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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.

Application, entrance requirements and selection

In Gothenburg, 132 students are admitted to the programme in medicine every semester. Admissions take place in both the autumn and spring semester. This programme is conducted in Swedish.

General entry requirements are:

  • Swedish 3 or Swedish course B or Swedish as second language 3, with at least a Pass grade, or the Test i svenska för universitetsstudier, Tisus (Test in Swedish for higher education). For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is necessary to have at least Swedish B.
  • English course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge.
  • Mathematics course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge. For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is not necessary to have Mathematics A.

If you have an 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 and mathematics.

For general admission, you must have:

  • Swedish A1 or A2. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010, it is enough with grades in Swedish B. You can also meet the requirement of Swedish with the Swedish upper secondary school courses: Swedish 3 or Swedish as a second language 3. Swedish B or Swedish as Second Language B issued before 2013-07-01 or Test in Swedish for University Studies (Tisus).
  • Whoever has the IB diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics 1a/1b/1c. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010 mathematics is not required for general admission.

And specific entry requirements:

  • General entry requirements and Biology B, Physics B, Chemistry B, Mathematics D or Biology 2, Physics 2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4 (field-specific entry requirements 13/A13).

Selection: Grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%). For half of the places in the grade selection, the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test is used as a differentiating criteria upon equal qualification point values.

Page Manager: Evelyn Vilkman|Last update: 8/8/2018

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