Molecular Biology

Molekulinė biologija

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is responsible for realization of I-II cycle (BSc and MSc resp.) Molecular Biology studies at Vilnius University.

I cycle (BSc)

For more information on I cycle (BSc) Molecular Biology studies please refer to Admissions section.

II cycle (MSc)

General Information

The duration of studies is 1.5 year which is equivalent to 90 ECTS credits. Graduates acquire a master’s degree in Molecular Biology.

More information on II cycle studies is also available on VU website Vilnius University Invites.

Aims

The Master degree programme in Molecular Biology is devoted to prepare specialists in molecular biology, whose professional qualification would be able to cope with the present and future requirements for biosciences and biotechnologies. The orientation of the Programme is mostly academic, oriented towards scientific research activities, however, including applied research.

The aims of the Molecular Biology Master Programme are:

  • to provide knowledge in molecular biology and related sciences, necessary for independent scientific research, to understand the achievements and perspectives of life sciences, to know and understand modern methods and technologies, necessary for creative development and implementation of scientific ideas;
  • to master the competences for creative application of theoretical knowledge, methods and technologies of molecular biology and related sciences in research and practical work, ability to work in interdisciplinary areas and use knowledge of different scientific fields;
  • to master the skills to identify and predict the ways of solution of a problem, to solve problems of unfamiliar character, collect, generalize and critically evaluate scientific information and its reliability, to understand the responsibility for the decisions taken.
  •  To master the ability to identify scientific and professional interests in the context of molecular biology and related sciences, to develop learning skills allowing to continue to study autonomously, to master the ability to communicate knowledge and concepts to specialists and non- specialists.

Subject List

Molecular Cell Biology, Microorganism Genetics, Cell Technologies and others.

Students’ research practice and Master’s thesis may be completed in one of the following: laboratories at Faculty of Natural Sciences (VU), Institute of Biochemistry/Biotechnology/Oncology (VU), Nature Research Center’s Botany and Ecology institutesState Research Institute Center for Innovative Medicine, “Thermo Fisher Scientific” Vilnius branch and others.

What Career Opportunities are Available to Molecular Biologists in Lithuania?

  • Scientist: in research institutes and centers, research branches of biotechnology and biopharmacy companies and others;
  • Scientist and a professor: in universities;
  • Specialist: in biomedical/agricultural/environmental agencies and laboratories, food and veterinary services;
  • Manager, project manager: biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies, high-tech equipment business sectors..

Syllabus of the Second Cycle Molecular Biology Study Programme

AbbreviationsC– credits; L – lectures; S – seminars; E – exercises; LW – laboratory work; T – tutorials; SS – self-study hours.
I semester

Subject C Total Student’s Work Load (Hours) Total Assessment Subject Teacher
L S E LW T SS
Main Subjects
Molecular Cell Biology
9
54
20
66
100
240
Exam
Prof. V. Kirvelienė

Prof. J. Kadziauskas

Prof. A. Meškauskas

Prof. V. Borutaitė

Practical part:

Dr. D. Dabkevičienė

Dr. M. Ger

Dr. V. Jonušienė

Dr. A. Sasnauskienė

Genetics of  Microorganisms
4
32
16
59
107
Exam
Dr. R. Šapranauskas
Research Practice I
8
24
190
214
Exam
Advisor (holding PhD)
Total:
21
Elective Subjects
Plant Molecular Biology
5
32
16
16
70
134
Exam
Prof. I. Meškienė
Molecular Biology Model Systems
5
48
8
16
61
133
Exam
Prof. D. Čitavičius

Prof. V. Kirvelienė

Prof. K. Sužiedėlis

Prof. D. Žvingila

Assoc. Prof. V. Bukelskienė

Dr. D. Kazanavičiūtė

Systems Biology
4
32
16
59
107
Exam
Assoc. Prof. S. Serva
Molecular Mechanisms of Pathogenesis
5
32
16
16
70
134
Exam
Prof. V. Borutaitė

Prof. E. Sužiedėlienė

Assoc. Prof. A. Markuckas

Dr. M. Strioga

Cancer Molecular Biology
5
32
16
24
61
133
Exam
Prof. K. Sužiedėlis
Total:
9
Sum:
30

II semester

Subject C Total Student’s Work Load (Hours) Total Assessment Subject Teacher
L S E LW T SS
Main Subjects
Research Practice II
12
34
286
320
Exam
Advisor (holding PhD)
Cell Technologies
5
32
16
24
61
133
Exam
Assoc. Prof. V. Bukelskienė

Assoc. Prof. D. Baltriukienė

Total:
17
Elective Subjects
Molecular Biology of Cell Signaling
4
32
16
59
107
Exam
Assoc. Prof. I. Girkontaitė
X-ray Crystallography of Biological Macromolecules
4
32
16
59
107
Exam
Dr. M. Valius
Molecular Mechanisms of Symbiosis
4
32
16
59
107
Exam
Assoc. Prof. S. Gražulis
Molecular Virology
5
32
8
24
69
133
Exam
Prof. R. Meškys
Immunotechnologies
5
32
16
24
61
133
Exam
Dr. L. Kalinienė
Bioethics
4
32
8
16
51
107
Exam
Assoc. Prof. G. Skujienė
Total:
13
Sum:
30

III semester

Subject C Total Student’s Work Load (Hours) Total Assessment Subject Teacher
L S E LW T SS
Master Thesis
30
90
710
800
Defense
Advisor (holding PhD)
Total:
30
Programme total:
90