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Biological Chemistry, Master of Science Degree Programme


Study programme description for study year 2022-2023

Facts
Credits (ECTS)

120

Studyprogram code

M-BIOENG

Level

Master's degree (2 years)

Leads to degree

Master of Science

Full-/Part-time

Full-time

Duration

4 Semesters

Undergraduate

No

Language of instruction

English

The Master Programme in Biological Chemistry has two specializations, Molecular Biology and Organic Chemistry. This is an international programme, and the teaching language is English. The principal aim of the programme is for the student to obtain advanced knowledge in Molecular Biology or Organic Chemistry. The study programme comprises 120 ECTS in total, taken over 2 years.

Learning outcomes

After having completed the master’s programme in Biological Chemistry, the student shall have acquired the following learning outcomes, in terms of knowledge, skills and general competencies:

Knowledge

  • K1: The candidate has acquired advanced knowledge within the basic areas in Biological chemistry/Chemistry, and specialized knowledge within a focused area through working with the thesis.
  • K2: The candidate has a broad knowledge of the field’s scientific and instrumental methods and theories and can apply his/her expertise with respect to new scientific challenges and challenges within the subject area.
  • K3: The candidate can use databases and search tools/engines to obtain relevant information about a
  • subject, technique, or problem within the field.

Skills

  • S1: The candidate can conduct and present a larger scientific project within the field.
  • S2: The candidate can work independently in the laboratory, use standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation and classical techniques to conduct experiments.
  • S3: The candidate has knowledge of timely laboratory techniques and can apply them; such as cloning techniques, cell-tissue culture methods, methods to analyse metabolites, DNA, RNA, and proteins, immunological methods, microscopy, mass spectrometry, real-time PCR, isothermal micro-calorimetry, absorption- and fluorescence spectroscopy.
  • S4: The candidate understands the aim of various analytical methods, can conduct experiments and document and analyse results.
  • S5: The candidate has knowledge of appropriate procedures for keeping healthy and secure conditions in a laboratory.
  • S6: The candidate is able to communicate research results both orally and in written form in a precise way using scientific terminology.

General Competence

  • G1: The candidate has developed a general competence/expertise within Chemistry/ Biochemistry, Biotechnology/ Bioinformatics/Molecular biology, Biomedicine, and how environmental factors influence organisms and their physiology.
  • G2: The candidate has the ability to reflect over central ethical and scientific issues in relation to her/his own and others work.
  • G3: The candidate is capable of developing new competence/ expertise within the field’s subject areas and contribute to innovation processes within these areas.

Syllabus

The program consists of a course part and a research part. The course part consists of a basic core of 30 ECTS of biological / chemical subjects, and 30 ECTS specialisation courses. The research part, resulting in a master thesis, gives 60 ECTS. The student is to conduct a supervised original scientific research project; including planning, experimental work, data collection, theory and method development, analysis and discussion, as appropriate for the field of study. The student shall also acquire knowledge in how to report and present scientific results.

The online course descriptions provide detailled information about: 

  • Readling lists
  • Study and teaching methods
  • Examination format
  • Course evaluation

Career prospects

Graduates qualify for work in various research and industrial companies, within a wide range of positions. This can be public and private research institutions, laboratories, hospitals, aquaculture, oil industry, food processing, academic institutions, or consulting service. 

Graduates with a strong academic record can also qualify for a PhD position in molecular biology or related research area at UiS, other universities in Norway or overseas.

Course assessment

Schemes for quality assurance and evaluation of studies are stipulated in Quality system for education.

Study plan and courses
  • Compulsory courses

  • Specialization choice

    • Specialization Molecular Biology

      • Electives or exchange studies 2nd semester - 30 points

        • Courses at UiS 2nd semester

          • Electives

          • Other electives

            • KJE500: Organic spectrometry

              Year 1, semester 2

              Organic spectrometry (KJE500)

              Study points: 10

            • MSB416: Business development and innovation: The firm perspective

              Year 1, semester 2

              Business development and innovation: The firm perspective (MSB416)

              Study points: 10

        • Exchange 2nd semester

    • Specialization Organic Chemistry

      • Electives or exchange studies 2nd semester - 30 points

        • Courses at UiS 2nd semester

          • Compulsory courses

          • Electives

            • BIO510: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

              Year 1, semester 2

              Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BIO510)

              Study points: 10

            • BIO600: Food Microbiology

              Year 1, semester 2

              Food Microbiology (BIO600)

              Study points: 10

            • MLJ640: Environmental Biotechnology

              Year 1, semester 2

              Environmental Biotechnology (MLJ640)

              Study points: 10

            • MSB416: Business development and innovation: The firm perspective

              Year 1, semester 2

              Business development and innovation: The firm perspective (MSB416)

              Study points: 10

        • Exchange 2nd semester

Student exchange

Schedule for the exchange

Students can go on a study abroad experience during the 2nd semester of the master's program in biological chemistry.

During the exchange semester you can choose subjects similar to the master program specialization. The courses you want to take abroad must be approved by the department. It is important that the subjects/ courses from abroad not overlap with subjects you have already taken. It’s advisable to think about your specialization and your field of interest.

For the specialization in molecular biology this semester consists of 30 ECTS credits of electives.

For the specialization in organic chemistry this semester consists of 20 ECTS credits of obligatory courses in Organic Chemistry and 10 ECTS credits of electives. For study abroad these mandatory courses may be replaced by courses within any aspect of advanced organic chemistry.

More opportunities

In addition to the recommended universities listed below, UiS has a number of agreements with universities outside Europe that are applicable to all students at UiS, provided that they find a relevant subject offering. Within the Nordic region, all students can use the Nordlys and Nordtek networks.

Find out more: https://www.uis.no/en/outbound-exchange-network-and-agreements

Contact your student adviser at the faculty if you have questions about guidance and pre-approval of topics: Hege Bakken, Study Coordinator for IKBM.

General questions about exchange: Go to the exchange guide in the Digital student service desk

Recommended institutions

  • University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Ulm University, Germany
  • University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • University of Twente, Netherlands

Student exchange
  • All countries

    Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

    Spend your exchange studies at the University of Oldenburg and discover Germany's charming Northwest.

    University of Otago

    Oseania er mer enn Australia. Hva med et studieopphold på New Zealand? University of Otago er New Zealands eldste og ledende forskningsuniversitet. Universitetet ble grunnlagt i 1869 og er internasjonalt anerkjent. Campus ligger i sentrum av den livlige og multikulturelle studentbyen Dunedin sør på New Zealand.

    University of Twente, Enschede

    Opplev Europa og det internasjonale studiemiljøet i Nederland. University of Twente er UiS` partneruniversitet i ECIU-nettverket og tilbyr utvekslingsmuligheter for mange studenter ved UiS. Det er et moderne og innovativt campus-universitet som satser stort på entreprenørskap.

    University of Ulm

    Universitetet i Ulm ble grunnlagt i 1967 og ligger i den tyske delstaten Baden-Württemberg ved Donau, så både beliggenhet og fagtilbud gjør dette universitetet til et attraktivt studiested.

  • Germany

    Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

    Spend your exchange studies at the University of Oldenburg and discover Germany's charming Northwest.

    University of Ulm

    Universitetet i Ulm ble grunnlagt i 1967 og ligger i den tyske delstaten Baden-Württemberg ved Donau, så både beliggenhet og fagtilbud gjør dette universitetet til et attraktivt studiested.

  • Netherlands

    University of Twente, Enschede

    Opplev Europa og det internasjonale studiemiljøet i Nederland. University of Twente er UiS` partneruniversitet i ECIU-nettverket og tilbyr utvekslingsmuligheter for mange studenter ved UiS. Det er et moderne og innovativt campus-universitet som satser stort på entreprenørskap.

  • New Zealand

    University of Otago

    Oseania er mer enn Australia. Hva med et studieopphold på New Zealand? University of Otago er New Zealands eldste og ledende forskningsuniversitet. Universitetet ble grunnlagt i 1869 og er internasjonalt anerkjent. Campus ligger i sentrum av den livlige og multikulturelle studentbyen Dunedin sør på New Zealand.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the Master Programme in Biological Chemistry is a bachelor degree in Biological Chemistry/ Chemistry/ Molecular biology/ Cell biology/ Biochemistry or corresponding studies with 90 ECTS in Molecular Biology/Biology/Chemistry and 10 ECTS in mathematics and/or statistics. Documentation of English proficiency is required. The lower average grade limit for admission is C. The Dean may approve lower grade limits if warranted by special circumstances.

Contact information

Contact person: Hege Bakken, Study Coordinator.

Faculty of Science and Technology, telephone (+47) 51 83 17 00, E-mail: post-tn@uis.no