037
International applicants: 2015

Programme description

The Master's program in Biomedicine will shed light on contemporary problems and methods in biomedicine. You will be trained in experimental work as well as written and oral presentations of independent scientific papers.

We offer a high quality laboratory course (MBI-3012), where you will be trained in cell culturing, detection and expression of DNA, RNA and proteins, imaging, electron microscopy, histological analysis and immunohistochemistry. You will also be trained in health and safety procedures in laboratories.

In the second semester you will choose 3 elective courses (30 ECTS). International students will attend courses in Tromsø while Norwegian students also have the opportunity to go abroad as exchange students. There will be elective courses available in biomedical topics, as listed in the table (programme structure).

After passing the laboratory- and the elective courses, you will be able to start working on your master project (3rd and 4th semester - a total of 60 ECTS). You will work under supervision alongside our researchers in one of our research groups. We offer an international research-environment with researchers from all corners of the world. Your specialization will be chosen according to the project you choose to work with. Your project thus will be based on research performed by one of the researchgroups at the Department of Medical Biology (IMB). You are expected to do individual research under supervision. The Master's thesis is expected to be an independent body of scientific work performed and presented by each student.


Programme structure

Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
First semester (autumn)
Second semester (spring)
Elective courses (30 ECTS)
Third and fourth semester

NB! MBI-3911 Updated from autumn 2021

Learning outcomes

When you have completed the Masterprogram in biomedicine, you are expected to have advanced and comprehensive knowledge of biomedical methodology, theories, concepts and scientific approaches specified by the following learning outcomes:


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Teaching and assessment

A combination of teaching and assessment forms is used, including lectures, project reports, experimental and laboratorial assignments.

Language of instruction


Exchange possibilities

During your 2nd semester you have the opportunity to spend one semester studying abroad. The Department of medical biology has Erasmus+ exchange agreements with the University of Navarra in Spain, and the universities of Utrecht and Maastricht in The Netherlands.

Your student advisor can help you with more information about your options. You can also find more information on exchange possibilities here: Studentutveksling for more information.

If you are already in Tromsø as an international student with the masterprogram in biomedicine you don't have the opportunity to also go abroad for an exchange semester.

Job prospectives

With a Master's degree in biomedicine you will be prepared for a range of exciting assignments related to research and the development of methods in business, management and research-oriented institutions where the demands for qualified professionals are increasing.

Career options may include: molecular diagnostics, medical research, fisheries, food processing, public administration, educational institutions at all levels, the pharmaceutical industry, private research and innovation enterprises, technical positions at hospitals, universities and other laboratories.