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Master Program of Biotechnology
General description
This master will be conducted at Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU). The theoretical and practical courses will be given by experienced scientists and  professors from Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology (IMBT), VNU and Department of Life Sciences, University of Liege (ULg). Joining the course, the participants have chance to update advanced knowledge in biotechnology at IMBT, VNU and the excellent ones can be selected for their thesis work at ULg, Belgium.
The program is aimed to educate young scientists, including Vietnamese students and students from regional countries in the field of modern applied biology or biotechnology. The program will focus on different aspects of genetic engineering, protein engineering and applied microbiology.


Application requirements
* Citizens of Vietnam or regional countries.
* Obtained bachelor’s degree in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, life sciences, pharmacy, human medicine, veterinary medicine or agronomy.
* Gained valid certificate of IELTS 5.0 or TOEFL 450.
* For Vietnamese applicants
Pass the Entry Examination (Mathematics, General Biology and Foreign Language) organised by VNU.
* For foreign applicants
The participants will be selected by School of Graduate Studies, VNU.

List of Courses

  General courses

- Philosophy
- General English
- English for Biotechnology
* Compulsory courses
- General genetics and molecular biology of the gene
- Biochemistry of biological molecules
- Immunology and  immunochemistry
- Virology
- Bacteriology
- Mycology
- Cell Biology
- Introduction to Biodiversity
- Genetic engineering of bacteria
- Bioinformatics, genomics and proteomics
- Protein purification
-Industrial microbiology (fermenters and extraction)
- Optional courses
- Biochemical reactors
- Genetic engineering of yeast and other micro-eukaryotes
- Plant tissue culture and genetic engineering
- Genetic engineering of animal cells and transgenic animals
- Secondary metabolism
- Molecular pathology
- Microbiology and Environment Treatment
Master thesis (12 credits)
During a period of 6 to 12 months each participant will have to carry out a research project at IMBT, VNU (or at Ulg for the selected ones).
The participant will have to prepare a short written thesis (50-60 pages) (and one - page abstract) in English containing an introduction with a review of the scientific literature, objectives of the research,  a material and methods section,  a description of the results with discussion,  a conclusion and a list of cited references. At the final stage, the participants will have to summarize his results in a 20 minute oral presentation, followed by a discussion with a jury of 5 scientists.
Program schedule
Application for access
April and August 2008
Entrance examination
May  and September 2008
Theoretical Courses
October 2008 – May 2009
Practical Courses
June – July 2009
Research activities
August 2008 – July 2009
Thesis presentation and discussion
September 2009



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