Master of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

The M.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology is a 30 credit hours that is offered both full- and part-time within the Department of Biology. Students are required to complete 24 credit hours of coursework in addition to 6 credit hours assigned to research and a completion of a M.Sc. thesis. The coursework includes 5 credit hours of College of Science requirements (Graduate Seminar, Ethics, Research Methods and Statistics), 10 credit hours of 4 core Molecular Biology and Biotechnology courses in addition to 9 credit hours of intercollege (College of Science and College of Medicine and Health Sciences) elective courses that allows the student to specialize in any specific topic related to Molecular Biology and/or Biotechnology. Students can take up to 6 credit hours of elective courses offered by the CMHS. Student progress is overseen by a research supervisor (and co-supervisors) and a thesis defense committee. The program is a fee-based program open for all students who meet the entry requirements.

Program Objectives

  • Develop proficiency of basic concepts in cellular and molecular biology, ecology and environmental sciences, and general biology.
  • Foster teamwork and improve oral and communication skills.
  • Foster a student-oriented research program that results in professional publications.
  • Embrace student-oriented teaching methods that nurture critical thinking abilities and apply their knowledge to solve theoretical and empirical real-life problems.
  • Prepare students for future job market and careers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate leading edge knowledge in a chosen specialized area of molecular biology and/or biotechnology
  • Gain insight into the most significant and recent biotechnology and molecular-based methods used to expand the understanding of biology.
  • Manage and analyze data stored in databases, familiarize with various bioinformatics analysis tools available to analyze biological data.
  • Conduct scientific molecular biology and/or biotechnology research, and use quantitative methods to analyze results
  • Evaluate methods and results within the field of specialization critically and ethically.
  • Work independently or in a team on complex project that requires multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Communicate scientific results to both experts and general audience through writing structured reports and contributions for scientific publications and posters, and by oral presentations.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 30 hours

College of Science

Required Courses (4.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC501Research Methods1.000
COSC502Ethics of Scientific Research1.000
STAT503Applied Statistics2.000


Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Required Courses (11.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOM512Advanced Genetic Engineering3.000
BIOM516Advanced Molecular Biology Techniques I3.000
BIOM571Seminar in Biotechnology & Molecular Biology 1.000
BIOM572Graduate Seminar1.000
BIOM600Advanced Molecular Biology Techniques II 3.000


Electives Specialization Courses

Students need to take a minimum of 9CH of elective credits from COS and CMHS (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours

COS Electives Courses (N/A)

Credit Hours
BIOM508Advanced Gene Expression3.000
BIOM524Applications of Bioinformatics3.000
BIOM536Biotechnology Applications in Forensic Science3.000
BIOM640Molecular Physiology3.000
BIOM544Epigenetics & Cell Different3.000
BIOM552Molecular & Genetic Aspects of Plant Responses to Pathogens 3.000

CMHS Elective Courses (N/A)

Credit Hours
ANAT604Stem Cell Biology2.000
MMIM601Molecular Bacteriology2.000
MMIM602Cellular and Molecular Immunology2.000
MMIM603Molecular Principles of Viral Replication and Pathogensis2.000



Required Course (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSR699Thesis0.000 - 6.000