Biomedical Surface Science, Master´s Programme (Two-Year)

Programme - second cycle - 120 credits

Overview

Admission requirements

1. Bachelor’s degree (180 credits) or equivalent with a major in chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical technology, biomedical methods and technology, biomedical laboratory science, or in other areas of natural, medical, engineering sciences or technology of relevance to the programme with a minimum of 15 credits in chemistry and/or biochemistry.
2. The equivalent of English B, or English 6, in Swedish secondary school.

Selection:

credits 100%

Description

The programme focuses on biological and artificial interfaces that are of utmost importance and interest in the field of biomedical science.
This is an excellent opportunity for you who has a bachelor’s degree in life sciences and would like to advance your skills in biomedical science. The programme offers theoretical as well as practical skills, beyond traditional teaching in biomedicine, biology and chemistry. The education combines cell and molecular biology with surface and colloid chemistry. It offers unique knowledge, useful in biotech applica­tions such as: drug delivery systems, implants, bio-assays, medical nano-technology and food technology. Arranged in close collaboration with regional industry, it provides an up to date overview of research and development in the field of biomedical surface science.

Content

The program creates a platform for understanding the involvement of surface science in biomedicine and biotechnology. You will get theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the areas of biomedical activities which require expertise beyond traditional disciplines of biomedicine, chemistry or biology.

Active connections

The program is carried out in close collaboration with regional industry, and provides up to date overview on research and development work in the area of biomedical technology. Education is conducted by researchers and teachers who are participants of an industrially relevant research network called Profile “Biofilms – research center for biointerfaces”. Our experimental facilities combine chemistry, cell and molecular biology, and bioanalytical laboratories.

Forms of study

We use different pedagogical forms, with a strong focus on research questions in development of biomedical products. The collaboration with surrounding biomedical industry is conducted through CDIO, Conceive - Design - Implement - Operate projects.

What is Biomedical Surface Science?

Biomedical surface science refers to the knowledge and understanding of the theoretically and practically integration of surface chemistry in applied aspects of cell biology, immunology, molecular biology and nanotechnology.Biomedical surface science refers to specialised knowledge of surface chemistry in applied areas of cell biology, immunology, molecular biology, nano-biotechnology and colloid chemistry, as well as substantially knowledge on integration of these subject in biomedical surface science.

Major Biomedical industries

Drugs and biotechnology

  • small molecules - synthetic organic molecules
  • biologics - biological molecules made by living organisms (biotechnology)

Devices and diagnostics

  • medical devices industry
  • diagnostics - IVD (in-vitro diagnostics)



Interviews

A unique programme binding two subjects

Providing the ‘glue’ between two fields of research is just one of the aims of the Biomedical Surface Science, Master´s Programme, explains Professor Håkan Eriksson.

The two-year degree helps the students to understand both biomedicine and surface chemistry, giving them a solid grounding to continue on into academia or to kick-start a career path.

Håkan Eriksson“Today, the scientific community is multi-facial, you need to have a lot of different competences. It is not like the old days when Newton and Linné could say ‘I have the knowledge and the research in my hand’ – no way today, you have to work in teams.

“You have to know a little bit about different disciplines, otherwise you will not understand each other. One of those fields is the area between biomedicine and surface chemistry because most events can be described as a surface interaction; either on a macro level, where you have cells that bump into each other, or you can go deep into the molecule where you have biomolecules and molecules interacting with each other. These are things that we realise are more and more important to understand,” said Håkan. 

Specialising in biochemistry/cell biology, Håkan and Professor Thomas Arnebrant, with a background in surface chemistry, the programme provides a unique education. 

Getting the scientists talking

“It is a good grounding. I am not aware of any other place where they try to mix these fields in their education.

“Dedicated cell biologists and dedicated surface chemists speak a completely different language, but sometimes it is important for them to talk to each other. And then you have this way of education where you put people in-between, and they can understand both fields, they are not 100 per cent surface chemists, they are not 100 per cent cell biologists but they can understand each field  and can work in the area in-between - they are the glue!”

The programme puts a great emphasis on encouraging the students to use their own initiative and, under supervision, work project oriented.

The world outside of academia

“We try to show the students that there is a world outside the university. In the last semester, when they do their diploma work, we try to find projects outside of our department, either at research centres, at companies or in collaboration with companies. This is good for the student as they see that there is something else other than the academic world.“It is an experience that they gain a lot from – things are handled differently at different companies and different departments.”

The first semester is based around traditional teaching methods: lectures, seminars and practicals. Students get to know one another and attain a more equal footing no matter which discipline they have come from.As the programme continues, more and more emphasis is placed on team and project work and giving students an increased responsibility. It is hoped students will find a particular field of research they want to pursue.

Håkan added: “It has been a learning time for the teachers as well. We’ve passed through the same process as the students!”

Exploring new ideas

It has been a long journey for Sriram Thoppe Rajendran since becoming fascinated with biotechnology when he was a child, but he does not regret a moment of moving to Malmö and the “land of innovation”.

Originally from the city of Chennai, India, the 23 year old is now in the second year of the Biomedical Surface Science Master’s Programme. After completing his bachelor’s, he knew he wanted to continue his studies.

Bridging disciplines

“Malmö was something of an interesting option. It is fantastic because it is one of the most innovative cities in the world – I am in the land of innovation! I went through the programme outline and it really fitted with what I wanted to study. I didn’t really want to go into depth in any particular topic, but rather bridge different disciplines together, that’s been my focus.

Sriram Thoppe Rajendran“I strongly believe in interdisciplinary knowledge and I like to connect two crazy ideas together to create a completely new thing. This programme actually does that, it is unconventional. It is tough to find a similar programme anywhere else in the world, I’d say.” 

Making friends across the world

Sriram had never left India before, but found Swedes warm and welcoming before he had even left the airport. 

“I was struggling with buying a train ticket , but a woman showed me – she even helped me carry my luggage and we chatted for the journey. Every second I live here I justify my decision to come. I now have an international network of friends, almost a friend in every European country, and possibly in many countries across the world. Malmö is a fantastic city and I love Scandinavian culture!”

He is now focussing on his master’s thesis which evaluates different industrial enzymes with the aim that later he will develop enzyme-based bio-anodes which can be used to power implantable bio devices.

“It is a huge change in the teaching approach; in India more focus is given to theoretical classes with very few practical classes. Students were not put into real-time research programmes so it was frustrating for me. I just wanted to do something new. In Sweden, we don’t have that many lectures, but they are very focussed and the learning process is given to the students, no one pressurises you, but you know your level and how much reading you should do.

“We’ve been put into real-time projects and given complete freedom; my group was given an objective and everything else was left to us. We ordered chemicals, we decided our workflow, designed our protocol, it is an independence I like, it is almost like doing a PhD.”

Syllabus

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2017

Other semesters:

Programme Code:
VABSE revision 3
Swedish name:
Biomedicinsk ytvetenskap, Masterprogram
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
16 October 2014
Date of ratification:
16 October 2014
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Health and Society
Enforcement date:
28 August 2017

Entry requirements

1. Bachelor’s degree (180 credits) or equivalent with a major in chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical technology, biomedical methods and technology, biomedical laboratory science, or in other areas of natural, medical, engineering sciences or technology of relevance to the programme with a minimum of 15 credits in chemistry and/or biochemistry.
2. The equivalent of English B, or English 6, in Swedish secondary school.

Organisation

A requirement for the award of a Degree of Master (120 credits) is completion by the student of an independent project (degree project) for at least 30 credits in the main field of study. The degree project may comprise less than 30 credits, however no less than 15 credits, if the student has already completed an independent project in the second cycle for at least 15 credits in the main field of study or the equivalent from a programme of study outside Sweden.

Access to later courses

The courses are accomplished in the order they are listed in the overview. For admission to the courses of the second year at least 45 credits are required from the first year studies, or equivalent knowledge acquired by other means.

Entry to term 4 requires that the student has achieved a passing grade in term 1 and 2.

Credit transfer for courses taken elsewhere

Credit transfers are tested in accordance with the regulations laid down in Chapter 6, Sections 6 – 8 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) as of 1st January 2007.

Examination

Examination takes place individually and in accordance with the description contained in the relevant course plan.

Right to retake re-examination

A student that fails to achieve a pass grade in the examination for a certain course or part of a course will be given the opportunity to be re-examined twice on the same course content and with the same requirements. In addition, students also have the right to be examined on the same course on subsequent occasions when the course is given with the same rule applying. If a course has been discontinued or undergone major changes, the student has a right to re-examination on two occasions within one year of the introduction of the changes, based on the syllabus that was in place at the time the student registered for the course. Examination and re-examination take place at the time specified in the schedule of each course respectively.

Grades

A - Excellent

B - Very Good

C - Good

D - Satisfactory

E - Pass

U – Fail

Degree and course certificates

Degree and course certificates are issued in accordance with the regulations laid down in Chapter 6, Sections 9 – 11 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) as of 1st January 2007.

Transition to PhD education or transition to third cycle education

At the Faculty of Health and Society students with a master degree in Biomedical Surface Science have an opportunity to conduct PhD studies, i.e., third-cycle education, within the subject Biomedical Sciences.

Content

Course list:

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes for the education at the second cycle level

Chapter 1, Section 9 of the Swedish Higher Education Act (1992:1434)

Education at the second cycle level shall involve a deepening of knowledge, skills and abilities in relation to the first cycle level and shall, in addition to what is required at the first cycle level,

- further develop student’s ability to independently integrate and use knowledge,

- develop the student’s ability to deal with complex phenomena, questions and situations, and

- develop the student’s qualifications for professional activities that make substantial demands on the individual’s ability to work independently or for research and development work.

Learning outcomes for a Master’s degree

Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100)

Knowledge and understanding

To be awarded a Master’s degree in biomedical surface science, the student must demonstrate

- broad knowledge and understanding of the main subject of education, demonstrate involvement as well as profound skills in the field of studies as well as substantially advanced knowledge on some parts of the field of education as well as deep insight as regards current research and development work, and

- in-depth knowledge of methods in the main field of study.

Skills and abilities

To be awarded a Master’s degree in biomedical surface science the student must demonstrate

- the ability to integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, questions and situations within the field of biomedical surface science,

- the ability to critical, independent and creative recognise and formulate surface chemical and biological problems, plan and use appropriate methods, and carry out qualified assignments within certain time limits as well as demonstrate ability to critically assess conducted work,

- the ability to report orally and in writing on theoretical problems and experimental results, and

- abilities required to participate in research work in natural and medical science fields and independent professional activity in other areas relevant to biomedical surface science.

Judgement and approach

To be awarded a Master’s degree in biomedical surface science the student must demonstrate

- the in-depth ability to make judgements in the field of biomedical surface science with awareness of relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects as well as apply ethical principles in research and development work,

- awareness of the importance of knowledge and research, which relate to biomedical surface science, account for possibilities and limitations, realise the role of the research in the society and responsible use of the knowledge of biomedical surface science, and

- the ability to identify the need for further knowledge and take a personal responsibility for extended education.

Learning outcomes for a Master’s degree in biomedical surface science

Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100)

Knowledge and understanding

To be awarded a Master’s degree in biomedical surface science the student must demonstrate

- knowledge and understanding within the field of biomedical surface science, based on experimental and theoretical models of biological interfaces, and

- specialised knowledge of surface chemistry in applied areas of cell biology, immunology, molecular biology, nano-biotechnology and colloid chemistry, as well as substantially knowledge on integration of these subject in biomedicalsurface science.

Skills and abilities

To be awarded a Master’s degree in biomedical surface science the student must demonstrate

- the ability to theoretically and practically integrate knowledge about functions of biological interfaces in practical applications in biomedical surface science,

- the ability to theoretically and practically understand and integrate surface chemistry in applied aspects of cell biology, immunology, molecular biology and nanotechnology, and

- specialised knowledge related to the current state of research and development work in biomedical surface science and be able to formulate research questions, plan and conduct, using appropriate methods within a specified period of the time, assignments within the field of biomedical surface science.

Judgement and approach

To be awarded a Master’s degree in biomedical surface science the student must demonstrate

- the ability, within the field of biomedical surface science, to make judgements of relevant issues regarding research ethics, ethical rules and principles, and

- the ability to identify his or her needs for additional knowledge and to assume responsibility for developing his or her knowledge.

Degree

Master's Degree (120 credits).
After the education on the programme is accomplished the requirements for the master degree in Biomedical Surface Science are fulfilled.

The degree certificate states the Swedish title Masterexamen i biomedicinsk ytvetenskap (120 hp)and the English title Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Biomedical Surface Science.

Other Information

The program is taught in English.

The course syllabus states the entry requirements for admission to the next level within the programme.

Contact

Further information

Håkan Eriksson, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-66 57925
E-mail: hakan.eriksson@mah.se


The education is provided by the Faculty of Health and Society at the department Biomedical Science.