Genomics and Proteomics

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Master's degree programme, full-time study mode, single-subject, Czech, 2 years 
Master's degree programme, full-time study mode, single-subject, English, 2 years 
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The Master’s study programme of Genomics and Proteomics within the Biochemistry Master’s degree programme produces experts with an overview of the two contemporary, dynamically developing areas – genomics and proteomics. Graduates should be able to apply acquired knowledge and approaches to solutions of research and other tasks in their future employment. Genomics and proteomics are interdisciplinary branches of science dealing with study and analysis of two important functional components of biological systems - genome and proteome. It utilises the knowledge of biochemistry, molecular and system biology, bioanalytical chemistry and other respective disciplines. Genomics and proteomics significantly exceeds the frame of molecular biology, genetics and also biochemistry, therefore it demands thorough knowledge in other, non-biological disciplines. Genomics and proteomics develop methods and analysis approaches for genomes and proteomes of different organisms, tissues, including their states (regulation, pathology). It reaches into all areas of molecular and system biology. The content of the new Master’s study programme of Genomics and Proteomics at the Faculty of Science, MU is compiled mostly with regard to the rapidly increasing amount of information and necessity to combine interdisciplinary approaches (biochemistry, analytical and structural chemistry) within the study of living organisms in post-genomic era.

This new study programme is thus designed primarily for graduates of Bachelor’s degree programmes in Biochemistry, Applied Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemistry and Biology. However, it is also open to graduates of other Bachelor’s degree programmes who successfully pass the entrance examinations. The study requires a positive approach to experimental work, ability to use complex methodical tools and manage time consuming projects. It aims to allow the adoption of chemical, biological and also physical principles of the bioanalytical approaches and methods to produce experts who would be able to creatively apply their knowledge in bioanalytical praxis to solve problems never met before.

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After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • explain the theoretical basics, subject and aims of genomics and proteomics
  • master elementary methodical approaches in genomics and proteomics
  • utilise their knowledge to solve particular scientific problems
  • understand the principles of scientific work, problem analysis, literature research
  • apply experimental methods, collect data and evaluate them
  • present their results both in oral and written forms, in Czech and in English, logically argue on the topic during the discussion
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The interdisciplinary character of the Master’s study programme of Genomics and Proteomics at the Faculty of Science MU enables graduates to gain insight into a large area of basic and applied research in biological and chemical sciences. It allows them to find employment in research and development, clinical laboratories, veterinary research, pharmacological laboratories and biotechnology industry. By extending their knowledge of economy and marketing, graduates may also work as sales representatives of pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies.

The study programme prepares students for independent and responsible problem solving and for a high quality communication (oral and written, in mother tongue and in English). A broad range of practical exercises, along with enough time dedicated to the elaboration of their Master’s theses, enables students to develop skills in their chosen fields, including language skills and orientation in the English written scientific literature.

Graduates can further continue their studies in the doctoral study programmes of Genomics, Proteomics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or Bioanalytics. They can also find employment in research institutions.

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Study programmes at the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University follow the Dean’s Measure No. 8/2012 „Teaching and Composition of Study Programmes”. Obligatory rules for the study are listed in the Course Catalogue for their year of matriculation including recommended study plans. If students enrol in and successfully complete all the required courses respecting their established continuity, they finish their studies within the standard period of study, which is four semesters.

To be admitted to the final state examination, students have to acquire 120 credits for required, selective and elective subjects. The core subjects of the study are divided into specialized subjects (12 credits, CG020 Genomics, CG010 Proteomics a CG080 Methods in Genomics a Proteomics) and common subjects (CG100, CG200, CG300 a CG400 – Diploma Seminar BGP I – IV, JA002 English for Specific Purposes at the B2 level, CG040, CG060, CG050, CG070 – Diploma Thesis I – IV, C7777 Handling Chemical Substances). Students should gain min. 14 credits for selective courses. It is also recommended to enrol in at least 5-6 elective courses.

More information on http://genpro.sci.muni.cz/studijni-plan-2/

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General conditions are governed by the Masaryk University Study and Examination Regulations (http://is.muni.cz/do/rect/normy/vnitrnipredpisy/Studijni_a_zkusebni_rad.pdf). The final state examination consists of four subjects: three mandatory (1) Genomics, (2) Proteomics, (3) Structural Biochemistry, and one elective - either (4) Molecular Biology or (5) Advanced Analytical Chemistry.

During the oral examination, students should demonstrate orientation in the field and understanding of basic concepts. The detailed information on the topics is available on the field website of Genomics and Proteomics (http://genpro.sci.muni.cz/zaverecna-zkouska/).

Each students enrols for their Master’s thesis during the 1st semester. They should follow the rules governed by the Dean’s Measure No. 5/2014 (http://www.sci.muni.cz/NW/predpisy/od/OD-2014-05.pdf).

The work on the Master’s thesis is usually supervised by a member of the academic staff from their Alma Mater, consultancy may be provided by experts from other institutions of higher education or from the Czech Academy of Sciences. The theoretical part of the thesis should not exceed 50% of the total extent. The thesis objectives should be listed separately at the end of the chapter. The practical part serves to demonstrate the mastery of methods and procedures used for solving the problem. The Master's thesis defence usually takes place at the end of the 4th semester in the form of debate between a student and a board of examiners. The candidate presents a brief and concise thesis of their work, and introduces the researched topic and the main results. The supervisor evaluates in their report the student’s attitude towards the problems (self-reliance, initiative, diligence, skills, creativity and teamwork skills), the external expert evaluates the results of the work (formal quality and language culture, adequacy of theoretical work, relevant evaluation and presentation of the results, explanatory value of the conclusion and the overall contribution of the work). The student has to respond to the questions of the board of experts. Student's ability to respond promptly and appropriately, to argue and eventually to reflect concerns is examined.

More information on the Master's thesis is on http://genpro.sci.muni.cz/diplomova-prace/doporuceni/

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Graduates of the Master’s study programme of Genomics and Proteomics may (after fulfilling the entrance criteria) pursue their studies at the Faculty of Science MU in the Biochemistry doctoral degree programme, study programme of Genomics and Proteomics or in other related programmes. The modern approach to the study also prepares students to pursue their doctoral studies abroad.

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Genomics and Proteomics
Abbreviation: GEPR
Code: 1501T024
Type: Master's degree programme (following the Bachelor's one)
Degree: Mgr.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: N1406 N-BCH Biochemistry
Faculty of Science
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Science
Field guarantor:
prof. RNDr. Jiří Fajkus, CSc.

Additional Information

Additional information about the Master’s study programme of Genomics and Proteomics can be found here:

http://genpro.sci.muni.cz