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FSK3532 Biomedicine for Engineers 7.5 credits

The course provides an introduction to biomedicine for PhD students with a background in engineering. The purpose of the course is to provide the basic knowledge needed to communicate with colleagues with a background in clinical studies or biomedicine.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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P1 (7.5 hp)


26 Aug 2024
27 Oct 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

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Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


Marina Zelenina (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSK3532 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

The course consists of 14 lectures and a seminar.

Course contents

Cell structure and components. Biomolecules. Basic principles of cellular functions: transport, metabolism, signaling and reproduction. The structure o tissues an organs and their function.

Basic principles for how an organism, e.g. a human, functions at the system level.

Ethical aspects in biomedical research. 

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  • describe the basic structure and function of molecules, cells, tissues and organs in living organisms
  • describe mechanisms and structures for the transport of various substances within and between cells
  • describe basic processes for the cell's energy supply and cell renewal
  • describe from cellular to organ level the mechanisms that make an organism function as a whole (metabolism, neuronal signaling, immune system, hormonal action)
  • identify and critically discuss ethical issues that occur in biomedical research
  • be able to correctly use the terminology learned in the course in presentations about their research for audience with a background in clinical studies or biomedicine

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Enrolled PhD student.

Recommended prerequisites

No prerequisites, except high-school biology, is required.


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Alberts al., Essential Cell Biology. 

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Hand in assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 5.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Marina Zelenina (

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics