The bachelor's degree programme Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences is aimed at students already enrolled in the Bielefeld Model Study Programme Medicine, who are thereby enabled to acquire an additional degree (B.Sc.).
The course begins at the same time as the second semester of medical studies and initially focuses on the acquisition of the fundamentals of human medicine. Essential teaching content of selected modules of the model study programme is therefore incorporated into the bachelor's degree programme.
An important component of the programme is the interdisciplinary profiling. Students select one of five profiling areas based on their interests, each of which focuses on different content and methods:
Students learn to view issues related to medicine from other disciplines and to explore them using the scientific methods of the respective disciplines. In addition, an individual supplementary area is provided in which students can set further individual study foci.
The elements of the programme already mentioned are flanked by a sound scientific education. In the last so-called profile semester, students pursue their own research project on this basis, which leads to the Bachelor's thesis. Students who opt for the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences complete an additional profile semester that lies between the first and second sections of the medical degree.
As a first professional qualification, the bachelor's degree qualifies students to pursue a wide variety of non-physician professions in the health care sector, for example, in federal and state ministries, higher federal authorities, health care associations and pension funds, pension insurance providers and health insurance companies, in counseling centers, and in medical and medical-related research institutions. Depending on the chosen profiling direction, the focus is on different fields of activity and competencies that have become particularly important in the course of current socio-political developments and changes in the world of work in the healthcare sector.