Biological sciences
Master's Programme
Mode of studies: 
full-time programme
2 years/ 4 semesters
Tuition fee: 
Degree awarded: 
MSc in Biology, spec. Molecular Biology
Scholarships available: 
UMCS Best Applicant Scholarship; Rectors' Scholarship for the best students
Application deadline: 
Tuesday, 10 September, 2024
Day of semester start: 
Tuesday, 1 October, 2024
Credits (ECTS): 
Admission requirements: 
  1. The computation of average grades from studies for the bachelor’s degree,
  2. A complete set of the application documents submitted including the certificate proving the applicant's English language skills or a document confirming that the Education was fully conducted in English (issued by the school/University) and/or based on an interview in English,
  3. The program welcomes candidates with a bachelor degree in biology or equivalent, granting direct access to a master's degree in the country of issuance. It is open to both national and international students. Prospective students must register online and submit documents by the deadline or until all available spots are filled. List of required documents: https://rekrutacja.umcs.pl/en/how-to-apply/application-documents-bachelor-2/

With us you will deeply understand the molecular basis of life!

Master of Science (MSc) Molecular Biology programme is dedicated to candidates interested in obtaining state-of-the-art multidisciplinary knowledge crucial to understanding life processes at a molecular level along with examples of its applications. The acquisition of sound theoretical knowledge is complementary to the development of competences and professional skills relevant in scientific research and molecular analysis. The programme is closely linked to the highly regarded most up-to-date scientific research conducted at the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology and supported by the expertise of external internationally renowned practitioners and academics to ensure the highest standards of education.

The MSc Molecular Biology programme ensures upper-level knowledge and skills in the area of biomolecular and biomedical sciences as well as biotechnology, acquired during both compulsory and elective courses. The core obligatory courses include, among others, advanced molecular biology, molecular microbiology, biochemistry, regulation of cellular processes, bioinformatics, synthetic biology, innovations in environmental microbiology and sustainable development, or molecular biology in entrepreneurship. The big advantage of our innovative programme is a high contribution of elective courses, to be chosen by students according to their interest. They include some complementary courses extending the basic or specialistic knowledge in the area of advanced genetics, proteomics and molecular modelling, as well as theme modules, providing specialisation in molecular biology for medicine or for environment and industry. Practical classes and laboratory training are of a high priority in our Molecular Biology programme representing more than 50% of the classes.

The students can also choose a topic of their individual research projects. This is an original research work realised for three semesters through the course of laboratory practice under the supervision of an experienced promoter and provides the results to prepare the diploma dissertation.

The Molecular Biology MSc programme is in compliance with European teaching standards.

Job opportunities

The broad knowledge and sought-after competences and skills offered by this MSc programme open many career opportunities. Our graduates are well prepared to work in public or private research institutions, biotechnological, pharmaceutical, agro-industrial and human health or environmental-related companies. They can work as research staff or high-qualified technicians in laboratories of these sectors as well as in forensic laboratories and forensic medicine, and also as specialists in consultancy and training companies. They are well prepared for PhD studies.

Opportunities during your studies

Specialization – you will gain unique, practical skills whether you want to continue working in science or industry. You will get them during the classes provided in the curriculum, which is based on an analysis of the needs of employers in the labour market, as well as during your research project. You will feel that you are contributing something important to science, and the acquired knowledge and the ability to plan and conduct research using a variety of modern research methods will make you a specialist in the chosen area.

Development and cooperation – you can be active in numerous Students Scientific Clubs (e.g. Student Scientific Club of Biologists, Microbiologists, Biochemists, Biotechnologists, Neurobiologists, Phytochemists, Animal-Plant Interaction Students’ Group, Nature Photographers) and take part in interesting research projects, scientific conferences, educational actions and events popularizing science (e.g. Night of Biologists, Lublin Science Festival, Fascination of Plants Day). 

Comprehensive soft (human) skills – you will learn to solve problems, analyse data, be creative and influence reality; individually and in teams. These are key skills for your future career.

Innovation – your studies require a creative approach to understanding functioning of living organisms. The ability to look at the world from a new perspective is a sought-after trait in the job market.

The whole world at your fingertips –  you will join the unique multicultural, multinational society of our Faculty and the University located in Lublin – being an academic city and European Youth Capital 2023. You will meet students from all over the world and reputable international team of academic teachers and researchers. Moreover, in frame of student exchange programmes (e.g. Erasmus+) you can spend one semester studying at universities abroad (including in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, or Turkey). 

Specially during Master Degree studies:

You can directly get involved in the research projects led by respected scientists.
You will have your own idea – we will help you realize it.
We will teach you how to prepare your own projects and how to talk about them in order to succeed.