Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Area of studies: Biomedical Sciences
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences
Mode of Studies: Full-time
Length of Programme: 2 academic years (120 ECTS)
Name of Qualification: Master of Science in Molecular Biology

Access Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Genetics, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Pharmacy is required.
  • Proof of English Language: TOEFL 72 iBT / 408 PBT, IELTS 4.5, level B1; or an official document from an official institution showing applicant had courses in English or studied English language. Applicants with lower English language level can be admitted to the studies. After arrival applicants will be asked to take English language test and take English language classes.

Competencies Acquired

Graduates will be able:

  • To analyze molecular diversity, structure, composition, to characterize biological systems, their functioning and interaction: genomics, proteomics, metabolomics;
  • To understand principles of immune and other systems, their structures, integration with other vital systems of biological objects;
  • To work with living cells, organisms, populations. To evaluate processes taking place inside of the cell, work with cell cultures under laboratory conditions, to apply obtained results for modeling of biological systems, to evaluate intercellular interconnections, relations between single individuals and populations;
  • To comprehend evolution of biological objects, lows in heredity and variability, features and molecular principles of congenital diseases, and to know how to apply them for investigation of biological diversity, structure of living organisms, functioning and evolution;
  • According to collected data and molecular analysis to evaluate population’s structures, environmental impact on populations, interrelations between populations and individual species;
  • To apply modern investigation methods, to work according principles of good laboratory practice, rules of bioethics, to collect, process, preserve and prepare research material under laboratory and field conditions;
  • To apply acquired knowledge to solve emerging problems, to recognize, analyze biological problems, to plan strategies to solve these problems, to plan and carry out various measurements, process and interpret biological data, to classify and present these data;
  • To solve qualitative and quantitative problems by using acquired mathematical and computational skills and special computer software, DNA gene base;
  • To use creatively bioinformation technologies for analysis, digital description and simulation of biological objects, to use biological databases, to systematize the collected information.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be prepared to work in:

  • Companies related to molecular biology, biotechnology, biopharmaceutics and food industry;
  • Research and study organizations dealing with various activities related to molecular biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, biopharmaceutics, and environment preservation.

Graduates are also offered the possibility to continue their studies at PhD Degree level in Biology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Biochemistry, and other PhD programmes related to biotechnological and biomedical sciences.

Application Procedure

Detailed information on required documents, legalization of documents, application deadline is provided here.

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Curriculum

Subject title Study subject code ECTS Credits
I Year
Spring semester
Molecular Biotechnology BIO 5005 6
Bionanotechnology and Biomodeling BIO 6002 6
Molecular Immunogenetics BIO 5011 6
Research Project BIO 5008 6
Electives Courses (1)
Biotechnology for Medicine BIO 6007 6
Special Course BIO 6004 6
Molecular Methods in Forensic Medicine BIO 6009 6
Total: 30
Autumn Semester
Molecular Biology BIO 5001 6
Molecular Laboratory Diagnostics BIO 5009 6
Molecular Ecology BIO 6006 6
Integrative Analysis of Biological Systems BBK 6003 6
Systems Biology BIO 6011 6
Total: 30
II Year
Spring semester
Genetically Modified Organisms BIO 6003 6
Scientific Professional Practice BIO 6008 7
Research work BIO 5007 5
Electives Courses (1)
Molecular Methods in Forensic Medicine BIO 6009 6
Molecular Biology of Medicinal Plants BIO 5010 6
Special Course BIO 6004 6
Total: 24
II Year
Autumn Semester
Plant Biotechnology BIO 6010 6
Master Thesis 30
Total for the Programme: 120

Contacts

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Vice Dean Dr. Vykintas Baublys, V.Baublys@gmf.vdu.lt
Address Vileikos g. 8, room 212 , LT-44404 Kaunas, Lithuania
Website gmf.vdu.lt/en/

International Office (Application and Admission)

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