MSc in Molecular Biomedicine

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Program Description

MSc in Molecular Biomedicine

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Master of Science (MSc) in Molecular Biomedicine

An MSc in Molecular Biomedicine enables you to do research within the field of biomedicine and to participate as a fully-fledged member of international research groups. The programme also provides you with the best foundation possible to continue your studies as a PhD student at world-leading universities and laboratories.

The programme is offered in English.

The curriculum is focused on experimental work with the molecular biology of human disease and is a joint effort between the two faculties of science and health, both on the same campus in Copenhagen.

During the two-year programme, the main focus will be on your independent laboratory work with a research project that runs for the duration of the programme. In addition, both compulsory and elective courses must be taken. The courses are running in parallel with the research project. Upon completion of the course programme, you will have the necessary background for stringent, scientific analysis of your own and other's experimental work.

Profile and Career

During the two-year MSc programme in Molecular Biomedicine, the main focus will be on your independent laboratory work with a research project that runs for the entire duration of the programme. This project gives you extensive knowledge on a particular field of experimentally based molecular biomedicine. The project also enables you to plan, execute and document laboratory experiments and to present the results in a professionally stringent way, both orally and in writing.

In addition to your research project, you have to follow both compulsory and elective courses. The courses are running in parallel with the laboratory project, and they extend your knowledge within molecular biology, pathophysiology, protein chemistry and cell biology. Upon completion of the course programme, you will have the necessary background for stringent, scientific analysis of your own and others' experimental work.

Career Opportunities

Our goal is to ensure that our graduates can participate as fully-fledged members of international biomedical research teams, and have the best possible training to continue with Phd studies at world-leading universities and laboratories. Thus, our graduates are also particularly well suited for jobs in in the biomedical industry, at hospitals and other research environments.

Programme Structure

Master's thesis (60 ECTS credit points): You select a thesis supervisor, based on your own particular specific field of interest. In this process, you can seek the assistance of a master's advisor. After you have found a thesis supervisor, the two of you will formulate an independent research project that is part of the larger context in the supervisor's field of research. The goal of your project will be to obtain new molecular biomedical insight in the particular field of study. You then join the supervisor's research group and laboratory, and remain associated with this group for the rest of your time in the master programme. During that time, you are expected to work in the laboratory whenever you are not busy with coursework.

You are also required to follow a number of courses during your master studies. Compulsory courses are in molecular pathology, bioinformatics and statistics. In addition, you must participate in elective courses totalling 30 ECTS credit points. Elective courses can cover such topics as bacterial pathogenesis or laboratory animal science, but you may also choose from a large number of courses offered throughout the University of Copenhagen (by many faculties)
As mentioned, all compulsory and many elective courses and exams are in English.

Programme structure:

Thesis: 60 ECTS
Electives: 30 ECTS
Compulsory courses: 30 ECTS:

  • Theoretical Pathophysiology
  • Statistics for Molecular Biomedicine
  • Experimental Pathophysiology
  • Bioinformatics of High Throughput Analyses

Methods of Teaching

Our academic year in Copenhagen is divided into 4 blocks. One block is nine weeks, and full time study in a block earns you 15 ECTS credit points.

Master's thesis

It is possible to do Master's thesis projects at a large number of molecular biology laboratories at the University of Copenhagen, at several research institutions and in the biomedical industry. The project work concludes with a written scientific report on the experimental work carried out (in English), and you present your findings at an oral exam that takes the form of a scientific defense, with 2 examiners responsible for questioning your results and conclusions.

Study Abroad

It is also possible to study abroad during your degree. You can choose to study abroad for one or two semesters or for a shorter period of time; e.g. take a summer school course.

When and how to apply

The application procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens

  • Make sure to check the admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Service if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
  • From 1 February to 1 April you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 1 April (Fall Semester).
  • After 1 April application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee.
  • You will receive a response no later than 15 June.
  • Study start 1 September 2014.

Application Procedure Non-EU/EEA Citizens

  • Make sure to check the programme admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Services if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • From 15 November to 15 January you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 15 January (Fall Semester).
  • Your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee between 15 January and 15 March: All applicants offered admission will receive an invoice for tuition fees which must be paid by 15 April
  • If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received your tuition fee payment.
  • 1 May is the deadline for applying for your residence permit.

Checklist for Documentation

In order to make sure we have all the information needed to evaluate your past achievements and future potential, you are required to submit the following items:

  • An original or certified copy* of your academic transcript from your Bachelor degree. If the transcript is in a language other than English or a Scandinavian language, please include an official English translation.
  • A certified copy* of your Bachelor diploma. If you are yet to receive your diploma, please provide a letter from your university stating the date when the diploma will be issued.
  • Course descriptions of courses undertaken in your Bachelor degree relevant to the programme you are applying for. These can be in the form of photocopies from your university's academic handbook/course lists or print-outs from the university's website. They should describe what was required of you to complete the courses, what was studied and hours of study. These course descriptions allow us to understand exactly what you have studied in your prior degree, and help us to determine whether you meet the requirements and are eligible for the MSc degree at the Faculty of Science.
  • An updated version of your C.V. (curriculum vitae)/résumé A photo is not necessary.
  • A photocopy of your passport. Should you have more than one passport (citizenship) please copy the passport with which you will use to travel to Denmark. NB: You must use your EU/EEA passport should you wish to be given a tuition fee waiver.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (not applicable to native English speakers) 1) Acceptable TOEFL/IELTS exam results (these test results should be sent to us separately from the test centre upon your request) OR 2) Proof that English was the language of instruction in your prior education. See more information on the language requirements.

* An official certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been certified as a true and correct copy by a person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration. Official certified copies are usually a photocopy of the original document stamped, signed and verified by an official in your country. Each country varies in whom is qualified to certify documents, however generally speaking your university, lawyers and embassies can certify documents for you, so that we can verify that what we have is a true replica of the original (and therefore determine if you are eligible for the MSc with us).

Please note that when you apply for admission through the digital application system, you are responsible for including and uploading all relevant documents listed in the application package as described above. If you do not have the necessary documentation at time of application you must instead upload an explanation. You can not continue the application process, if you fail to upload information when the application system requires it.

Please note that if you are admitted to an MSc programme at SCIENCE, you may be requested to present your original diploma and transcript at your arrival in Denmark. This will allow us to verify the documents.

If you have already applied digitally, you can always log on to the system and check up on the status of where in the application process your application currently is. Once your application is processed, you will also receive messages regarding your application through the online application system.

Application deadlines

  • EU/ EEA/Swiss applicants:

1 April 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

  • Non EU/ EEA applicants:

15 January 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Denmark Copenhagen
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End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price - No tuition fee - EU/EEA