Master in Biomedicine


Program Description

Study biomedicine in Tromsø! We offer training in contemporary and experimental methods, and give you professional supervision on writing and presenting a master thesis.

We offer to teach on topics such as cancer, heart function and failure, inflammatory disorders, immunity, bacterial colonization, and antimicrobial resistance, etc. You will be qualified for work in research and development within the biomedical sciences, and clinical laboratory sciences. You will have career options related to the translation of knowledge and methods of medical subjects, and bioprospecting. The masters' degree will also make you qualified for Ph.D. programs.

Program description

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Credits (ECTS): 120
  • Admission requirements: Bachelor's degree in Biomedicine
  • Degree Name: Master of Science in Biomedicine
  • Application code:
    • Norwegian and Nordic applicants: 3037
    • International applicants: 2015

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 (program 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 research groups 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.

Learning outcomes

When you have completed the Master program 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:


As a Master in Biomedicine, the candidate

  • can explain current scientific theories and methods in biomedicine;
  • can discuss the theoretical background, including strengths and weaknesses/ shortcomings, of advanced laboratory techniques and methods used in a chosen scientific discipline within biomedicine, based on the candidate´s own research;
  • can apply acquired knowledge in new areas within biomedicine;
  • can analyze professional issues, based on the history and traditions of biomedicine and its place in society.


As a Master in Biomedicine, the candidate

  • can analyze and assess different information sources in a critical manner and use these to structure and enunciate professional reasoning;
  • can analyze existing theories and interpretations in biomedicine and work independently with theoretical and practical problem-solving;
  • can choose and perform relevant methods to solve specific problems in biomedical research;
  • can design and execute controlled experiments to address specific research questions within the field;
  • perform an independent research project in biomedicine under the guidance and in accordance with recognized norms in research ethics.

General competence

As a Master in Biomedicine, the candidate

  • can analyze relevant issues connected with professional ethics and research ethics in biomedicine;
  • can apply knowledge and skills in biomedical theory and methods in new areas in order to implement advanced work tasks and projects;
  • can communicate her/his own scientific work both orally and in writing, using the relevant scientific language;
  • can communicate about professional issues, analyses, and conclusions with specialists in the field and to the community in general;
  • can contribute to innovation processes in biomedicine.

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.

Program structure

Term 10 studiepoeng | 10 studiepoeng | 10 studiepoeng
First semester (autumn)
MBI-3012 Advanced methods in experimental biomedicine
Second semester (spring)
Elective courses (30 ECTS)
MBI-3004 The biology of cancer
MBI-3013 Human molecular genetics: medical and forensic genetics
MBI-3014 Infection, inflammation, and immunity
MBI-3015 Human pharmacology and toxicology
MBI-3016 Human physiology
KJE-3604 Bioinformatics: Microbial genomics and metagenomics
Third and fourth semester
MBI-3911 Master's Thesis in Biomedicine

Admission requirements

Admission to the program requires a 3-year bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification in Biomedicine. An additional requirement is specialization in biomedical topics (e.g. biochemistry, bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology, human physiology, immunology, microbiology, and pharmacology) worth a minimum of 80 ECTS. Applicants are expected to have practical laboratory experience in their bachelor's degree.

Applicants with a degree in Biomedical laboratory sciences ("Bioingeniør") must have had their degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian degree in laboratory sciences by NOKUT. Applicants also need authorization with the Norwegian authorization board as a qualified Bioingeniør. It is also recommended that students with a degree in Biomedical laboratory sciences have an additional 20 credits with specialization in biomedical topics.

Bachelor of Pharmacy, Medicine, or Dentistry does not fulfill the admission requirements.

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for self-financing applicants is December 1st for admission to the autumn semester.
  • Online application, study code 2015.

Teaching and assessment

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

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a medium-sized research university that contributes to knowledge-based development at the regional, national, and international levels.

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