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Programme in Medicine

All physicians should prevent, cure and alleviate disease and illness. This is a task that demands expertise in scientific subjects and an ability to meet other people. Becoming skilful in the profession requires extensive education.

The programme in medicine, with its 11 semesters, is one of the longest programmes in Swedish universities. Five and a half years of full-time studies lead to the University Medical Degree.

How the human body functions

In the first part of the programme, you as a student obtain theoretical knowledge about how the human body is built and how it works. The studies are then focused on cell biology, histology, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, genetics, anatomy and developmental biology. The students also learn to work based on a scientific approach.

In the second part of the programme, teaching is focused on diseases, their origins, causes, spread and treatment. Main subjects are pathology, consultation skills, infections, microbiology and immunology, dermatological disorders, internal medicine, surgery, neurology, ophthalmic diseases, ear, nose and throat diseases, public health, psychiatry and female and paediatric health.

Theory and practice

As a medical student in Gothenburg, you have contact with patients from the beginning of the programme. One teaching week in semesters one to four are placed at healthcare centres or hospitals in the Västra Götaland Region. Together with a supervisor, you get to follow the activities up close. Teaching in the programme in medicine takes place in the form of lectures, student activating pedagogy with case exercises, laboratory sessions, group work, seminars and literature assignments.

Beginning in semester five, clinical placement takes place where the teaching takes the form of practical work under the supervision of doctors. This gives you the opportunity to apply and specialise your theoretical knowledge. Most of the courses are examined with a written or oral examination. In examination situations, you must also demonstrate that you have acquired knowledge of various practical components.


If you as a student want to conduct research, there are good opportunities. The programme provides a broad base for research in the medical field. To stimulate the students' interest in research, the Sahlgrenska Academy has established a research assistance programme.

Research assistants accepted to the programme conduct research and teach for three years. Service as a research assistant is conducted at a scope of 10% for 10 months alongside of the courses of the programme in medicine and 100% during two summer months per years.

This programme is conducted in Swedish.

Study Counseling

Christer Ek och Pia Gejervall

Programme syllabus

Programme Syllabus

Page Manager: Anette Nilsson|Last update: 12/18/2019

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