MSc Agricultural Biotechnology

Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science

Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science

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Structure

The Master's Degree programme addresses in an interdisciplinary way the field of Biotechnology, offering theoretical training in the basic sciences governing biotechnological achievements, with advanced infrastructure modules in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Microbiology and specialized modules in Genetic Engineering, Biotechnological Applications, Bio-economics, Bioethics and Biosafety, Molecular Ecology, Bioinformatics, etc. Theoretical training is combined with the acquisition of significant laboratory experience in the use of advanced techniques, widely used in the agri-environmental and pharmaceutical industries, public audit bodies and the research and development of innovative products.

 The aim of the programme is to provide students with theoretical and technical training in modern methods of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology that will enable them to practice in specialized scientific work and to continue their studies at doctoral level.

The master's programme in Biotechnology addresses graduates of recognized higher education institutions coming from the sciences of Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Veterinary, Pharmaceutics as well as other related scientific fields.

 The programme has three directions:

  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Animal Biotechnology
  • Food Biotechnology

The ability to specialize in one of the above areas is offered during the Master's Thesis stage, along with a limited number of elective modules.

A total of 107 ECTS is required to complete the Master's degree, including the preparation of a Master's thesis which receives 45 ECTS. Students attend a total of eight modules, six of which are compulsory and two are elective. In each semester, there are three compulsory modules and one elective module. Master thesis should be completed by the end of the third semester. During the first or third semester, all postgraduate students are required to take part in the ABF 512 postgraduate seminar.

The programme is offered on a full or part-time basis and has a minimum duration of three semesters, including the summer period, which begins after the termination of the spring semester and includes the months of June, July and August.

Modules

1st Semester

 

ECTS

ABF 501  Special Topics in Microbiology

8

ABF 502  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

8

ABF 503  Bioeconomy, Biosafety and Bioethics

7

ABF 5ΧX  Limited elective Module

7

ABF 512   Graduate Seminars*

2

Total

32

2nd Semester

 

ECTS

ABF  504  Modern Techniques of Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

8

ABF  505  Biotechnology

8

ABF 506  Applied and Molecular Ecology

7

ABF 5ΧΧ  Limited elective Module

7

Total

30

3rd Semester (& Summer Period)

 

ECTS

ABF 512  Graduate Seminars*

2

ABF 580  Master's Thesis

45

Total

47

 

Limited elective Modules - Fall Semester

ABF  507               Physiology and Bioch. of Agr.l Products (7 ECTS) 

ABF  509               Experimental Design and Biostatistics (7 ECTS)

 

Limited elective Modules - Spring Semester

ABF 508  Adv. Analytical Techn. in Biotechnology (7 ECTS)

ABF 510  Pers. of Experim. Organ. to Pesticides (7 ECTS)

ABF 511  Spec. Topics in Agroind. Fermentations (7 ECTS)

 

*Graduates Seminar (ABF 512) is offered both during 1st and 3rd Semester and Students are free to choose when to attend.

Admission

Applicants must have an accredited University degree, awarded by an accredited institution in the country where it operates, or a degree evaluated as equivalent to University degree by the Cyprus Council for the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (KYSATS). Undergraduate students that are about to graduate can apply for a master’s programme, considering that they expect to receive their University degree before the commencement of the master’s programme.

Applications (early) should be submitted electronically, using the online application system of the University, Student Portal.

However, late applications will be assessed depending on availability in each programme.

The following documents are required to be submitted, with the applications:

  • A copy of a valid passport or Civil ID.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  • Copies of University degrees or a confirmation letter which states that the candidate is expected to graduate before he/she starts the postgraduate programme.
  • Copies of Academic Transcripts
  • A brief Personal Statement of goals and research interests (approximately 500 words) in which the candidate explains why he/she wishes to pursue a graduate programme at CUT.
  • Any other certificates and documents, such as samples of relevant academic or professional work (publications, articles, portfolios etc.) according to the internal rules of graduate studies of each Department where the application is submitted.