Master of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Graduates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of (i) new concepts in molecular biology and biotechnology and (ii) research methods in molecular biology and biotechnology.

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Programme Availability
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Host Department
Department of Microbiology, Parasitology and Biotechnology
Level of Study
Masters Degree
Mode of Study
Full Time
Programme Duration
2 Years

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Summary of Courses under the Programme and their Notional Hours Distribution

YEAR 1

SEMESTER  1

Core courses and their units/credit hours

Ante

Course Title

L*

T*

P*

AS*

IS*

Credits

VM 621

Research Methods

40

20

10

10

20

10.0

VM 622

Statistics and Data Management

35

15

10

20

20

10.0

MBB 601

Advanced Molecular Biology

30

10

30

10

10

9.0

MBB 602

Biosafety and Ethics in Biotechnology

20

10

10

5

5

5.0

MBB 603

Immunobiology

30

10

10

5

5

6.0

MBB 606

Molecular Epidemiology

40

20

20

10

10

10.0

 

 Sub total

195

85

90

60

70

50

*L= Lectures ; T= Tutorial ; P= Practical ; AS= Assignement ;    IS= Independent Study

General elective courses and their units/credit hours

Ante

Course Title

L*

T*

P*

AS*

IS*

Credits

MAM 602

Advanced Bacteriology and Mycology

40

10

20

10

20

10.0

MAM 604

Advanced Virology

40

10

10

10

20

10.0

MTP 604

Applied Parasitology

30

20

40

20

10

12.0

MBB 604               

Techniques in Molecular and Cellular Biology

40

10

20

10

20

10.0

MBB 605

Contemporary Issues in Biotechnology

20

10

5

15

10

6.0

 

Sub total

170

60

95

65

80

48

 

TOTAL

365

145

185

125

150

98

*L= Lectures ; T= Tutorial ; P= Practical ; AS= Assignement ;    IS= Independent Study

RESEARCH PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT

Ante

Course Title

L*

T*

P*

AS*

IS*

Credits

VM 700

Research proposal  Development

0

20

0

0

130

15.0

 

TOTAL

0

20

0

0

130

15.0

*L= Lectures ; T= Tutorial ; P= Practical ; AS= Assignement ;    IS= Independent Study

SEMESTER 2
Core courses and their course units/credit hours

Ante

Course Title

L*

T*

P*

AS*

IS*

Credits

IPM 600

Research Innovations Management and Commercialization

40

0

20

20

20

10.0

MBB 607

Genomics and Bioinformatics

40

10

40

15

15

12.0

 

TOTAL

80

10

60

35

35

22.0

 

*L= Lectures ; T= Tutorial ; P= Practical ; AS= Assignement ;    IS= Independent Study

Specialty Core Courses in Animal and Microbial Biotechnology

Ante

Course Title

L*

T*

P*

AS*

IS*

Credits

MBB 608

Animal Biotechnology

30

10

40

10

10

10.0

MBB 609

Microbial Biotechnology

30

10

40

10

10

10.0

 

TOTAL

60

20

80

20

20

20.0

 

*L= Lectures ; T= Tutorial ; P= Practical ; AS= Assignement ;    IS= Independent Study

Specialty Core Courses in One Health Molecular Biology

Ante

Course Title

L*

T*

P*

AS*

IS*

Credits

MBB 610

One Health

30

10

40

10

10

10.0

MBB 611

Pathogen Evolution and Emerging Infectious Diseases

45

20

10

15

10

10.0

 

TOTAL

75

30

50

25

20

20.0

 

*L= Lectures ; T= Tutorial ; P= Practical ; AS= Assignement ;    IS= Independent Study

General elective courses and their units/credit hours

Ante

Course Title

L*

T*

P*

AS*

IS*

Credits

MBB 612

Globalization and Health

30

7.5

15

7.5

15

7.5

MBB 613

Socio-Economic Aspects of Biotechnology

45

20

10

15

10

10.0

MBB 614

Immunology of Infectious diseases

45

20

10

15

10

10.0

 

Sub total

120

47.5

35

37.5

35

27.5

 

TOTAL

270

97.5

185

82.5

80

72.5


*L= Lectures ; T= Tutorial ; P= Practical ; AS= Assignement ;    IS= Independent Study

YEAR 2
DISSERTATION DEVELOPMENT

ANTE

COURSE TITLE

L*

T*

P*

AS*

IS*

Credits

VM 700

DISSERTATION

0

0

300

0

150

45.0

 

TOTAL

0

0

300

0

150

45.0

*L= Lectures ; T= Tutorial ; P= Practical ; AS= Assignement ;  IS= Independent Study


EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES AND ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

There shall be two exit points. Successful completion of all CORE and all ELECTIVES but without engaging in the research part of the programme will qualify a candidate for award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Successful completion of all CORE and all ELECTIVE courses and research part of the programme will qualify candidates for award of Master of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, with an indication of one of the two specialisations, i.e;  MSc Mol. Biol. and Biotech – Anim and Microb Biotech OR MSc Mol Biol and Biotech – One Health Mol Biol.  

 

ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS

Registration for courses shall be as per SUA general regulations and guidelines. To be admitted into this programme, the candidates must have attained at least level 8 of high education training levels and hold a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology or other Biological Sciences from SUA or any other recognized institutions provided that the candidates possess a pass grade (B) or above in Molecular Biology and/or Biotechnology.

See also: General Minimum Admission Qualifications for Postgraduate Studies

For further information, please contact
The Director,
Directorate of Postgraduate studies, Research, Technology Transfer and Consultancy
Sokoine University of Agriculture,
P.O. Box 3151, Chuo Kikuu,
Morogoro, Tanzania.
Telephone:+255 023-2640013,
Fax: +255 023 2640013
E-mail: postgraduate.students@suanet.ac.tz
Website: http://www.dprtc.sua.ac.tz/

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