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Biomedical Laboratory Science Programme

A biomedical scientist has a central and responsible role in the laboratories and clinics in the healthcare services. They are also in demand in the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology companies. The profession demands both interest in technology and an ability to meet people. The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Laboratory Science requires three years of full-time study.

Expert in analysis and examination

Biomedical scientists can choose to work at healthcare centres or in hospital laboratories in, for instance, areas like clinical chemistry, pathology and microbiology. The work comprises analyses and examinations of blood, body fluids and tissues. This may involve preparing tissue samples to be able to assess cell changes using a microscope, investigating if there is viruses or bacteria in a sample, establishing the blood group of patients and blood donors or analysing the concentration of a pharmaceutical in blood.

Other biomedical scientists perform physiological examinations to observe the function of patient’s organs. The duties can, for example, involve ultrasound to investigate the heart, blood vessels and kidneys, measure the heart's electrical activity, or to register how a radioactive trace element spreads in the body using a gamma camera.

The hospital laboratories offer creative environments where research and development are an important part of the daily work. Biomedical scientists can also work at the universities, the pharmaceutical industry or biotechnology companies. The duties vary depending on the field of research and the companies' focus.

Theory and practice

In the first year, the students are given an introduction to the profession and the main field of biomedical laboratory science. They also take courses in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, chemistry and cell biology. Prior to semester 3, the student chooses a specialisation in either laboratory medicine or physiology. In the latter part of the programme, the students conduct several periods of clinical training in laboratories or at physiology clinics. The programme is concluded with a bachelor thesis.

Teaching is based on lectures, group teaching, laboratory sessions, method exercises and seminars. The clinical training comprises a total of 20 weeks and mainly takes place in the Västra Götaland Region. Courses are examined orally or in writing and sometimes in the form of seminar assignments. In some cases, the students are asked to demonstrate what they learned in practice. The biomedical laboratory science programme comprises 180 higher education credits. After graduation, the students apply for a licence from the National Board of Health and Welfare.


The programme provides a broad base for research and development in the biomedical field. An additional year of second-cycle education is required before graduate biomedical scientists meet the entry requirements for doctoral studies.

Application, entrance requirements and selection

Every year, 60 students are admitted to the biomedical laboratory science programme in Gothenburg. Admission takes place in the autumn semester. This programme is conducted in Swedish.

To meet the general entry requirements you must:

  • have successfully completed upper secondary (high school) education and meet the requirements for university studies in the home country.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English. The entry requirement is the equivalent of at least grade E of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6/English B. See English Language Requirements.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in Swedish.. The entry requirement is the equivalent of at least grade E of the Swedish upper secondary course Swedish 3/Swedish as a second language 3.

See other ways of meeting the requirement in Swedish at the website (in Swedish): https://www.antagning.se/sv/Det-har-galler-for-dig-som-gatt/Utlandsk-gymnasieutbildning/Det-har-behover-du-ha/Behorighet-i-svenska/

For students who received their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows:

  • the student must have successfully completed courses in mathematics to reach the level of the Swedish courses Mathematics 1a, 1b or 1c / Mathematics A (approximately 10 years of mathematics studies).

If you have an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree from 2013 or earlier and received a diploma you have basic eligibility for higher education in Sweden, if you have sufficient knowledge in Swedish, English and mathematics.

For general admission, you must have:

  • Swedish A1 or A2, at least grade 4. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010, it is enough with grades of at least 4 in Swedish B.
  • English B, SL, at least grade 4, with language of instruction other than English
  • Whoever has the IB diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics 1a/1b/1c.

Specific entry requirements are, with pass grades of at least E:

  • Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B and Mathematics C (field-specific entry requirements 12). Or: Biology 2, Physics 1a or 1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 3b or 3c (field-specific entry requirements A12).

 Selection: Grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%).

Page Manager: Anette Nilsson|Last update: 8/8/2018

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