Most of you that are planning to pursue Maser’s program in Biomedicine have already set your eyes on a PhD. Not only will the research intensive program motivate you further, it will also prepare you for a PhD. The curriculum is one way but there are other advantages you would get, being a part of KI. Here’s how:
We have the opportunity to conduct two projects additional to the master’s thesis which means we get to be in the lab for more than half of the program duration. This is crucial to understand how an academic lab works and see if you would really belong there! Not only would you be able to get some hands-on experience, you can use your time in the lab to make contacts. I have met many PhD students who are alumni of the Biomedicine master’s program. So there is definitely a great chance that the labs you get in touch with could have PhD vacancies.
Improved communication skills
Be it oral presentation or writing skills, you will get better at it. I have been able to see the changes the program has brought in my overall communication skills. Writing a scientific report seems less daunting than before and I feel more confident during presentations. This will provide an edge while applying for PhD positions.
While some parts of the program are relaxed, during majority of the time, the schedule is hectic. There is alot of reading to be done in a very short time. There are strict deadlines for assignments and to submit project reports. Also, during the third semester, certain courses run in parallel with the research project. This might seem a bit stressful initially but it will teach us to manage our time and resources better.
This is probably true for any student that is a part of Karolinska Institutet. Being in the university itself will let you have easy access to all the regular seminars, conferences and poster presentations. You can utilize the time to either get to know the kind of work being done in a lab or to network with lab members and find out about any available positions. You might not always end up getting a PhD position but, there could be opening for a project and this is one of the best ways to start! Needless to say, the professors in KI are very approachable and being closer to the huge research environment will make things easier for a PhD aspirant.