Objective(s) of a study programme:
A highly educated, high caliber, critical and independent-minded professionals able to carry out and supervise the research and process control in the field of biochemical analysis.
Knowledge and its applications:
A1 Knowing the biological, chemical, biochemical and physical principles of living system composition and interactions, their influence on analytical method selection and results.
A2 Knowing and understanding principles of mathematical, statistical and bioinformatical methods ant their application for biological system analysis.
A3 Knowing modern methods of instrumental analysis and their application for environmental monitoring, product quality analysis, investigation of living organisms processes.
Abilities of doing research:
B1 Being able to apply interdisciplinary knowledge in solving qualitative and quantitative problems.
B2 Being able to choose and apply appropriate analysis methods depending on available data and conditions;
B3 Being able to find and synthesize information during the whole problem solving process and evaluate problem solution alternatives.
C1 Being able to analyze real samples of different complexity, to develop analytical models and methods, and prove their adequacy.
C2 Being able to employ new analysis methods for the development of original problem solution, to make method optimization and validation.
C4 Being able to justify their decisions in theory and practice;
D1 Being able to argue, critically evaluate and clearly communicate the generalized research information to the specialists of the domain and the lay audience.
D2 Being able to work independently and in an interdisciplinary team.
D3 Taking responsibility for the quality and evaluation of one‘s own work and for the work of employees under the management of the graduate, acting according to the professional ethics and public spirit.
E1 Understanding the importance of life-long learning and personal perfection for the professional activity and scientific research.
E2 Being able to work and communicating at the national and international level and to make innovative decisions.
E3 Understanding the responsibility for a personal activity and the effects of decisions taken for the society, environment and economic development.
Activities of teaching and learning:
Lectures, laboratory works, individual works, individual and group consultations, analysis of literature sources, seminars, discussions, debates, search, reflection, problem solving, case study, error analysis, theoretical modeling, written works, project preparations, presentations, demonstration, individual as well as team work.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
The criterion proportional cumulative grading ten-point scale to assess knowledge and abilities is applied. The learning outcomes of the program and its subjects are evaluated during intermediate semester reporting (midterm tests, projects and their reports, laboratory work reports and defending). The final grade consists of intermediate evaluations and final exam grades.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
The total volume of the Master degree Programme of Biochemical analysis at VMU is 120 ECTS. Compulsory part consists of 10 study subjects which make the total of 60 ECTS. Elective part consists of 2 elective study subjects with 12 ECTS. 18 ECTS are related to Term paper and 2 Research works. The Mater thesis has 30 ECTS.
Compulsory courses are: Methodology of biochemical analysis, Biologically active compounds, Separation methods in biotechnology, Membranes and bioenergetics, Methods of spectral analysis, Solid state and surface analysis, Modelling of chemical and biochemical processes, Molecular methods in microbiology, Optical technologies in scientific research, Integral analysis of biological systems. Students conduct biochemical analysis research in semesters 1-3. Students chose 2 elective subjects in semesters 2 and 3.
Elective courses are: Chemical and biochemical microanalysis, Chemical kinetics and catalysis, Genetically modified organisms,
Plant biotechnology, Biotechnology for medicine, Environmental epidemiology, Enzymology, Molecular laboratory diagnostics, Analysis of food products.
Distinctive features of a study programme:
Part of the programme courses can be told in English.