Master of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

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Program Description

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Overview

The M.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology is a 30 credit hour that is offered both full- and part-time within the Department of Biology. Students are required to complete 24 credit hours of coursework in addition to 6 credit hours assigned to research and the completion of an M.Sc. thesis. The coursework includes 5 credit hours of College of Science requirements (Graduate Seminar, Ethics, Research Methods and Statistics), 10 credit hours of 4 core Molecular Biology and Biotechnology courses in addition to 9 credit hours of intercollege (College of Science and College of Medicine and Health Sciences) elective courses that allows the student to specialize in any specific topic related to Molecular Biology and/or Biotechnology. Students can take up to 6 credit hours of elective courses offered by the CMHS. Student progress is overseen by a research supervisor (and co-supervisors) and a thesis defense committee. The program is a fee-based program open for all students who meet the entry requirements.

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Program Objectives

  • Develop proficiency of basic concepts in cellular and molecular biology, ecology and environmental sciences, and general biology.
  • Foster teamwork and improve oral and communication skills.
  • Foster a student-oriented research program that results in professional publications.
  • Embrace student-oriented teaching methods that nurture critical thinking abilities and apply their knowledge to solve theoretical and empirical real-life problems.
  • Prepare students for the future job market and careers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate leading-edge knowledge in a chosen specialized area of molecular biology and/or biotechnology.
  • Gain insight into the most significant and recent biotechnology and molecular-based methods used to expand the understanding of biology.
  • Manage and analyze data stored in databases, familiarize with various bioinformatics analysis tools available to analyze biological data.
  • Conduct scientific molecular biology and/or biotechnology research, and use quantitative methods to analyze results.
  • Evaluate methods and results within the field of specialization critically and ethically.
  • Work independently or in a team on a complex project that requires multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Communicate scientific results to both experts and general audience through writing structured reports and contributions for scientific publications and posters, and by oral presentations.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours: minimum of 30 hours

College of Science

Required Courses (4 hours) Credit Hours
COSC501 Research Methods 1
COSC502 Ethics of Scientific Research 1
STAT503 Applied Statistics 2

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Required Courses (11 hours) Credit Hours
BIOM512 Advanced Genetic Engineering 3
BIOM516 Advanced Molecular Biology Techniques I 3
BIOM571 Seminar in Biotechnology & Molecular Biology 1
BIOM572 Graduate Seminar 1
BIOM600 Advanced Molecular Biology Techniques II 3

Electives Specialization Courses

Students need to take a minimum of 9CH of elective credits from COS and CMHS (9 hours) Credit Hours
COS Electives Courses (0 hours) Credit Hours
BIOM508 Advanced Gene Expression 3
BIOM524 Applications of Bioinformatics 3
BIOM536 Biotechnology Applications in Forensic Science 3
BIOM640 Molecular Physiology 3
BIOM544 Epigenetics & Cell Different 3
BIOM552 Molecular & Genetic Aspects of Plant Responses to Pathogens 3
CMHS Elective Courses (0 hours) Credit Hours
ANAT604 Stem Cell Biology 2
MMIM601 Molecular Bacteriology – Gene, Structure, Pathogenesis 2
MMIM602 Principles of Cellular and Molecular Immunology 2
MMIM603 Molecular Principles of Viral Replication and Pathogenesis 2

Thesis

Required Course (6 hours) Credit Hours
COSR699 Thesis 6

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of higher education and scientific research;
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent in all undergraduate work.
  • A score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application, with the following exceptions:

Conditional Acceptance

An applicant with a Bachelor degree recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research may be granted conditional admission into the Master’s program in one and only one of the following cases:

An applicant with an IELTS score of 5.5, or its equivalent. Such a Student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. Must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
  2. May take a maximum of six (6) credits hours in the first semester, not including intensive English courses;
  3. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA less than 3.0 but equal or higher than 2.5, or its equivalent. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. May take a maximum of nine (9) credits hours in the first semester of study;
  2. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

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Last updated November 2019

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