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Program description / Curriculum / Instruction

The scientific focus on immunology and infection biology will be covered in various modules on drug discovery, antibacterial agents, genomics and proteomics, medical aspects of infectious diseases as well as the use of microorganisms in biotechnological applications. Of unique importance is the practical and international nature of the program, providing insight into state-of-the-art research at the MHH and the UCC, where students will be instructed in cutting-edge techniques and technologies of infection biology. In this way, you will be empowered by these unique exposures to competitively pursue academic careers at the university or professional careers in the industry in biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies in either Europe or South America.


Through studies at both universities, you will greatly benefit from an excellent theoretical education in Argentina, complemented by experience with high-tech equipment for your practical education in Germany. Immerse in an intercultural environment, you will gain knowledge of the different education systems and be exposed to the different research focuses of the two countries, including different pathogens and different technical approaches.

We offer you:

  • funded study periods abroad in Germany and Argentina (for each 4 students from Germany and Argentina)
  • an interdisciplinary education program focusing on infectious diseases and host-pathogen interaction
  • scientific knowledge and state-of-the-art experimental experience in current and emerging biomedical research areas
  • translational research for vaccine development and novel therapies to treat endemic infectious diseases
  • language courses in German and Spanish

 

 

Curriculum Structure:

 

The curriculum was adapted according to the German and Argentinean Educational regulations (120 ECTS credits and 2321 tuition hours) and was designed to be completed over two years. These are divided into 4 semesters, which in turn are divided into 12 modules and a master thesis.


During the 1st and 2nd semester in Córdoba (Argentina) you will attend theoretical and practical training required to level the differences in background knowledge of the students arriving from different institutions. This first semester will provide the basis for the remaining program.


The 1st semester in each country also includes a compulsory language course (Spanish/German) that will allow you to gain knowledge of the partner language and culture.


The 3rd semester will take part in Hannover (Germany) and will deepen the theoretical knowledge in the field of immunology and infection biology. Simultaneously, laboratory rotations will deepen your methodological abilities. In addition, these laboratory rotations will allow you to get into contact with the Argentinean and German Labs and their Principal Investigators (PIs).


By the end of the 3rd semester, you will be able to select one PI from the UCC side and one PI from the MHH side as "supervising tandem" for your master thesis.


During the 4th semester, you will complete your master thesis in either of the countries.

 


Training:


Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, laboratory rotations and master thesis Project work.


During the program you will gain a broad overview of immunological topics ranging from basic knowledge of the functions of the immune system to diseases caused by the immune system (allergy, autoimmunity) and defenses against pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites). Furthermore, you will learn the molecular and biochemical bases of the processes involved in an immune response and will be trained in translational medicine to bridge basic research and medical applications in the "bench to bedside" approach. In addition to your theoretical training, you will learn essential techniques in immunological research using state-of-the-art equipment. Through practices and master thesis, you will learn how to plan, conduct, evaluate, and summarize scientific research questions. Thus, at the end of the master program, you should: 1) have a comprehensive understanding of immunological processes; 2) discuss scientific topics in the English language; 3) possess the ability to handle specific projects in an independent, analytical manner and critically evaluate the quality of research by others and published data; 4) properly document own data according to Good Laboratory Practices guidelines; 5) interpret research findings and draw appropriate conclusions; 6) summarize and articulate scientific ideas, procedures, results and conclusions in both oral and written formats using appropriate means and language. Furthermore, you will be trained in
matters concerning regulation, ethics and safety in research.

 

You will also develop excellent English language skills prompted by an international environment and German/Spanish as a third language.


Classes are in English.