Biochemical and Cellular Technologies

Follow-up Master's degree in full-time form. The language of instruction is English.

The programme can be studied only as a single subject. Tuition fee is €3,000 per academic year.

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Admission to Master’s programmes in English 2024/2025
Submission deadline until midnight 31 March 2024.

What will you learn?

The aim of the Master’s degree program Biochemical and Cellular Technologies is to provide quality education in the fields of biochemistry and cell biology, combining deep theoretical knowledge with practical skills. This English study program is open to students with Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, biology, or related fields. The students will be introduced to the current state of knowledge in biochemistry and cell biology, modern methodological approaches, and current trends in research and practice. The main objectives of the study are to prepare the graduates for the rapidly increasing amount of information and the need to apply interdisciplinary approaches in the study of living systems and in their biotechnological use. The students will gain deep knowledge of biological and chemical principles to be able to apply them in biotechnological and bioanalytical methods. The study program will train professionals with a high level of expertise who will be prepared to independently solve tasks assigned at their workplace. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills needed to go directly into practice as well as for further doctoral studies, e.g., in the Biochemistry, Genomics and Proteomics, and Life Sciences programs.

“By understanding the function of cells to their use”

Practical training

Students can gain additional practical skills in optional internships at cooperating biotechnology companies, clinical analytical laboratories, or academic institutes in Brno and surrounding regions.

Further information

More information about the Department of Biochemistry can be found on the website https://ubch.sci.muni.cz/en.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Biochemical and Cellular Technologies program will have sufficient knowledge and skills to go directly into corporate practice. They will be demanded especially by biochemical and biotechnological companies and bioanalytical laboratories with advanced instrumentation. The general background of the study will allow graduates to adapt flexibly to the requirements of the workplace and master the required methods and procedures. With the additional training in economics and marketing, the graduates can also work as managers or sales representatives in companies from these fields. Furthermore, the graduates will be sought after by research organizations worldwide, from private research institutes to academies of science and universities.

Admission requirements

Entrance exam will be organised in two rounds during April 2024. Admission is based on the overall results of the entrance exam and the programme's capacity. It is recommended to have a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry or a related field of study.

1) In the first stage, applicants must submit all required documents (see below) that will be assessed. Based on these documents, the committee will shortlist suitable candidates and invite them for a personal interview.

Required documents:

  • Motivation letter (up to one page max.)
  • Transcript of Records (completed courses and respective grades)
  • Document of the achieved level of English language knowledge (in case English is not the native language)
  • Short annotation of your Bachelor’s thesis/project

2) Those applicants who will successfully pass the first round will be invited for an online interview which will be held between April 22, 2024 and April 24, 2024, expected duration 20 minutes. The interview may be recorded for committee purposes and will not be made available to the public.

Applicants have to prove basic orientation in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Bachelor level, especially in the following areas:

  • structure and properties of biochemically relevant molecules (amino acids, peptides, proteins, saccharides, lipids, nucleic acids)
  • enzymes (enzyme classes, reaction thermodynamics and kinetics, regulation of enzyme activity)
  • metabolism (membrane transport, glycolysis, citric acid cycle, respiratory chain, photosynthesis)
  • structure of DNA, DNA replications, processes of transcription and translation
  • biochemical methods (separation methods, optical methods)

More information can be found here.

Criteria for evaluation

Admission is based on the results of a two-round admission process and the programme's capacity.

In the first stage, the applicant must obtain at least 16 points out of 30.

  • Motivation letter and thesis annotation (max. 20 points)
  • Quality of the required documents (max. 10 points)

In the second stage, the applicant must obtain at least 16 points out of 30.

  • exam interview (max. 20 points)
  • English language skills (max. 10 points)

 

Recommended literature

Voet, D. and Voet, J.G. Biochemistry. John Wiley & Sons, 2010

Deadlines

1 Dec 2023 – 31 Mar 2024

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Follow-up studies

Graduates can continue in Ph.D. studies in our English biochemistry- and molecular biology-focused programs, such as Biochemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry, Genomics and Proteomics, and Life Sciences. They will also be prepared for doctoral studies in similar fields at other prestigious universities worldwide.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Science
Type of studies Follow-up master's
Mode full-time Yes
combined No
distance No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies No
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction English
Tuition fees
The studies are subject to tuition, fees are paid per academic year
€3,000
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