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Study catalog

Basic information

Language of instruction

English

Duration

2 years

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Katowice

Education profile: General academic

ECTS guidebook

Description

Biotechnology, full-time, MSc studies

Education level: II - Master,

Form of studies: full-time,

Profile of education: Academic

Number of semesters: 4

Degree to be obtained: Master’s degree

Language of instruction ENGLISH

Specializations offered:       

  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Environmental Biotechnology

Characteristics of the study

The aim of the Biotechnology Master’s degree programme is to prepare students for advanced and independent understanding and interpretation of various biological phenomena related with biotechnology. The master degree project is closely related to the research profile of supervisor who is chosen by a student within the specialisation. The choice of specialisation takes place during registration. Under the supervisor tuition, the student improves his/her skills - posing scientific questions and finding solutions to various problems linked with plant and environmental biotechnology, hence actively participates in the development of science. Each student acquires advanced knowledge on such disciplines as bioinformatics, bioethics, plant and microbial biotechnology. An important and obligatory element of the education is the introduction to modern information technologies and statistical methods in natural sciences. The number of facultative modules enables students to individualize the course of their studies according to their personal interests and selected specialization.

Students of Plant Biotechnology specialisation acquire reliable and up-to-date knowledge of molecular basis of biotechnological processes supporting the methods of plant production for modern agriculture and other industries (e.g. food, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industry).

Students of Environmental Biotechnology specialisation acquire the current knowledge that enables them to apply specific biotechnological methods and techniques based on the utilization of microorganisms and their enzymes in modification and improvement of biological processes in various environments.

Additional important information for candidates:

In accordance with the assumptions of National Qualifications Framework, the study programme is described according to the ECTS enabling international exchange of students and offering a chance of further studies or employment in foreign research institutions. Especially talented students are offered an individual path of study under appointed tutor supervision. They can also broaden their knowledge by participating in student research clubs.

Specialist skills of the graduates refer to handling advanced equipment of biotechnological laboratory as well as applying basic and advanced techniques in plant and environmental biotechnology. The graduates possess the knowledge and practical skills enabling them to take up a job in the developing sector of modern agriculture, environmental and diagnostic laboratories as well as in research and development institutions.

Professional prospects:

  • research institutions
  • industrial plants applying biotechnological methods
  • pharmaceutical, food, agriculture industry (production, distribution, control)
  • waste-water and ground treatment plants
  • centers of solid waste processing
  • plant breeding stations

Admissions criteria

Studies in English

The candidates with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Engineer’s degree diploma in the field of biotechnology or related disciplines may apply for admission.

In the case of candidates from other degree diplomas (related disciplines) than biotechnology, the decision on qualification to admission process is taken by the admission committee based on the analysis of obtained learning outcomes and curriculum of completed studies.

The candidates are expected to have knowledge, skills and social competencies in the field of natural sciences acquired in the learning process at the completed studies.

At the stage of admission process, candidates are obliged to submit a document confirming their knowledge of English language at least at B2 level; then, they will be admitted to studies based on the average study grade, and in the case of candidates with the same final diploma grade, the following admission criteria are further applied respectively: average study grade, and then diploma thesis grade.

The candidates who do not have a relevant document confirming their knowledge of English language are obliged to have an interview to check the level of knowledge of English language. A positive result of the interview (evaluated with a scale of grades from 2 (fail, negative grade) to 5 (very good) qualifies the candidate for further admission process. The candidates who present a document confirming the knowledge of English at least at B2 level are released from the interview.

Note: Candidates are obliged to upload to their account in Online Application System scanned documents containing information about:

  • curriculum (diploma supplement from EU countries or its equivalent from other countries),
  • average study grade, as well as diploma thesis and diploma exam grades

and document confirming the knowledge of English.

A study candidate is obliged to submit a relevant medical certificate confirming the lack of medical contraindications to take up studies in this degree programme.

Fees for education

Tuition fees in academic year: 2022/2023

Payment for semester
for Polish citizens and foreigners entitled to education at full-time studies conducted in Polish without paying the tuition fee.

No tuition fees


Payment for semester
for foreigners applying for studies on tuition-paying basis

Tuition paid in full

PLN3,050.00

Tuition paid in 3 installments

  • PLN1,056.00
  • PLN1,056.00
  • PLN1,088.00

Contact

Faculty's contact details

Faculty of Natural Sciences

ul. Jagiellońska 28
40-032 Katowice
32 200 95 65

https://us.edu.pl/wydzial/wnp

dorota.bronny-wozniak@us.edu.pl
elzbieta.h.ulbrich@us.edu.pl
elzbieta.soczawa@us.edu.pl

Contact for foreigners

International Admissions Office

Bankowa 12, room 76
40-007 Katowice, Poland
+48 32 359 22 72
+48 32 359 22 73
admission@us.edu.pl