Bio-omics – Field of study catalogue MU
“Let's reveal the genetic code.”
Bio-omic sciences (i.e. the bio-omics) is one of the major tools of system biology. It covers the knowledge of methods used for the separation, analysis and speciation of components of biological systems in terms of their functioning. It is focused on methods of processing and evaluation of measured data through bioinformatics.
The field is open for graduates of the Master's study programmes with knowledge in the fields of biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics and other related fields. This study programm enables students to develop their research skills and socio-managerial competence by arranging their studies and selecting lectures according to their specialization. Compared to the traditional study of biology, this type of study is mainly focused methodically and bio analytically on the area of bioanalytical instrumentation, cytogenomics, functional genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, development and production biology (i.e. the omic approaches). The aim of the study is to prepare highly qualified specialists for scientific work.
The introductory part of the study is focused on deepening theoretical and practical knowledge. In parallel, students will review the literature on the topic of their doctoral thesis. The essence of students' activity is focused on their own scientific projects. Students are taught to work independently and encouraged to process experimental data in methodologically relevant manners. An integral part of the study is a comprehensive interpretation of the obtained data and subsequent presentation of novel results by various means (presentation before the scientific community at professional forums, preparation of a poster and a scientific article).
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- have profound theoretical knowledge in the field of functional and developmental biology and be aware of all aspects and current trends in the area
- manage a wide variety of laboratory methods as well as techniques of instrumental analysis of biological samples
- propose and utilise advanced research processes using methods for the separation, analysis and speciation of components of biological systems
- process the obtained data in methodologically relevant way and derive reasoned conclusions from own findings
- use modern information technologies to acquire and process scientific information from the world electronic databases, to collect and process data online, to test the validity of models
- join the international research teams in the field of Life Sciences
- handle own findings in English language, not only in the form of writing a scientific paper, but also presenting and discussing with scientific experts worldwide
Graduates of Bio-omics have a range of opportunities in laboratories focused on the analysis of biological samples, in companies focused on functional and developmental biology, and in case of fundamental research also in academic institutions.
An innovative approach to teaching along with a highly qualified and current curriculum is the best prerequisite for the smooth integration of graduates in major international research teams.
For a successful completion of studies in standard time (eight semesters), students are required to meet a customized study plan and demonstrate sufficiently the progress on a research project in regular annual evaluations.
Students are obliged to obtain a total of 240 ECTS credits, of which 160 credits should be obtained for the repeatedly completed course S5007 PhD Thesis. Students are obliged to complete at least four major subjects related to the research project (completion within the first four semesters in recommended) and at least 3 courses deepening scientific and managerial competencies, called soft skills courses (completion within the first six semesters is recommended). The mandatory S5010 Friday CEITEC "PhD Seminar" has to be completed twice during the studies.
At the beginning of the study, students are obliged to complete the mandatory lecture C777 "Handling Chemical Substances" (holds no credit value). In the following years of the study the obligation to complete this subject depends on the nature of the dissertation - an agreement with the supervisor is required (recorded in the study plan).
Mandatory course S5005 "Specialized Seminar" has to be completed each semester.
Students must complete the course S5008 "Scientific Publication" and S5006 "Lecture for the Scientific Community", proving their ability to present the results of their scientific project at the international scientific forum.
Students demonstrate pedagogical competences in the form of teaching assistance (classrooms, exercises, advising undergrad students, etc.) in a range of up to 150 hours through the entire studies. The course S5009 "Teaching Assistance" has to be completed four times in the course of study.
On the basis of a government order, a stay or internship abroad with a duration of at least one month (may consist of several shorter stays) in total is a mandatory part of doctoral studies. This obligation may alternatively be fulfilled (after approval of doctoral board) by participation in an international creative project with results published or presented abroad, or direct participation in international cooperation.
In addition to the internship abroad, students can also complete an internship in a frame of CEITEC laboratories or at the other domestic workplace outside the institute (recommended extend - ten working days).
A mandatory part of each internship is an elaboration of the internship report. In the case of an abroad internship, the student enrolls the subject XD110 Placement Abroad, in the case of an internship completed in the Czech Republic, the subject S5011 Internship.
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).
Students are obliged to process a doctoral thesis and must be the sole author. The thesis is usually written as a monograph and demonstrates student's ability to conduct independent research at a high academic level and meet international standards. The thesis as well as its defence is performed in English.
Students are obliged to publish the results of their doctoral thesis in an impacted international journal. The student has to be the first author of at least one publication. If this publication has not IF in Q1, there should be two more publications with IF in Q1 or Q2 of which the student should be co-author.
The study is completed with a final state examination and a doctoral thesis defence. The state examination is public and takes place before a commission composed of experts in the field, at least one of the external experts must be in period of work in a foreign institution. Assigning the range of topics for the state examination is based on the decision of the supervisor and the field doctoral committee. Topics are focused primarily on the orientation in the field and abilities of argumentation.
Does not apply to doctoral studies.