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Program summary

The MSc Molecular Medicine program is a two-year research master’s program of 120 EC points, representing a total study load of 3.360 hours.

MScMM student in 2011At the start of the program, during the Introduction Weeks, you will get to know the program organizers and course directors, and familiarize yourself with the basic and translational research laboratories within our institute. Several MSc faculty will hold short presentations, to give you a broader view of possible lines of investigation, and enable you to make an informed choice for the research projects ahead.

In the course Developmental Biology, you will learn about developmental biology from an evolutionary perspective. The course is concluded with a written exam and you will give a presentation on a topic of choice.

Based on Alberts' leading textbook, a general course on the basic aspects of biology, Molecular Biology of the Cell (part A and part B), is given. The MBC part A and the MBC part B examinations are designed to test insight and scientific ability.

MSc studentsThe course Biology of Disease aims to give you a deeper insight into current problems in translational research, narrowing the gap between clinical and biological science and scientists. Focus will be on oncology. In small groups, students will work on, and finally present, a possible strategy to further investigate the biological causes of a specific clinical problem. 

The Contemporary Research Topics - Faculty sessions (CRT-F) course is setup as a journal club; a literature reading course. Besides the research articles, some pages of the Molecular Biology of the Cell textbook, highlighting a technique or approach that is of importance to the paper. MSc faculty will discuss a series of published basic research papers with you as a group. The CRT exam tests your ability to read and interpret a recent research paper.

During the first year, skills for presenting research work in oral and written form will be developed and practiced.

Based on faculty presentations, lab rotations, and discussions with research supervisors and course directors, the students will choose a topic and lab group for a six-month Research Project. At the end of the project, in July of Year 1, the results are written up as a Research Report.

The second year of the program is almost entirely taken up by a second large Research Project, again to be chosen by you. You will write a research proposal, describing the research work to be done. You are trained in additional specific methods. Participation in graduate school courses, seminars and meetings is essential and forms an integral part of the second year curriculum.

Individually, students will write a insightful literature review on a specific topic within the wide field of biomedical science. An experienced faculty member will be available to offer guidance and support.

Upon completion of the program, when the MSc Thesis has been submitted, defended, and approved, you are awarded the Master of Science in Molecular Medicine degree.