The masters’s degree programme in Molecular Precision Medicine is a joint program of the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna. The program is dedicated to an understanding of human pathogenesis and the treatment of disease at a molecular and mechanistic level. The course brings basic, translational, and clinical scientists together with doctors to educate students in the opportunities, challenges, and future perspectives of precision medicine.
Graduates of the MSc in Molecular Precision Medicine will be qualified to pursue careers in basic, clinical, or translational biomedical research, either in academia or industry, armed with a deep molecular and mechanistic understanding of human disease.
Graduates will have core competencies in bioinformatics, including programming, data mining and interrogation, and statistical analysis that will allow them to pursue careers in data science.
Graduates will also have a basic knowledge of clinical presentation, the processes of target identification, drug development, manufacture, and clinical testing, and the evaluation of therapeutics that will enable them to bridge the gap between the bench and the clinic.
Finally, graduates will be familiar with the ethical and socio-economic issues associated with the practice of precision medicine in the domain of public health.
A written application comprising the following parts is to be submitted online:
Academic curriculum vitae
Personal motivation statement (max. 500 words)
Short essay (max. 500 words) on the following subject: ‘Discuss a recent example of the value of Molecular Precision Medicine in treating disease’
You will need to upload the following documents to complete your application:
Bachelor (and, if applicable, post-bachelor) degree certificate(s)
Certificate of English language proficiency
Contact details for one academic reference letter
Candidates will be shortlisted for interview on the basis of the written applications. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to participate in a 30 min online interview comprising three parts:
Description of research project / course of study undertaken (5 min + 5 min questions)
Presentation of a recent paper in the field of Molecular Precision Medicine (5 min + 5 min questions)
Motivation and career goals (10 min)
Deadline for next admissions call is June 11th 2021.
Many diseases are the result of gross chromosomal rearrangements or genetic lesions, often resulting from defects in the repair and maintenance of our genetic material. This module will develop a deep and mechanistic understanding of how DNA is faithfully replicated and repaired, how and where these lesions typically arise, and what their consequences are. Paradigmatic diseases will be used to illustrate what can go wrong, how defective repair manifests itself in disease, and therapeutic strategies.
Many diseases are the result of dysfunctional protein biogenesis, folding, quality control, trafficking, or degradation. This module will develop a deep and mechanistic understanding of protein synthesis, folding, protein quality control, trafficking and protein turnover, which will be illustrated in the context of precision medicine by paradigmatic diseases, their diagnosis, and their treatment.
Many diseases are the result of enzymatic insufficiency. This module will develop a deep and mechanistic understanding of enzyme function, including those involved in drug metabolism, as well as the role of pharmacogenomics in precision medicine. Paradigmatic diseases will be used to illustrate the diagnosis, manifestation, molecular etiology and precision treatment of enzymatic insufficiencies.
Many diseases are the result of pathological signal transduction. This module will develop a deep and mechanistic understanding of intra- and extracellular signaling, the consequences of pathogenic lesions, and therapeutic avenues to their treatment. Pathological signal transduction will be illustrated in the context of precision medicine by paradigmatic diseases, their diagnosis, and their treatment.
Many diseases are the result of failures or dysfunction in our body’s defense mechanisms. This module will develop a deep and mechanistic understanding of our immune system. The module will examine primary immunodeficiencies, autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases, allergies, and emerging concepts in immune regulation. Paradigmatic diseases will be used to illustrate what can go wrong in our immune system, disease diagnosis, and therapeutic strategies.
Molecular precision medicine builds on technological advances that enable the profiling of genomes, epigenomes, transcriptomes, proteomes, and metabolomes in a high throughput manner. Analyzing and interpreting such data requires adequate working knowledge in bioinformatics and applied statistics. This module will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to interrogate large datasets.
All therapeutics can trace their origins to basic discoveries in biology. This module will develop a rigorous understanding of how basic discoveries are translated into precision therapeutics that are administered to real patients. In addition, this module will examine the role of model systems in both basic research and clinical science, from the discovery viewpoint and the evaluation of treatment regimens respectively.
Students will have the opportunity to gain practical lab experience in a participating basic or clinical research lab. Alternatively, students may elect to take a course from one of the qualifying Master programmes of the University of Vienna in:
Drug Discovery and Development
Chemistry; Biological Chemistry
Microbial Ecology and Immunobiology
Precision medicine raises a multitude of ethical, policy, legislative and economic and value-judgement issues that have to be confronted.
This module will expose students to these problems and the interface between ethics and health economics. The goal is to promote awareness of and prepare students to critically evaluate some of the challenges facing modern medicine from a societal perspective.
You can find detailed information on the master’s program "Molecular Precision Medicine" as well as the requirements and admission procedure on the website of the Medical University of Vienna.
The bachelor’s programme in Biology gives a basic understanding of biology and its subdisciplines. It equips students with general knowledge of biology and important fundamental subjects, such as chemistry, physics, and statistics.
The master’s programme in Molecular Biology aims at providing students with profound expertise in the field of molecular biology. They broaden their knowledge of the methods in molecular biology, and are then able to work on complex molecular and biomedical questions independently. Students can select one of the following specialisations according to their interests: Biochemistry, Molecular Structural Biology, or Molecular Cell Biology.
The master’s programme in Genetics and Developmental Biology aims at providing students with profound knowledge of either genetics and molecular pathology, or cell biology and developmental biology, depending on the selected modules. In addition, they have acquired all the necessary competences to conduct research in an international research environment. Classes are held in German and English.
The English-language master's programme aims at equipping students with profound knowledge, experimental skills and academic competences in the fields of molecular microbiology, microbial ecology and immunobiology.
The Studies Service Center for Molecular Biology provides administrative support for Bachelor and Master students of the University of Vienna at the Max Perutz Labs. It is located on the 6th floor of the Max Perutz Labs main building in room 6.111a.
The aim of the Medicine degree programme at the Medical University of Vienna is to educate medical doctors for the profession of physician in all specialties - in theory and in practice.
The aim of the Medical Informatics Master's Programme is a scientific training that makes it possible to design and conduct IT projects in the varied fields of biomedical research, medicine and health care.
Applicants for undergraduate studies have to follow the admission procedure of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. More information about first time admission, deadlines, and legal requirements is available on the websites of the Universities.
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