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Translational Medical Research – Master

Translational Medical Research considers research conducted at the frontiers between the bench (lab-based experiments), the bedside (clinical research and patient management) and the healthcare system (broad implementation and health economics) with the aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation play a key role in effective Translational Medical Research.

Course Outline

The Master’s degree programme in Translational Medical Research (TMR) focusses on the transfer of knowledge derived from basic molecular and cellular research into new approaches for the diagnosis and therapy of disease, and on the translation of unmet clinical needs into basic research questions that can be addressed through experimentation. The importance of innovation and entrepreneurship for effective translation is also considered. Accordingly, the Master’s degree programme provides students in the interdisciplinary field of translational medical research with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in research at the frontiers between fundamental laboratory-based experimentation, clinical research and commercial exploitation.

What you will learn

Graduates of the Master’s degree programme in Translational Medical Research ...

  • have a thorough understanding of disease processes at the molecular and cellular levels, and possess up-to-date knowledge of the latest research in the fields of molecular and cellular biology relating to medical disorders.
  • have comprehensive knowledge of clinical study design, drug development, and ethical issues and formalities relating to medical research, and of the cutting-edge methods and current problems in the diagnosis and therapy of medical disorders.
  • have an understanding of the players involved in the translational process, and how intellectual property can be protected and commercialised, for example in a start-up company
  • are able to apply knowledge about the principles of translational research techniques to a broad range of medical questions.

They have acquired the ability to ...

  • write review articles, create a research proposal and evaluate proposals from others.
  • present and defend their research orally using a variety of different media.
  • independently formulate research projects in translational medicine, including identification of a research question, development of a methodology for its solution, and analysis of the impact of results on practice and policy.
  • work autonomously on a specific research project in a laboratory or clinical setting and participate actively in lab routines such as journal clubs, progress reports and academic discussions.

Course Structure

The Master’s degree programme in Translational Medical Research is a one-year programme which consists in two semesters of study. 

  • 1st Semester

    During the first semester, students take four modules which reflect the concept “from bench to bedside and back”:

    Module 1 concerns the basis of medical disorders and disease processes at the molecular and cellular level

    Module 2 equips students with knowledge about current methods and challenges in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of disease, including the research approaches employed in these areas.

    Module 3 comprises an individual laboratory project.

    Module 4 focusses specifically on translational medicine, including commercial exploitation, the role of stakeholders and clinical studies.

    In Modules 1, 2 and 4, students are able to select short practical courses in which they become acquainted with experimentation in the fields of molecular oncology, neurobiology, vascular medicine or other topics.

  • 2nd Semester

    In the second semester, TMR students carry out original research for their Master’s thesis, write this up, and present their findings orally. Students taking the TMR course as part of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme “International Master in Innovative Medicine” (IMIM) must summarise the research performed during the second semester in the form of a written report or paper, as well as presenting their data orally.

Admission Prerequisites

To be admitted, the following requirements have to be met:

  • bachelor degree at least equivalent to a European undergraduate degree of 240 ECTS (usually at least four years) with above-average grades. The degree needs to be in medicine or the life sciences (e.g. biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology or closely related fields). Bioscientific and/or medical content must make up at least 60% of the curriculum studied
  • proven record of academic and extra-curricular excellence
  • documented research experience
  • strong motivation to pursue a career that incorporates translational, biomedical sciences and research
  • proven English proficiency in accordance with TMR admission requirements

Necessary application documents

All documents need to be sent via postal mail (no e-mail applications possible!) and need to arrive (!) by the application deadline on March 15th.

Medizinische Fakultät Mannheim der Universität Heidelberg
European Center for Angioscience
Mikrovaskuläre Biologie und Pathobiologie
z.H. Frau Anja Käppele
Ludolf-Krehl-Str. 13-17
D-68167 Mannheim

  1. completely filled out application form
  2. a certified (documents can usually be certified by your university, a notary or the German embassy and have to have an official stamp and original signature) copy of the degree upon which your application is based (your bachelor or master degree), or an official letter stating expected date of graduation
  3. a certified copy of your transcript of records (including: courses, grades, grading system (grading system can also be explained in an additional document if not included in the transcript), average grade, and a list of modules still to be completed if not yet graduated)
  4. proof of practical experience in basic bioscientific laboratory methods of at least 1 ECTS credit (app. 30h), if this is not clear from your transcript of records. (Please note: if all other requirements are fulfilled, missing laboratory experience may be covered by a one-week course at the Medical Faculty Mannheim prior to the start of the programme.)

    If the above mentioned documents are not in English or German, a certified translation needs to be provided.
  5. One of the following tests to prove your English proficiency
    - IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 6.5 – no less than 6.0 in each section
    - TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) with an overall score of 92 – no less than 21 in each section
    - TOEFL CBT (computer-based test) with an overall score of 237 – no less than 21 in each section
    - TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) with an overall score of 580 – no less than 55 in each section
    - Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)

    Please keep in mind

    - The test scores cannot be more than two years old (except for the CAE/CPE certificates).
    - The modality required is 'academic'.
    - You may apply for the TMR degree programme, even though you have not yet taken an English language test, or while your test score is still insufficient. In this case, you may be conditionally admitted, with (one of) the condition(s) for final admission being that you take and pass a (new) test. Please inform the admissions office of the date on which you are planning to take such a test.
    - We do not accept institutional TOEFL tests.

    Submission of test results

    - IELTS: A copy of the score report can be sent with your application. We will verify the score online.
    - TOEFL: Please send a copy of your score report with your application and submit a request with ETS to allow us to access your test results in the ETS online database (institution code 6446).
    - Cambridge Certificate: Initially, a copy of the score report can be sent. If you are admitted to the course, we will require a certified copy of the certificate.


    In principle, all applicants must include proof of proficiency in English with their application. Only applicants that meet either of the following requirements are exempt from proving proficiency in English
    - applicants who are native English speakers, and who have completed secondary education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia
    - applicants who have completed their bachelor education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia

  6. CV in English
  7. a motivation letter in English describing why the applicant wishes to study the MSc programme Translational Medical Research, how the MSc will impact on the applicant’s desired career path, and what experience and qualifications the applicant brings to the programme.
  8. at least two academic references from former supervisors or employers, preferably university professors or similar.
  9. copies of the main pages of your passport.

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