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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: Free
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 July
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 557pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years

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    The Master's programme provides a research-oriented education that covers a broad range of topics in molecular and biomedical science with a special emphasis on pathological mechanisms of human disorders.
    Mandatory courses include advanced lectures in immunology, neuroscience, oncology, development, genetics, and imaging, as well as research design and structural biochemistry to endow all students with a solid knowledge base. Students can focus on their areas of interest by choosing seminars and individual practical research modules. The main research areas in Erlangen are immunology, neuroscience, oncology, and cardiovascular disorders.
    To allow students to gain experimental experience and insight into an international setting, up to six months of research can be performed abroad.
    The programme finishes with a six-month experimental Master's thesis. Graduates will be highly qualified for a PhD and a career in the field of biomedical sciences in academia, industry, and related occupational fields.

    Educational organisation

    The programme consists of compulsory modules (35 ECTS), elective compulsory seminars and practical modules (55 ETCS), and the Master's thesis (30 ETCS). The teaching comprises lectures, seminars, practice elements, small-group discussions, and tutorials. The ECTS system allows for individual choices according to the programme guidelines. During the second and third semesters, students can choose individual practical research training in Erlangen or abroad in an academic or industrial setting.

    Study abroad unit(s)

    Students can choose to do research abroad. The duration is variable and can last from two to six months.

    Forms of assessment

    Written and oral exams, term papers and research protocols in accordance with the guidelines, Master's thesis

    Course objectives

    The programme aims to prepare graduates with knowledge in theory and practice of biomedical research, social and intercultural competences, and a broad spectrum of laboratory methodology.
    Students will be prepared for a career as an independent researcher in biomedical science, e.g. in an academic setting or the pharmaceutical industry, in private companies or in international organisations.

    University requirements


    Program requirements

    Language requirements

    Academic English on level B2 according to the CEFR
    Applicants must have a good working knowledge of English (B2) and are required to provide appropriate evidence of their language skills. The following are accepted as evidence of appropriate English language abilities: a TOEFL score of 547 (paper-based) or 210 (computer-based) or better; a score of 5.5 in the British Council's IELTS; six years of English at a German high school (Abitur), or an academic degree in which English was the main language of instruction and examination.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Medicine or a closely related area. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from the field of life sciences must participate in an admission test.
    Applicants must have a good working knowledge of English (B2) and are required to provide appropriate evidence of their language skills. The following are accepted as evidence of appropriate English language abilities: a TOEFL score of 547 (paper-based) or 210 (computer-based) or better; a score of 5.5 in the British Council's IELTS; six years of English at a German high school (Abitur), or an academic degree in which English was the main language of instruction and examination.

    Enrolment fees

    The contribution to student services currently amounts to 42 EUR per semester. An additional charge of 65 EUR per semester covers the mandatory basic "semester ticket", a transit pass that provides students with unlimited access to public transport in the metropolitan region of Nuremberg from 7pm to 6am on weekdays and at all times at weekends. (For an additional optional charge, the validity of the pass can be extended to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.)

    Costs of living

    The cost of living can only be approximated very generally, as the needs and living conditions of every student are different.
    Rent: 250-600 EUR per month
    Health insurance, doctor, medicine: approximately 70 EUR per month
    Food: approximately 165 EUR per month
    Study materials: approximately 30 EUR per month (depending on the subject)
    Transport: minimum 65 EUR per semester
    Student services: 42 EUR per semester
    For more information, see: http://www.fau.eu/study/prospective-students/financing-your-studies/costs-of-studying
    General information on the average cost of living in Germany is available online: http://www.internationale-studierende.de/en/prepare_your_studies/financing/costs_of_living

    Services and support for international students

    The Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) will provide you with detailed information on all important topics relating to your studies (study courses, subject combinations, application requirements, support with organising your study programme and complying with all assessment/examination requirements) and on settling in at the beginning of the semester (coping with particular difficulties, changing subjects or suspending studies). For more information, see http://www.fau.eu/study/prospective-students/student-advice.
    The Career Service of FAU will provide you with information on career opportunities and the specifics of an application procedure in Germany. For information, see: http://www.fau.eu/study/current-students/career-service.
    The Student Service Centres (SSC) and student advisers in the faculties will provide you with further advice on your particular course of study. Programme coordinators organise subject-related orientation events and guide you through the entire study period.
    The Central Office for International Affairs (RIA) will provide you with detailed information on accommodation, visa issues, and scholarship possibilities. In cooperation with the IBZ, it also organises information events and general orientation courses for first-semester-students.
    See: http://www.fau.eu/international/international-applicants.
    The Alumni network provides students with many topics and events for professional advancement. See: http://www.fau.eu/alumni.

    Accommodation

    Erlangen and Nuremberg are attractive cities with a historic flair and modern infrastructure. Therefore, the housing market is quite tight. FAU will do its best to assist new students in finding accommodation.
    Student halls in Erlangen and Nuremberg can only provide accommodation for a small number of students. Another option is the private housing market. If you extend your search to neighbouring towns, such as Fürth and Forchheim, your choice of accommodation is much larger and rents are lower, while the well-developed local public transport system ensures that you're never far away from the university. In addition, there is the option to sublet a room, or you can share a flat with other students. This option not only saves you money but also helps you settle in quickly and make friends in your new home. You can find information to help with your housing search on specialised websites and the university's notice boards.
    Detailed information on finding accommodation is available at http://www.fau.eu/international/international-applicants/important-information.
    If you need further assistance, you can also turn to the Accommodation Service of the Central Office for International Affairs (RIA). E-mail: accommodation@fau.de.
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