Translational Medical Research

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Apr 15, 2024
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Translational Medical Research concentrates on the interface between experimental basic science and clinical medicine. The aim is to translate knowledge, mechanisms and techniques generated by basic scientific research into new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. But the reverse is equally important: the translation of clinical observations into new research questions. This is colloquially described as "triple B" (from bench to bedside and back again).
The recent far-reaching and dynamic developments in molecular and cellular research set high standards for the training of future clinicians capable of working in this field. Equally, these developments dictate the need for scientists who are able to understand the rationale behind diagnosis and therapy, who can develop and guide the use of new molecular therapies for individual patients, and who are committed to transferring scientific knowledge into clinical practice. Interdisciplinary cooperation is an essential key to success in this endeavour.
The Master of Science in Translational Medical Research (MSc TMR) programme focuses on meeting these demands and systematically provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the frontier of translational medical research. Reflecting the research foci of our faculty, students can choose to specialise in molecular oncology, neurobiology or vascular medicine.

Course structure and content
The core curriculum covers the following themes:
  • research management and scientific conduct
  • epidemiology and applied biostatistics
  • molecular biology
  • cell biology and genetics
  • physiology
  • essential laboratory techniques in theory and practice
  • disease processes (molecular, cellular and physiological changes)
  • diagnostic and therapeutic strategies and models
  • case studies in translational research

Educational organisation

Four compact teaching blocks are followed by a period of individual research work leading to a thesis. Full-time students are expected to finish in one year, part-time students have the option of studying for up to three and a half years. Introductory modules cater for students with different backgrounds, covering either basic aspects of molecular and cellular biology or introducing students to the basics of clinical medical thinking.

Core interdisciplinary modules focus on:
1. understanding the molecular and cellular basis of medical disorders
2. disease processes
3. diagnostic tools and therapeutic strategies
In addition, students choose one elective course:
  • Molecular Oncology
  • Neurobiology
  • Vascular Medicine

Learning mainly takes place in interactive seminars (with a maximum of 25 students), laboratory practical courses and group/individual learning assignments. Up-to-date keynote lectures complement the student-centred learning approach of the programme. Sufficient workspace and comprehensive access to literature support students' individual learning.
Coursework revolves around problem and case-based learning activities as well as laboratory practical courses to develop the applicable skills required for translational medical research. Through the active learning approach, students will gain self-confidence and professionalism by presenting and defending their ideas and views before critical audiences, as well as by actively listening to the arguments and perspectives of others.
Suitable candidates will be supported so that they can continue their research as PhD students after they have completed the Master's programme.
The programme is structured in such a way that selected students of the Medical Faculty in Mannheim can enrol part-time in the Master's programme while continuing their medical studies.
The MSc TMR programme has four blocks of coursework followed by research and preparation of the thesis. MaReCum medical students take the first two blocks in their fourth year, the next two blocks in their fifth year of study.

Forms of assessment

Written and oral exams in accordance with the guidelines
The programme consists of 60 ECTS.

Course objectives

Excellent researchers and clinicians who possess the necessary combination of scientific and medical knowledge and personal as well as professional skills to contribute successfully to the future of translational medical research
We thus anticipate a broad range of employment opportunities in academia and industry for students who successfully complete our programme.

Language requirements

The language of instruction is English. Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency, usually by certification of an IELTS score of 6.5 or an equivalent TOEFL score. Exemption from this requirement may be granted to those who have completed their prior education in English (written proof required with application).

Academic requirements

The course is open to medical doctors, biologists, pharmacists, and other professionals in health-related sciences who hold a first academic degree equivalent to 240 ECTS (usually a Bachelor's degree after at least four years of full-time study). Special conditions for admission apply to registered medical students within the MaReCuM (Mannheim Reformed Curriculum for Medicine) programme.

Enrolment fees

Approx. 150 EUR per semester

Services and support for international students

MSc TMR students have access to all student services at Heidelberg University, made available through a variety of departments. These services include provision of information and assistance with:
  • accommodation
  • health insurance
  • subsidised meals
  • support for international students
By agreement, students at the Medical Faculty Mannheim can also use the accommodation services and sports activities offered by the University of Mannheim.
The Dean's office provides student support services in the areas of enrolment, matriculation and other student administrative functions. These services are available to all students enrolled in the MSc TMR programme.
Although these support services are mainly targeted to international students, they are available to all students enrolled in the MSc TMR programme. These services include:
  • provision of required documentation in order to obtain visas
  • information regarding the legal aspects of living in Germany (i.e. insurance, registration, etc.)
  • orientation on living in Germany and Mannheim
  • information on cultural and recreational activities
  • information regarding services at Heidelberg University (i.e. library, computer services, etc.)
  • emergency assistance


Accommodation is available through student services of the University of Mannheim and of Heidelberg University, or on the private market. Rent for a single room in a student residence is approx. 230 EUR.
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