Molecular Medicine

Molecular Medicine

Molecular Medicine (Master's Programme)

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MSMOLMED, Tue Jun 25 14:16:27 MEST 2024 | M2

Do you want to contribute to improving human health by developing "tomorrows medicine"? If so, NTNU’s full-time two-year Master’s program in Molecular Medicine is an excellent choice for you.

Molecular medicine focuses on obtaining an in-depth understanding of the molecular basis of human diseases with the goal to develop new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent them. One of the major goals is to develop new treatment strategies that can be tailored to subgroups of patients or to the individual patient, based on their unique genetic and molecular profile – also known as "precision- or personalized medicine".

The Master’s program at NTNU aims to equip students with a solid foundation in molecular medicine, including hands-on training in molecular medicine methods, with direct application to the study of human diseases and their molecular mechanisms.

Molecular medicine is a rapidly evolving field of life science that combines sophisticated techniques and concepts from various disciplines such as cell- and molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, and bioinformatics to study disease at the molecular level. By investigating the genes, proteins, and other molecules that are involved in the development and progression of disease, researchers can develop new diagnostic tools and therapies that target specific disease-causing molecules. In this way molecular medicine has the potential to revolutionize healthcare by providing more precise and effective treatments for a wide range of common diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular- and neurological diseases.

The MSc in Molecular Medicine is an international program with varied teaching methods and modern learning facilities. Teaching is provided by experts from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Natural Sciences at NTNU. The language of instruction is English. Active learning strategies are being used to engage students in their learning through problem-based learning (PBL), team-based learning (TBL), colloquiums, student presentations, laboratory exercises and project work.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is tightly integrated with St. Olav’s Hospital. Thus, students get to work in modern and high-tech laboratory environments side by side with researchers both from NTNU and St. Olav’s Hospital.

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The MSc in Molecular Medicine is suitable for students motivated towards research or teaching in molecular medicine in particular, or in life science in general. The introduction to experimental and analytical methods is relevant to other academic fields as well, both nationally and internationally.

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Since the MSc is an international programme you will meet fellow students with different ethnical backgrounds. This provides an opportunity to get to know other aspects of society than the Norwegian.


SOMA is the student organization for all master’s students at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. They offer both academic and social activities throughout the semester. The most important activities provided by SOMA take place during the annual Buddy Week in August, welcoming new master's students to our campus:

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The MSc in Molecular Medicine is a two-year, international, full-time program starting in the autumn semester (mid-August).

There are two main components:

  • Theoretical and methodological courses (totaling 60 ECTS credits)
    • Compulsory courses (30 ECTS credits)
    • Elective courses (30 ECTS credits)
  • A master's thesis (60 ECTS credits)

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Academic requirements

Bachelor's degree (or 3-year equivalent) in biomedical science, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, medicine, or similar, with an average grade equal to or higher than the Norwegian "C".

A solid background in cellular and molecular biology is highly recommended.


A total number of 30 students will be admitted to this program each year.

  • 15 spots are reserved for Norwegian/Nordic students. 
  • 15 spots are reserved for EU & international students.

Application deadlines

  • Non-EU/non-EEA students: 1 December
  • EU/EEA/Swiss students: 1 March
  • Norwegian/Nordic students: 15 April

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees will be charged international students with citizenship from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland, based on categories. The Master's programme in Molecular Medicine is category C. 

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Contact one of our student counsellors if you have any questions about the MSc in Molecular Medicine.


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