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Molecular Biomedicine
Master of Science

Short description

Short description

The Masters study programme in Molecular Biomedicine is a strongly research-orientied, interdisciplinary and interfacultary study programme of the Medical Faculty and the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Further organisations supporting this study programme are the Germany Diabetes Center (DDZ), the Leibniz Institute for Environmental Research (IUF) and the Hemholtz Research Center Jülich (FZ Jülich). The study programme builds on a previous successful Bachelor degree in Natural Sciences (such as Biology) or a degree in Human Medicine and is aimed at research-minded students who are passionate about a scientific career.

The compulsory module ‘Molecular Biomedicine’ in the 1st year of study takes place exclusively digitally: Lectures and presentations are held as video conferences; additional e-learning is used to deepen knowledge in this field independently; self-assessment tests help to check the level of knowledge.

Entry/Admission requirements

Those who have (or soon will have) completed a previous study programme in Natural Sciences of at least 6 semesters of standard duration of study with a final average grade of 2.5 or better have access to the application procedure for a place of study. In addition, the following credit points (CP) must have been acquired in the context of the previous course of study by attending lectures (L) and practical courses (P):

  • 7 CP in Cell and Molecular Biology (L, P)
  • 13 CP in Biochemistry and/or in Physiology (L, P).

Proof of good knowledge of German and English must be provided for application. Further information on entry and admission conditions can be found in the Entry and admission regulations.

Additional Information

Programme content

Focus human diseases: Our curriculum is inherently interdisciplinary and our faculty members are established in the research of human diseases within the framework of basic and clinical research. Students from various Bachelor programmes meet a comprehensive and integrated curriculum in molecular, biological and medical life sciences. This includes a wide range of courses in clinical and theoretical medicine, biology & biochemistry as well as a broad method spectrum.

Research focus: Internationally recognized scientists with expertise in basic and clinical biomedical research support the study programme and will provide a fascinating insight into biomedical research. The Collaborative Research Centers of HHU, such as Molecular & Clinical Hepatology, Cardiovascular Biology and Membranology are represented in the programme, as are the research areas Infectious Diseases, Oncology, Diabetology, Stem Cell Research and Translational & Cellular Neurosciences.

Programme structure

The 1st semester starts with a compulsory module "Molecular Biomedicine". This module lasts 2 semesters and creates a uniform basis for graduates from various bachelor's study programmes.

In the further course of studies 3 Master modules follow. The Master modules are compulsory elective modules, which are assigned to 4 different focal points:

  • Focus A: Cell & Organ Biology (Oncology, Neurobiology, Genetics, Environmental & Aging Research)
  • Focus B: Immunology, Infectiology, Inflammation & Stem Cell Biology
  • Focus C: Metabolism, Metabolic & Cardiovascular Diseases   
  • Focus D: Bioinformatics, Structure & Diagnostics

In the 3rd semester, students complete a 12-week project internship followed by an 8-week pilot project. In the project internship, students are entrusted with a research project in a working group of their choice and work under direct supervision. A stay abroad is an ideal opportunity in this phase of their studies. The pilot project is also a research internship and serves as a preliminary for the master's thesis. At the end of the pilot project, students design a concept for their master's thesis and draft a project outline.

In the 4th semester an experimental master's thesis (6 months) will be performed in the field of molecular biomedicine.

Overview study programme

Programme objectives/Career prospects

The aim of the two-year Masters study programme in Molecular Biomedicine at the HHU Düsseldorf is to train a new generation of biomedical scientists with excellent education in an interdisciplinary environment. With an in-depth understanding of the molecular function and dysfunction of cells, tissues and organs, new insights into disease mechanisms and their diagnostics are sought.

This Masters study programme is fully committed to the training of biomedical scientists for basic research, clinical applications and the research-based pharmaceutical industry.

Programme start:
Winter semester
Programme duration:
4 semesters
Language of instruction:
German, English
Application procedure:
Local admission restrictions - HHU
Closing date for applications:
by 15/07/2024
Closing date for enrolment:
As stated in letter of acceptance
Closing date for re-registration:
01/07/2024 - 15/08/2024
Relevant documents:

Examination Regulations

Entry and Admission Regulations

Module Handbook

Documents available in German only.

Study programme contact:

Dipl.-Biol. Annette Eder-Martin

Institute of Molecular Medicine I


Phone: +49 211 81-15513


Study programme/Department
SSC contact:

Student Services Center (SSC)
Building: 21.02 / SSC
Phone +49 211 81‐12345


For questions regarding the course of studies and for examination issues:

Student and Examination Administration
Contact Examination Administration

Student Services Center (SSC)

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