MSc in Molecular Biotechnology

Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Biotechnology at Jagiellonian University

Program Description

MSc in Molecular Biotechnology

Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Biotechnology at Jagiellonian University

We cordially welcome students from other countries to visit and study at our Faculty. The opportunities for foreign students include:

  • Erasmus and Erasmus-Mundus studentships
  • "Molecular Biotechnology" studies leading to MSc degree
  • PhD studentships

MSc in Biotechnology

"Molecular Biotechnology" (leading to MSc in Biotechnology) is a programme of studies dedicated to foreign students.

"Molecular Biotechnology" is a programme of studies leading to MSc degree. Students are obliged to collect 30 ECTS for each semester, i.e. a total of 120 ECTS for the whole Master's programme. At the end of the programme the student will write a Master's thesis, which should describe the results of her/his research project. The results of this project will be presented during a Faculty seminar for MSc candidates (a short oral presentation), and the thesis will be evaluated by the reviewers and subsequently defended during a Master's exam. During a Master's exam a student is expected to answer questions covering all areas of knowledge and expertise covered by the "Molecular Biotechnology" programme of studies.

Obligatory courses

  • Introduction to medical biotechnology
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Transgenic plants
  • Principles and perspectives of gene therapy
  • Molecular mechanisms of angiogenesis
  • Viral vectors in medical biotechnology

Optional courses

  • Applications of phage displayed peptide libraries
  • Advanced methods in biology at the molecular level
  • Molecular biology of plant growth and development
  • Introduction to photobiology and photomedicine
  • Monoclonal antibodies – practicals
  • Biology of nitric oxide
  • Melanin and pigment cells
  • Genetic information – origin and modern methods of study
  • Nuclear receptors in gene regulation and diseases
  • Molecular principles of bacterial pathogenesis
  • Mechanisms of cell trafficking from leukocyte homing to metastasis
  • Plant Photobiology
  • Selected methods of cell engineering
  • Fluorescence and confocal microscopy
  • Digital image analysis

Note: a list of optional courses available in English changes semester by semester.


Candidates are expected to have:

  • at least a BSc degree (or an equivalent, usually awarded after three years of university studies)
  • a good command of English, at least on a CAE level B (the candidates whose mother tongue is English, or those who received a degree at a university or faculty, where all teaching is conducted in English do not need to provide any English language certificates).

Ranking list

The recruitment process leads to forming a ranking list of candidates, in the order of the points scored (0–100 points). The points are calculated in the following way:

  • the level of education is assessed on the basis of scores listed in the transcript of records (an official document form the university, which the candidate attended, listing all subjects studied and the marks earned by the student). The number of points is 0 – max. 20; it is calculated on the basis of student's achievements in chemistry, physics and mathematics – max. 5 points; cell biology – max. 5 points, biochemistry – max. 5 points, cell biology – max. 5 points, microbiology and immunology – 5 points, and
  • an interview conducted in English, 0 – max 80 points. The interview is aimed at assessing the candidate's skills in communicating in English, including the terminology of biological sciences and chemistry, as well as her/his abilities and motivation

The minimum number of points required for admission to Biotechnology in English is 70.

Tuition fees Registration fee:

  • EURO 50 (to be paid prior to August 25, 2016)

"Molecular Biotechnology" fees:

  • EURO 2000 – for students from member countries of European Community
  • EURO 4000 – for students from countries outside European Community
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2017
4 semesters
Full time
4,000 EUR
Poland - Kraków, Lesser Poland
Start date: Oct. 2017
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Poland - Kraków, Lesser Poland
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€2000 for EU students, €4000 for non-EU students