Biomedical Physics

Biomedical Physics is the branch of physics that deals with systems of a biological nature, from the scale of single molecules to whole organisms and even ecosystems. Biomedical physics uses quantitative physical approaches to address biological and medical questions and is supported by parallel approaches in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Biomedical Physics is a truly interdisciplinary field of science that involves virtually all fields of physics in combination with subspecialties in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Sciences for the growth and development of life sciences and health care.

Biomedical Physics at KTH

In this specialisation, knowledge and skills in physics are developed towards applications and research in the life sciences and health care. Interdisciplinary approaches are of increasing importance to basic research and for the development of new medical diagnostic methods and treatments. Biomedical physics is at the centre of these activities. The need for improvements in the medical field is virtually infinite. Through the choice of courses, students can focus on experimental and theoretical approaches to biomedical physics that are used on different spatial scales, from the molecular and cellular level up to the organ(ism) and population level.

Two mandatory courses provide basic knowledge of biomedicine ( SK2531 Biomedicine for engineers ) and experimental methods ( SK2520 Experimental methods in molecular biophysics ), which the elective courses subsequently build upon. Several of the more specialised courses are taught by active researchers at the Albanova and Science for Life Laboratory . These courses give students a unique opportunity to gain an insight into frontline research conducted in participating research groups and can also serve as an excellent preparation for thesis projects and further studies in both academia and industry.

For example, the latest developments in super-resolution microscopy are introduced in the course SK2500 Physics of biomedical microscopy , methods for protein structure analysis using the cryo-electron microscopes at the SciLifeLab are presented in the course SI2720 Biophysics  and practical techniques for biomedical laboratories are taught in SK2513 Cell Culture: Theory and Practice .

Topics covered

Applications from the entire field of Applied Physics as well as Biomolecules, Cell Biology and Physiology.

Career

After completing your master’s degree on the Biomedical Physics track, both the academic and the industrial route are open to you. Those students with an interest in research will make contact with the various research groups during their studies and often continue to do a PhD. There are excellent opportunities for industrial careers in the rapidly growing medical technology sector with many start-up and established companies in our region. The Science for Life Laboratory is a research infrastructure with a strong focus on enabling technology. Many research groups from KTH, KI, and SU are active at the Science for Life Laboratory and provide good opportunities for higher studies.

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