The Program covers four kinds of modules:

  • Theoretical background in molecular pathology of disease
  • General scientific skills
  • Lab rotation
  • Master thesis

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During the first year and a half of the program students participate in three kinds of modules. Each module is quite intensive and covers either specific, in-depth theoretical topics (core modules), general scientific skills, or consists of a lab rotation. The core modules involve lectures, seminars, and tutorials which are held four mornings each week, usually between 9:00 and 11:00 AM. Generally students have no lectures or seminars on Wednesdays so that they have time to study, or devote a full day to their research in the lab. Each core module ends with an examination.

Laboratory rotations end with a graded presentation related to the concurrent laboratory work. The presentations are delivered to a panel of professors, institute directors and laboratory supervisors and are expected to be delivered in a highly professional manner as would be expected at a scientific conference. The final grade for each laboratory placement is a weighted average between the quality of the research performed, a written laboratory report, and the presentation grade. Click here to view a sample transcript that shows how the ECTS grades are distributed.