"As a molecular physician, I am looking for answers ...

... to the major medical questions."

Master’s Programme in Molecular Medicine

In today’s post-genomic world, researchers and scientists in the field of molecular medicine are transforming the way we understand, treat, and cure diseases. Germany is a prominent leader in this fast-moving field and is spearheading many of the latest innovations and cutting-edge approaches. The Master in Molecular Medicine at Ulm University is the ideal postgraduate programme for students who have obtained a bachelor degree in a life science subject, such as biochemistry, biomedical science, human biology, molecular biology, molecular biotechnology, molecular life science, or molecular medicine. All of the programme's lectures, seminars, and practical courses are taught in English and all examinations are conducted in English.

A profound research study programme in Molecular Medicine

This exciting degree programme enables students to expand and enhance their

  • understanding of the molecular pathways that lead to the proliferation, differentiation, and death of cells,
  • knowledge of the physiology of cells and organs,
  • insights into the pathophysiology of diseases,
  • practical laboratory skills.

From the third semester, you will also have the opportunity to specialise in the research areas Molecular Oncology or Toxicology.

International studies within the Double Degree programmes

We offer our students the possibility to take part in an European Double Degree programme with our partner universities in Padua/Italy or Oulu/Finland. In this program they can spend one or two semesters at one of the partner universities and finish their studies with an international Double Degree Master's degree. Since the curriculums are similarly structured, all course achievements will be accepted mutually. 5 students per year can take part in each partner programmes.

Admission interviews

The admission interviews of 2022 will take place from July 7th- 11th. All applicants concerned will be invited by mid of June via email.

Master of Science (M.Sc.), full time

Study start
Winter semester: starting Oktober, 1st


Credit Points
120 ETCS

4 Semester


Interdisciplinary study profile

  • Molecular Oncology (also as specialisation)

  • Infectious Diseases and Immune Defense

  • Signalling Pathways in Stem Cells, Development and Aging

  • Trauma Research and Regenerative Medicine

  • optional: Toxicology

Innovative study programme

  • Double Degree programmes in cooperation with the University of Padua/Italy and University of Oulu/Finland

  • Individual specialisation in Molecular Oncology (research focus )

  • Individual specialisation in Toxicology

Excellent study support

  • Training in the modern laboratories of Ulm University and Ulm University Hospital

  • Small study groups in a close-knit community of students and teachers

  • Consistent quality management in studies and teaching

  • Preparation for a wide range of career opportunities in research

A study programme with a wide range of future perspectives

A Master's degree in molecular medicine equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake scientific projects in the field of molecular medicine and to review and critically discuss published data related to this research area. Students in this programme benefit from our professors’ professional ties with nearby hospital partners, other researchers, healthcare providers, and industry specialists. Graduate students are trained to be the next generation of life scientists: creative and productive researchers working in academia, medicine, industry, law, business, or the non-profit sector.

Study plan

The duration of the Master study programme will be four semesters.

Semester 1
In the first semester, students will deepen their knowledge in topics like Cell and Developmental Biology, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Pharmacology and Drug Development, and will pass a four weeks practical training in laboratory methods.

Semester 2-3
In the second and third semester, students will focus on practical work in different research fields. Here, four different main subjects will be offered, consisting of lecture, 4-weeks practical training and seminar. Four additional smaller subjects will go beyond strictly scientific contents and prepare students for workaday duties of a research scientist. These subjects will be arranged in four blocks, two blocks per semester, each block containing 12 ECTS credit points. The four main subjects which outline the combination of lecture, practical course, and seminar, are “Infectious Diseases and Immune Defense”, “Signaling Pathways in Stem Cells, Development and Aging”, “Molecular Oncology” and “Trauma Research and Regenerative Medicine”. The additional subjects will cover topics such as Clinical Trials, Bioethics, Good Laboratory and Scientific Practice, and Project Management and Funding.

Semester 4
In the fourth semester, students will focus on preparing the practical Master´s thesis. The Master study programme in Molecular Medicine concludes with an oral examination (disputation).

Study plan


Do you have questions about the study programme? Please contact us, we will be happy to advise you.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, please send a transcript of records with all the marks you have received so far.

No, in this case we just need proof that you completed your undergraduate studies in English.

Yes, please do apply! However, your previous study programme should be out of the following fields of studies: biomedical science, molecular biotechnology, molecular biology, molecular life science, human biology, biochemistry. The selection committee will check what degree programme you studied and decide whether you are eligible for the master programme.

During the interview we will check your knowledge of relevant molecular medicine topics, your motivation and the content of the Bachelor´s Thesis. (Basic topics may include subjects like virology, human genetics, anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry.)

The selection process in 2021 will take place in June or July at Ulm University (details to be announced in the invitation letter). The interviews will presumably be conducted online. Applicants will be invited by email as soon as all applications are processed.

Currently there are administrative fees of 170,- €. Non EU citizens have to pay tuition fees of 1500,- € per semester. For a second study program you have to pay 650,- € per semester.

The program does not offer any scholarships. However, there are many scholarships offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and similar institutions.

Our master programme is closely linked to our department's International PhD Programme in Molecular Medicine. For more details about application please have a look at the website of the International Graduate School.

Ulm University has a friendly and supportive International Office. Please get in touch with them if you have any more specific questions about services for international students, general visa issues, or life in Ulm and in Germany.

Application and admission

Central Student Advisory Services

The Central Student Advisory Services Office advises you both before you start your studies and during your studies.

Central Student Advisory Services


You will find all information about application and allocation of study places on the website of the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office