Master's Programme in Experimental Medicine, 120 credits

Start term: Autumn 2021 (application period closed)

This two-year MSc programme offers you both broad and specialised knowledge in experimental medicine. During your second year, you select between one of three profiles: cardiovascular biomedicine, inflammation in health and disease or nutrition-gut-brain interaction.

Specific entry requirements

Bachelor of Science in Biomedicine, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Laboratory Science, Master of Science in Medicine, or Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine. Alternatively, a first-cycle qualification comprising at least 180 credits of which at least 90 credits are for specialised study in one of the main fields of study biomedicine, biomedical laboratory science, biology or medicine. The applicant must also have qualifications corresponding to the course “English 6” or “English B” from the Swedish Upper Secondary School.

Tuition fees

EU citizens

If you have citizenship in a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are NOT required to pay application or tuition fees.

Non - EU citizens

Tuition fee, first instalment: 73350 SEK

Total fee: 293400 SEK

The Master’s programme in Experimental Medicine gives you a broad insight into general aspects that affect public health in today’s society. The main focus of the programme is on inflammatory mechanisms and their implication for public health, as many of the common diseases worldwide share an inflammation process as a common denominator. You will gain knowledge and skills in modern experimental medical and laboratory science, as well as in-depth knowledge of cell biology, immunology, human genetics and bioinformatics, and translational medicine.

This MSc programme is research preparatory and the Master’s degree provides you with a platform for research and development, and prepares you for an international career in academia, industry, government and healthcare.

Teaching on the Master’s programme is interactive with an active dialogue between teachers and students. Your teachers are active researchers, who take their current research into the classroom. The programme focuses on the application of theoretical knowledge as well as individual practical skills in order to translate theory into a contextual understanding of experimental medicine and the profile specialisation of your choice. The programme is offered by the School of Medical Sciences and the language of instruction is English.

During the second year of the MSc programme, you select one of three profiles hosted by well-established research environments at the School of Medical Sciences: Cardiovascular Research Centre, Inflammatory Response and Infection Susceptibility Centre (iRiSC) and Nutrition-Gut-Brain Interactions Research Centre (NGBI). In addition to specific course work within your profile, you will conduct a comprehensive individual MSc degree project in a profile-specific topic of your choice.

As a student on the Master’s Programme in Experimental Medicine, you are offered a personal mentoring programme. This is designed to help you progress throughout the programme, in terms of defining current and future goals, prospects, and career planning.

Programme syllabus Master's Programme in Experimental Medicine, 120 credits

This two-year programme comprises 120 credits and leads to a Degree of Master of Science (120 credits). The main field of study for the degree is medicine. For year two, students choose between three profiles: Cardiovascular biomedicine, Inflammation in health and disease, and Nutrition-gut-brain interaction.

The programme opens with the course Medicine, second cycle, Cell and Molecular Biology in Inflammatory Processes, 30 credits. Students then taken the courses Medicine, second cycle, Human Genomics and Functional Genomics Data, 7.5 credits; and Medicine, second cycle, Translational Medicine, 15 credits; followed by Medicine, second cycle, Personalised Medicine and System Biology, 7.5 credits.

For students opting for the profile Cardiovascular biomedicine, year two opens with the course Medicine, second cycle, Cardiovascular System in Health and Disease, 15 credits. For students opting for the profile Inflammation in health and disease, year two opens with the course Medicine, second cycle, Inflammatory responses, 15 credits. For students opting for the profile Nutrition-gut-brain interaction, year two opens with the course Medicine, second cycle, Nutrition-Gut-Brain Physiology, 15 credits. All profiles conclude with the course Medicine, second cycle, Degree Project in Medicine, 45 credits.

Specific entry requirements: Bachelor of Science in Biomedicine, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Laboratory Science, Master of Science in Medicine, or Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine. Alternatively, a first-cycle qualification comprising at least 180 credits of which at least 90 credits are for specialised study in one of the main fields of study biomedicine, biomedical laboratory science, biology or medicine. The applicant must also have qualifications corresponding to the course “English 6” or “English B” from the Swedish Upper Secondary School.

First semester: Autumn semester 2021

Pace of study: Full Time

Level: Second Cycle

Study places: 20

Selection: Number of credits obtained within the qualifying main field of study no later than on the closing date for applications.

Study venue: Örebro

School: School of Medical Sciences

Qualifications: Degree of Master of Arts/Science [120 credits]

Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.

Head of programme: Alexander Persson

Application code ORU-M8100

This MSc programme will prepare you for an international career in either academia, with the option of pursuing PhD studies, or in the public or private sectors, seeking employment with authorities, the pharmaceutical or biotechnical industry, government, or healthcare.

This MSc programme is deeply embedded in research and you will be very well prepared for future PhD studies after you graduate. However, Örebro University cannot promise any PhD positions automatically for graduates from the Master’s programme. We can however help you to create the personal networks needed to be successful in a future research career.

Yes, of course. However, your first point of contact is the study advisor. They can then put you in direct contact with one of our students.

In short yes. But during the profile year and the degree project, you are free to undertake your studies anywhere in the world. The most important thing is that it is a project you are really interested in. Many of our students do their projects at other universities in Sweden.

Most students have no problem at all finding a project. We think it is important that you find a project that you are really interested in and the coordinators can help you with contacts to find the right lab and project for you.

Absolutely! In fact, all teachers on the programme are active researchers and they will bring their newest research into the teaching and involve you in it.

The teaching involves several hands-on wet labs where you will design, perform and interpret the results of various experiments. In addition, during the profile year your work is performed at a lab in a project of your choosing. Moreover, in silico analyses will be performed aiming at training you in the work with large datasets and computer-based methods.

Teaching entails both lectures, dry labs, wet labs, tutorial groups, demonstrations and seminars. Different teaching methods are used to best approach each topic. However, the Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach is the overarching pedagogic model.

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The program provided insight into research that I needed as a clinician and also was specifically focused on the gut-brain axis. I graduated in June 2020 after doing my master's thesis at the Nutrition-Gut-Brain-Research Centre at Orebro University, after which I worked as a research assistant for the same project as my thesis. I started my PhD in May 2021 at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The PhD is part of a Marie Curie-funded International Training Network, "SmartAge", which explores the gut-brain axis to maintain cognitive function in the elderly. My project looks at the impact of late-life nutritional interventions on the microbiome and cognition.

Loureen Oduor

Here we try to map out various proteins that are differentially expressed in atherosclerotic plaques and try to define their roles in disease progression. I am grateful to the learning I got from Örebro and the overall experiences as an international student in Sweden.

Mohamad Youness

I came from Lebanon to Sweden in 2017 to continue my academic career by pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomedicine. I chose Örebro University because it provides a specialized degree in Biomedicine with a focus on cardiovascular research. During the summers of 2018 and 2019, I got the chance to work as a research assistant in the Cardiovascular Research Centre. Additionally, with the help of my professors, I performed my Master’s thesis at Karolinska Institute as a guest researcher studying neuronal genes expression in human carotid atherosclerotic plaques. I started my Ph.D. studies in January 2020 at the Experimental Cardiology department at KU Leuven, Belgium. My project aims to characterize cardiac fibroblasts populations in human heart failure to identify unique molecular targets for reducing interstitial fibrosis.

I believe that my experience at Örebro University (courses and training, summer jobs, mobility opportunities, guidance) equipped me with many skills to become a competent researcher.

Kedeye Tuerxun

My name is Kedeye Tuerxun and I am a medical doctor from Xinjiang, China. As I have always held a strong interest in biomedical research in the field of immunology, I decided to come to Sweden and study at Örebro University in the master’s program, Innate Immunity in Health and Disease, in August 2016. This program provided me the opportunity to improve my knowledge in research on both theoretical and practical level. After graduation, I shortly worked as a research assistant before I started my PhD study here at iRiSC in July 2020.

The PhD project is part of the inflammation project, X-HiDE, which is to establish an internationally competitive Center of Excellence exploring inflammation. My study has the focused on the role of human monocytic cells during immunosuppression.

Camilla Mellander, Head of Department for Promotion of Sweden, Trade and CSR at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Grace Turyasingura.

Some 20 international students who have distinguished themselves in areas related to innovation and entrepreneurship, and proven themselves to be excellent representatives of both their own country and of Sweden received their awards at the Global Swede ceremony. It was organised by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Swedish Institute. One of the students was Grace Turyasingura.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical laboratory technology from Makerere University in Uganda. She is currently in her final year of the Master’s programme Innate Immunity in Health and Disease at Örebro University.

“I love doing research. That’s what I would like to do in the future. If it’s possible, I would like to do my PhD here in Sweden,” says Grace.

The grounds given for her nomination is that Grace is a dedicated person with a passion for life science. She has distinguished herself on all courses.

“I have learnt a whole new way of thinking here in Sweden. In Uganda, it is common for teachers to spell out the facts to you and you get to learn the correct answer. In Sweden, there is a more problem-based approach to learning,” says Grace.

She believes her critical thinking skills have grown and she is pleasantly surprised at how much she has learnt.

Parallel to her studies, she has been involved in the Örebro Exchange Student welcome programme, worked with various charity events in Örebro and Stockholm, and been an ambassador of the international Master’s programme on which she is a student.

“What we all have in common is that we have combined our academic studies with a social engagement and involvement both within and outside the university. We were encouraged to continue doing so and to be pioneers in our native countries to boost the exchange with Sweden. ”

“I would like to thank my professor who nominated me – it was a fantastic day.”

Text: Linda Harradine
Photo: Per E Karlsson
Translation: Charlotta Hambre-Knight

Global Swede is an initiative to help build relationships in the long term with international students in Sweden. The initiative builds bridges of transnational and multicultural networks which in the long term will contribute to Swedish trade and promote future solutions to the challenges ahead. 

The Global Swede alumni are part of a wider alumni network, administered by the Swedish Institute, of currently 15,000 people from 140 countries. 2018, the Global Swede award was presented for the eighth year running. 

Swedish Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde, the Director-General of the Swedish Institute Annika Rembe, and Head of Department for Promotion of Sweden, Trade and CSR at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Camilla Mellander, attended the ceremony.

Grace Turyasingura, master's graduate and research student.

In 2016, Grace came to Sweden to study the medical master’s programme at Örebro University, specialising in innate immunity in health and disease. After she completed her studies, she remained at the University as a research assistant.

During her studies, she distinguished herself as a dedicated student with good academic success and with her passion for life science. And it was on those grounds that she was nominated by the school for the Global Swede Award, which she received in May this year – along with some 20 other international students – at a ceremony organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Swedish Institute.

“This award could give me some great opportunities. In the future, I envision my role as being a research bridge between Uganda and Sweden.”

As such, she wants to implement cooperation between the two countries on various projects for mutual benefit. Since there are more diseases present in Uganda than in Sweden, there is a broader base from which to collect samples. Sweden, on the other hand, has the technology and research expertise to analyse these collected sample materials. It is through such cooperative research results that she wants to contribute to designing better treatment methods to ultimately improve health conditions in Uganda.

Master’s degree as a stepping stone

After completing her Bachelor’s degree in biomedical laboratory technology in Uganda, it was a natural step for her to continue towards a Master’s degree. Her goal was to study abroad – and at Örebro University she found the right programme.

“I had already decided my programme before I chose the university. Since I knew I wanted to study the innate immune system and Örebro University had a programme with the courses I wanted to study, so the choice wasn’t difficult.”

Once she found the right programme, she began searching for available scholarships and saw the Swedish Institute’s scholarship programme.

“The Master’s here was a stepping stone and I’ve really seen how many opportunities it has opened for me as well.”

Differences in culture

Grace Turyasingura explains that there are major differences in culture between Uganda and Sweden. Uganda has a formal academic hierarchy; students address professors and PhDs by title and surname. Here in Sweden, she could be less formal with her teachers, which gave rise to good cooperation. Teachers both observed her knowledge as a student and considered her wellbeing as a human.

“In Uganda, students are expected to be able to cooperate with teachers. In Sweden, the view is that students should be comfortable in their working relationship with their supervisors.”

Grace Turyasingura feels that a significant advantage with the programme in Örebro is its use of problem-based learning (PBL). Applying the PBL teaching method, students are presented with a question or assignment to reflect on and search for solutions.

“It’s an excellent way of combining learning and critical thinking. When I have an assignment, it’s good that I can also listen to my fellow students’ take on the same problem. It helps me to see a solution from another point of view and allows me to think outside the box.”

Text and photo: Anna Asplund
Translation: Jerry Gray

The X-HiDE project team.

International interactive programme with inflammation in focus

This two-year international Master's Programme in Experimental Medicine has inflammation as a mutual focus, offering students both broad and specialised knowledge in experimental medicine. The programme is a mix of lectures and problem-based learning combined with an interactive dialogue between teachers and students. Since it is an international programme, participating students come from various parts of the world.

“The professors encourage us to ask questions, engage in discussions and share our thoughts. Also, I like that my classmates have unique yet diverse experiences in science-related fields,” says Linda Alchami, a student from the United States, who currently is enrolled in the programme.

The programme’s teachers are active researchers who take their current research into the classroom. Several are involved in the newly started X-HiDE project, a centre for inflammation research that received SEK 48 million in funding from the Knowledge Foundation.

X-HiDE – an inflammation project with a hands-on perspective

The primary aim of X-HiDE is to establish an internationally competitive Centre of Excellence where researchers, physicians, students, and companies collaborate on exploring inflammation. Therefore, X-HiDE has a robust teaching perspective and offers essential knowledge, perspectives, and career opportunities for students at all levels, beginning in autumn 2020.

“X-HiDE is like a recruitment base for both universities and companies. We want to recruit talented master's students who have the ambition to pursue an academic research career and companies want to recruit students with state-of-the-art knowledge” explains Alexander Persson, coordinator in X-HiDE and Director of the Master's Programme in Experimental Medicine.

Linda Alchami has a bachelor’s degree in cellular biology and a master's degree in occupational therapy and is currently in her first semester of the Programme of Experimental Medicine.

“I chose to study the master's programme because I wanted to improve my research skills, study science in a deeper level to improve my future career opportunities, and due to the fact, it was all taught in English. Also, I wanted to make new experiences in Sweden and Örebro University is a young, growing university, even at an international level”, explains Linda Alchami.

Companies teach students

It is a commonplace that students become isolated from the business world during their studies. To counteract this, X-HiDE provides students with the opportunity to meet potential future employers. Several of X-HiDE’s collaboration partners have an outstanding teaching experience and will contribute to training on up-to-date methodology and research approaches as well as offering a placement for exam work. “We know that many companies want to involve students in research projects and several of them will give lectures at the university and arrange study visits at their pharmaceutical or biotechnical industries,” says Katarina Persson, Project Education Manager.

Text: Elvira Andersson
Photo: Örebro University

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