MOLECULAR MEDICINE

Understanding disease on a cellular and molecular level

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

Do you wonder how cancer arise or how cells of the human body fight infections, and would you like to know more about the molecular mechanisms behind diseases then Molecular Medicine is the right place for you.

Studying on the Molecular Medicine programme

On the Molecular Medicine Bachelor's degree programme you will study the anatomy, physiology, and genetics of the human body in combination with attending science courses in e.g. molecular biology and biochemistry. You will obtain theoretical as well as practical experience on molecular experimental methods and techniques and their use in solving medical issues. The teaching on the Molecular Medicine programme includes practical excercises in the laboratory, theoretical lectures as well as problem solving in smaller groups.

Molecular Medicine is a joint programme provided by the faculty of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Health, and as a student you will meet teachers from both fields.

Expert knowledge of the molecular mechanisms of human organs in health and disease

Besides medical courses like anatomy and physiology the first year of the programme aims at providing scientific knowledge in courses like chemistry, mathematics and molecular biology. The basic knowledge that is attained in these scientific disciplins is a necessity throughout the study programme. On the second year of the programme you will gain extensive molecular biological knowledge and in addition, courses such as bioinformatics and statistics are introduced. These courses provide a sound foundation for your future understanding of biological data. In addition, during the third year on the Bachelor’s degree programme you will expand your knowledge of the various cells of the human body and their interaction. Finally, on your third year, you will have the opportunity to be part of research team that creates novel scientific knowledge during your Bachelor's project.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Medicine, you will be qualified for admission to a variety of different Master's degree programmes. For example, the Master's degree programme in Molecular Medicine, which can provide you with job opportunities within the hospital sector, in the industry of biotech, food or pharmaceuticals, or as a researcher, teacher or specialist.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22105

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics B and Chemistry B
      or
    • Physics B and Biotechnology A
      or
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry B
      or
    • Chemistry A, Biology A and Physics C

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria. 

 

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics B and Chemistry B
      or
    • Physics B and Biotechnology A
      or
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry B
      or
    • Chemistry B and Biology A and Physics C
      or
    • Biology A and Physics C and Biotechnology A

Programme structure

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in molecular medicine, you can read more about the content of the individual subjects, the structure of the degree programme and the demands that will be made of you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements. 

In the study programme diagram for the Bachelor’s degree programme in molecular medicine, you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Comparison between related degree programmes

Below, you can find a comparison between the three related degree programmes in Molecular Biology, Molecular Medicine and Medicinal Chemistry.

Molecular Biology

At Molecular Biology, you study molecular processes and issues in humans, animals, plants and microbes. Molecular Biology is an interdisciplinary degree programme that contains basic subjects from biology, chemistry, mathematics and statistics. The courses form the basis for your work with molecular biology and biochemistry as well as the detailed studies of cells, DNA, RNA, proteins, and signal molecules that are also part of your studies. In addition to the compulsory basic subjects, the degree programme also includes more specialised courses in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, proteomics, immunology and cell biology. During the final part of the Bachelor's degree programme you will supplement with knowledge and competences from subjects such as biology, chemistry or food technology.

Molecular Medicine

The Bachelor's degree programme in Molecular Medicine combines medical science with molecular biology and thus bridges the gap between the two scientific disciplins. Molecular Medicine aims at studying diseases using biomedical methods. You will participate in a selection of molecular biology courses like the Bachelor's degree students from Molecular Biology; including biochemistry and bioinformatics. The main focus of the program is the human body in health and disease, and you will therefore participate in health orientated courses such as anatomy, physiology, pathology and immunology in addition to advance studies on human cells in health and disease. As a Molecular Medicine student, you will meet teachers from the faculty of Science and Technology as well as the Faculty of Health.

Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry is a chemistry degree programme which focuses on chemical subjects with a high degree of natural science content. Understanding the structure, stability and synthesis of molecules is the focal point of Medicinal Chemistry, along with understanding the effect of molecules (medicinal products) on the body. In Medicinal Chemistry, you can either specialise in the production/synthesis of new medicinal products or in methods to investigate the interaction between a medicinal products and its biological targets. This means you will have a number of courses in molecular biology subjects and pharmacology.

Student life

Studying on the Molecular Medicine programme

At molecular medicine you should expect to have around 20 hours of scheduled lessons a week.  In addition, you should expect to spend just as much time on preparation, study group work and writing assignments.

A typical timetable for the first semester of the Bachelor's degree programme could look like this:

Monday
9-10: Calculus alpha (lecture) 
14-16: Anatomy (lecture and laboratory work)

Tuesday
8-11: Physical Biochemistry (lecture)
11-14: Calculus alpha (theoretical exercises)
14-17: Anatomy (lecture and laboratory work)

Wednesday
9-12: Basic General Chemistry (lecture)
12-14: Calculus alpha (exercise hours)

Thursday
9-12: Physical Biochemistry (laboratory work) 
14-17: Anatomy (lecture and laboratory work)

Friday
12-14: Basic General Chemistry (laboratory work)

Students: We build bridges between research and patients

 "As graduates of molecular medicine, our purpose is to build bridges between research in the laboratory and the treatment of patients at the clinic. In the laboratory we will have a higher degree of insight into
 the application of research results and the relevance of these in clinical contexts compared to molecular biologists. We must fill out the void that exists between research and the medical profession."

Lasse Bach Steffensen, doing his Master's thesis in collaboration with Skejby Hospital, Aarhus. 

Friday bar with a great atmosphere

As a Molecular Medicine student, you can visit a variety of Friday bars. In ”Die Rote Zone”, a Friday bar hosted by students from Molecular Biology, as well as in @lkymia, hosted by Chemistry students, you will have the opportunity to end the week in a fun way together with your fellow students as well as students from other natural science study programmes at Aarhus University.

Associations and other activities

As a student at Molecular Medicine you have the opportunity to actively take part in several different student associations; e.g. MMF (the Molecular Medical Association), which gives the students the chance to influence the design and development of the degree programme in Molecular Medicine. The MMF association draws attention to topics and issues that are relevant for and can benefit the students. You can also become a member of the Student association for molecular biology and genetics, better known as MoGenS. This is where you can get involved in discussing study conditions, organising parties and field trips, finding additional study spaces and meeting student politicians at the university.

Finally, you can run for the Students Council in Molecular Medicine where you can have influence on your Bachelor's programme.

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Career

Study for two more years and become a Master's graduate

After the Bachelor's degree programme, you can continue on a two-year Master's degree programme, where you will achieve further specialisation through your choice of courses. You can also choose other programmes, such as the MSc in Molecular Nutrition and Food Technology or the MSc in Bioinformatics.

Work at Danish hospitals

With a Master's degree you can work with many different professional groups in the research and healthcare sector. With your understanding of the development of diseases on a molecular level, you can work in many different jobs in the biotech, food, or pharmaceutical industries, or at universities and in private companies.