School of Post Graduate Studies (SPGS)
M.Sc. Biochemistry aims at producing biochemists with high level of knowledge and skills in all the modern aspects of the discipline. The Programme is designed with a mix of traditional and advanced levels of courses in order to expose students from fundamental to the most advanced knowledge. Students will accomplish practical and small research projects independently, collect data and analyze them. All these exercises, both in class room and laboratories make them competent enough to be competitive in their professional and cognitive skill, hence guaranteeing a better level of employability.
Advanced knowledge: The programme aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of biochemistry. It covers advanced topics and research methodologies in areas such as protein structure and function, enzymology, metabolism, molecular biology, genetics and bioinformatics.
Research skills: Postgraduate biochemistry programmes will focus on developing students' research skills. This includes training in experimental designs, laboratory techniques, data analyses and interpretations. The goal is to equip students with the ability to conduct independent research and contribute to the field of biochemistry.
Career development: The programme will provide career development resources and opportunities to prepare students for various career paths. This may include mentorship programmes, networking events, internships and workshops on job searching, grant applications and entrepreneurship. The goal is to support students in their transition to professional roles in academia, industry, government or healthcare.
Critical thinking and problem-solving: Another goal of a biochemistry postgraduate programme is to foster critical thinking abilities and problem-solving skills. Students are encouraged to analyze complex biochemical problems, evaluate scientific literatures and propose innovative solutions. This helps them develop the skills necessary to address scientific challenges and make meaningful contributions to the field.
Specialization and expertise: Biochemistry postgraduate programmes often offer opportunities for specialization in specific sub-disciplines, such as structural biology, bioinformatics, enzymology or molecular genetics. The goal is to allow students to deepen their knowledge and expertise in their areas of interest.
Communication and collaboration: Effective communication and collaboration are vital skills in the scientific community. Postgraduate programmes aim to enhance students' abilities to communicate their research findings through oral presentations, scientific writing and poster presentations. They also promote collaboration through group projects, seminars and interdisciplinary interactions.
Ethical considerations: Biochemistry postgraduate programmes typically emphasize the importance of ethical conduct in scientific research. Students are educated on ethical principles and regulations governing research involving human subjects, animals and biohazardous materials. The goal is to ensure that graduates uphold high ethical standards in their professional careers.
- To produce high level manpower in sciences through the acquisition of requisite skills and knowledge, for national development.
- To develop in science graduates a sense of inquiry, capacity for independent research and motivation to extend the frontiers of science and technology.
- To produce graduates who will be adequately equipped for relevance in the global knowledge economy.
- To produce graduates who are capable of applying appropriate scientific principles to solve problems for the promotion of human wellbeing.
- To produce manpower with optimal competencies and skills to function effectively in academia and the private sectors.