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Master course plan & guide

Molecular Precision Medicine (UN 066 329)

Registration of the Master course

On our study & education homepage you will find all important information and basic requirements wich you have to fulfill to successfully start the Master course Molecular Precision Medicine.

Since places are limited in this Master's program, a suitable application process will determine your admission. Therefore, please note that there is an application deadline and that it may have already expired or not yet started.

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Structure of the Master course

Here you will find the conditions and the structure of the curriculum as text as well as a graphical representation of the curriculum on the module level with rough semester allocation to illustrate the curriculum text.

  • The master's program "Molecular Precision Medicine" provides in-depth knowledge in the field of human medicine at the molecular and mechanistic level.
  • Graduates acquire the basic knowledge of clinical manifestations, the process of identifying molecular targets for the therapeutic approach, drug development and manufacturing, clinical testing procedures and the evaluation of therapeutics in the clinic.  This broad spectrum of knowledge enables graduates to bridge the gap between research and clinical application.
  • Graduates also possess core competencies in bioinformatics including programming, data mining, and analysis, qualifying them for a career in data science.
  • Graduates are also familiar with the ethical and socio-economic issues related to precision medicine in a public health setting. Thus, they have the prerequisites for a career in basic, clinical, translational and biomedical research, both in academia and the public sector as well as in business.

For more information, please refer to the curriculum letters under the item "Structure of the Master course".

  • The workload for the master's program Molecular Precision Medicine is 120 ECTS credits. This corresponds to a planned study duration of four semesters.

  • The study program is completed when 90 ECTS credits according to the regulations in the compulsory modules, 27 ECTS credits according to the regulations on the master's thesis and 3 ECTS credits according to the regulations on the master's examination have been positively completed.
  • Graduates of the master's program Molecular Precision Medicine are awarded the academic degree "Master of Science" (MSc).
  • In case of guidance, this academic degree is to be placed after the name.
  • Graduates will be equipped to pursue careers in basic, clinical, or biomedical research in academia or industry (e.g., biotechnology, pharmaceutical industry) with a deep molecular and mechanistic understanding of human disease. Students will acquire knowledge of basic molecular laboratory techniques.
  • Graduates receive detailed training in human disease pathogenesis at the molecular and mechanistic levels. They also have core competencies in bioinformatics, including programming, data mining and interrogation, and statistical analysis, enabling them to pursue careers in academic bioinformatics as well as clinical analysis of genomic datasets.
  • Graduates will also have basic knowledge of clinical presentation, target identification processes, and evaluation of therapeutics in the clinic, which will enable them to bridge the gap between research and the clinic. Graduates will also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in the field of public health

Curriculum Director

Thomas Leonard

Curriculum Director

Thomas Leonard is Professor of Molecular Biology and Deputy Head of the Center for Medical Biochemistry at the Max Perutz Labs (Medical University of Vienna). His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of signal transduction in cells, with a particular emphasis on the role of phospholipids as signaling molecules, and protein kinases and phosphatases as signal transducers. A major focus of his research interests is the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway, which is dysregulated in many human cancers.


Ruth Herbst

Deputy Curriculum Director

Ruth Herbst is an Associate Professor at the Medical University of Vienna. Ruth’s research focuses on understanding intracellular signal transduction mechanisms, with a particular emphasis on the inter- and intra-cellular signaling pathways that guide the formation and function of the neuromuscular synapse.