Programme syllabus for the master programme in Applied Biotechnology 2014/2015

4.9.1 Description of the programme

This is a multidisciplinary master program with the main aim to educate students within the field of Applied Biotechnology. Students in the program will get theoretical and practical competence within the broad field of Applied Biotechnology. Furthermore, students will also get basic knowledge in business economics and project management.

All students within the program study the same courses during the first year. During the second year students choose among the suggested courses, combined with a degree project of 30 hp or 45 hp. Students will get a good grounding for future work in both academia and industry in Sweden or internationally. Depending on specialization, students will get the opportunity to work with research and development concerning e.g. protein-based drugs, diagnostic tools and databases. The degree project can be done in industry, university or at a governmental institution.


4.9.2 Comprehensive aims of the education

The master program in Applied Biotechnology should give students’ knowledge and practical skills to solve qualified tasks within biotechnological companies, local and central authorities or as PhD students. Graduated students should be able to independently be responsible for research, development or investigation work within different fields.


4.9.3 Aims as expected results of the study

Within the frame of objectives stated in the Higher Education Ordinance (see chapter 2) graduated students should

Knowledge and understanding

  • have extensive knowledge within the field of Applied Biotechnology
  • have extensive knowledge of biological macromolecules structure and function and be able to use this knowledge in research and development work
  • have basic knowledge of business economics and project management

Skills and abilities

  • have theoretical and practical knowledge of how biotechnological projects are planned, controlled and completed
  • knowledge in Molecular Biology/Biotechnology/entrepreneurship

Judgement and approach

  • be able to independently perform research, development and/or investigations
  • be able to evaluate aspects of ethics and sustainable development in biotechnological projects


4.9.4 Programme outline

All students take the same courses from period 12 in the first year of the programme. During the second year students select independently courses within their field of specialization and finish with a 30 hp or 45 hp degree project.


4.9.5 The courses of the programme

The order of courses in the programme is shown below per study year. Each year is divided into four periods, period 11 means period one year one etc. Period 1 and 2 are courses in the autumn semester, period 3 and 4 are spring semester courses. Main field is given by the abbreviations FEK = Business economics, T = Technology, TBT = Applied Biotechnology and K = Chemistry.

Year 1

Period

Course code

Course name

Hp

Level

Main field

11

1BG396

Trends in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

15

A1N

TBT, B

12

1BG349

Structure and Function of Macromolecules

15

A1N

B

13

1KB762

Protein Biotechnology

10

A1F

TBT, K

1BG357

Biotechnology project

5 (10)

A1F

TBT

14

1TE012

Innovation management and entrepreneurship

10

A1F

TBT

1BG357

Biotechnology project

5 (10)

A1F

TBT

1BG353

§Degree project D in applied biotechnology

15

A1E

TBT

§ Only for students who intend to take a Degree of Master (One Year)


Year 2

Period

Hp

Level

Main field

21

1BG301

Protein engineering

15

A1N

B,T, K

1BG209

Toxicology

15

G2F

B

22

1BG307

Microbiology

15

A1N

B, T

1BG388

RNA: Structure, function and biology

15

A1N

B, T

1KB764

Molecular Biotechnology for Renewable Energy

15

A1F

K, MB, T

1BG311

Bioinformatic Analyses I

5

A1N

B, T

1BG355

Degree project E in Applied Biotechnology

(15)

A2E

TBT

23

1BG313

Immunology

15

A1N

B

1BG320

Molecular Cell Biology

15

A1N

B

1BG337

Bioinformatic Analyses IIa

5

A1F

B, T

1BG355

Degree project E in Applied Biotechnology

(15)

A2E

TBT

1BG354

Degree project E in Applied Biotechnology

(15)

A2E

TBT

24

1BG323

Molecular Infection Biology

15

A1N

B

1BG322

Functional Genomics

15

A1F

B, T

1BG355

Degree project E in Applied Biotechnology

(15) 45

A2E

TBT

1BG354

Degree project E in Applied Biotechnology

(15) 30

A2E

TBT

During the second year it is also possible for the students to read the courses

Period

Hp

1BG356

Literature project in applied biotechnology

5

1BG363

Research Training in Biology

5

1BG364

Research Training in Biology

10

1BG365

Research Training in Biology

15


4.9.6 Eligibility requirements

Requirements: A bachelor degree, equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time study) in molecular biology, biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology,
chemistry, medical technology/informatics, pharmacy or biophysics.

  • Also required is knowledge and practical experience of laboratory experiments in biology, and molecular biology: cell biology, molecular biology and molecular genetics corresponding to approximately 20 weeks of full-time studies.
  • Knowledge and practical experience of laboratory experiments in chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry corresponding to approximately 20 weeks full-time studies.
  • Knowledge of mathematics: algebra and analysis corresponding to approximately 10 weeks of full-time studies.
  • Knowledge of computer science: good proficiency in use of computer software for word and simple calculations.

Proof of skills in English to a level corresponding to English B in the Swedish secondary school. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test with the following minimum scores:

IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5

TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90

Cambridge: CAE, CPE
 

4.9.7 Grade and examination

Unless otherwise prescribed in the course syllabus, a grade is to be awarded on completion of a course. A student who has taken two examinations in a course or a part of a course without obtaining a pass grade is entitled to have another examiner appointed, unless there are special reasons to the contrary.


4.9.8 Courses together in a degree

Some courses cannot be considered in a degree together. Which courses this concerns will be pointed out in each course syllabus.


4.9.9 Qualification and diploma

Upon request, a student who has received a pass grade in a course is to receive a course certificate from the higher education institution. Upon request, a student who meets the requirements for a qualification is to receive a diploma from the higher education institution.

A Degree of Master (One Year) is obtained after the student has completed course requirements of 60 higher education credits with a certain area of specialisation determined by each higher education institution itself, including at least 30 higher education credits with in-depth studies in Applied Biotechnology.For a Degree of Master (One Year) students must have completed an independent project (degree project) worth at least 15 higher education credits in Applied Biotechnology (course 1BG353), within the framework of the course requirements.

A Degree of Master (Two Years) is obtained after the student has completed course requirements of 120 higher education credits with a certain area of specialisation determined by each higher education institution itself, including at least 60 higher education credits with in-depth studies in Applied Biotechnology.For a Degree of Master (Two Years) students must have completed an independent project (degree project) worth at least 30 higher education credits in Applied Biotechnology, within the framework of the course requirements. A degree of Master (Two Years) may, except for courses on advanced level, contain one or several courses on basic level comprising not more than 30 higher education credits