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  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master of Science
  • Language: English
  • admission limited
  • Special admission requirements

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The M.Sc. Molecular Biomedicine, was accredited as part of a program accreditation as an assessment in a single procedure on March 3rd,.2020 without conditions. The accreditation period is valid from October 1st, 2020 to September 30th, 2028.

Molecular Biomedicine - Master's Programme

Orientation and Goals

The Master's degree in Molecular Biomedicine combines the molecular life sciences with medicine by examining the molecular and cellular aspects of biology with special consideration of medical issues and problems. The explicit aim of the course is to convey the strong interdisciplinary approach of molecular biomedicine to the students and to overcome the subject boundaries between scientific and medical thinking through research-oriented project work.

Study Design and Contents

The Master's degree programme has a duration of four semesters. 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).

The modules are divided into the categories of:

  • Background Modules, at least 24 CP
  • Clinical Modules, at least 12 CP
  • Research Modules, at least 15 CP
  • Skills Modules, at least 9 CP

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.

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. 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. 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.

Focus Areas

The focus of the degree program “Molecular Biomedicine” is on the molecular mechanisms of cellular processes, whereby methods and the molecular understanding of the natural sciences are linked with current medical content.
In the field of neuroscience, there is the possibility of specializing in key areas in
  • biochemistry
  • genetics
  • molecular and cell biology
  • electrophysiology.

A wide range of methods is used, ranging from microscopic techniques, heterologous gene expression and electrophysiological measurements to analyzing the reactions of neurons in cell groups and in the intact nervous system to analyzing behavioral patterns. Specialization in cell and molecular biology basics, degenerative diseases as well as genetic diagnostic therapies and regenerative medicine is possible in neurogenetics, human genetics, genetics of childhood brain malformation, ophthalmology and geriatrics. Through a wide range of specialist training and instruction in various methodological and conceptual areas, the students are enabled to carry out basic scientific as well as clinical research in the field of molecular biomedicine independently.

All modules are offered in English.

Reasons for Studying

In addition to medical technology, the biomedical sector is one of the most rapidly developing industries in Germany. The need for qualified young talent is correspondingly high. The Molecular Biomedicine master creates an excellent basis for a doctorate in the life sciences or demanding fields of activity in science and business.

Foreign Language Skills

German language skills are not required for admission.

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg, you need an adequate knowledge of English.

English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B2
  • if applicants are native speaker or they have university entrance qualification or a university degree obtained in English (within the last two years)

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment.
For other proof possibilities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

In addition to the ability to work as a scientist, the course also forms the basis for activities as a specialist in industrial research, development and product control (e.g. in the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology or biomedical engineering companies), in biotechnological / clinical laboratories (especially for molecular and biochemical ones Diagnostics and clinical research) as well as at state authorities (state and federal health authorities, medical association, ministries, environmental protection authorities etc.). Graduates can also work as laboratory managers, biobank managers in research institutions and private laboratories, act as scientific advisors in the public and private sectors and become self-employed.

Target Group/Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent equivalent in a professionally suitable, previous course with a corresponding focus and special expertise (see access regulations)

  • Knowledge of the English language at level B2. Evidence can be provided by appropriate tests (see access regulations)

  • Certificates of internships, information on publications, prices, awards, certificate of social or social commitment in the field of molecular life sciences or medicine, if applicable
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