Study structure

Molecular Medicine (Master's Programme)

Programme structure

The two-year full-time MSc program in Molecular Medicine consists of a total of 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The program is taught in English and includes a combination of compulsory and elective courses (totaling 60 ECTS credits), and a research project making up the experimental part of the master’s thesis (60 ECTS credits). Planning of the thesis should commence as early as possible, and potential projects for the master's thesis will be presented in the first semester.


The coursework in the first academic year (60 ECTS credits) provides students with a strong foundation in molecular medicine and related subjects. Compulsory courses include "Introduction to molecular medicine with project" (15 ECTS credits), "Experts in teamwork" (7.5 ECTS credits) and "Practical molecular medicine" (lab-course, 7.5 ECTS credits).

The program offers several elective courses. These courses allow students to explore specific areas of interest in greater depth and provide the opportunity to gain additional skills and knowledge that may be favorable for working on the master’s thesis.

Click the "See semester schedule" button at the bottom of this page to see a full list of compulsory and elective courses.

Master’s thesis

In the second academic year students work on a thesis in molecular medicine. The master's thesis forms a major component of the MSc and is written as an extended report based on independently solving an experimental research problem. The thesis should have a scientific composition founded on applicable theory and literature within the chosen topic.

The research leading to your thesis is carried out within research groups at NTNU or collaborating institutions. A primary supervisor is chosen among the scientific staff at NTNU. The wide range of research expertise among faculty members, and a close interaction with clinical environments at St. Olav’s Hospital and research groups at SINTEF, ensure a high scientific standard of the master’s thesis research projects. There are opportunities to cover a large variety of subjects within fields such as genetics and epigenetics, immunology, oncology, cardiovascular disease research, neurosciences, infection biology, bioinformatics, and more.

Overall, the structure of the program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive education in molecular medicine and prepare them for careers in research institutions, industry and academia.

Study abroad?

The program has cooperative exchange agreements with selected partners in Europe and the US. Our students can study abroad at one of our partner institutions for up to one academic year. Contact the program’s student advisor if you want to know more about studies abroad.  

Study plan details

Check the current schedule for compulsory and elective courses by year and semester, as well as other details about the programme.

Study plan