LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN BIOLOGY MASTER PROGRAMME*

Duration: 2 years (4 semesters)

Professional title: Master

Study Profile: general academic

Start Month: October

Semester Tuition Fee:  1600 EUR- internationals,

*There must be 10-12 students successfully enrolled for the course to be open.

 Overview

Laboratory techniques in biology 2nd grade course provides a student with theoretical and practical knowledge in the area of microscopic techniques, techniques of phylogeny reconstruction, laboratory analysis, cell and tissue culture techniques, analytical techniques in hydrobiology and ecotrophology, primate genomics, methods of analysis and assessment of animal origin products. A course participant will be trained to handle professional laboratory apparatuses in order to develop his own professional skills independently. Knowledge gained during the studies will also include biology methodology and statistics as well as bioinformatics. The course is designed to master general and specific analysis, analytical chemistry while handling optical and electron microscope. The course programme covers the field of coloring and sustaining specimens and in vitro culturing techniques.

What will you study?

1st year

Statistics methods in biology, bioethics, microscopic techniques, analytical chemistry, bioinformatics, biological molecules marking techniques, basics of laboratory analytical techniques, ecotoxicology, cell and tissue culture techniques, foreign language.

2nd year

Techniques of phylogeny reconstruction, elements of specific analysis, biotechniques in animal breeding, comparative genomics, analytical techniques in hydrobiology, analytical techniques in ecotrophology, foreign language.

In what form will classes be conducted?

Classes are conducted in the form of lectures (430 hours), laboratory, seminars and field classes (all together 570 hours).

How will you be assessed?

7-9 subjects will be assessed on the basis of the exam. The exam will comprise of open-ended and closed questions. All exams might be retaken according to the Study Regulations. Practical classes are assessed with grades as well as lectures which don't end with exams. The final grade comprises of both results. All lecturers present the grading system during the first meeting. All subjects are graded on the basis of the student's knowledge, practical skills and social competences in accordance to the subject syllabus.

How many ECTS points do you get?

Standard of education in Laboratory techniques in Biology provides no less than 120 ECTS credits for 4 semester course of study.

What qualifications and powers will you get during studies?

You will gain professional qualifications to work in the institution of higher and secondary education, research and diagnostic laboratories, government and non-government organizations concerning natural science. The graduate may continue the educational process and academic research on PhD programmes.

Learning outcomes are HERE

Where will you be able to work after graduation?

Graduates of the Laboratory techniques in Biology can work as a specialist in:

  • laboratories of various profiles (diagnostic, industrial, environmental)
  • food and feed industry
  • scientific-research institutes
  • educational institutions
  • work safety organizations

Entry Requirements

A candidate must have BSc or BA degree in Biology or in a similar area of study and meet the English language requirements on B2 level.

Your BSc degree should cover most of the following subjects:


  • basic subjects (chemistry, physics, mathematics)
  • systematics, plant and animal anatomy and physiology
  • genetics, cell biology, immunology
  • environmental sciences

English proficiency

Candidates need to prove their English proficiency on at least B2 level (of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR). Language test requirements:

  • University of Cambridge Exams: FCE with minimum points 160; CAE or CPE with minimum points 120,
  • TOEFL (Internet based) with minimum of 75 points,
  • IELTS Academic Test with minimum of 5,5 points.

Exception from English tests:

Applicants who have obtained a Bachelor's degree from the home country with English as the Language of instruction are exempt from the test.

Admission process

Intake period: May- September

Admission fee: 20 EUR (for all candidates)

Required documents and application info:

http://www.rekrutacja.upwr.edu.pl/studies/72122/how_to_apply.html