Master Programme in Molecular Medicine

In today’s post-genomic world, researchers and scientists in the field of molecular medicine are transforming the way we understand, treat, and cure diseases. Germany is a prominent leader in this fast-moving field and is spearheading many of the latest innovations and cutting-edge approaches.

The Master in Molecular Medicine at Ulm University is the ideal postgraduate programme for students who have obtained a bachelor degree in a life science subject, such as biochemistry, biomedical science, human biology, molecular biology, molecular biotechnology, molecular life science, or molecular medicine. All of the programme's lectures, seminars, and practical courses are taught in English and all examinations are conducted in English.

This exciting degree programme enables students to expand and enhance their:

  • understanding of the molecular pathways that lead to the proliferation, differentiation, and death of cells,
  • knowledge of the physiology of cells and organs,
  • insights into the pathophysiology of diseases,
  • practical laboratory skills.

A master degree in molecular medicine equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake scientific projects in the field of molecular medicine and to review and critically discuss published data related to this research area.

Students in this programme benefit from our professors’ professional ties with nearby hospital partners, other researchers, healthcare providers, and industry specialists.

New programme structure

The duration of the Master study programme will be four semesters.

In the first semester, students will deepen their knowledge in topics like Cell and Developmental Biology, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Pharmacology and Drug Development, and will pass a four to six week practical training in laboratory methods.

In the second and third semester, students will focus on practical work in different research fields. Here, four different main subjects will be offered, consisting of lecture, 4-week practical training and seminar. Four additional smaller subjects will go beyond strictly scientific contents and prepare students for workaday duties of a research scientist. These subjects will be arranged in four blocks, two blocks per semester, each block containing 15 ECTS credit points.

The four main subjects which outline the combination of lecture, practical course, and seminar, are “Infectious Diseases and Immune Defense”, “Signaling Pathways Used in Stem Cells during Development and Aging”, “Molecular Oncology” and “Trauma Research and Regenerative Medicine”. The additional subjects will cover topics such as Clinical Trials, Bioethics, Rules of Good Laboratory and Scientific Practice, and Basics of Project Management.

In the fourth semester, students will concentrate on preparing the practical master´s thesis. The Master in Molecular Medicine concludes with an oral examination (disputation) at the end of the final semester.

Starting a few years ago students have the possibility to join an European partner program with our partner universities in Padua, Italy or Oulu/Finland. In this program they can spend one or two semesters at one of the partner universitiesy and finish their studies with an international Double Master Degree. Due to similar structures in the curriculum, problems with organization or consideration of course achievements will be avoided.  5 students per year can take part in the partner program.

Another option is the specialization in the field of "Molecular Oncology". Within this option students will join a second block in this area and get a deeper insight into this research specialty of Ulm University.

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