Biochemistry – Field of study catalogue MU
“Unveiling the mysteries of life at molecular level!”
The programme prepares university graduates who have acquired general qualifications in chemical disciplines and advanced knowledge in their specialisations. The programme graduates are able to formulate and solve particular problems in an independent and creative way. They are qualified for basic and applied research, for managerial professions and for all spheres where both theoretical and practical knowledge of chemistry is required.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- solve independently selected issues in research projects in enzymology, bioenergetics, biotechnology, applied microbiology, clinical biochemistry, protection of the environment and other branches
- design and carry out experiments in the above mentioned specializations
- apply modern biochemical methods to solve problems in the above mentioned specializations
- apply advanced statistical skills for the evaluation of performed experiments
- process the results of their experiments into professional publications – protocols, theses, articles, etc.
- apply their language skills, especially in the English language, to the study of literature and the result evaluation to the above mentioned forms
Graduates can find jobs in laboratories of research departments and universities, clinical and control laboratories, diagnostic laboratories in health care, pharmaceutical laboratories and in biochemistry industry. Part of graduates can follow up with a PhD study. After some lectures of economy and marketing graduates can be medical and biotechnological representatives. They will be qualified for leadership positions in scientific research and development at private firms and bio-chemical laboratories at a broad range of institutions. The professional specialization of the majority of graduates is also compatible with further work in the field of environmental protection and with environmental movements and initiatives.
The standard duration of Master’s studies is four semesters. To be admitted to the final state examination, students must obtain a total of 120 ECTS credits for required, selective and elective courses. Required and semi-optional courses comprise the advanced biochemical and biological disciplines and make up 86 credits (including credits for courses focused on a branch, diploma seminars and writing a diploma thesis). The remaining 34 credits can be obtained for optional courses offered in the curriculum of the given study programme or from other courses offered by any other study programme.
For all students there is an obligatory exam in the English language (English for Specific Purposes) at the B2 level according to CEFR, unless they passed it during their Bachelor’s studies.
Studies are duly completed by a final state examination which consists of two separately rated parts. The first part of the state examination is the defence of a Master’s thesis, the second part is an oral exam. The oral exam verifies knowledge within three different areas of study – advanced biochemistry, biotechnology and molecular biology, and genetics. The exam tests the student's advanced knowledge of these chemical and biological disciplines.
More information about graduation requirements can be found on the department's website: http://orion.sci.muni.cz/student.htm (the page is only in Czech).
The graduates, after completion of the Master's studies, can follow up with further PhD studies in any PhD degree programme (after satisfying the admission requirements) in the field of biochemistry - Biochemistry, Biomolecular Chemistry or Genomics and Proteomics, or in the field of molecular biology.
Consecutive PhD study allows the graduates to find a perspective job home or abroad.