Molecular Biotechnology is a graduate (second-cycle) program of studies. It is a full-time program of studies which apart from offering obligatory courses asks students to follow their interests in choosing a variety of electives. The program is composed of courses on practical biochemistry, cell biology, plant biology, molecular biology, genetic engineering, etc. A student writes his or her diploma dissertation based on the results of an individual research project prepared through the course of laboratory practice.
Broadening and increasing knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, and selected fields of biotechnology.
Achieving theoretical basis and practical skills of using advanced research methods and techniques of cell biology, biochemistry, immunochemistry, microbiology, and genetic engineering, which are applicable in biotechnology; learning possibilities, and limitations of particular methods.
Learning how to proficiently use academic literature on biotechnology and related disciplines.
Learning how to fluently use the specialist language of biology and biotechnology in academic conversations and in writing.
Achieving proficiency in English at the B2+ level as set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which allows for an effortless academic discussion in English and using English terminology pertaining to biotechnology and related disciplines.
Becoming aware of bioethical problems accompanying the development of biotechnology as well as of the necessity to be guided by ethical work principles.
Getting into the habit of lifelong learning; learning how to develop professional skills on one’s own, as well as learning teamwork.
Getting ready to enter a doctoral school or take up professional work at research and diagnostic institutions and in biotechnological companies.
A graduate of the Molecular Biotechnology program has a good knowledge of the basis of sciences and in-depth knowledge regarding biological processes occurring on a molecular level, as well as specialized subjects covered by this curriculum. This knowledge enables describing, explaining, and exploiting various biological processes. A graduate is prepared to work in the area of:
Directed genetic modification of microorganisms and cells of higher organisms
Directing of processes of biosynthesis and biotransformation
Analysis of intracellular processes
Isolation and purification of bioproducts
The graduates are well prepared to work in research and development institutions, and – depending on a chosen specialization – in laboratories focused on medicine, pharmacology, environmental protection, and agriculture.
The program comprises:
Compulsory courses (53 ECTS points), including specialization courses and the courses in the humanities and social sciences, two diploma seminars, a foreign language course, practicum in thesis preparation and occupational safety and health training.
Elective courses (67 ECTS points), including Laboratory Practice – part 1, 2, and 3, as well as specialized elective courses.
The study program does not include internship. To graduate, the student is required to prepare and submit a thesis and to pass the diploma examination. The student works on his/her thesis under the guidance of the thesis supervisor.
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Persons eligible to apply for the program are the holders of a higher education diploma (at least undergraduate) in social sciences, humanities, and other relevant fields.
The additional formal requirement is documented command of the English language at least on the B2 level specified by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. At the same time, we accept a number of recognized language certificates. English native speakers or graduates from study programs where English was the language of instruction are exempted from the requirement of the certificate.
Candidates are placed on the ranking list in the order established on the basis of the final result, expressed on a scale from 0 to 100, calculated as follows:
assessment of the motivation letter was written in English (preliminary thesis project will also be assessed as part of the motivation letter) – maximum of 50 points;
points awarded for reference letters – a maximum of 50 points.
The application fee is 100 PLN.
Polish citizens: 8500 PLN/year (approximately 2000 EUR/year, 17000 PLN/program)
Foreigners: 17000 PLN/year (approximately 4000 EUR/year, 34000 PLN/program)
Tuition is paid in the amount for one semester. Candidates admitted to the first year are obliged to pay the first installment no later than within 7 days from enrollment.