Friday, November 16, 2018

MASTER OF BIOTECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

1. TRAINING OBJECTIVE

The objectives of the Master of Biotechnology program are: to create high quality human resource equipped with sound theoretical knowledge and cutting-edge professional skills, thus, is able to apply breakthroughs in the field of biotechnology; to effectively exploit biological systems, creating high valued products or industrial processes; and to provide a source of academic and research staff in the field of Biotechnology.

2. EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

Standard output of the Master's program in Biotechnology sector is based on the training objectives and the provisions of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) in conjunction with the provisions of the National University of HCM.

MSc biotechnology Curriculum indicates the following expected learning outcomes:

a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science;

b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;

c. An ability to have a sense of chemical, biochemical analysis, synthetic approach to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability;

d. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;

e. An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in Biotechnology;

f.  An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;

g. An ability to communicate effectively;

h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of biotechnological solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context;

i.  A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;

j.  A knowledge of contemporary issues;

k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern technological tools necessary for biotechnological practice;

l. A knowledge of probability and statistics, including applications appropriate to the biotechnology program and objectives; and knowledge of mathematics through calculus, basic sciences, Bio-statistics and analytical approach necessary to analyze and design experimental tools and analysis.

3. APPLICANT

Applicants should have completed Bachelor’s or Engineer’s degree in Biotechnology, Biology, Medicine, Pharmaceutics, Biomedical Engineering, Forestry, Agriculture, or Aquaculture.

4. ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

  • Candidates should pass the national entrance examination conducted by the Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh City The entrance examination consists of three components: Biology, Interview and English test orgainized by the National University of Ho Chi Minh City (Exemption of English test is applied to applicants who have English certificates equivalent to TOEFL ≥ 400 or TOEFL iBT ≥ 32 or have completed undergraduate studies in English).
  • Exemption from entrance examinations is applied to applicants who achieved excellent scholastic marks in their Bachelor’s degree (during 1 year from graduation time to application time) or Master degree in the fields mentioned above; and have English certificate equivalent to TOEFL ≥ 500 (or equivalent).
  • Requirements for English proficiency: Candidates who pass the entrance examination should participate in an English bridging program organized by the International University for a period of 8 weeks
  • Foreign candidates are not required to take the written exam; however, their study records will be reviewed following by an interview

5. TUITION FEES AND SCHOLARSHIP

  • Total tuition fee is approximately VND 125 million
  • The International University will offer full tuition fee scholarship and half tuition fee scholarships to students who have achieve excellent marks or who have excellent research abilities to meet requirements to participate in the research projects of the School.
  • Students who show excellent performance in studying or research will be given opportunities to join exchange programs or conduct their research in our collaborative partner universities overseas.
  • Students who graduate with excellent results will be supported by the International University in applying for Ph.D. studies in our collaborative partner universities in the US, Europe, Australia, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan etc…

6. TRAINING PROGRAM BY RESEARCH MODE

Students can choose to take one out of four following majors: Biomedical Biotechnology, Molecular Biotechnology, Agricultural Biotechnology and Industrial Biotechnology.

Total credits are 45, of which 30 credits are for the research project with at least one scientific paper accepted or publised in well-known scientific journals prior to the thesis defense seminar. Duration of study is 18-24 months depending on the ability of students.

The thesis project can be done at the initial stage of the program. English is used for thesis writing and defense. The article can be published in Vietnamese journals using the data of the thesis project.

This program has been developed based on the regulations of Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training and the Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh City, consisting of compulsory modules for all majors and elective modules for different majors completing the time equivalent to 2-4 credits. All key modules have practical components.

7. CONDITIONS FOR GRADUATION

Students should satisfy the following requirements to become eligible for graduation:

Comply with the norms and academic regulations of the Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh City and the International University.

Complete the number of credits for required and elective courses as indicated in the curriculum and the average grade must be higher than 50/100.

Complete the Master thesis with satisfactory results as evaluated by the thesis examiner committee.

At least one paper is accepted or published by international or Vietnamese scientific journals before the thesis defense (Please refer to Item 16 of the Regulation for Graduate Training of the National University of Ho Chi Minh City).

 8. MASTER BY RESEARCH – CURRICULUM

No

Course

Course code

Credits

Semester

Theory

Practice

Total

Part 1: General knowledge (04 credits)

1

Philosophy or Vietnamese culture

PC1

4

0

4

I, II, III

Part 2: Basic and Professional knowledge (11 credits)

Core subject (05 credits)

1

Research Methodology

PC5

3

0

3

I

2

Special Study

PC6

0

2

2

II

Elective subject (06 credits)

1

Applied Microbiology

BC3

2

1

3

I

2

Advanced Biochemistry

PC4

2

1

3

I

3

Molecular Immunology

BC2

2

1

3

I

4

Genetic Engineering

AC1

2

1

3

I

Thesis (30 credits)

0

30

30

II, III

Total

45

 



9. COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Applied Microbiology

This course  aims to equip students with the knowledge and applications of microorganism in various fields, which include  pharmaceutical microbiology (bioactive compounds from microbes), microbial biotechnology (genetically modified organisms); industrial microbiology (using microorganisms for improving crop yields and quality, creating insect resistant crops, producing valuable substances/products from agricultural wastes e.g. bio-fertilizers, bio-insecticides, bio-mosquitocides and biofuels, and wastewater treatments using biological method) and food microbiology (fermented products). Students will have a chance to visit some companies producing microbial products and use the obtained knowledge to produce a product of their choice

  • Research Methodology

This course is a core course designed for the MSc program in biotechnology. Students are introduced and trained to identify research problems, conduct a literature review, develop research proposal with adequate understandings of experimental design and data analysis, and able to write or review manuscripts. The course is designed in a way that combines theories and excercises to equip students with hands-on experience. Students are requested to actively participate to the implementation of assigned projects. Application of supporting softwares and/or advanced practices, and research tips will be introduced further via the seminar conducted by the guest lecturer.

 

  • Molecular Immunology

The course provides the knowledge in molecular and cellular immunology and the mechanism of immune system that helps body in resistance to pathogens. The course topics will explain the immunological mechanisms of the diseases involved with immune system: autoimmunity, cancer immunity, transplantation,  hypersensitivity disorders, allergic diseases, congenital-acquired immunodificiences. Techniques and approaches used in monoclonal and polyclonal antibody production, vaccine, tissue or organ transplantation.

 

  • Advanced Biochemistry

The course is designed for graduate students with background or interest in biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology and undergraduate students who wish to develop a deep understanding of biological processes in living organisms. This course will introduce advanced concepts in enzyme catalytic activities and metabolisms of carbohydrates, fatty acids, amino acids, nucleic acids and proteins with a focus on their biosynthesis. In addition, recent advances in biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology will be presented throughout the course. 

  • Genetic Engineering

The subject introduces how to bring basic knowledge of molecular biology to the human life. By using molecular techniques people can modify genetic material of living things to supply more different resources of products support to human life. The course is trying to strike a balance between the methodology and the applications of gene manipulation, which help students can understand the science behind the applications and then can apply the technologies to develop or produce other helpful genetically modifying organism

  • Special Study

The course is designed to provide students an opportunity to carry out a small project of interest to get familiar with basic lab skills needed for their future thesis research. Students will have to spend about 25 hours in lab per week working on their research and meet up with their advisor at a certain time interval for discussion. Additionally, as a part of the course requirement, students also have to give two presentations on their research topic

 

 


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