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Study programme "Biochemistry"

The study program "Biochemistry" within master academic studies has a workload of 60 ECTS and it includes compulsory courses (12 ECTS) and elective courses (8 ECTS), research study (20 ECTS) and final (Master) thesis (20 ECTS). The compulsory courses are Bioinformatics and Molecular Biotechnology, while within the elective courses students can opt for the courses which they have not taken during their undergraduate studies and/or advanced courses which build on the core biochemistry and chemistry courses. Through individual work with a supervisor within the research study and writing the final thesis, students are instructed on how to conduct independent research work.

The teaching includes supervisors working with individual students or small groups of students. The teaching methods are adapted accordingly (consultations, term papers, studying the papers from original scientific literature). The focus is on experimental work with the elements of research work, which is generally conducted in teams in scientific laboratories. Extensive use of computers is planned in all aspects of teaching.

Entrance requirements

Completed undergraduate academic studies with a workload of 240 ECTS.

Study programme goals

The primary goal of this study program is to enable students to acquire a master’s degree which (along with the degree obtained within the undergraduate studies) will be recognized by all European institutions and which will enable students to find suitable employment or to continue their education within doctoral studies in biochemistry or related disciplines at Serbian or European universities.

Study outcome

Upon completing the study program Biochemistry, the candidate is awarded the title "MSc in Biochemistry".

Students will be able to conduct (both individually and within a team) all stages of a part of research within a scientific project.

They will gain the experience of working with the latest instruments which are used in biochemistry research laboratories.

Students will be able to independently apply complex biochemical protocols and they will be familiar with bioinformatics and the use of computers in all stages of research work. They will be able to present the results of their work at scientific conferences both orally and in writing.

Students will complete and improve their knowledge of biochemical and chemical disciplines. They will develop the ability to solve scientific and practical problems by applying analytical and computational methods, they will improve their knowledge and skills necessary for working with biological material and laboratory animals, they will develop their ability to study literature and present a critical overview of literature data, they will acquire specific experimental skills, the experience of working independently with modern instruments, they will complete and improve their laboratory practice (safety at work, working with pathological material), they will improve their skill of keeping a laboratory notebook and their numerical skills (biochemical calculations), they will be able to work on a research problem as members of a team, to present the research problem within their final thesis and to defend their final thesis orally.

Access to further studies

Diploma holders are entitled to enroll on doctoral academic studies, which have the workload of 180 ECTS.

Professional qualifications

Students who have successfully completed master academic studies in biochemistry:

Curriculum

Weekly number of classes for each course is shown as: lectures + practical classes + laboratory classes or as: (active teaching + independent work).

Course Code ECTS Semester
Year I 1 2
Bioinformatics 451B1 4 1+3+0  
Molecular Biotechnology 452B1 8 3+0+5  
Elective Course 1 E51B1 4  
Elective Course 2 E52B1 4  
Study and Research R51B1 10 (0+10)  
Study and Research R52B1 10   (0+10)
Master Thesis Z50B1 20   (0+20)
  60  
Elective Course 1
Elective Course 2

The courses which are compulsory within other study programs of the same level of study can also be elective courses for the students of this study program.

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