M.Sc. Program Structure

The M.Sc. program consists of three main modules, which will be attended in parallel. In summary, the three modules will cover the following individual fields:


1. Mechanisms of Disease

  • Introduction to Basic Laboratory and Clinical Research Methodology

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms in immunological diseases and chronic inflammation

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms in cancer

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms in neurodegenerative diseases

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms in metabolic diseases

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms in infectious diseases

  • Systems Biology and identification of new targets: Prevention, diagnosis and targeted therapies


2. Molecular and Cellular therapies

  • Biological therapies (molecular, genetic and cellular)

  • Cutting-edge technologies in molecular biology and genetics (genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, metagenomics, epigenetics etc.)

  • Biomarkers and companion diagnostic kits for personalised approaches

  • Fundamental principles in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biostatistics

  • Precision Medicine: Methods, trends and challenges

  • Drug development process - from in silico to in vivo; Innovation in medical product evaluation

  • Orphan drugs / Orphan diseases

  • Drug repositioning


3. Bio-innovation

  • Emerging markets in the pharmaceutical sector and healthcare

  • Basic principles of entrepreneurship and innovation: Start-ups, spin-offs and investment funds

  • Successful examples of business innovation

  • Advanced Biomaterials and Nanotechnologies

  • Intellectual property and exploitation of results: the life cycle of a patent

  • Technology transfer: from academia to industry

  • Opportunities and challenges in the "big data" era

  • Ethical, legal and social implications of personalized medicine

Additional horizontally sectioned lectures, meetings and/or workshops will be included, focusing on the cultivation of important scientific and business transferable skills in essential areas, such as:


  • oral presentations of research results or new business products

  • writing research grant proposals or plans for business sponsorship/funding

  • writing scientific articles or reports on the activities of companies

  • bioethics and ethics in science and the business world

  • good safety practices in laboratory areas etc.


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Updated: May 2020








Department of Physiology, Medical School 

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

75 Mikras Asias

Athens, 11527
+30 210 8979628

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