MOLECULAR MEDICINE

About the programme
Language: Danish (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

Diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases, cancer, diseases of the brain and nervous system and arthritis affect a large proportion of the population. The Master’s degree programme includes teaching in the molecular mechanisms that have an impact on the development of these diseases; as well as teaching in their diagnosis, treatment and possible prevention. Teaching also focuses on the changes in cells and tissues that occur during such diseases.

The teaching is organised by the Faculty of Health Sciences; but the teachers come from a variety of academic backgrounds, so both clinical issues and issues relating to molecular biology are included in the teaching.

The most important part of the second year of the Master’s degree programme involves writing a thesis. The students carry out an independent research project under the supervision of a researcher. This is an interdisciplinary degree programme, so there is a choice between carrying out the thesis at the Department of Molecular Biology, at one of the biomedical departments, or at one of the clinical research laboratories. You choose your own supervisor.

During the Master’s degree programme you will be working alongside researchers and producing your own research results. This will teach you the main specialised activities and methods of the subject, and you will be a member of a network of researchers working on issues similar to those with which you are concerned.

Admission requirements

Aarhus University’s two-year Master’s degree programme in Molecular Medicine is open to students with a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Medicine. Students who have a Bachelor’s degree in other similar subject areas are also permitted to apply for admission to the degree programme. In such cases an assessment will be performed to determine whether the degree programme in question is the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Medicine. The degree programme, which is based at the Faculty of Health Sciences, involves inter-faculty cooperation between the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science.

Applications for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Molecular Medicine should be submitted via Aarhus University’s self-service facility.

Legal right of admission

Students of the Bachelor's degree programme in Molecular Medicine at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's degree programme in Molecular Medicine on the condition that application is made with a view to continuing directly from the Bachelor's degree programme to the Master's degree programme. The legal right of admission requires receipt of the application by Aarhus University within the appropriate period of time.

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in Molecular Medicine (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA.

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Language Requirements

Applicants must be able to follow teaching in Danish. Foreign applicants or applicants with a non-Danish taught bachelor’s degree must therefore have passed the Study Test in Danish as a Second Language with the grade 7 or have documented equivalent skills in Danish.

Applicants must also have document English at level B level or equivalent.

You can read more about language requirements here: page on language requirements.

Documentation

Please see the general admission requirements.

Programme structure

View a graphical presentation of the structure of the course, and click on the course catalogue.

First year of the Master’s degree programme

1st semester:

Diseases related to the immune system 10 ECTS credits

Cancer 10 ECTS credits

Pathology 10 ECTS credits

2nd semester

Internal medicine 10 ECTS credits

Neuro-diseases 10 ECTS credits

Elective subject 10 ECTS credits

Each subject ends with an examination.

Second year of the Master’s degree programme 60 ECTS credits

In the second year of the Master’s degree programme you will be working on an experimental research project under supervision. You choose your own supervisor. The project consists of studying the relevant literature, experimental work, and writing a thesis. The thesis will be assessed by the supervisor and another examiner. The thesis examination will be conducted with an external examiner.

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Student life

Life as a student of molecular medicine at Aarhus University involves much more than just the subject and the teaching. As a student on the Master’s degree programme you will meet students of medicine and students from the Faculty of Science carrying out their thesis projects in the health science research laboratories. You will also be given the opportunity to attend international conferences, at which you can discuss issues of relevance with other researchers and meet students from your own field. This degree programme is a new one, so you have a great opportunity to influence the development of social activities and a student organisation.

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Career

Job functions for grads

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Competence profile

Graduates with a Master’s degree in Molecular Medicine have the following competences:

  • You have thorough insight into the central disciplines, methods, theories and concepts of molecular medicine which are important in understanding disease, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
  • You can independently plan and carry out projects and use the results achieved in a subject-related decision-making process.
  • You can assess the usefulness and relevance of theoretical, experimental and practical methods in analysing and resolving specialised questions and issues.
  • You can independently and critically structure the development of your own competences.
  • You are able to systematically and critically understand related subject areas.
  • You can communicate subject-related questions and issues to both an academic forum and a general forum.
  • Based on a health and science background, you can enter into constructive cooperation regarding the resolution of issues in this field.
  • You have knowledge of ethical questions and issues within the field of molecular medicine.

 

Job opportunities

Aarhus University equips Masters of Molecular Medicine for the regional, national and international labour market. The degree programme involves interdisciplinary cooperation, so it qualifies you for many different jobs at universities and in the hospital sector and the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry both in Denmark and abroad.