Nästan alla studenter på första terminen av det nya masterprogrammet är intresserade av att stanna kvar som doktorander efter utbildningen. Från vänster Weilong Liu från Kina, Quentin Thomas från Frankrike, Oliver Snow från Kanada, Marina Ioannou från Grekland, Dorinês Rosário från Portugal och Sarah McComas från USA.
Almost all students on the first semester of the new Master programme are interested to stay as Ph.D students. From left: Weilong Liu, China, Quentin Thomas, France, Oliver Snow, Canada, Marina Ioannou, Greece, Dorinês Rosário, Portugal, and Sarah McComas, USA. Photo: Anna-Karin Landin

The programme is a collaboration between Stockholm University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Karolinska Institutet. It is aimed at students who are interested in the area between medicine, natural sciences and technology. The programme is mainly based in the Science for Life Laboratory in Solna, a research centre where the three universities and Uppsala University collaborate.

“It is a strategic research area that focuses on modern biology and its applications. The new programme provides an enormous added value for us. It will give us a good foundation for future doctoral students, as it requires very broad knowledge,” says Erik Lindahl, professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and programme coordinator for the new master’s programme.

The broad knowledge includes being able to work in a lab, mastering computers and programming, and having a good understanding of medicine. Karolinska Institutet provides students with the medical component, Stockholm University provides the scientific basis, and KTH provides the technology to develop the skills in practice.

Introduction on a small scale

The first semester has started on a small scale with six students, all of whom come from different countries and backgrounds. The students describe it as being part of a family where they help each other and have many opportunities for personal contact with the universities. Being affiliated with multiple universities at the same time comes with a few practical issues: for example, a wallet full of plastic cards, at least two from each university.  The plan is to develop the programme and eventually offer places for up to 16 students.