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UNIVERSITY MASTER'S DEGREE IN BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY

Code:
 D040

Credits:
 60
 
Publication date:
 09/01/2014

Title:
 Master (ECTS)
 
Fee:
 46,20
 1st registration credits
 

FIELD OF STUDY

Sciences

SYLLABUS

UNIVERSITY MASTER'S DEGREE IN BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY

TYPE OF EDUCATION

Combined Face-to-face and On line

LANGUAGE / S THAT IS OFFERED

Not defined

CENTRES WHERE IT IS TAUGHT

Faculty of Science

PROGRAMME JOINTLY SHARED WITH

Only taught at this university

EXAMINATION DATES

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SYLLABUS OFFERED

 

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UNIVERSITY MASTER'S DEGREE IN BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY
30 credits
 
30 credits
 
22 credits
 
maximum 8 credits
 
 
Once this block is approved, you get
MASTER'S DEGREE IN BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY

 

AIMS


The overall objective of this Master’s degree course is to train professionals in the field of Biotechnology research, with a broad focus on health and the development of processes and products based living beings which will contribute to improving sustainable use of natural resources.

The Master’s Degree aims to provide specialisation, primarily in the acquisition of proficiencies related to research, but also includes the acquisition of advanced knowledge and a command of cutting-edge techniques and skills.

A multidisciplinary focus is taken, facilitating student adaptation to professional settings, which can be extremely dynamic in these fields, and helping them to articipate in high-level research projects, which increasingly require a greater degree of synergy from different research groups taking different experimental approaches.

Accordingly, the ultimate goal of this Master’s is to provide professionals with a solid grounding in molecular and cellular biology, genetic engineering and systems biology, which will allow them on the one hand to develop excellent basic biotechnology research skills, and on the other to promote competitive applied research into health and sustainability, mainly through the use and development of biotechnology. The general objectives are as follows:

1. To provide a deeper understanding of living beings at molecular and cellular level as the basis for discovering and developing new ways to use biological resources in a more rational and sustainable way.

2. To acquire the practical skills and knowledge necessary for biotechnology laboratory work.

3. To acquire knowledge of the most relevant current technologies in biotechnological research, and of their uses and limitations in a health and sustainability context.

4. To acquire the knowledge and ability to identify problems relating to various aspects of health, food and the environment, and to be able to propose lines of biotechnology-based research or actions in the quest for practical, creative and sustainable solutions.

5. To acquire the ability to design and carry out a research project in the field of biotechnology.

6. To develop the ability to communicate and present scientific work clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.

7. To acquire the skills necessary for independent life-long learning.

8. To acquire a solid basis for a career in research after taking a doctorate or for carrying out professional duties in the biotechnology field.

COMPETENCES


General Competences (CG)

  • CG1:Acquire the advanced knowledge needed for an in-depth approach to a specialisation in Biotechnology applicable to Health and Sustainability.
  • CG2:Capacity to monitor and interpret the latest advances in the theory and practice of Biotechnology in a critical fashion.
  • CG3:Capacity to interrelate knowledge that allows one to deal with problems from different points of view, enriching the solutions.
  • CG4:Capacity to interpret the results of research in Biotechnology at an advanced level.
  • CG5:Capacity for independent research, although limited to carrying out specific, guided studies.
  • CG6:Originality and creativity when using Biotechnological tools and resources.

General Competences acquired at University of Alicante (CGUA)

  • CGUA1:Oral and written communication skills in English.
  • CGUA2:Skills related to computer and information and communication technology tools, as well as access to on-line databases, such as biological data, scientific bibliographies, patent and legislation databases.
  • CGUA3:Oral and written communication skills in Spanish. Capacity to prepare and defend projects.

Specific Competences:

    Basic Module

    • CEF1:Know how to recognise well-defined statistical problems in the real problems one faces or will face in one's professional life.
    • CEF2:Advanced understanding of the main statistical inference tools used in Biosciences.
    • CEF3:Understand the general principles of experimental design and probabilistic models, particularly of regression and variance analysis models.
    • CEF4:Design and carry out research according to the established principles of ethics, animal experimentation and biosafety.
    • CEF5:Acquire a general understanding of the frontiers of research in Biomedicine and Technologies for life.
    • CEF6:Acquire the skills needed to obtain images and signals used in Biosciences.
    • CEF7:Understand fundamental signal processing and analysis techniques and know how to analyse and interpret the results.
    • CEF8:Learn how to implement specific cutting-edge computer programs for the efficient analysis and management of biomolecular and biological data.
    • CEF9:Understand patents as regards their format, content and the way of writing and presenting them, particularly for biotechnology.
    • CEF10:Understand how spin-off companies work companies.
    • CEF11:In-depth knowledge of the tools used for finding scientific documentation in databases and advanced on-line bibliographic searches.
    • CEF12:Acquire scientific communication and dissemination skills.

    Specific Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability Module

    • CEBT1:Master the laboratory techniques used in biotechnological research according to established biosafety protocols.
    • CEBT2:Use protocols and equipment for the preparation, manipulation and acquisition of sample data from nucleic acids, proteins, genomes, transcriptomes and proteomes.
    • CEBT3:Use protocols and equipment for handling microorganisms and cell cultures specifically used in research.
    • CEBT4:Use protocols and equipment for the genetic transformation of microorganisms and plants specifically used in research.
    • CEBT5:Use protocols and equipment for the structural and functional analysis of genes and proteins.
    • CEBT6:Identify the applicability of the laboratory techniques used in biotechnology.
    • CEBT7:Acquire an advanced understanding of the experimental approaches of Systems Biology.
    • CEBT8:Understand the applicability of genomic, proteomic, metabolomic and biocomputer platforms for the analysis of biological and clinical samples and their usefulness for diagnosis.
    • CEBT9:Understand advanced molecular techniques for analysing gene expression.
    • CEBT10:Understand the general strategies and procedures used for the genetic transformation of organisms.
    • CEBT11:Understand the official and new methods for detecting genetically modified organisms.
    • CEBT12:Analyse and manipulate the three-dimensional structures of proteins and their interactions with specific ligands.
    • CEBT13:Understand the techniques used to determine the structure of proteins.
    • CEBT14:Use computer programs for the comparison, representation and prediction of the structure of proteins.
    • CEBT15:Understand the global strategies, tools and methodologies for proteomic analysis.
    • CEBT16:Understand the global strategies, tools and methodologies for proteomic analysis.
    • CEBT17:Understand the strategies to establish the biological function of genes and proteins.
    • CEBT18:Understand the strategies for determining the biological variation of genomes and their use in designing molecular markers.
    • CEBT19:Understand the most important uses of the main types of DNA molecular markers DNA, as well as their advantages and limitations.
    • CEBT20:Acquire advanced knowledge of the molecular biology of microorganisms.
    • CEBT21:Acquire advanced knowledge of microbial physiology.
    • CEBT22:Awareness of the latest advances in monitoring and measuring microbial growth.
    • CEBT23:Understand the molecular mechanisms involved in regulation of gene expression in biological processes of biotechnological interest.
    • CEBT24:Understand the differential characteristics of molecular signalling in processes and organisms of biotechnological interest.
    • CEBT25:Understand the fundamentals of the structural and functional analysis of proteins. Interpret X-ray diffraction and nuclear magnetic resonance information to determine the 3D structure of proteins and their functional domains.
    • CEBT26:Understand the strategies and tools used to manipulate the structure and catalytic properties of enzymes.
    • CEBT27:Acquire advanced knowledge of the connection between the primary and secondary metabolism of plants and microorganisms as related to the biosynthesis of natural bioactive products that are beneficial for health.
    • CEBT28:Understand biological strategies and resources to direct the metabolism of cells, tissues and organisms towards the production or modification of bioactive compounds that are beneficial for health.
    • CEBT29:Evaluate and handle laboratory bioreactors apt for the production of natural bioactive compounds from microorganisms and plant cells and tissues.
    • CEBT30:Understand the mechanisms for the action of different organisms on plant development and the techniques used in bioagriculture. Understand the processes that determine soil fertility and the different factors related to the environmental context of plants that establish crop development, productivity and quality.
    • CEBT31:Understand the new products of biological origin for sustainable use in agricultural production and health, as well as the technologies for their production.
    • CEBT32:Understand the legislation and national and international bodies that regulate products and techniques used in bioagriculture and the agrofood industry.
    • CEBT33:Understand and be able to apply advanced methods for the detection of microorganisms.
    • CEBT34:Understand strategies and resources for obtaining new biotechnological products.
    • CEBT35:Understand new products and technologies of biological origin designed to improve sustainability in the production of healthier and safer foods.
    • CEBT36:Understand the reality and potential of biotechnology in the field of renewable energy, the recovery of polluted land and organic waste recycling.
    • CEBT37:Know how to apply national and international regulations when implementing environmental and food biosafety systems with relation to genetically modified organisms.

Competencias del módulo optativo de libre elección de Biomedicina

  • CEBM1:Adquisición de las habilidades necesarias para la preparación, realización y análisis de registros electrofisiológicos y de fluorometría.
  • CEBM2:Conocer los avances metodológicos relacionados con pruebas no- invasivas de exploración funcional y saber interpretar los resultados.
  • CEBM3:Conocer los avances en las propiedades funcionales de los canales iónicos y los mecanismos novedosos implicados en su regulación.
  • CEBM4:Habituar al alumno al método científico utilizado en las ciencias biomédicas.
  • CEBM5:Adquirir una visión actual sobre los mecanismos de transducción a nivel de la membrana celular y sus mecanismos de regulación, exponiendo la relevancia funcional.
  • CEBM6:Conocer las principales consecuencias fisiopatológicas que conllevan alteraciones funcionales en los sistemas de señalización intra e intercelular.
  • CEBM7:Conocer los distintos patrones de herencia en enfermedades genéticas y adquirir la capacidad de interpretar árboles genealógicos.
  • CEBM8:Conocer la base de las distintas técnicas genéticas aplicables al diagnóstico molecular de enfermedades y adquirir la capacidad de interpretar los resultados obtenidos con vistas al consejo genético.
  • CEBM9:Familiarizarse con las técnicas más modernas de reproducción asistida, y conocer su utilidad en beneficio de la sociedad.
  • CEBM10:Poseer experiencia en una unidad de cultivos celulares: Conocer la metodología necesaria para la elaboración y manejo de cultivos de células animales, y su aplicación a estudios fisiológicos y farmacológicos.
  • CEBM11:Conocer los métodos de análisis de la viabilidad y estado funcional de un cultivo celular.
  • CEBM12:Aplicar los conocimientos de la fisiología y fisiopatología en el ámbito de la nutrición y la dietética.
  • CEBM13:Conocer los aspectos fisiopatológicos de las enfermedades relacionadas con la nutrición.
  • CEBM14:Dominar los conocimientos actuales y avanzados sobre la morfología celular y tisular y ser capaz de relacionarlos con su función.
  • CEBM15:Capacitar al alumno en el manejo de las técnicas morfológicas avanzadas y saber interpretar los resultados obtenidos.
  • CEBM16:Conocer las dianas terapéuticas de los fármacos y la evolución temporal de los mismos en el organismo.
  • CEBM17:Evaluar la audición mediante pruebas psicoacústicas subjetivas y pruebas electrofisiológicas objetivas.
  • CEBM18:Interpretar los resultados de las pruebas audiológicas distinguiendo entre casos de normalidad y de pérdida auditiva.
  • CEBM19:Conocer el significado biológicos del concepto de célula madre, sus tipos y las posibles aplicaciones terapéuticas.
  • CEBM20:Conocer las posibilidades de la medicina regenerativa como futura terapia.
  • CEBM21:Conocer las causas de las principales enfermedades neurodegenerativas.
  • CEBM22:Conocer los procesos de neurodegeneración y neuroprotección utilizando el modelo experimental del sistema visual.
  • CEBM23:Conocer los principales avances de investigación en Neurociencias.
  • CEBM24:Conocer los principales modelos animales utilizados en investigación biomédica.
  • CEBM25:Conocer los principios básicos en farmacología: farmacodinámica, farmacocinética y ensayos farmacológicos.
  • CEBM26:Tener la capacidad de desarrollar nuevos métodos para su aplicación en biomedicina.
  • CEBM27:Aquirir la capacidad de evaluación, interpretación y discusión de los resultados resultados analíticos obtenidos en diferentes situaciones experimentales.
  • CEBM28:Aquirir la capacidad de evaluación, interpretación y de pruebas clínicas así como de de redactar los informes correspondientes.

Competencias del módulo optativo de libre elección de Química Médica

  • CEQM1:Dominar los conocimientos actualizados y avanzados relativos a la síntesis, aislamiento y purificación de los compuestos orgánicos.
  • CEQM2:Conocer las biotransformaciones básicas de los compuestos orgánicos.
  • CEQM3:Plantear métodos y estrategias de síntesis.
  • CEQM4:Conocer y utilizar técnicas espectroscópicas y espectrométricas avanzadas e innovadoras de determinación estructural y de análisis orgánico y bioorgánico.
  • CEQM5:Conocer y aplicar conceptos a escala industrial y diseñar procesos a gran escala.
  • CEQM6:Saber elaborar y conocer las propiedades de los distintos materiales orgánicos.
  • CEQM7:Ser capaz de clasificar los materiales según sus propiedades y aplicaciones, y ser capaz de interrelacionar las propiedades con las aplicaciones.
  • CEQM8:Conocer en profundidad los mecanismos avanzados de las reacciones orgánicas.
  • CEQM9:Conocer los mecanismos avanzados, desde el punto de vista químico-orgánico, a través de los cuales tienen lugar las transformaciones biológicas más específicas.
  • CEQM10:Conocer los intermedios biosintéticos más relevantes que existen fuera de las grandes rutas biosintéticas.
  • CEQM11:Conocer la estructura, biosíntesis, síntesis y reactividad de los productos naturales más importantes que no se encuentran dentro de las grandes rutas biosintéticas.
  • CEQM12:Ser capaz de desarrollar proyectos: las partes que lo componen, las fases por las que debe pasar, los trámites que hay que cumplir, etc.
  • CEQM13:Saber utilizar algunos programas informáticos con el objeto de desarrollar proyectos.
  • CEQM14:Conocer los métodos y estrategias en síntesis asimétrica avanzada.
  • CEQM15:Conocer los procesos enantioselectivos organocatalizados.
  • CEQM16:Conocer los procesos enantioselectivos catalizados por complejos metálicos quirales.
  • CEQM17:Diseñar y desarrollar fármacos.
  • CEQM18:Ser capaz de comprender la relación existente entre estructura química, propiedades físico-químicas, reactividad y respuesta biológica de los fármacos.
  • CEQM19:Conocer los compuestos heterocíclicos aromáticos en cuanto a estructura, propiedades físicas y químicas, métodos de síntesis y aplicaciones.
  • CEQM20:Ser capaz de diseñar y conocer técnicas experimentales para trabajar con sistemas supramoleculares, así como sus posibles aplicaciones médicas o tecnológicas.
  • CEQM21:Conocer los tipos de reacciones avanzadas, más utilizados en síntesis química orgánica, desarrolladas por enzimas y otros microorganismos.
  • CEQM22:Saber manipular e interpretar los datos suministrados por los experimentos bidimensionales y tridimensionales de RMN.
  • CEQM23:Conocer y saber aplicar los métodos computacionales al descubrimiento y diseño de nuevas moléculas útiles para la industria farmacéutica.
  • CEQM24:Conocer técnicas acerca del empleo de catalizadores sólidos que puedan ser recuperados y reutilizados múltiples veces.
  • CEQM25:Conocer y aplicar las técnicas de catálisis en fase sólida y de química combinatoria a la síntesis de fármacos y reacciones de química fina.
  • CEQM26:Conocer las fuentes principales de productos químicos y su manipulación para su transformación posterior en materiales orgánicos de valor añadido.
  • CEQM27:Conocer los aspectos generales de la industria química orgánica y de los sectores agroquímico, farmacéutico y medioambientales desde la perspectiva académica e industrial.
  • CEQM28:Ser capaz de aplicar los conceptos de química verde a todos los procesos de síntesis de fármacos, con énfasis en utilización de fuentes renovables de materias primas, reducción de sustancias contaminantes y diseño de procesos sostenibles.
  • CEQM29:Conocer los análisis más avanzados de fármacos, así como la validación de métodos analíticos más recientes. Conocer el uso de las distintas farmacopeas.
  • CEQM30:Conocimiento de las normas actualizadas de buena manufactura de productos farmacéuticos, así como otros sistemas de gestión de la calidad y del medio ambiente.
  • CEQM31:Saber interpretar los datos suministrados por los experimentos avanzados y más novedosos de espectrometría de masas.
  • CEQM32:Conocer los nuevos tipos de espectrómetros de masas, así como los métodos de preparación de muestras, introducción de la muestra y de procesos de ionización más avanzados.

Competencias del módulo optativo de libre elección de Optometría y Ciencias de la Visión

  • CEOP1:Organizar datos en la elaboración de historias clínicas, en particular para distintos grupos poblacionales.
  • CEOP2:Resolución del diagnóstico y necesidades de compensación óptica o tratamientos visuales en distintos grupos de población.
  • CEOP3:Conocer las técnicas actuales de cirugía ocular y tener capacidad para realizar las pruebas oculares incluidas en el examen pre- y post-operatorio.
  • CEOP4:Estructurar el examen visual a las peculiaridades de cada caso clínico.
  • CEOP5:Desarrollar la capacidad de elaborar informes colaborando con otros profesionales sanitarios en la gestión de pacientes.
  • CEOP6:Aplicar los conocimientos en lentes de contacto en los procedimientos de adaptación en distintos grupos clínicos.
  • CEOP7:Desarrollar programas de entrenamiento y terapia visual y aplicarlos a la mejora de las capacidades visuales.
  • CEOP8:Desarrollar mejoras ergonómicas en el entorno visual de los diferentes casos.
  • CEOP9:Conocer sistemas de prevención y detección de anomalías visuales.
  • CEOP10:Resolver los casos de intolerancia o fracaso de las prescripciones o tratamientos visuales.
  • CEOP11:Aplicar el conocimiento de las distintas anomalías visuales a las manifestaciones oftalmológicas, enfermedades sistémicas y oculares.
  • CEOP12:Aplicar los conocimientos de Óptica en la utilización de elementos e instrumentos ópticos más avanzados interpretando los resultados.
  • CEOP13:Utilizar los diferentes métodos de exploración visual.
  • CEOP14:Conocer las principales herramientas inherentes a la investigación.

Basic Competences and Competences included under the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES)

  • CB1:Capacidad de análisis y síntesis.
  • CB2:Capacidad de organización y planificación.
  • CB3:(CGUA1 y CGUA3) Capacidad de comunicación oral y escrita (en la lengua nativa e inglesa) de los conocimientos y conclusiones a públicos especializados y no especializados de un modo claro y sin ambigüedades.
  • CB4:Capacidad de gestión de la información y de los recursos disponibles.
  • CB5:Capacidad de resolver problemas, integrar conocimientos y formular juicios a partir de una información que, siendo incompleta o limitada, incluya reflexiones sobre las responsabilidades sociales y éticas vinculadas a la aplicación de sus conocimientos y juicios.
  • CB6:Capacidad de trabajar en equipo con iniciativa y espíritu emprendedor.
  • CB7:Capacidad de trabajar en un equipo de carácter interdisciplinar.
  • CB8:Habilidades en las relaciones interpersonales.
  • CB9:Capacidad de razonamiento y extracción de conclusiones.
  • CB10:Compromiso ético y respeto por la propiedad intelectual.
  • CB11:Habilidad de aprendizaje que les permitan continuar estudiando de un modo que habrá de ser en gran medida auto-dirigido o autónomo.
  • CB12:Habilidad de adaptación al ambiente cambiante propio de la disciplina, sabiendo aplicar los conocimientos adquiridos y resolver problemas en entornos nuevos o poco conocidos dentro de contextos más amplios (o multidisciplinares) relacionados con su área de estudio.
  • CB13:Capacidad de creatividad.
  • CB14:Motivación por la calidad.
  • CB15:Habilidad para transferir resultados de investigación.
  • CB16:Capacidad de autonomía científica y técnica.
  • CB17:Capacidad para mostrar información de forma clara.



MASTER’S DEGREE COURSE - CREDITS AND SUBJECTS


Type of subject

Credits

Compulsory (OB)

15

Optional (MOI) (OP)

22

Elective (MOLE) (OP)

(Appendix 1)

8

Final Project (OB)

15

TOTAL CREDITS

60



DISTRIBUTION OF SUBJECTS BY YEAR/TERM


SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER  2

CORE MODULE

MODULE SPECIFIC TO BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY

MASTER’S DEGREE FINAL PROJECT

15 CR

22-30 CR

15 CR

DOCUMENTATION, COMMUNICATION AND DISSEMINATION IN BIOSCIENCES

(OB, 3 CR)

BIOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY

(OP, 8 CR)

THE CELL FACTORY

(OP, 4 CR)

LINES OF INVESTIGATION OF GROUPS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY

(OB, 15 CR)

PATENTS, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SPIN OFF COMPANIES

(OB, 3 CR)

FUNCTIONAL PROTEOMICS AND GENOMICS         (OP, 2 CR)

IMAGE PROCESSING TECHNIQUES AND SIGNAL ANALYSIS IN BIOSCIENCES (OB, 3 CR)

MOLECULAR MARKERS

(OP, 2 CR)

INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

(OP, 3 CR)

MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY (OP, 2 CR)

EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND BIOCOMPUTING

(OB, 3 CR)

SIGNALLING AND REGULATION (OP, 2 CR)

GENETIC MODIFICATION (OP, 2 CR)

BIOETHICS (OB, 1CR)

PROTEIN ENGINEERING (OP, 2 CR)

SEMINARS IN THE BIOSCIENCES

(OB, 2 CR)

STRUCTURAL AND FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OF PROTEINS (OP, 2 CR)

AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY(OP, 2 CR)




FOOD BIOTECHNOLOGY (OP, 2 CR)

ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY (OP, 2 CR)

OPTIONAL MODULE

0-8 CR

ADVANCES IN NEUROSCIENCE

(OP, 2 CR)

INTRA- AND INTERCELLULAR SIGNALLING (OP, 2 CR)

RETINAL NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASE MODELS

(OP, 3 CR)

ION CHANNEL DISEASE MODELS

(OP, 3 CR)

STEM CELLS AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

(OP, 2 CR)

HUMAN GENETICS: GENETIC DIAGNOSIS AND ASSISTED REPRODUCTION

(OP, 4 CR)

ANIMAL MODELS

(OP, 2 CR)

FUNCTIONAL DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES

(OP, 2 CR)

NUTRITION, HEALTH AND ILLNESS

 (OP, 2 CR)

BIOORGANIC TRANSFORMATIONS

 (OP, 3 CR)

CLINICAL AUDIOLOGY

(OP, 2 CR)

ADV. CELLULAR AND TISSULAR TECHNIQUES

(OP, 2 CR)

SYNTHESIS WITH ORGANOMETALLIC COMPOUNDS

(OP, 3 CR)

ADVANCED CELL CULTURE (OP, 2 CR)

METHODOLOGIES IN ASYMMETRIC SYNTHESIS (OP, 2 CR)

PHARMACOLOGICAL BASES FOR THE DESIGN OF NEW MEDICINES

(OP, 4 CR)

SOLID STATE SYNTHESIS, COMBINATORIAL CHEMISTRY AND BIOACTIVITY

(OP, 3 CR)

BIOCHEMICAL AND MICROBIOLOGICAL CLINICAL ANALYSIS

(OP, 2 CR)

ADVANCED ORGANIC MATERIALS (OP, 3 CR)

BIOORGANIC ANALYSIS WITH MASS SPECTROMETRY

(OP, 3 CR)

CLINICAL OPTOMETRIC PROCEDURES (OP, 3 CR)

ASYMMETRIC CATALYSIS: ORGANOCATALYSIS AND CATALYSIS WITH METALS

(OP, 4 CR)

ADVANCED VISUAL OPTICS

(OP, 6 CR)

INDUSTRIAL PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY (OP, 3 CR)

ADVANCED NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE

(OP, 3 CR)

NEW VISUAL COMPENSATION TECHNIQUES

(OP, 6 CR)

VISION REHABILITATION

 (OP, 6 CR)




ADVANCED CONTACTOLOGY

(OP, 3 CR)

CLINICAL STRABISMUS

(OP, 3 CR)

ADVANCED VISUAL ERGONOMICS

(OP, 3 CR)


GENERAL COURSE PROGRAMME


The Master’s in Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability consists of three modules: the first, containing the core subjects, with 15 credits; the second, offering specific subjects, worth 30 credits; and a final project, worth 15 credits. The Master’s Degree forms part of a common Training Programme (Biomedicine and Life Sciences) (see appendix I), enabling students to take up to 8 optional credits in subjects relating to the knowledge area of other Master’s programmes.

The Master’s is worth 60 ECTS credits, divided into 15 compulsory ECTS and 30 optional ECTS, of which at least 22 must be from the optional Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability module in order to obtain this specialisation. The remaining credits (15 ECTS) correspond to the Final Master’s Project (FMP).

  • The Compulsory Module includes subjects with inter-disciplinary content as an introduction to research into the biosciences (“Documenting, communicating and disseminating biosciences (DCDB)”, “Patents, intellectual property and business development and management (spin-off) (PIPBM)”, “Bioethics: social, ethical and legal aspects (BE)”), as well as other more applied subjects (“Image processing techniques and signal analysis in biosciences (IPTSA)”, “Experimental design and bioinformatics (EDB)”) and seminars on biosciences (SB), giving students the chance to meet and learn from internationally renowned specialists. The aim of this module is to provide students with the fundamental tools necessary to be able to undertake scientific research tasks successfully.
  • The Specific Subjects module includes all the subjects in the Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability programme.
  • Lastly, the Final Master’s Project is an independent module where students carry out a research project in which they must use the knowledge that they have acquired to design and develop a brief research project in this specialist area.

 

APPENDIX I: POSTGRADUATE TRAINING IN BIOMEDICINE AND LIFE SCIENCES

The University Master’s Degree in Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability from the University of Alicante is designed to form part of a Postgraduate Training Programme in Biomedicine and Life Technologies co-ordinated by the Faculty of Science. Implementation of this Postgraduate Training Programme in Biomedicine and Life Technologies is based on the need for recent Science and Health Science graduates to extend their knowledge and skills for specialisation in this field and to acquire a preparation that enables them to continue their specific doctorate studies. The postgraduate courses available should observe criteria of quality and sustainability, in accordance with the training, scientific and social objectives of a public institution, and proposals for courses should take into account the resources available in the organising institution, in this case the University of Alicante.

In this context, and in order to make the best possible use the available infrastructures and the multi-disciplinarity offered by the current structure of the University of Alicante Science Faculty, which includes training programmes in Science and Health Science branches, we have brought together the various educational programmes relating to Biomedicine and Life Technologies, comprising four master’s degrees which are consistent in structure and interrelated, namely “Biomedicine”, “Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability”, “Medical Chemistry” and “Clinical Optometry and Vision”.

The end objective is to provide a broad and attractive gamut of quality courses aimed at a diverse range of students yet who are all interested in the various aspects of biomedicine or life technologies, given the relevance in both scientific and social terms of knowledge in these fields.

 

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

 

According to the Regulations of the University of Alicante, the following requirements must be complied to have access to official taught Master’s degrees:

  1. To be in possession of a SPANISH OFFICIAL GRADUATE DEGREE CERTIFICATE or other issued by an institution of higher education  within the EHEA (European Higher Education) that enables the holder to have access  to Master’s degrees in the issuing .
  2. To be in possession of an officially approved  FOREIGN HIGHER EDUCATION DEGREE CERTIFICATE that had been recognised as equal to the degree that allows access to the requested studies.
  3. To be in possession of a UNIVERSITY DEGREE CERTIFICATE obtained in a University or Higher Education Institution of COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE EHEA, without the prior approval of their studies. In this case, the following should be considered:
  • Non- recognised degree certificates shall require a technical report showing an equivalence statement issued by the University of Alicante (ContinUA – Continuing Education Centre), for which the corresponding fee should be paid.
  • Access through this way does under no circumstances imply prior official approval of the holder’s degree certificate, nor its recognition for purposes other than studying a master's degree.

 

ADMISSION AND ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

 

1.- Applicant profile, admission criteria and other requirements

In the event that the number of applicants exceeds the places available, making it necessary to be selective,  or indeed verify any of the student admission requirements, the Master’s Academic Commitee will ensure compliance with all regulations pertaining to admission to the Master’s Degree course in Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability, without affecting any other admission requirements envisaged, and it will conduct student interviews if deemed necessary.

Distribution of the 20 places offered:

  • Main group: 14 places will be reserved for graduates in scientific and technical degrees related to Biology (Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science and Chemistry, among others), who completed their studies in the five academic years prior to commencement of the Master’s Degree. 
  • The remaining 6 places will be reserved for graduates in the same degrees who do not fulfill the previous requirement.  Should any of these 6 places remain vacant, they will be awarded to graduates from the first group.

The admission criteria for the main group will be based on the overall academic grade awarded for the Degree.  Where applicants were awarded the same grade, preference will be given to applicants who completed their studies in less time. Where a tie persists, the Master’s Academic Committee will reach a decision based on personal interviews with the applicants concerned.

Admission criteria for the remaining places will be based on the applicant’s academic record (6 points), research activities (3 points) and previous professional experience (1 point), in accordance with a scale to be approved by the Master’s Academic Committee prior to commencement of the pre-enrolment period. 

In order to provide students with information in advance of enrolment concerning the admission requirements to the Master’s Degree in Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability, the University of Alicante’s web page publishes all the necessary information (academic and administrative information, studies, admission, resources, complementary training and services, mobility, etc.)

 

PRE-ENROLMENT AND ENROLMENT

 

PRE-ENROLMENT +info

Students who intend to study for an officially recognised Master’s Degree at the UA should complete pre-enrolment in accordance with the guidelines and deadlines specified annually.

 

ENROLMENT +info

Following publication of the final list of those admitted to the course, an email containing a user password will be sent to successful applicants, enabling them to enrol via the Campus Virtual in accordance with the guidelines and deadlines specified annually.

In the registration process, the documents issued abroad must be official, duly notorised and translated. Further information:

 

NUMBER OF PLACES

 

COURSE NUMBER OF PLACES
2012-13 20
2013-14 20
2014-15 20
2015-16 20
2016-17 20


Focus


Research.


  Degree course specialisation profile


The basic profile for this Master’s course is an introduction to biotechnology research and its applications in health and sustainability, although the training it provides in biotechnology is also compatible with professional practice.

 

Professional Profiles


Professions for which the degree qualifies its holder.

This master’s degree course is not aimed at any specific profession.

 

 

 

TIMESCALE FOR IMPLEMENTATION

 

1. Timescale for implementation of the new Master’s Degree Course

Academic year

Implementation of the Master’s Degree

2010-2011

1st year


2. Procedure for equivalence recognition, where appropriate, between the current and the new course programme.

The table below details credit equivalence between the Doctorate in Experimental and Applied Biology and the Inter-university Master’s in Advanced Optometry and Vision, and the new programme in Biomedicine and Technologies for Life. Thus, students who have taken subjects in the current programmes can join the new course without penalty.

Credit equivalence for the Master’s in Advanced Optometry and Vision Sciences

MAOVS

CRED

MOV

ECTS

Clinical decision making

5

Advanced clinical optometry

6

Advanced ophthalmic optics

Advanced physiological optics

3

3

Advanced visual optics

6

Advances in visual neuroscience

4

Visual neuroscience

3

Advanced contactology I

2

Advanced contactology

3

Biostatistics in health sciences

4

Statistics in health sciences

3

Vision therapy, orthoptics and pleoptics

4.5

Vision rehabilitation

6

Advances in visual ergonomics

4

Advanced visual ergonomics

3

Clinical strabismus

4

Clinical strabismus

3

Mechanisms and models of colour vision

Mechanisms and models of spatial vision

Mechanisms and models of movement vision

Mechanisms and models of depth vision


Mechanisms and models of vision

3

Imaging techniques for research and diagnosis

4

Imaging techniques for research and diagnosis

6

Advanced optical materials

5

New optical materials

3

Clinical ocular pathology

3

Clinical ocular pathology

3

Scientific documentation

3

Scientific documentation

3

Clinical practices / other subjects


Optional

Up to 9 cred


Credit equivalence for subjects on the Doctorate Programme in Experimental and Applied Biology

EAB

No. cred.

MBT - MBM

ECTS

Biofertilisers and bioplaguicides

(63610)

3

Agricultural biotechnology

2

Bioinformatics applied to DNA sequence analysis (62261)

3

Experimental design in Health Sciences and Bioinformatics

3

Stem cells: differentiation and cellular therapy (62247)

3

Stem cells and regenerative medicine

2

Intercellular communication

(62262)

3

Intra- and intercellular signalling

2

Molecular microbian ecology

(62260)

3

Molecular microbiology

2

Structure and function of extremophilic proteins (62245)

3

Structural and functional analysis of proteins

2

Proteomics (63619)

3

Functional proteomics and genomics

2

Seminars on experimental and applied biology (62199)

3

Advances in biosciences

2

Enzyme engineering (63614)

2.5

Protein engineering and molecular design

2

Methods for the functional study culture cells (62266)

2.5

Advances in cell culture

2

Nucleic acid analysis techniques (62203)

2.5

Introduction to advanced molecular analysis and diagnosis techniques

2

Immunocytochemistry techniques, confocal microscopy and western blotting (62200)

2.5

Advances in cellular and tissular techniques

2


3. Studies being phased out and replaced by the proposed degree course:

 

Training Programme for the Doctorate in Experimental and Applied Biology.

 

Information about the Centre General information for students
  •  Faculty of Sciencies
      Campus de San Vicente del Raspeig
     Ctra. de Alicante s/n 03690
     San Vicente del Raspeig (Alicante)
     Telephone:+ 34
96 590 3557
     Fax:+ 34 96 590 3781
     facu.ciencies@ua.es 
     http://ciencias.ua.es/en/

  • Department of Agrochemistry and Biochemistry

    Campus de San Vicente del Raspeig
   Ctra. de Alicante s/n 03690
   San Vicente del Raspeig (Alicante)
   Telephone:+ 34
96 590 3880
   Fax:+ 34 96 590 9955
   dab@ua.es 
   http://dab.ua.es/en


 

  •  Continuous Training Center (ContinUA)
         Ground Floor Germán Bernácer
         Telephone:
+ 34 96 590 9422
         Fax: + 34 96 590 9442
          continua@ua.es
         http://web.ua.es/en/continua

 

 

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