Medical applications using radionuclides are of increasing importance in today's world. Tomographic imaging techniques such as PET (positron emission tomography) and SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) are important components of the molecular imaging and the development and use of radionuclides for tumour therapy require special education. The Master's Programme in Medical Nuclide Techniques is highly interdisciplinary and brings together leading scientists and clinicians from Uppsala University to create a unique and stimulating educational environment.
Why this programme?
The development of radioactive compounds for preclinical research, medical imaging or tumour therapy requires competence from several areas. At the start of the Master's Programme in Medical Nuclide Techniques you will focus on methods and technologies for producing, assessing and measuring ionising radiation. You will study physical and biological aspects on ionising radiation, including sources of radiation, measurements and estimates of radiation effects and risks.
The choice of labelling method is critical for functional molecules in radionuclide-based imaging and therapy and you will study various techniques for labelling and purification of radionuclides for preclinical applications. Further studies involve function and application of detectors and imaging modalities in research and for clinical practice. This includes PET (positron emission tomography) cameras and how to assure product quality and patient safety in the production of pharmaceutical compounds.
You will study strategies for compound development, labelling techniques, testing and evaluation of radionuclide-labelled compounds aimed for in vitro and in vivo (PET, SPECT) research and clinical practice.
During the programme you can expect to:
learn potential strategies for research and clinical applications of radionuclides for medical imaging and cancer therapy.
study the function and application of detectors and imaging modalities including PET.
do an independent project in a research group at an academic department, in a company or other agency in Sweden or abroad.
Uppsala University has been world leading in this field for many years. The Master's Programme in Medical Nuclide Techniques is highly interdisciplinary and brings together leading scientists and clinicians from Uppsala University to create a unique and stimulating educational environment.
Student profile You acquired a broad theoretical base during your Bachelor's studies in Medicine, Pharmacy, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or other related areas and now you want to expand your skillset in the intersection between academic research and clinical practice in cancer therapy. Ideally, you have some practical experience working in the field after earning your Bachelor's degree but have not forgotten your broad theoretical base and study techniques. You have practical experience working in a lab, can select reasonable methods for analysis and stay safe while doing so.
You can critically analyse and reflect on problems and are creative and innovative enough to come up with your own ideas. You enjoy problem solving and your natural curiosity drives you to seek a deeper understanding, not just learn the facts.
A PhD education is a distinct possibility in your future so you would value an educational experience that gets you in close contact with current research and prominent researchers in Uppsala and all across the world.
The programme leads to a Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with Medical Nuclide Techniques as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Medical Science (60 credits).
First year The first semester focuses on the unique properties of ionising radiation and radionuclides and includes theoretical and practical training about radiation types and sources, medical use, development of pharmaceutical compounds and techniques to optimise detection and measurement. An important part of the education involves good manufacturing practice (GMP), i.e. how to assure product quality and patient safety in the production of pharmaceutical compounds.
During the second semester you will apply your knowledge from the previous semester with emphasis on potential strategies for research and clinical applications of radionuclides for medical imaging and cancer therapy. The semester ends with a Degree Project where you have the opportunity to focus on a research area of your specific interest.
The first year features a seminar series covering a variety of topics such as project leadership, design methods, biostatistics, presentation techniques and research ethics. It ends with an individual project where you can study, as a literature project or combined with experimental work, an area of specific interest.
Second year The overall aim of the third semester is to give advanced knowledge on methods used for radiolabelling of biologically interesting molecules of low and high molecular weight aimed for use in molecular imaging studies (mainly PET and SPECT), preclinical evaluation of radioligands, and an overview of their clinical use. You will be trained in experimental design as well as to independently analyse and interpret research results and data generated by current methods and technologies.
The Master's Programme in Medical Nuclide Techniques is concluded with an independent Master's degree project in the field of medical nuclide techniques, which may be performed within the academy, at a biotech/pharma company or in the public sector. You conclude the degree project by writing a thesis, compiling the research results, and giving a research seminar.
Courses within the programme
Year 1: Radiation Protection and Medical Effects, 6 credits Nuclide Production and Radiochemistry, 9 credits Detection Techniques and Dosimetry, 12 credits Good Manufacturing Practice, GMP, 6 credits Nuclide Diagnostics and Therapy, 12 credits Degree Project, 15 credits
Year 2: Labelling Chemistry and Compound Development, 30 credits Degree Project, 30 credits
Teaching in the Master's Programme in Medical Nuclide Techniques is made up of scheduled lectures, laboratory exercises, seminars, problem-oriented group assignments, demonstrations and study visits. All lectures are closely connected to current international research and include presentations of on-going research at the departments as well as instruction by invited scientists.
The seminars are designed to develop your ability to understand, interpret and critically evaluate scientific literature. This also includes exercises in discussing results, choices of methods and summarising facts and hypotheses both orally and in writing.
The increasing depth of theoretical knowledge is measured in the examination of course components. Your ability to analyse, evaluate and draw conclusions from scientific data is judged in specific seminars and theoretical tasks. Practical experience of experimental strategies and scientific problem solving are integrated as compulsory parts of your studies. Your creativity and problem-solving abilities will develop through in-depth assignments and the Master's degree project.
The programme will also give you insights into presentation techniques and research ethics.
The programme is given in Uppsala and language of instruction is English.
There is an increasing demand for knowledge in nuclide techniques for physicians, pharmacists, physicists, biologists and chemists. With an advanced education in medical nuclide techniques you are expected to go onto a career in research, healthcare systems, pharma or biotechnology companies, and governmental organisations. The interdisciplinary training, with focus on the development of radionuclide labelled compounds, and knowledge about new methods and applications are highly important for progress of molecular imaging in research as well as in healthcare.
Our graduates work at, for example, universities, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. Job titles include PhD student, researcher, university lecturer and radiation protection officer.
The strong association with research in the Master's Programme in Medical Nuclide Techniques gives you an excellent basis for further academic research and PhD studies in the field.
Career support During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.
There are two application periods for Master's programmes. The first application period is open to all international applicants through www.universityadmissions.se. The deadline for application is 15 January. We strongly encourage all international students to apply during the first application round.
The second application round is primarily for Swedish students. Only students who are citizens of a country within the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland can apply during this application round. The deadline for application is 15 April and is made through www.antagning.se for Swedish speaking applicants, and through www.universityadmissions.se for non-Swedish speaking applicants.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be medicine, pharmacy, physics, radiophysics, chemistry, biology, or a similar field of study.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.