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Medical Sciences – Cardiovascular Research

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Note: For the academic year 2023/2024, the implementation of an admission restriction will be applied for at the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg.
Language of instruction:


Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

2 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

60 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

restrictive admissions (University) (6 places)
The admissions restrictions are determined by the admissions regulations for the individual field. For more detailed information, please visit your departmental academic advisor.

Higher semesters:

restricted admission (University)

Please note: University admission requirements may change up to the start of the application period.

Application period: First semester: 1 March - until 31 march
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: 1 March - 15 July, Summer Semester: 1 December - 15 January
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Application for this subject is only possible during the application period and is done online.
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Medicine

The English-language Master’s programme in MSc Medical Sciences - Cardiovascular Research has been designed as a preparatory year for a PhD in the field of cardiovascular research. The curriculum combines a thorough education in general aspects of the structure and function of the cardiovascular system with clinical insights into the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, as well as exposure to ‘wet- and dry-lab’ basic and clinical work. In the first semester, theoretical and clinical contents as well as interdisciplinary competences are taught, while the second semester focuses on the independent preparation of a Master's thesis and thus on the various aspects of scientific work. Module components cover theoretical and practical aspects, with a strong focus on hands-on training: for example the derivation and evaluation of one's own stress electrocardiogram, single cardiomyocyte contraction and action potential measurements, histological examination of the healthy and diseased heart and observing open-chest surgery.

In addition to knowledge acquisition, the course offers a broad-based introduction to prerequisites, opportunities, and consequences of medical activity and familiarizes students with the ethical dimension of medical practice and research.

The interdisciplinary programme aims at training the next generation of translational scientists in the field of cardiovascular research. The course equips the students with a thorough understanding of the cardiovascular system and the skills necessary to productively combine advanced research techniques for high-impact interdisciplinary and integrated research and therefore lies the ideal foundation for engagement in demanding, advanced research and/ or pursue a career in the public or private sector.

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Dr. Susanne Tulke
Institute for Experimental Cardiovascular Medicine
Elsässer Str. 2Q
79110 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 270-63953