Course syllabus

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Welcome to the joint programme page for the Master's Programme in Infection Biology!


We hope that you will fully enjoy this education in such a fast developing and ever current subject.


The first year of study will provide a deep understanding of the molecular processes that control the interaction between viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi and their hosts. The processes governing the infection process are described based on the immunological defense, but also on the infecting organisms strategies to escape this defense. This knowledge is the basis for more applied issues concerning infectious diseases in animals and humans regarding among other, zoonotic infections. The first year ends with the study of molecular processes in antimicrobial therapy and resistance development, diagnosis and the clinical picture of symptoms from the perspective of infections of different organs.

During the first year, students at all of the medical master programmes are also enrolled in a joint lecture series, called Professional Training.

The second year will provide knowledge about the origin, evolution and distribution infectious diseases as well as tools for the control, surveillance and prevention at the local and global level. A specific focus will be on food-borne infections and the role of infectious diseases from a global perspective, with special attention to the problems in developing countries. Microbial diversity in different ecosystems and in depth practical work using current laboratory analysis methods in microbiology and infectious biological is part of the last course of the third semester.

The program is completed by an independent project during the fourth semester corresponding to 30 credits, which alternatively may begin during the third semester and then constitute 45 credits. Selected topic must fit within the field of infection biology and can be performed at academic unit, company or public sector in Sweden or abroad. 

Note, minimum 40 credits of year one must be completed in order to continue with the second year of studies.


Syllabus for Master's Programme in Infection Biology


Programme Outline


Year 1


Year 2


Optional project courses

IMBIM offers different independent project courses with the aim to give a practical experience of research in any of the focus areas of the department. Contact the programme coordinator if you are interested in changing a course in the programme for a project course.  


A) Undergraduate level (cycle I):

  • 3BL351, “Research Training in Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology”, 15 credits

Aims to provide basic experience of research. You need to have 60 credits completed within a relevant subject.


B) Advanced level (cycle II):

  • 3BL352, “Project Work in Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology”, 15 credits
  • 3BL353, “Project Work in Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology”, 30 credits

These will in addition give you knowledge and skills on how to plan, interpret and evaluate scientific experiments. You need to have 120 credits completed within relevant subject.


For further information, please read the course syllabus available through IMBIM’s home page for Education


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You are welcome to contact our general programme email adress if you have any questions, and it will be directed to the right person.


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