A new Master’s degree program in Applied Biosciences has been designed at the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, Tbilisi State University, within the framework of the TEMPUS Project ((#159340 Tempus-1-2009-1-ES-Tempus-JPCR - “MAPB”) in partnership with other local, regional and European Universities, such as Akaki Tsereteli State University, Georgian State Agrarian University, Yerevan State University, Armenian State Agrarian University, University of Alicante (Spain), University of West of...
A new Master’s degree program in Applied Biosciences has been designed at the Faculty of Exact
and Natural Sciences, Tbilisi State University, within the framework of the TEMPUS Project ((#159340
Tempus-1-2009-1-ES-Tempus-JPCR - “MAPB”) in partnership with other local, regional and European
Universities, such as Akaki Tsereteli State University, Georgian State Agrarian University, Yerevan
State University, Armenian State Agrarian University, University of Alicante (Spain), University of
West of England, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Consulting Company P&B (Portugal).
The program meets the TSU development and HEI reform strategy and priorities. The studentoriented
program with a modular approach to teaching includes four strands in Healthcare, Food,
Environment and Agricultural Biotechnology. It envisages the control of European standards for
academic quality, program management and program accreditation. By intensive use of computerbased
technologies the program will provide introduction of modern teaching methodologies
(including online e-learning) and scientific investigations relevant to today’s standards.
The program offers specialization courses designed to prepare high-qualified professionals in
applied biosciences and biotechnology as well as narrow-profile specialists in the spheres of their
interest. A large number of subjects are newly designed, aimed to be economical and flexible. The
curriculum covers different aspects of applied biosciences and biotechnology, such as key concepts and
advances in applied biosciences; legislative, commercial and ethical principles, and biosecurity issues.
After completion of the program, the graduates will gain in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge
in the subjects taught, as well as general and specific skills, required for further successful scientific or
other carreer. The program also offers students the course in Field Specific English that will help
students to improve their knowledge with an emphasis to learning scientific terms and phrases, that is
of extreme importance today, when English obviously dominates in modern scientific society.
Programme Goals and Objectives
The programme aims to:
Provide courses of study which meet the standards of TSU Quality Assurance Office and the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement;
Produce qualified specialists in multidisciplinary field of applied biosciences. On the basis of four strands’ modules (in Healthcare Biotechnology, Food Biotechnology, Agrobiotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology) the program aims to equip students with the fundamental knowledge in core disciplines of biosciences such as Genomics; Microbial Techniques; Applied Toxicology; Principles of Biosecurity; Legislative, Ethical and Commercial Principles of Biosciences, as well as in specialized areas of Healthcare Biotechnology, Food Biotechnology, Agrobiotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology;
Produce qualified specialists with the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding in practice; to act adequately in new multidisciplinal environment; to handle complex problems by means of innovative original approaches; to conduct independent research by using modern approaches and techniques;
Produce graduates who have a range of core skills including: the ability to formulate judgements with incomplete or limited information, reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities; the ability to extract, critically analyze, and innovatively synthesize information; the ability to communicate the data and conclusions to specialist and nonspecialist audiences clearly and unambiguously; learning skills to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed or autonomous; the ability to evaluate attitude towards values and participate in creation and implementation of new values;
Contribute in the students’ personal development ( communication, language knowledge, etc) and their involvement to the scientific-research, as well as social activities including participations at conferences, meetings, seminars, exhibitions, etc.
Prepare qualified specialists with the knowledge and skills suitable for: subject-related career in research, teaching or management in educational and research institutions, industry or government agencies; general careers with the emphasis on non-subject-specific skills or to continue more advanced studies.
The graduates of the program have a wide range of employment opportunities. The potential
employers of the MSc Applied Biosciences graduates include scientific research laboratories, clinical
laboratories and diagnostic centres, pharmacological and pharmaceutical companies, analytical
services, agroindustry, food processing, supply, safe and sale services, etc. Along with the subjectrelated
career in research, teaching or management in industry or government agencies the graduates
can follow general careers with the emphasis on non-subject-specific skills.
Learning Continuation Prospects
The graduates of the MSc Applied Biosciences program can continue more advanced studies and apply
for post-graduate doctoral programs in Georgian as well as foreign higher educational institutions.
Admission to the Master’s programme “Applied Biosciences” meets the general TSU graduate
Who can enroll on the MSc “Applied Biosciences” programme:
1. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree diploma (or qualifications recognised as equivalent) in a relevant field: Biology, Applied Biology/Biosciences, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Biomedicine, Medicine, Healthcare, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Psychology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Agrarian/Agricultural Sciences who had at least 15 ECTS credits in Biological disciplines
2. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree diploma (or qualifications recognised as equivalent) who have passed Minor Programs in Biology or Applied Biology/Biosciences.
To be admitted to the Engish-language programme Georgian Citizens should pass the Unified Master’s exam and the exam in General Biology.
The enrollment of the foreign nationals and the people without citizenship is regulated by the legislation from the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science.
Additional Admission Requirements for the Program
For admission to the Program, the knowledge of English at B2 level is desirable. All applicants will be interviewed by the program director and program board members.
Among competing applicants, preference will be given to those who have participated in
scientific conferences, trained at international schools or overseas universities, had professional
experience in relevant or adjacent fields that meets the demands of the degree.