Contents of the degree program

Training in molecular and biomedical topics and methods with a focus on independent laboratory work to elucidate medically relevant research questions.

What is Molecular Medicine?

Signaling pathways, pathomechanisms, molecular basis of human disorders and molecular switches as therapeutic targets – these are only a few of the aspects covered in the master’s program in Molecular Medicine. This consecutive program covers a large range of topics from basic principles of human development to detailed signaling cascades on the single cell level. In addition to the theoretical background taught in lectures and seminars, the curriculum offers a lot of practical training in different areas of basic and translational research.

Target group

The program aims at attracting students interested in experimental research at the interface of medicine, biology, and chemistry. Prerequisites for admission are a first degree in Natural or Life Sciences – especially Molecular Medicine or Biomedical Science – and good medical and molecular knowledge. The program is taught in English.


The curriculum is composed of compulsory modules which cover theoretical aspects, e. g. in immunology, neurosciences, oncology, development, structural biochemistry, imaging, genetics, and systems medicine, as well as key skills in laboratory animal science, biological safety, research design and writing. Compulsory elective seminars and practical training allow for individual specialization. The program finishes with a six months research project (thesis and colloquium).

  • 55 ECTS credit points: Advanced courses, seminars, and soft skills
  • 35 ECTS credit points: Practical training
  • 30 ECTS credit points: Experimental Master’s thesis

What are the prerequisites for admission?

The program is designed for students who hold a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Medicine or in a closely related subject from the Life Sciences with a grade of at least 2.5 (good). You can apply even if you have not yet finished your bachelor’s degree, provided that you have earned at least 150/180 ECTS and will finish the degree promptly. You can also apply if you hold a degree in Medicine (German state examination or equivalent). The language of instruction in the Master’s program is English. Therefore you need to demonstrate an adequate level of spoken and written English of at least B2 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Student Services Fee

The contribution of students currently amounts to 42 Euro per semester. An additional charge of 70 Euro covers the mandatory basic “semester ticket”, a transit pass that provides students with unlimited access to public transportation in the metropolitan region Nürnberg from 7 pm to 6 am weekdays and around the clock on weekends (for an optional charge the pass can be valid around the clock every day).

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