Biotechnology is a diverse discipline that encompasses research, extension and teaching related to the genetic improvement and production of plants, animals, and microorganisms. From genetically altering crops to withstand environmental stresses and increase in productivity, altering plant species and microorganisms for phytoremediation, bioremediation and production of useful compounds, biotechnologists are working with other scientists to feed, fuel, clothe, and improve human health, as well as improve the quality of the environment for the world's growing population. The Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology commenced graduate program in Biotechnology in 2004 and the first M.Sc. Biotechnology graduates were produced in 2006. The areas of research have hitherto been agricultural, medical and environmental biotechnology.
M.Sc. biotechnology program was established with the goal of training students in more advanced learning in the discipline of traditional biotechnology and molecular biotechnology. Because in the broad sense, biotechnology is using organisms or their products for commercial purposes, biotechnology training at KNUST encompasses advanced learning in microbial, plant, and animal biotechnology. Research areas have so far concentrated on microbial fermentation and utilization of microbial enzymes for applications in food processing and waste management, genomics and plant biotechnology.
Goals and objectives
The goals of training in MSc biotechnology at KNUST is to provide students with a broad array of real world experiences in biotechnology through advanced coursework, original research, engagement activities and partnership with industry. The main goal is to train manpower to work with agriculturist to increase crop productivity, food research institutes, textile industries, environmental research section of the environmental protection agency, biomedical pharmaceutical, and herbal medicine research centers. The curriculum is also designed to prepare students for advanced degree in biotechnology, molecular/cell biology, functional genomics, and other related disciplines.
The primary objective is to prepare scholars and researchers to master the content and methods in biotechnology such that they can claim professional standing in biotechnology, participate as part of a team carrying out advanced work in biotechnology or become team leaders in their field. The broader objective is to train students to establish a permanent relationship to learning.
Entry requirements for admission of students
Applicants must have a minimum of first degree in the life sciences. Preference is given to applicants with First Class and Second Class Upper division in Biochemistry/Biological sciences. Applicants with Second Class Lower division in the said programmes are admitted on the basis of passing an interview for admission to the programme. Individuals with Chemistry, Agricultural Science, Chemical or Agricultural Engineering background may also be considered on condition that the candidate will audit basic biology/biochemistry courses, to make up for deficiencies in biology and biochemistry.
Last updated April 28, 2016