Are you interested in research and development in molecular imaging? As a student in the Master's programme in Medical Nuclide Techniques you will obtain in-depth knowledge about the use of radionuclides in research and healthcare. You will follow the process of developing radiolabeled drugs for advanced imaging and therapy and this in-depth knowledge in a multidisciplinary area prepares you for a career in research or drug development.
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).
Year 1 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.
Year 2 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 programme 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 time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.
Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose.
There are two admission rounds for this Master's programme. The first admission round is open to all international applicants at www.universityadmissions.se. The last date to apply is 17 January 2022. We strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.
The second admission round is primarily for Swedish applicants, students who are citizens of a country within the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland. The last date to apply is 19 April 2022 and the application should be submitted via www.antagning.se for Swedish speaking applicants, or 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 Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.
Students are selected based on:
an overall appraisal 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.