Information on course of study: Master's Programme Molecular Biomedicine (Master)

Information on course of study: Master's Programme Molecular Biomedicine (Master)

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Numbers and facts

Course of study name: Master's Programme Molecular Biomedicine (Master)
Duration: 4 Semester
Academic degree: Master of Science
Language: English
Type of admission: Application/enrolment possible in the winter semester

Orientation and goals

The Master's degree in Molecular Biomedicine combines the molecular life sciences with medicine by examining the molecular and cellular aspects of biology with special consideration of medical issues and problems. The explicit aim of the course is to convey the strong interdisciplinary approach of molecular biomedicine to the students and to overcome the subject boundaries between scientific and medical thinking through research-oriented project work.

Course structure and content

The Master's degree programme has a duration of four semesters. Different modules can be freely combined over three semesters to earn a total of 60 CP (compulsory elective modules) + 30 CP (optional modules) = 90 CP. The 4th Semester is devoted to the Master's thesis (30 CP).

The modules are divided into the categories of:

  • Background Modules, at least 24 CP
  • Clinical Modules, at least 12 CP
  • Research Modules, at least 15 CP
  • Skills Modules, at least 9 CP

In terms of scheduling and content, the Master's degree programme in Molecular Biomedicine is structured in such a way that a broad range of courses is offered as well as a high level of general education in different fields of molecular life sciences and methods. It is also possible to specialise in basic cellular and molecular biology as well as various diseases, including degenerative diseases, and various genetic-diagnostic treatments.

The Master's programme is highly research-oriented, and this is reflected in the teaching. The aim of the Research Modules is for students to become familiar with several aspects of research-based teaching and learning (such as questioning and methodological skills, decision-making in complex situations including laboratory situations, analysis, reflection and self-reflection, research and presentation techniques, etc.) as well as to implement an entire research cycle. Within most modules, students practice reading and understanding scientific articles in English, for example, to supplement the lecture material or to bolster their understanding of the scientific principles of the experiments. All in all, the practical part of the Master's programme, with its broad range of methods, dealt with in depth in selected areas, provides an excellent basis for numerous fields of occupation in biomedicine.

Focus areas

The focus of the degree program “Molecular Biomedicine” is on the molecular mechanisms of cellular processes, whereby methods and the molecular understanding of the natural sciences are linked with current medical content.
In the field of neuroscience, there is the possibility of specializing in key areas in
  • biochemistry
  • genetics
  • molecular and cell biology
  • electrophysiology.

A wide range of methods is used, ranging from microscopic techniques, heterologous gene expression and electrophysiological measurements to analyzing the reactions of neurons in cell groups and in the intact nervous system to analyzing behavioral patterns. Specialization in cell and molecular biology basics, degenerative diseases as well as genetic diagnostic therapies and regenerative medicine is possible in neurogenetics, human genetics, genetics of childhood brain malformation, ophthalmology and geriatrics. Through a wide range of specialist training and instruction in various methodological and conceptual areas, the students are enabled to carry out basic scientific as well as clinical research in the field of molecular biomedicine independently.

All modules are offered in English.

Reasons for studying

In addition to medical technology, the biomedical sector is one of the most rapidly developing industries in Germany. The need for qualified young talent is correspondingly high. The Molecular Biomedicine master creates an excellent basis for a doctorate in the life sciences or demanding fields of activity in science and business.

Language skills

German language skills are not required for admission.

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg, you need an adequate knowledge of English.

English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B2
  •  if applicants are native speaker or they have a university degree in an English-language degree programme obtained in a country with English or German as the official language (within the last two years)
The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. 
For other proof possibilities see: Language requirements

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a professionally suitable, previous degree programme with a corresponding focus and special expertise (see admission regulations)
  • Knowledge of the English language at level B2. Evidence can be provided by appropriate tests (see admission regulations)
For more details see Foreign language skills on this page.

Application and admission

This course of studies accepts a limited number of applicants, and application is only possible in the winter semester.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 July with a German Bachelor's degree or with German or EU citizenship or for a higher semester. Applications for the 1st semester from outside the EU must be submitted by 31 May.

Overview application deadlines Master's programmes

International applicants: There are different application procedures.

Careers and areas of work

In addition to the ability to work as a scientist, the course also forms the basis for activities as a specialist in industrial research, development and product control (e.g. in the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology or biomedical engineering companies), in biotechnological / clinical laboratories (especially for molecular and biochemical ones Diagnostics and clinical research) as well as at state authorities (state and federal health authorities, medical association, ministries, environmental protection authorities etc.). Graduates can also work as laboratory managers, biobank managers in research institutions and private laboratories, act as scientific advisors in the public and private sectors and become self-employed.


The M.Sc. Molecular Biomedicine, was accredited as part of a program accreditation as an assessment in a single procedure on March 3rd,.2020 without conditions. The accreditation period is valid from October 1st, 2020 to September 30th, 2028.

Your contact persons

  • Koch, Karl-Wilhelm
  • Examinations Office (FK5-FK6)
  • Contact form for students
Fragen zum Studiengang/-fach
  • Student body Molecular Biomedicine
  • molecular-biomedicine,
  • Study and Career Counselling Service

Documents: Regulations, forms, information

  • Anzeige einer Prüfungsunfähigkeit pdf
  • Anmeldung der Abschlussarbeit pdf
  • Antrag auf Notenverbesserung docx
P-Amt Examinations and examiners Documents Anerkennung
  • Blankoformular Master pdf