Infection Biology is a growing field within biology that combines immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, and cell biology. Research and education within this field are important in order to better understand and control various types of infectious diseases in the future.
The two-year master’s programme in Infection Biology at the University of Skövde has been developed in close cooperation with businesses working within bioscience and the biotechnology sector. This ensures that you will gain the knowledge demanded within the labour market.
Constituent courses in the study programme
On the two-year master’s programme in Infection Biology, you will learn about the molecular mechanisms and processes involved in the pathogenesis of various microorganisms, as well as the molecular and cellular process of immune defense. You will study the structure of genes and proteins, as well as our understanding of their function and regulation. The initial focus will be on advanced courses in molecular biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics and infection biology. Independent, extensive laboratory work is an important part of these studies. Techniques such as qPCR, cloning, cell cultivation, and protein expression are used alongside computer-based molecular biology and bioinformatics tools to analyze DNA, RNA, and proteins. You will then continue with advanced courses in systems biology, expression analysis, multivariate analysis, next-generation sequencing (NGS) and infection biology.
Your studies will conclude with a master’s degree project (45 credits) carried out at a business or an educational institution, either in Sweden or abroad. You will apply your new knowledge during your degree project, working independently to solve topical, relevant research problems within systems biology.
The main focus of the programme is on the analysis of experimental biological data.
All teaching is conducted in English.
The master’s programmes in Infection Biology start in the autumn semester. The 120-credit master’s programme is offered in two academic years (four semesters) and the 60-credit programme is offered in one academic year (two semesters).
Opportunities for international studies
You will have the opportunity to carry out part of your degree project abroad.
You will be able to work within fields such as microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology, and infection biology. There are many potential workplaces, both within Sweden and internationally. Examples include analytical and pharmaceutical companies, healthcare, and research laboratories within the public and private sectors.
Opportunities for further studies
Many of our former students have continued with third-cycle (PhD) education.
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To be eligible for the program a Bachelor’s Degree (equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor’s Degree) with a major in the biological or medical area is required. The biological area can be defined as e.g. Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Physiology. The medical area is here defined as Biomedicine but can also include subjects like Pharmacology.
A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden known as English course 6 / English course B. This is normally demonstrated by means of an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS or TOEFL or the equivalent.