Cross-Border Study of Biological Chemistry

Biological Chemistry is an interdisciplinary field in the life sciences area which offers a broad-based education in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, molecular biology, biophysics, bioinformatics and structural and systems biology.

The discipline places a unique emphasis on thinking comprehensively and cooperating on an international team. Instruction takes place in the English language as part of cross-border cooperation between the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice and Johannes Kepler University in Linz.

The project has been implemented as a bachelors program with a follow-up masters degree.  Students obtain unique knowledge and experiences from the quality programs of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice and the Technological-Natural Science Faculty of Johannes Kepler University in Linz. Instruction at both universities is provided by internationally respected specialists. One example is the world renowned virologist Prof. Erik DeClercq, the holder of many international awards and honorary doctorates at leading universities, who has worked with Prof. Antonin Holy, among others, in the research and development of viral pathogen replication mechanism inhibitors.

Students are accepted into the bachelors program on the basis of examinations of their knowledge in chemistry and biology at the secondary school level. Admission into the masters degree program is contingent upon successful completion of the bachelors degree or the equivalent in a related field of study with a chemistry, biochemistry or molecular biology focus. Applicants must demonstrate their knowledge of the English language either by submitting a certificate showing successful completion of a language exam or by taking a language exam as part of their entrance exams.

 Study for the bachelors degree lasts three years. The masters degree program is 2 1/2 years in length. The program culminates in a double diploma and upon successfully completing their work, graduates are granted the academic title of Bc./BSc. or Mgr./MSc. by the universities.

During the first year of the bachelors program, students are instructed in the basics of chemistry, physics and mathematics at the university in Linz. During the second year, they receive instruction in biochemistry, molecular biology and biology at the university in Ceske Budejovice. The third year is devoted to elective courses and work on bachelors projects.

The first year of masters study takes place in Linz and involves the study of chemistry, structural biochemistry and biophysical chemistry. The second year of instruction focuses on structural, molecular and systems biology. Instruction takes place in Ceske Budejovice. During the fifth and final semester, students may choose at which university they wish to complete their studies.

The emphasis during instruction is laid on modern forms of study focused on practical instruction with the use of modern information technology. A significant portion of the study program consists of practical training, praxis in research laboratories and involvement in research projects.

Students will have the chance to obtain a stipend during the course of their studies.

Successful completion of the masters degree program will open the door to continuing on to doctoral studies in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics or bioorganic chemistry. Graduates of the cross-border Biological Chemistry study program will receive a professional qualification at the frontier of modern chemistry and biology. This will clear the path for a wide range of employment positions at institutions undertaking basic and applied research and development, in chemical and biological laboratories, at biotechnology firms, universities, institutes of the Academy of Sciences and private companies. Excellent knowledge of the English language will prepare graduates of this attractive discipline for involvement in international research teams or work abroad.


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