Hide menu

Medical Biology, 180 credits

Do you want to work with medical research, developing drugs or become a future leader in a biomedical company? Then medical biology is for you. The programme focuses on the interface between traditional medicine and biology.

Why do some people get cancer? Why are more and more children developing allergies and diabetes? How are new drugs created? Understanding diseases and improving today’s diagnostic and treatment methods requires knowledge about genes, molecules, and cells. Medical biology is characterised by intensive development and research in order to understand the human body and to find new treatments for diseases. The programme prepares you for work in the field of Life Science, including medicine, biology, chemistry, technology, computer systems and material science.

Subject integration and laboratory work

During the first semester of the programme, you will learn the basics of subjects within natural sciences and medicine, such as chemistry, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, physiology, and laboratory techniques. You will deepen your knowledge during semesters two and three, when you study genetics, anatomy, physiology, neurobiology, immunology and medical microbiology. Then the programme continues with medical system physiology, circulation, respiration, reproduction, pathology and transgenic systems. In these courses we work with integrated subjects, meaning that you will work with biomedical problems from several different scientific perspectives. Your knowledge will constantly be combined with advanced laboratory elements and modern laboratory techniques. Towards the end of the programme you will also work with project management. Our pedagogy is built on problem-based learning, which will provide you with an invaluable foundation for lifelong active learning within the field of biomedicine.

Ready for working life and research

Most medical biologists work within the area of Life Science in pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies, but also at government agencies, hospitals, and at universities and colleges. Some work as heads of departments at medical laboratories, as medical trial supervisors, or as project managers in the medical industry, at biotechnological companies or research laboratories. If you choose to continue your education with a master’s degree, you will also have a solid foundation for research work in Sweden or abroad.


Page manager: susanne.andersson@liu.se
Last updated: 2015-03-06