Molecular Medicine

Molecular Medicine

Molecular Medicine (Master's Programme)


  • MasterFull time, 2 years
  • Location Trondheim
  • Requirements See Admission
  • Max. places See Admission
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Apply before1. March *(varies, see admissions)
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The field of molecular medicine is often referred to as "tomorrow's medicine". It aims to provide a molecular understanding of how normal cellular processes change, fail or are destroyed by disease.

The purpose of the MSc programme is to develop knowledge and skills in cellular and molecular biology. These have applications in both research and practical clinical work, and will contribute to an increased understanding of processes, diagnostics and treatment of diseases.

Discover the Mysteries of the Human Body

Rapid developments of medical technology and new kinds of conceptual thinking within the field of biology have increased the need for laboratory specialization. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology offers an International MSc programme in molecular medicine tailored to meet this demand.

The mapping of the human genome in 2003 was a turning point, and our knowledge and understanding of molecules in living organisms are advancing at a fast rate. Modern technologies such as high-throughput analyses (sequencing, microarray and proteomics) enable us to study thousands of genes and proteins simultaneously. This provides the foundation for a totally new understanding of biological systems and generates fresh hypotheses about the importance of genes and proteins to different diseases.

The MSc in Molecular Medicine is an international programme with varied teaching methods in modern learning facilities.

In the Laboratory Centre, students get to work in high-tech laboratory environments side by side with researchers both from NTNU and St. Olav’s Hospital.

The teaching includes lectures, problem-based learning, colloquiums, laboratory exercises and project work, and is conducted in modern learning facilities. The language of instruction is English. This provides an opportunity to develop your skills in this language.

Molecular Medicine is a rapidly changing field, which requires interdisciplinary insight. Teaching on the MSc programme is provided by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Natural Sciences at NTNU. Experts from other educational institutions also contribute to the teaching.

Read more about the learning objectives

The MSc in Molecular Medicine qualifies graduates for a wide range of careers, including practical clinical work and technical executive positions in hospital laboratories, and positions in pharmaceuticals and MedTech/BioTech companies.

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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:

Read more about student life

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

There are two main components:

  • A master's thesis 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), and
  • theoretical and methodological courses totaling a further 60 credits.
    • Three courses, making up 30 credits, are compulsory. The remaining courses, adding up to 30 credits, are selected from lists of electives. Ideally, electives should be linked to the master's thesis.

Read more about the structure of the program

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".

Some previous basic knowledge of cellular and molecular biology is highly recommended.

Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students:
1 December 2022

EU/EEA/Swiss students: 
1 March 2023

Norwegian/Nordic students:
15 April 2023

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Read more about the admission and requirements

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


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