Students can choose to specialise within a choice of fields, including one of the five branches of molecular biology in which Aarhus University is particularly strong: molecular medicine, structural biology, systems biology, plant biology, and quantitative genetics. The Molecular Biology course is offered by Aarhus University.
The study programme can be tailored to fit the individual student’s qualifications and interests. In the first year, you will follow an individually planned course programme. In the second year, you will write a thesis. There are excellent opportunities for collaboration with a group of researchers in connection with your thesis project work, and this gives you the chance to participate in the group’s research projects, academic discussions and articles.
Teaching in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is greatly influenced by the research conducted here, as the lecturers are all active researchers. Students gain insight into ongoing research projects across the entire spectrum of molecular biology – from bacteria and yeast to humans. The understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology is based upon the entire spectrum, from atoms to organisms.
Students in the programme are based at the Department of Molecular Biology, which is located in Die Rote Zone, the department’s large facility in Science Park Aarhus, which students have furnished themselves and where they meet in connection with academic and social activities (and which has its own Friday bar). A number of student organisations in the department also organise academic activities.
As a molecular biologist, you will primarily be working with finding solutions to the many health and food challenges faced by our society due to ageing populations and more stringent standards for food development and quality. These areas are growing rapidly – a trend that is expected to continue. The employment prospects for future molecular biologists therefore look very promising.
Graduates of the Molecular Biology MSc programme are very much in demand on both Danish and international job markets. Previous
graduates are working across a wide range of fields and institutions, mostly within research or administration and consultancy, in both private and public sectors. Graduates who want to be communicators go into teaching at lab-technician and teacher-training colleges or adult education. Other molecular biologists work in specialist molecular biology fields in the food industry, the health sector, or the pharmaceutical industry.
“I work as a project manager, which means that I make sure things get done, and I’m responsible for following up afterwards. Projects could concern new products, for example, and solutions for industry, where I’m part of the chain all the way through from development to testing, sales and customer support.”
Caspar Høy Simonsen
MSc in Molecular Biology
The Masters degree in molecular biology counts as 120 ECTS credits and mainly consists of subjects within the molecular biology field of study. You specialise by participating in course activities and projects and by writing a thesis. During your very first week, you structure your own individual study programme with the help of a teacher from the Department of Molecular Biology by choosing courses from a course catalogue. Your programme is based on your academic qualifications and interests and the subjects you studied for your Bachelors degree. The plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations.
Forms of teaching
At the University of Aarhus, you are in close contact with researchers in a way that you rarely experience at other universities. The door to the professors office is always open if you need clarification of the study material, and you are encouraged to ask questions at lectures and during exercises. We make heavy demands on your academic skills and independence. In return, you gain considerable benefits in the form of academic challenges and scientific knowledge, in addition to broad competences.
The teaching at the university focuses on independence, critical thinking and collaboration. Part of the teaching is in the form of lectures that introduce new angles to the material compared with the textbooks. The theoretical and practical exercises take place in small groups where you study relevant issues in depth. Most molecular biology students also spend a certain amount of time on laboratory work.
The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers provide you with general competences that are in great demand in the global job market. These competences include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills and strategic planning. You can use these skills in many contexts even in jobs you didnt know you were qualified for.
A year divided into four terms
The teaching is divided into terms with four terms per year. Each term consists of a block of seven weeks followed by an examination period of 24 weeks.
If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme. You can apply when you have completed your Bachelors degree and one year of your Masters degree or when you have completed your Masters degree. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher.
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
The following Bachelors degrees qualify students for admission to the Masters degree programme in Molecular Biology:
The following other degrees can provide admission to the Masters degree programme in Molecular Biology:
Other qualifications can provide admission to the Masters degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.
In connection with possible admission, further requirements can be stipulated regarding the composition of the degree programme.
It is a condition that the students language skills correspond to a B level in English.
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