The Master's programme in Molecular Medicine builds on a BSc degree in the field of life sciences, especially in biochemistry, biomedical science, human biology, molecular biology, molecular biotechnology, molecular life science or molecular medicine. Students can deepen and broaden their knowledge of the molecular pathways leading to proliferation, differentiation and death of cells, of the physiology of cells and organs, and of the pathophysiology of diseases, whilst at the same time enhancing their practical laboratory skills.
Educational organisationThe interdisciplinary Master's programme in "Molecular Medicine" comprises two years of studies (four semesters). All lectures, seminars and practical training courses are taught in English. All examinations are also held in English.
In the first semester, students deepen their knowledge in subjects like cell and developmental biology, bioinformatics and systems biology, pharmacology, natural substances and drug development and pass through a four-week long practical training in laboratory methods. In the second and third semesters, students focus on practical work in different research fields. Here students find four different main subjects, consisting of lecture, a four-week practical internship and seminar plus four additional smaller subjects, which go beyond strictly scientific contents and prepare students for workday duties of a research scientist. In the fourth semester, students 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.
A specialisation in the field of molecular oncology is in preparation. (Students must apply separately for this specialisation during the first semester.)
Study abroad unit(s)A joint Master's degree with the university of Pauda/Italy is possible (with a separate application during the first semester). A second cooperation like this is in preparation.
InternshipsIn the first semester, students pass through a four-week long practical training in laboratory methods and a two-week long practical training in imaging techniques.
Four laboratory internships (each of four weeks duration) have to be successfully completed during the second and third semesters.
The fourth semester is reserved for a six-months practical Master´s thesis.
Forms of assessmentWritten or oral examinations
Course objectivesWith their Master of Science degree, graduates should be able to perform scientific projects in the field of molecular medicine and to review and critically discuss published data related to this research area.
Language requirementsAs teaching will be in English, non-native speakers of English will have to demonstrate adequate knowledge of the English language, i.e., by acceptable results in a standardised test (e.g., TOEFL or IELTS). Alternatively, proven higher education in English is accepted, i.e., a previous study programme completely taught in English.
Academic requirementsApplicants must hold a Bachelor of Science degree, a German Diploma, or an equivalent degree in one of the study courses described below, with a final mark of 2.5 or better.
If the Bachelor's degree has not been granted yet, the average of examination results must be 2.7 or better (at the date of application). The equivalence of foreign grades will be checked by the Studies Office of the Medical Faculty Ulm.
Possible study courses: biomedical science, molecular biotechnology, molecular biology, molecular life science, human biology, biochemistry, etc. The equivalence of the study course is decided upon by the Master's Commission.
Enrolment fees158.50 EUR
Costs of livingApprox. 700 EUR including accommodation, local transport, health insurance, and food
Arrival supportInternational students will receive help with accommodation, enrolment, and insurance. An introduction week including all important information and guided tours is organised by the International Office of the university.
The university offers orientation programmes for newcomers, which helps with formalities and gives better insights into the university structures. There is also help to find accommodation and visa support.
AccommodationAccommodation is available through the Student Services Office or on the private market. Rent for a single room in a student residence is approx. 250-300 EUR per month.