Patrick Penndorf wird im September zum Austauschjahr in Montreal aufbrechen.

Training ground for biomedical researchers

First student of the master’s programme Molecular Medicine to participate in an exchange programme with the partner university in Montreal
Starting in September, Patrick Penndorf will study for a year at the University of Montreal.
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Published: 18 May 2020, 14:47 | By: Uta von der Gönna

The research-oriented master’s programme in molecular medicine at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena has been a success from the beginning: As a consecutive master’s programme, it builds on a previously completed bachelor’s programme in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and prepares graduates for a career in the field of biomedical research. In 2009—the first year in which the programme was offered—the organizers already received 72 applications for approximately 30 places. “Nowadays, we can choose from an average of 500 applications a year. More than one in four students who begin a master’s programme are from abroad,” says Prof. Dr Reinhard Bauer, member of the Examinations Committee.

English-taught courses

The programme is taught in English and has a duration of four semesters. It provides comprehensive basic knowledge in medical theory and—building on that—offers a wide range of specific subjects, thus allowing students to become acquainted with state-of-the-art molecular biological methods for basic and applied medical research. Prof. Dr Carsten Hoffman is pleased that “this concept of a challenging research-oriented curriculum is a twofold success. The study programme is feasible—98% of our students successfully complete it,” says the head of the master's programme. “And more than one third of our graduates have stayed in Jena for a doctorate.” There is yet another special feature: In the framework of the promotion of young talents, medical students and doctors can participate in a tailored one-year postgraduate master’s programme, which will open up new career opportunities in the field of clinical research for them.

A cooperation with the University of Montreal has made the study programme even more attractive. Students can now benefit from an exchange with the local master's programme in molecular and cellular medicine. The participants in the exchange, who have to apply for one of seven scholarships advertised all around the world, can earn both a German and a Canadian master's degree. Due to the ongoing corona crisis, only one foreign student was admitted this year: Patrick Penndorf, second-semester student in the master's programme Molecular Medicine in Jena, passed the rigorous selection procedure and will set out for an exchange year in Canada in September.

The application deadline for the Master's programme in Molecular Medicine (M.Sc.) starting in the winter semester 2020/21 is 31 May 2020.


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