Biochemistry is the study of molecules and chemical processes in living organisms, while Cell Biology is concerned with the structure and physiology of cells, their components, and interactions with the environment. The two fields are combined in one comprehensive degree program, which will give you a broad understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that form the basis of life. You will not only get the theoretical background of these core areas but also be involved in hands-on research right from the start of your studies.
Job description and job opportunities
Careers in international companies in the pharmaceutical, biochemical, and biomedical industries, as a toxicologist, forensic scientist, or consultant in the public sector, and as a university lecturer or professor.
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Year 1: Take 3 CHOICE Modules, at least one free selection
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a first year module that explains how the structure of biological molecules (proteins, sugars, lipids, nucleic acids) defines their biochemical properties and function. Students will learn the basics of cell structure and metabolism, and how small molecules can influence them, for example in gene expression, symbiosis, infectious diseases and their treatment, and in global element cycles. The discovery of such small molecules in the pharmaceutical industry will be explained. Two lectures are complemented by a 5 ECTS lab course offering practical training in key techniques applied in biochemistry and molecular biology. This module provides the foundation for the CORE modules "Molecular Biology" and "Chemical Biology".
Cell Biology is an introductory module giving a comprehensive overview about cellular structure and physiology. It will explain cellular architecture and organization and how cells need to interact and communicate in multicellular organisms. This module will thus provide insight into both, the organismal organization and specialization of cells as well as the underlying molecular processes, e.g., gene expression and intracellular transport. Two lectures are complemented by a 5 ECTS lab course offering practical training in key techniques applied in modern molecular cell biology. This module provides the foundation from which you may progress to the higher level modules "Biomedicine" and "Infection and Immunity".
Year 2: Take 3 CORE Modules, at least 2 from study program
Biomedicine is an advanced model that builds on the CHOICE module Cell Biology. Biomedicine first expands knowledge on key cellular processes often affected in diseases, e.g. gene expression, cell proliferation, intracellular trafficking, signal transduction and general turnover of cellular compounds. The module will address how these processes become altered in different diseases, e.g., cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, and how diagnostic tools and therapies (ranging from chemical to cell-based approaches) can be developed according to a disease's molecular origin. Two lectures are complemented by a 5 ECTS lab course that introduces students to modern methodology in cell biological research and biomedicine.
Infection and Immunity
Infection and Immunity is an advanced module that builds on both BCCB CHOICE modules ("Cell Biology" and "Biochemistry and Molecular Biology"). It combines the fundamentals of microbiology with an overview about the human immune system. Students will learn how microbes act in the environment and on human health, and how scientists investigate and control microbial pathogens. The immune system will be explained and how identifies and eliminates cancer cells, viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Immune evasion mechanisms of pathogens will be elucidated as well as therapeutic approaches. In the 5 ECTS lab course, students will learn to isolate, handle, characterize, and taxonomically identify microorganisms using classical and state-of-the-art technologies.
Molecular Biology is an advanced module that builds on the CHOICE module Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This module introduces the molecular basis of the flow of genetic information with special emphasis on regulatory mechanisms. Students will also learn about principles governing molecular evolution, i.e. types of mutations, causes and consequences of mutations, and how mutations of genes shape a population’s adaptation to environmental changes. The 5 ECTS lab course provides an integrated view on the molecular analysis of biomolecules involved in molecular information pathways.
Year 3: Take CAREER Modules, choose between World and Campus Track
World Track - 5th Semester
- Program-specific Internship / study abroad
World Track - 6th Semester
- Program-specific Project / Thesis Module
- Program-specific Specialization Module
- Exemplary course offering
- Methods and Research Strategies in BCCB part I (Methods)
- Methods and Research Strategies in BCCB part II (Strategies)
- Structure and Function of Proteases - Implications for Pharmacological
- Interventions in Translational Approaches
- Microbial Pathogenicity I
- Microbial Pathogenicity II
- Current Topics in the Molecular Life Sciences I
- Current Topics in the Molecular life Sciences II
- Cellular Biochemistry
Campus Track -5th and 6th Semester
- Program-specific Project / Thesis Module
- Program-specific Specialization Module (please see World Track for exemplary course offering)
- Additional CORE Module
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Fees & Finances
Jacobs offers scholarships and financial aid packages for qualified applicants.