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Facts and figures

Start: Winter semester 2020/2021
Duration: Four semesters (full-time)
Intake capacity per semester/year:
25 Students
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Application deadline: 15 July 2020

The curriculum of the Master's degree programme in Molecular Biomedicine incorporates modules from the teaching units of Medicine, Neuroscience and Biology. The interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum gives students many opportunities to engage in cooperation across degree programmes within the framework of their studies. Regulations on transitions between courses are embedded in the course-specific Appendix to the examination regulations for the Master's degree programmes in School VI for Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Oldenburg.

The modules of the M.Sc. in Molecular Biomedicine are aligned with the structure of the M.Sc.  in Neuroscience and the M.Sc. in Biology in terms of time and content, and are held as block modules. This structure and the large selection of compulsory elective modules of varying scope provide optimal conditions for students to develop their different interests and research areas.

Modularisation

  • The modules of the Master's degree programme feature various course units, main competences and subject-specific specialisations. The modules are divided into the categories of Background Modules (BM), Clinical Modules (CM), Research Modules (RM), Skills Modules (SM) and the Master Thesis Module (see table 2).
  • The average student workload (including attendance time) is defined by the credit points of the module. One credit point corresponds to a workload of 30 hours. Credit points are awarded after the student passes the module examination.

Module types of the M.Sc. Molecular Biomedicine

 

Background Modules

Clinical Modules

Research Modules

Skills Modules

Master Thesis Module

Courses typically include:

Lecture & seminar & practical exercise

Lecture & seminar & practical exercise

Individual research project & seminar

Seminar & exercise or practical exercise

Individual research project & seminar

Main competence

Specialist knowledge & methods of fundamental research

Specialist knowledge & methods of clinical research

Scientific work

Interdisciplinary skills

Scientific work

Organisation

Block courses

Block courses

Individual scheduling

During the semester / Block courses

Individual scheduling

Workload

6 / 12 CP

6 CP

15 CP

3 / 6 CP

30 CP

  • Table (rightmost column: Master Thesis Module, individual research project and seminar, scientific work, individual scheduling)
     
  • Background Modules impart a sound understanding of molecular science through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical exercises. Clinical Modules are organised similarly to Background Modules and teach specialised knowledge and methods of clinical research. Research Modules enable students to acquire in-depth experimental specialised knowledge by participating actively in ongoing research projects.
  • These subject-related modules are supplemented by Skills Modules which help students to prepare for a career and acquire relevant professional skills.
  • The final Master's module consists of the Master's thesis and an accompanying colloquium.
  • Overview of modules

Curriculum

  • The programme is composed of a core curriculum of compulsory elective modules consisting of Background Modules, Clinical Modules, Research Modules, Skills Modules and the Master Thesis Module.
  • The degree programme has a duration of four semesters.
  • Regarding scheduling and structure, the M.Sc. in Molecular Biomedicine is coordinated with the Master's programmes in Neuroscience and Biology to allow students access to the modules of those programmes. Accordingly, the Background Modules and Clinical Modules are usually held as seven-week block courses in the first or second half of the semester and comprise 6 or 12 CP each. The Skills Modules worth 3 or 6 CP are offered as a supplement to the study plan during the lecture-free period or as an afternoon course during the semester. The scheduling of the Research Modules (15 CP) is usually flexible and arranged in consultation with the students.
  • Different modules can be freely combined over three semesters to earn a total of 60 CP (compulsory elective modules) + 30 CP (optional modules) = 90 CP.  The 4th Semester is devoted to the Master's thesis (30 CP). Figure
  • The types of course units in the modules are described in detail in the module descriptions in the module guide.
  • In terms of scheduling and content, the Master's degree programme in Molecular Biomedicine is structured in such a way that a broad range of courses is offered as well as a high level of general education in different fields of molecular life sciences and methods. It is also possible to specialise in basic cellular and molecular biology as well as various diseases, including degenerative diseases, and various genetic-diagnostic treatments.For examples of study schedules with various specialisation modules (neurosensory science, genetics, degenerative diseases) click here.
  • The teaching staff (e.g. the professorships of Biochemistry, Visual Neurobiology, Neurogenetics, Physiology, Sensory Biology of Animals) guarantee a link to the research area of Neurosensory Science of School VI.
  • Clinical specialisations such as immunology, human genetics, ophthalmology and oncology are also represented with corresponding modules.
  • The Master's programme is highly research-oriented, and this is reflected in the teaching. The aim of the Research Modules is for students to become familiar with several aspects of research-based teaching and learning (such as questioning and methodological skills, decision-making in complex situations including laboratory situations, analysis, reflection and self-reflection, research and presentation techniques, etc.) as well as to implement an entire research cycle. In addition, there is a Skills Module devoted to teaching students how to present the results of their own research work.
  • Within most modules, students practice reading and understanding scientific articles in English, for example, to supplement the lecture material or to bolster their understanding of the scientific principles of the experiments.
  • As the modules are taught in English, English language skills at level B2 are required. In addition, reading original papers provides students with a precedence when planning their own scientific work, which will culminate in the Master's thesis.
  • All in all, the practical part of the Master's programme, with its broad range of methods, dealt with in depth in selected areas, provides an excellent basis for numerous fields of occupation in biomedicine.
  • The programme comprises a workload of 120 CP. The number of credit points reflects the student workload (time spent on attendance + preparation and post-processing).
  • The time allocated for preparation and post-processing is based on the difficulty of the module in question for a normally gifted, diligent student who meets all the requirements for the module.
  • The semester is worth a total of 30 CP ±10%.
  • The workload is continuously monitored as part of the internal evaluation system, and as a whole is designed in such a way that there is no undue structural pressure on educational quality or level requirements. The course-specific module guide gives details of credit points, requirements and attendance times for the individual course units of the modules.
  • Self-study time is the difference between total workload and attendance times.

Credit point system

  • The programme comprises a workload of 120 CP. The number of credit points reflects the student workload (time spent on attendance + preparation and post-processing).
  • The time allocated for preparation and post-processing is based on the difficulty of the module in question for a normally gifted, diligent student who meets all the requirements for the module.
  • The semester is worth a total of 30 CP ±10%.
  • The workload is continuously monitored as part of the internal evaluation system, and as a whole is designed in such a way that there is no undue structural pressure on educational quality or level requirements. The course-specific module guide gives details of credit points, requirements and attendance times for the individual course units of the modules.
  • Self-study time is the difference between total workload and attendance times.

Internships

The Study and Career Counselling Service facilitates access to internships in Germany and abroad, provides practice-related contacts, maintains a database of businesses, and advises students on the preparation and funding of their internship.

In order to expand students’ possibilities for building a profile based on their individual interests, inclinations and career aspirations, modules amounting to 30 CP may be selected from other degree programmes, such as the M.Sc. in Neuroscience and the M.Sc. in Biology. In addition, modules may be completed at other universities or institutions for higher education in or outside Germany. As a whole, the modules should reflect a main focus. The open structure of the degree programme takes into account the fact that the complexity of biomedical research requires an interdisciplinary approach. A stay abroad is facilitated by the possibility of obtaining 30 CP externally. An entire semester can therefore be spent studying abroad, as 30 CP corresponds to the credits that can be obtained in a semester. The second and third semesters are particularly suitable for this. Further options consist of taking the External Research Project Molecular Biomedicine module  (gsw160) worth 15 CP, in which an individual research project is carried out at another university or research institution in Germany or abroad. In addition, the bi-national model degree programme Human Medicine of School VI - Medicine and Health Sciences allows for studies in cooperation with the European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen (NL). The degree programme complies with the Lisbon Convention, thus ensuring the recognition of qualifications in higher education in the European region.

Examinations

  • The general regulations for examinations in the Master's degree programmes of School VI are laid down in the examination regulations.
  • Scientific and clinical specialised knowledge, as well as interdisciplinary specialised knowledge and theoretical methodological competence are mainly assessed by means of written or oral examinations.
  • Experimental methodological competence is demonstrated through practical exercises, internship reports or portfolios. Internship reports and presentations show and represent a critical discussion of students’ own research results and demonstrate how the student handles scientific specialist literature, also with regard to researching, understanding and linking specialised texts.
  • Independent scientific work is primarily demonstrated with the Master's thesis and in internship reports of the Research Modules.
  • Knowledge of interdisciplinary methods is primarily tested through practical exercises or portfolios. The ability to place interdisciplinary biomedical approaches and results in a social, economic and ethical context is mainly tested through term papers.
  • The Master's degree colloquium takes the form of a presentation and oral examination of the Master's thesis as part of the Master's degree module.
  • Presentations and term papers are required to show an advanced proficiency in scientific English.
  • The administration of examinations (registration, deregistration, publication of individual assessments) takes place via Stud.IP, the e-learning platform of the University of Oldenburg.
  • If a student is unable to take module examinations in the prescribed manner due to prolonged illness or permanent physical circumstances, e.g. a disability or based on protective provisions of maternity leave or on account of having to look after a child of their own, the student must be allowed to take equivalent module examinations in another form, pursuant to Section 11, paragraph 18 of the examination regulations.
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