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Molecular Medicine (BSc)

What is the degree programme about?

You are interested in the mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of diseases? You are interested in a degree programme that combines scientific methods with medical contents and systems but you do not want to practise medicine? Then the Molecular Medicine degree programme is the right choice for you.

Molecular medicine plays a key role in the diagnosis of diseases and the number of diseases which can be analysed at the molecular level is increasing. With DNA analysis oncogenes (cancer genes) of patients at risk of developing cancer can be examined and preventative treatment can be arranged. Without knowledge of molecular biology, biochemistry and cell physiology, it would be impossible to understand how viruses and bacteria spread or what effect certain drugs have.

In Molecular Medicine, you study the chemical foundations of molecular medicine and the pre-clinical subjects of medicine, supplemented by the foundations of molecular and cell biology. You learn about the development of diseases and experimental treatment. In laboratory courses, you will learn how to carry out research.

What can I do with this degree?

A large number of our graduates work in research at universities, Max-Planck Institutes and other major research facilities in Germany and abroad. You can also work

  • in basic research and development, biomedical technology, production and quality control, administration and marketing in pharmaceutical companies
  • molecular and biochemical diagnosis in hospitals and commercial laboratories
  • monitoring in laboratory administration and laboratory diagnostics
  • academic publishing
  • public administration (health authorities)
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • Interest in a scientific degree programme with a strong focus on medicine
  • Interest in learning how to work independently in a laboratory
  • Discipline and motivation – the degree programme is very time-consuming
  • A good school leaving certificate (or you may be required to join the waiting list for admission)
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • In the first semester, you are allocated a lecturer as your mentor who is your point of contact for any questions regarding the degree programme
  • We admit only 37 new students per semester ensuring that every student gets very good, individual support
  • Laboratory courses are an essential part of the degree programme. Early on, you learn how to plan experiments and work independently on projects. You can apply and practice your skills in a professional research environment
Potential challenges
  • The first few semesters are devoted to scientific foundations. You should therefore have an interest in chemistry.
  • You do not work with patients during your studies. If you want to work with patients, you should consider studying human medicine.
  • Quite often, the Bachelor's degree is not sufficient to start a career in molecular medicine. We recommend that you continue with the consecutive Master's degree programme.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree programme: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: Numerus clausus
Size: (25-49 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine