About the programme
Biotechnology revolves around the use of living organisms – plant cells, animal cells and microorganisms – and biomolecules from these, for the creation of new products and services. Biotechnology provides solutions for a future bioeconomy based on sustainability with respect to food production, health, and the environment.
In our master’s degree programme, you can choose between two specialisations:
- Experimental biotechnology
- Commercialisation of biotechnology
Students in both specialisations take coursework covering our main experimental fields of interest, as well as commercialisation of biotechnology. Thus, students graduating from our programme possess a cross-disciplinary approach to addressing biotechnological problems.
Master in Applied and Commercial Biotechnology
The Hamar region constitutes an agroindustrial hub, including major animal and plant breeding companies, high-tech spin-off enterprises and chief companies in the food and feed industries. The biotech group at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences collaborates closely with industry, and an essential part of our biotechnology research stems from relevant industrial strategies and problems.
Read interview with programme graduate Pranvera Hiseni: A master in Applied and Commercial Biotechnology is a unique combination of cutting edge research, challenge, and enjoyment
Accordingly, the specialisation in experimental biotechnology in our master’s degree programme focuses on:
- Cell- and reproduction biotechnology in livestock animals and fish
- Molecular and functional genetics/genomics with applications in breeding, diagnostics and wildlife management
- Bioprocessing and enzyme technology with emphasis on recovering products of value from by-products and natural resources
- Bioinformatics directed towards drug discovery and diagnostics of antibiotics resistance
The specialisation in commercialisation of biotechnology focuses on taking biotechnological ideas and inventions from the laboratory to the market, with emphasis on various factors that facilitate and regulate this process. This includes topics as economy and business models, commercialisation, innovation, intellectual property and legislation.
Master’s Degree students in both specialisations may implement their thesis work on problems relevant to industry, and in some cases in close collaboration with an industrial company or partner.
Experience with cross-disciplinary approaches to biotechology renders graduates from our programme well suited to work in research and development laboratories, both in public and private domains, including industries related to agriculture and aquaculture, food production, pharmaceutic development and other sectors where biotechnology knowledge is relevant.
- has advanced cross-disciplinary approach to biotechnological problems
- has advanced knowledge of methods used in biotechnological companies as gene technology, cell biology and bioprocess engineering
- has advanced knowledge about the commercialisation of biotechnology in order to develop marketable products based on promising research results
- can meet the increasingly cross-disciplinary demands of an expanding biotechnological business sector
- has thorough hands-on laboratory experience and theoretical competance in Cell and Reproduction Biology, Molecular Biology and Biprocess Technology
- can establish biotechnological enterprises based on their own research, using Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) strategies and developed business plans
- can analyse and critically reflect on ethical problems involving biological organisms, as well as environmental ethics as related to biotechnological products, and to see them in a larger scientific context
- has advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills making them well equipped for a career in biotechnology-based activities
- has advanced knowledge and skills in biotechnological subjects so they can analyze and complete a piece of original research
- can communicate independent work within the academic field of biotechnology
For both specialisation modules of the programme, your degree from higher education must fulfil the following requirements:
- The equivalent of at least 80 ECTS credits in natural sciences and mathematics, with a solid foundation in chemistry and biology. Coursework in biochemistry must be included, with a minimum grade of C.
- A minimum average grade of D for the 80 ECTS credits.
For students taking the Experimental Biotechnology specialisation, and who want to perform Master’s thesis work in molecular biology, the degree from higher education must in addition include coursework in molecular biology with a minimum grade of C. Students lacking molecular biology coursework may qualify for molecular biology thesis work by taking a Bachelor-level molecular biology course at INN University.
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