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A day as a Biomedicine (MSc) student – Semester 1 (Part 2/2)

Hello guys!

Since week 44, we, Biomed master’s students, have had all of our lectures online on Zoom. This was decided after the public health agency of Sweden set new guidelines due to the rise of Covid-19 cases in Stockholm.

So now, a normal day looks slightly different!


Most of our online lectures, or at least the ones in the cancer section, have been starting around 9 am. Therefore, I wake up around 8:30/8:45 am, and then wash my face with slightly cold water (so I can be a bit more awake). Afterward, I boil some water and make myself a cup of tea. Though I think most of my classmates are making a cup of coffee around this time! Next, I join Zoom.

MSc in biomed schedule part 2
A screenshot of my schedule

Online lectures have their pros and cons, and I am still trying to get used to them. But one pro is that you can divide your screen into the zoom part and a word document for note-taking. It is pretty useful!


We can still get a lunch break at noon. But for most of the past days, what time we eat lunch had been up to us. This is because we had individual study time or lab work scheduled in our timetables, and for these, we were able to organize ourselves.

As it is November now, the days are getting shorter and shorter, and short days + online classes = me needing to take vitamin D. The one I’ve been trying to take lately is a tablet which gets dissolved in water and results in a citrus-flavored drink. I definitely recommend taking vitamin D during winter in Sweden; it really gets dark pretty early during the day.


After lunch, we either have more lectures or study time to read research articles and do group work. For instance, for the cancer part of Frontiers in Translational Medicine, we had to do our lab online as well. This was a bit odd because we weren’t able to do the actual experiments, but we still had to calculate dilutions and analyze data. So my group would usually have a zoom call and/or work on this after the morning lectures.  


As it is already gets dark around 3pm, I think of 5pm as night already. So I believe my Swedish lessons, that start around 5:30pm on Thursdays, are in the evening. They were in-person until last week, now they are also online. Many extracurricular activities have also been canceled, but at the same time, this means I have some time to relax and get ready for the next day.

Alessandra - Biomedicine (MSc)

Alessandra - Biomedicine (MSc)

Hi everybody! My name is Alessandra, but I usually go by my nickname, Kyomi. My role in the digital ambassador team is being the new Biomedicine (MSc) blogger. I was born and raised in Peru, but I moved to the United States for my undergraduate studies. After graduation, I worked for 2 years in a neuroscience lab. Now, I have moved to Sweden to be a student at Karolinska Institutet!


Seyed Reza Tamadoni

Seyed Reza Tamadoni

Hi Alessandra, Hope you are doing well in this Corona-era. I am applying for the Master's Programme in Biomedicine at KI. I read some posts from you on this blog, and I wanted to know whether this cancer-schedule "Frontiers in Translational Medicine - Cancer" (picture ) is part of a compulsory syllabus in the "Frontiers of Biomedicine", or is just an elective of yours inside the "Frontiers of Biomedicine", due to your specialization in the area of your research interest? Would appreciate, if you give a response. Thank you, Reza Tamadoni

Alessandra - Biomedicine (MSc)

Alessandra - Biomedicine (MSc)

Hi Reza! Thank you, hope you are doing well too! The schedule for the Frontiers in Translational Medicine course is set for all the students that are taking the class. It is divided into 4 parts: Infection and inflammation, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and neuroscience. Therefore yes, the schedule for the cancer part of the course is mandatory for the students enrolled in the Frontiers course. Then, later on, you can choose electives depending on your interests on semester 3 of the MSc in Biomedicine programme.

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