Graduate School

Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology graduate study programme (Third Level)

Study programme: Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology graduate study programme (Third Level)
Main fields of study: molecular genetics and biotechnology
Course code: 3MG
Level of study: 3. stopnja doktorski
Name of the qualification: Doctor`s degree
Qualification title: Doctor of Sciences
Qualification abbreviation: Ph.D.
Final examination: no
Dean: prof. dr. Iztok Arčon
Programme director: doc. dr. Martina Bergant Marušič
ECTS coordinator: prof. dr. Iztok Arčon

Programme description

International postgraduate programme »Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology« is the result of a joint effort with The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) from Trieste, Italy. It enables an education of young scientists with the ability to apply the knowledge acquired in different fields. As molecular biologists they may work in the fields of public health, nutrition and environmental protection/remediation. As biotechnologists they will apply the latest techniques in the fields of industrial production of products useful for humans. The teaching and learning main activities of the study course include intensive research activity, seminars and communication training in Journal Clubs.

Lectures and exams are given in English.

The Senate of the University of Nova Gorica at its 75th session held on 18 January 2017 approved the extension of the III. level study program Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology from the current three years (180 ECTS) to four years (240 ECTS).

The four-year doctoral programme will start in the academic year 2017/2018.

Students who are currently enrolled in the three-year study programme will complete studies at the three-year programme.

Information for students

Intensive Slovenian language course

Supervisors

ICGEB

Seminars

ICGEB Seminars

Seminars 2016/17

Basics and molecular biology and biotechnology

Admission requirements

To qualify for entry into the graduate program Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology , applicants must satisfy the following admission requirements:

  • have completed a 2nd cycle master’s study preogramme;
  • have completed at least a four-year academic undergraduate programme accredited with 240 ECTS credits;
  • have completed a uniform five year master’s study programme accredited with 300 ECTS credits;
  • have completed a specialization after previously finished professional study programme, and had passed additional study obligations within 30 to 60 ECTS credit points;
  • The candidate background in life sciences or biotechnology is highly appreciated.
  • have completed an equivalent program abroad;

If the number of applicants exceeds the 20 available slots, they are selected based on previous academic achievement.

Courses given per year

1st year

Compulsory subjects 23 ECTS
Chosen subjects 3 ECTS
Research 34 ECTS
TOTAL 60 ECTS

2nd year

Compulsory subjects 14 ECTS
Chosen subjects 6 ECTS
Research 40 ECTS
TOTAL 60 ECTS

3rd year
(For 3 year study programme.)

Compulsory subjects 14 ECTS
Research 16 ECTS
Dissertation 30 ECTS
TOTAL 60 ECTS

3rd year
(For 4 year study programme)

Compulsory subjects 14 ECTS
Research 46 ECTS
Seminar III 4 ECTS
TOTAL 60 ECTS

The condition for enrolling in the fourth year is completion of requirements of all three years (180 ECTS credit points).

4th year
(For 4 year study programme.)

Research 30 ECTS
Dissertation 30 ECTS
TOTAL 60 ECTS

Educational and professional goals

The PhD degree programme is expected to provide graduate students with all the necessary means to understand a scientific investigation in the field of life sciences, develop independent thought and critical view, personal responsibility and decision making.

Student’s projects are normally a continuation, along different lines, of the wider research programme of the hosting group. Scientific activity focuses on several advanced research programmes that include basic science projects such as control of gene expression, DNA replication, DNA repair and RNA processing; studies on human viruses, molecular immunology, molecular genetics, experimental haematology and human gene therapy. Other projects are carried out in the fields of bacteriology and yeast genetics, plant virology, protein structure and bioinformatics. Student should reach from a minimum acceptable knowledge and skill level in the specific research area in the beginning, to an excellent performance that demonstrates in-depth understanding of the subject, ability to apply the knowledge acquired to analyses, interpret and critically evaluate data and results, at the end of his/hers study.

Examination and assessment regulations

Knowledge is assessed by oral examinations and seminar papers.

Programme progression requirements

In order to proceed to the second year of study, candidates must obtain at least 50 credit points. To enrol into the third year of the Molecular genetics and biotechnology doctoral study programme, candidates must fulfil all first-year requirements as well as obtain 50 credit points from the second year of study.

”Method of assessing the student’s knowledge depends on the content and the way the individual learning units.

Assessment of student work is done in the form of project reports, public presentations of the results and critically-controversial discussions in front of Faculty Committee. For Seminar I, II, III assessment is quantified from 1 to 10. To proceed to dissertation, a grade of 8/10 is required. The student completed studies with the thesis defense before the three-member commission.”

Courses