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Biomedical technology, BMT, refers to making products which need approval from FDA, Food and Drug Administration, or EMEA, European Medicines Evaluation Agency are responsible for regulations in healthcare market. Biomedical technology refers to the collective technologies; biotechnology, various engineering technologies, chemistry, physics, material science, etc.
Drugs and biotechnology
Devices and diagnostics
Earlier studies: Bachelor Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Started his studies in Malmö three months ago.
Why did you choose this programme?
- It forms a good link with my earlier studies and my interest in medical research. I am especially interested in protein and cancer studies, where an in-depth knowledge in their underlying mechanisms proves successful to developing new techniques for diagnosis of various diseases. The programme is broad and opens up several possibilities for work as the knowledge and skills obtained can be applied in different sectors; clinical, industries, academia and lot more. I also chose Sweden due to my interest in the Swedish educational system, which encourages innovation and critical thinking.
How do you like the studies so far?
- It is very interesting. And also demanding. The biggest challenge for me is how to integrate myself and cope with the unfamiliar teaching and learning methods such as an ''open book exam'' and creativity and innovation within a relatively short time frame. I'm in the process of understanding how to deal with these, – I´m enjoying it, even though it demands much time and efforts.
What do you think of Malmö University?
- Very welcoming! The teachers are very nice, they give so much attention to students, and their words of encouragement are really motivating. Additionally, the high numbers of international students give us the opportunity to interact and learn from people of different ethnic and cultural background. We study and share lots of ideas together, both within and beside our studies.
What do you think of Malmö city?
- It is a beautiful and well planned city, very different from my home city. I like how the sea water has been channeled into the city to beautify it, so beautiful to look at. It's very easy to find your way around in Malmö, and with my hobby of biking, I discover new parts of Malmö every day.
Which is your best advice for students that are interested in the programme?
- I think one should have good pre-knowledge of and interest in chemistry, especially in physical chemistry, and biology. And be prepared to open up for a new perspective.
How about the future?
- I am very interested in the medical field, and I would like to do medical research especially in areas concerning new methods and technologies for cancer diagnosis.
“One must remember that there is a sick person behind the small sample.”
Twenty-four-year-old Inger Anne Tveit is from Sörlandet, Norway, lives in Copenhagen and is studying the second year of the Master’s Programme of Biomedical Methods and Technology.
For a year, Inger Anne has worked with transplants and diagnosis of various diseases at the pathology department of a hospital in Copenhagen. This has inspired her to learn even more.
"I am passionate about pathology, genomics and clinical biochemistry. The link between biology, human beings and ethics is quite exciting."
At the pathology department, Inger Anne takes extremely small tissues samples and analyses them, which entails work by hand and by machine.
"It's not a matter of just pressing a button to achieve a good result. Instead, one must choose the correct method and technique for each particular case. I want to understand more of what actually happens."
Inger Anne believes that the Master's programme is firmly connected to her basic training as a bio engineer, similar to the swedish Bachelor Programme in Biomedical Laboratory Science. Theory and practice are alternated and approaches to problems often formulated by active concerns.
"We are also trained to read scientific articles independently, choose what is important and use the knowledge directly. This is important as the research forges ahead so rapidly."
Perhaps having her own research career is an alternative for Inger Anne, although she thrives at Rigshospitalet.
"If I stay, my master’s education will give me more strength. However, I can also see myself working with developing new drugs or test methods at a research department somewhere. I enjoy Copenhagen but would move if something more exciting was to come up."
Interview with Shifa Saleem
Biomedical Methods and Technology focuses on technological aspects of artificial and biological interfaces, which play a significant role in the development of methods and technologies found at biomedical and biotech industry.
The combination of cell and molecular biology with surface and colloid chemistry makes you competitive at employments which require interdisciplinary knowledge.
Your employers are big and small companies in the biotechnology sector, including pharmaceutical industry, research institutes, and biomedical laboratories.
Employments in public and private sector can be project manager, product or method developer, or consultant. You will have good possibilities to apply and compete for PhD positions at universities in Sweden and worldwide.
The programme was established 22 November 2006.
This programme syllabus (version 5) was approved 06 November 2009 by the Faculty Board of Health and Society.
The syllabus is valid from 01 September 2014. Replacement for programme syllabus ratified 06 November 2009.