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M.Sc. Molecular Medicine


School: School of Medicine

Type: consecutive/non-consecutive (depending on your previous field of studies), research-oriented

Language of instruction: English

Starting date: only in winter semester (October)

Application period: 1 April - 31 May

Open to students with the undergraduate studies in:

  1. Consecutive program: Bachelor oder equivalent biochemistry, molecular biology, and closely related fields. International and domestic applicants welcome.
  2. Further education program: medicine. Graduates of a degree program in human medicine who have passed the first German medical examination can earn the title Master of Science in two semesters. This option is not recommended for those who hold a medical degree from a country other than the Federal Republic of Germany. Enrollment is only possible if applicants can prove the equivalency of their knowledge in those fields of natural science relevant to this master's program

Program summary: The Master of Science in Molecular Medicine primarily focuses on biomedical issues and examines them using methods and experimental approaches from the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, and physiology. The skills acquired in this program can be used in biomedical research and medical biotechnology. This degree program meets the quickly growing need in the field of molecular and biomedical research for scholars with basic knowledge of medicine and natural science.

Extensive laboratory experiments, the goal of which is to teach students modern experimental methods, are a major part of this degree program. In addition, students work at two or three different institutions and thus familiarize themselves with a variety of research methods currently in use. This part of the program also trains the students' ability to independently apply the methods about which they have read in the course literature.

Special features: Particular emphasis will be placed on current research results in molecular pathology and molecular pharmacology. A wide range of specialized disciplines allows students to become familiar not only with the work in a clinic (through residencies at intensive care units and in other positions working with patients) but also with specific modern methods in molecular biology for pure and applied research.

Career opportunities: Graduates of the M.Sc. in Molecular Medicine will find an ever-expanding range of career opportunities available to them, including positions in biological research institutes, clinics, biotechnology companies, and state authorities.

One key area of work is pharmaceutical research. This branch is predicted to experience enormous growth in the near future. Based on innovative pure research results, entirely new substances are being used to treat neurodegenerative, oncological, infectious, and cardiovascular diseases. People with expertise taught in this degree program are therefore urgently sought by companies in this field.

Physicians who earn the M.Sc. Molecular Medicine as an additional qualification create new career paths in clinical research. This includes intensive research during their postgraduate education (connected periods of research during their training to become a specialist), research positions with flexible working hours (100% independent research or 50% independent research and 50% clinical work), and other opportunities such as research groups or professorships.

Application requirements: Students must apply for admission to the Master of Science in Molecular Medicine program. Only 30 students will be admitted each year. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of slots available, the selection procedure will be based on a ranking of the applicants based on the following criteria (in this order):

  1. Grade point average
  2. Interview
  3. Letter of motivation

Medical school graduates will receive credit for their previous studies in relevant disciplines.

Application documents:

    • Signed online registration form "Application form for Master Application at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena"

  • you have to upload online (please see also the step-by-step explanation):

    • Motivation letter (in which you descibe your intention to pursue graduate studies in the field of your choice)
    • Curriculum vitae including complete contact information, educational background, and professional experience
    • Your secondary education certificate (baccalauréat, high school diploma, etc.)
    • Your college entrance examination scores (if applicable in your country)
    • All previous university degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - otherwise, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue
    • The corresponding transcript for each degree, including your cumulative grade point average (minimum requirement is the proof of credits of the term before last)
    • Applicants with an university degree from a Chinese, Mongolian or Vietnamese University have to submit also the APS from the German Embassy.
    • Knowledge of the English language is desirable (Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages = IELTS 5.0, TOEFL 80 IBT)
    • if there are: Proof of personal scientific performances (scientific work, publications, research activity, research and studies stay abroad)
    • if there are: Proof of a relevant performed work (industry activity etc.)

Additional information on the application documents and application procedure is available here.


Contact persons for general questions (application/enrolment process , framework conditions):

Master Service Center
Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Zwaetzengasse 3
07743 Jena
GERMANY

Email:
Phone: +49 3641 931126
Fax: +49 3641 931128

Contact persons for subject related questions:

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Bauer
Email
Phone: +49 3641
38956
Fax: +49 3641 38954

Dr.med. Siegfried Krause
Email
Phone: +49 3641
38987
Fax: +49 3641 38954

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Wetzker
Email
Phone: +49 3641
395600
Fax: +49 3641 395602
Office hours: by arrangement

Institute of Molecular Cell Biology
Center of Molecular Biomedicine
Hans-Knoell-Straße 2
07745 Jena
GERMANY

URL: Institute of Molecular Cell Biology