Master of Science
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.
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).
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.
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 degree 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, Hepatology, Neurobiology, Genetics, Environmental & Aging Research)
- Focus B: Immunology, Infectiology, Liver Damage & Regeneration
- 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 one of the working groups and work under direct supervision. A stay abroad is an ideal opportunity in this phase of their studies. The pilot project is also an internship and serves as a preliminary for the Masters thesis. At the end of the pilot project, students design a concept for their Masters thesis and draft a project outline.
In the 4th semester an experimental Masters thesis (6 months) will be performed in the field of molecular biomedicine.
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.
German + foreign language
Local admission restrictions - HHU
As stated in letter of acceptance
01/07/2021 - 15/08/2021
Documents available in German only.
Dipl.-Biol. Annette Eder-Martin
Institute of Molecular Medicine I
Phone: +49 211 81-15513