Discover the Mysteries of the Human Body
Rapid developments of medical technology and new kinds of conceptual thinking within the field of biology have increased the need for laboratory specialisation. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology offers an International MSc programme in molecular medicine tailored to meet this demand.
The field of molecular medicine is often referred to as "tomorrow's medicine". It aims to provide a molecular understanding of how normal cellular processes change, fail or are destroyed by disease.
The mapping of the human genome in 2003 was a turning point, and our knowledge and understanding of molecules in living organisms are advancing at a fast rate.
Modern technologies such as high-throughput analyses (microarray and proteomics) enable us to study thousands of genes and proteins simultaneously. This provides the foundation for a totally new understanding of biological systems and generates fresh hypotheses about the importance of genes and proteins to different diseases.
The purpose of the MSc programme is to develop knowledge and skills in cellular and molecular biology. These have applications in both research and practical clinical work, and will contribute to an increased understanding of processes, diagnostics and treatment of diseases.
Career prospects The Master of Science in Molecular Medicine qualifies graduates for a wide range of careers, including:
* Research in hospitals, colleges, universities and research institutes
* Practical clinical work in hospital laboratories
* Technical executive positions in hospital laboratories
* Research dissemination (media, publishers, etc.)
Completion of the MSc degree is a qualification for study at PhD level.
The MSc is a two-year, full-time programme starting in the autumn semester (mid-August).
There are two main components: a master's thesis worth 60 ECTS credits, and theoretical and methodological courses totalling a further 60 credits. Two courses, making up 22.5 credits, are compulsory.
The remaining courses, adding up to 37.5 credits, are selected from lists of electives. Ideally, electives should be linked to the master's thesis.
Master's thesis In the second academic year students work on a thesis in molecular medicine. The master's thesis could have a basal or a medical direction. It should have a scientific composition and be founded on applicable theory and literature within the chosen topic.
A primary supervisor is chosen among the scientific staff at NTNU. The wide range of research expertise among faculty members, and close interaction with clinical environments at St. Olav's Hospital, mean that the standard of thesis projects is very high and there are opportunities to cover a large variety of subjects.
Topics to date have included human genetics, immunology, cancer and DNA repair, microbial genetics, gene expression and nutrition.
Study abroad NTNU participates in numerous student exchange and placement programmes such as the Erasmus programme and the Leonardo da Vinci programme. Others are operated in conjunction with other Nordic countries (NORDPLUS). In addition there are cooperative exchange agreements with universities in many countries.
Contact the student counsellors at the Faculty of Medicine if you want to go abroad for one or two semesters.
Bachelor's degree (or 3-year equivalent) in biomedical science, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, medicine, or similar, with an average grade equal to or higher than the Norwegian "C". Some previous basic knowledge of cellular and molecular biology is highly recommended.Language requirements International applicants must document skills in English language, for example by a TOEFL test (score of 600/90 points or higher), an IELTS test (overall band score of 6.5 or higher), or an APIEL examination (score of 3 points or higher). English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test: 90
NTNU charges no tuition fees, but regulations from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration state that
all international students who are not citizens of EU/EEA/EFTA countries must document that they have enough money to live in Norway. For the 2017 intake this amount is NOK 103 950. Successful applicants who are given an offer of admission will later be asked to transfer this amount to NTNU's deposit account.
NTNU offers no scholarships.