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Programme objectives

Objectives of the Master

This highly selective programme provides a sound balance of theory and practice.

The final qualifications of the programme are the following:

  1. broad fundamental knowledge on the molecular mechanisms underlying disease processes in the full width of the molecular life sciences;
  2. knowledge about key developments in translational medicine and ability to translate fundamental molecular knowledge into medical experimental research towards new therapies and diagnostics;
  3. ability to autonomously formulate a research problem, design and perform scientific research on a high level, keeping up with international standards;
  4. competence to participate in scientific discussions and present his/her work in the English language to an international scientific audience;
  5. capacity to write at the level of published articles in international peer-reviewed journals;
  6. ability to integrate the societal and ethical impact of scientific research at relevant moments and in relevant situations in his/her scientific career;
  7. proficiency to move into an international PhD programme or participate in projects at biotechnology companies or the pharmaceutical industry.

Requirements for the Master

Students starting the MMD Master's programme must have completed their Bachelor's (or equivalent) degree in a life science subject, such as Cell Biology, Molecular Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or Molecular Biology. They should have at least 2 months of full-time laboratory experience and an advanced active and passive command of English, since the programme is taught entirely in English.

The MMD Selection Committee is responsible for examining each student's background (work experience and education) to determine whether the student is suitable for the course. A maximum of 24 students join the MMD Master's Programme in any given year.