Molecular Medicine

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: May 31, 2024
251–300 place StudyQA ranking:1545 Duration:2 years You need IELTS certificate

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The MSc course in Molecular Medicine conveys basic and advanced insights into the molecular basis of disease. The imparted knowledge and practical training should enable students to conduct biomedical research and medical biotechnology. To impart sound skills of experimental methods in biomedicine, the course offers comprehensive laboratory exercises. The curriculum responds to increasing demands of research institutions in molecular biomedicine. Scientists with pronounced knowledge in medicine and natural sciences are sought to fulfil these demands.
Profound knowledge in molecular medicine will be provided in the modules Molecular Pathology, Molecular Pharmacology, Human Genetics, Clinical Chemistry/Molecular Diagnostics and Medical Biometry. For the advanced students in the second year, the course covers recent research achievements in molecular pathology and molecular pharmacology.
The module Molecular Pathology provides basic knowledge about causes and treatments of main disease entities including cancer, cardiovascular, inflammatory and neurological diseases. Different types of cell and tissue damage, and their histological correlates will be demonstrated with microscopic and macroscopic preparations.
The module Molecular Pharmacology offers basic knowledge of common pharmacology and toxicology. The complex interactions between agents and their pharmacological targets in the human body will be explained. The module combines medical-pharmacological efficacy patterns of these agents with their molecular, cellular and organ specific effects and functions.
The module Clinical Chemistry/Molecular Diagnostics presents various topics of laboratory medicine and diagnostics, principles of frequently used clinical biochemical and molecular biological methods, as well as instruments of diagnostic analysis, principles of step-by-step diagnostics for early diagnosis, course of disease, and therapy control. This includes a review of diagnostically relevant metabolic products and substrates, methods of point-of-care diagnostics, enzyme activity determination, diagnostic procedures in hemostaseology and procedures for drug monitoring and diagnostic molecular biology.
The module Medical Biometry explains the basics, fundamental terms and prerequisites for biomedical data analysis. In small groups students will be taught to use the statistical software package SPSS. The course includes basics of probability calculation, epidemiology, descriptive statistics, diagnostic tests, random variables and selected distributions as well as concluding statistics (estimation procedures, significance tests, multiple test procedures, etc.).

Educational organisation

The first year of the Master's programme is divided into five mandatory modules: Molecular Pathology, Molecular Pharmacology, Human Genetics, Clinical Chemistry/Molecular Diagnostics and Medical Biometry. In addition, students may select two of the fifteen compulsory elective modules dealing with clinical research topics (Molecular Intensive Care, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Cardiology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Oncology, Neuroscience, Rheumatology, Transgenic Animals, Medical Microbiology, Medical Immunology, Gene-environment Interaction in Lifestyle Diseases, Experimental Surgery, Experimental Nephrology, Bioinfomatics, Molecular-Biological Approaches in Medical Research and Diagnostics) consisting of lectures, seminars and a block of practical training. The second year is devoted to in-depth instruction on special problems in molecular pathology and pharmacology. For most of the second year, intensive experimental work on a research project in one of the participating institutes will provide further practical skills and form the basis for the completion of the Master's thesis.

Part-time studies may be permitted by the board of examination.

Study abroad unit(s)



Not systematically provided

Forms of assessment

Each of the modules of the Master's programme is concluded with an exam. Exams include multiple choice questions, essay questions, oral presentations and written reports. The overall grade is a combination of the module grades and the grade of the Master's thesis (written in English and with a public viva voce exam).

Course objectives

The consecutive course in Molecular Medicine provides theoretical and practical insights into different areas of biomedicine. The knowledge imparted should enable students to conduct biomedical research or to work in medical biotechnology. The course reacts to the rapidly increasing demands of biomedical research institutes and pharmaceutical industry for scientists with combined expertise in medicine and natural/life sciences.
During the course of studies in Molecular Medicine, great value is placed on substantial lab experiments in the research labs of the university hospital, which teaches students modern methods of biomedicine. To this end, students work in two to three different labs. Thus, they become acquainted with a relevant spectrum of essential research methods. This component of the programme further strengthens the students' ability to tap into previously unfamiliar methods mentioned in literature.

Language requirements

Non-native English speakers must prove proficiency in English in order to meet the requirements of courses given in English and to be able to write their Master's thesis in English.

Academic requirements

Bachelor's degree in biochemistry/molecular biology or in a relevant/comparable discipline such as natural science, life science, medicine

Enrolment fees

Semester fee (Student Services and Student Self-Government) including semester ticket for free use of public transport: approx. 190 EUR per semester and a one-off fee of 20 EUR for a multifunctional student ID card (Thoska)

Costs of living

We recommend that you budget at least 600 EUR per month for accommodation and food, and for books a further 50 EUR per semester.

Job opportunities

Generally possible, depending on visa requirements and current availability

Arrival support

Students are advised to arrive at Jena University by 1 October for the winter semester. Before classes start, Jena University offers an orientation week in order to introduce international students to the city and university. Information about the orientation week is sent with the letter of admission.

Services and support for international students

At the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the International Office assists all international students and can direct them to the department responsible for answering whatever questions they may have. Jena University has ERASMUS agreements with more than 200 European partners and 30 bilateral agreements with partners in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the USA, Canada, and Japan. 2,200 international students come from 85 countries.
There is a comprehensive programme of counselling, administrative support, language courses, and tutoring for incoming students. The International Office also arranges accommodation for students who come to Jena on exchange or scholarship programmes.
The rooms in the student residences are distributed by Student Services ("Studentenwerk Thueringen": Private apartments are also available, but students must find them on their own. Student mentors assist incoming students by meeting them at the train station, showing them to their rooms, introducing them to the university and its facilities, familiarising them with the city of Jena, introducing them to student life, and helping them with their paperwork. Student associations and groups offer a wide variety of joint activities and events, tandem language courses, concerts, excursions, etc., all of which help the international students to feel welcome and integrated. The Language Centre offers German language courses at several different levels.


Accommodation in student residences is available. Please apply at the "Studentenwerk Thüringen" (
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You can also look for single or shared private accommodation yourself. In the buildings of the university, there are numerous information boards with accommodation offers. Note, however, that the availability of private accommodation in Jena is rather limited.
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