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Guidelines elective components


The elective components of the MMD programme offer the possibility to gain broader and more in-depth knowledge and skills in the field of molecular life sciences connected to disease. It is also possible to follow elective courses to fill knowledge gaps (e.g. bioinformatics courses, animal physiology).


  • The study load of elective courses should be at least 1.5 EC (5 work days). Shorter courses can be part of Knowledge Transfer (MED-MMKT).
  • Electives must be in the field of molecular medicine and/or life sciences and must be at master’s or PhD level.
  • A maximum of 6 EC may be spent on Bachelor’s or Master’s courses outside the field of molecular medicine and/or life sciences, for example for career development.
  • Electives must be examined and graded numerically. Exceptions are MED-MMKT and when approved by the Board of Examiners a maximum of 6 EC of individual electives may be qualified with P (Pass) or F (Fail).
  • Students should discuss their choices of elective components with their Mentor.
  • Before the start of an elective component, the component must have been approved by the Board of Examiners as part of the study plan. Students are responsible for submitting their (preliminary) study plan to the Board of Examiners at least two weeks before their meeting.
  • The study load of electives in both years together should be 11.0 or 17.0 EC (depending on the choice of the 2nd internship). Since the opportunities during the second year can be limited, students are encouraged to follow also elective courses during the first year. The first internship may take a bit longer because of that. Discuss the possibilities to follow elective courses during your first internship timely with your supervisor. In most cases suitable arrangements are found.
  • Knowledge Transfer (MED-MMKT) is an option for an elective course with a study load of 3.0 EC.

In year 1, elective courses can take place from February to July, depending on the course. Elective courses can be a module where students are studying every day for a certain number of days/weeks, or the courses can be every morning/afternoon for a certain number of weeks/months. It is very important to discuss your ideas and choices with your Mentor and internship supervisor as early as possible so that you can make the arrangements in time. In year 2, from October to December there is time available for elective courses.

The following paragraphs describe several options for elective courses. Please find the description of elective course 'MED-MMKT Knowledge Transfer' in the course descriptions.