About the graduate school

Education in postgraduate school (aspirantura) of the Institute provides training of highly qualified personnel for life science. The main purpose of the post graduate course in Biology is to educate the highly qualified personnel to work with biological systems for economical, medical, ecological purposes, and protection and rational use of natural resources.

Postgraduate education at IGB

Postgraduate course in Biology according to Federal State Educational Standard (FSES)* of higher education in Russian Federation.

* Federal state educational standard of higher education in the field of training 06.06.01 Biological sciences (Order of the Russian Ministry of 30.07.2014 № 871.)

Education in postgraduate school (aspirantura) provides training of highly qualified personnel for life science. The main purpose of the post graduate course in Biology is to educate the highly qualified personnel to work with biological systems for economical, medical, ecological purposes, and protection and rational use of natural resources.

The objects of professional activity of graduates who have mastered the postgraduate program in Biology are: biological systems of different levels of the organization, the processes of their life and evolution; biological, bioengineering, biomedical, environment protection technology; biosphere functions of soils; biological assessment and monitoring, evaluation and restoration of biological resources and natural environment.

Occupational activities for the graduates who have mastered the postgraduate program in Biology are: Research and development activities in the biological sciences, and Teaching activities in the field of biological sciences.

After finishing the educational postgraduate course in Biology, general competences (which do not depend on the specific areas of training), general professional competences, and specific professional competences are to be formed. Graduates who have mastered the postgraduate program in Molecular Biology or Molecular Genetics must have following general competences: 

  • capacity for critical analysis and evaluation of current scientific achievements 
  • generating new ideas in solving the research and practical problems, including interdisciplinary fields 
  • ability to design and implement integrated interdisciplinary research on the basis of a holistic system of scientific outlook 
  • readiness to participate in the work of russian and international research teams to address scientific and educational tasks 
  • readiness to use modern methods of scientific communication and technology at the state and foreign languages 
  • ability to plan and solve problems of their own professional and personal development

general professional competences: 

  • ability to carry out research and development in the relevant professional field with the use of modern methods of research and communication technologies 
  • readiness for teaching the basic educational programs of higher education

professional competences: 

  • ability to carry out independent scientific research and obtaining scientific results that satisfy requirements for the obtaining the Doctoral degree in Molecular Biology or Molecular Genetics 
  • possession of modern information technology to solve problems in the field of molecular biology or molecular genetics, statistical data processing, and search for required information in global database.

Structure of post graduate courses in Molecular Biology and Molecular Genetics

According to FSES, the post graduate program counts for 240 credit units (one credit unite counts for 36 academic hours), and consist of the basic and variable parts. The basic part includes two mandatory subjects: Foreign language, and History and philosophy of science.

The variable part consists of a mandatory special discipline (Molecular Biology or Molecular Genetics), and Psycho-pedagogical bases of professional work of the teacher-researcher. The variable part includes also the special optional courses (Modern methods in molecular biology, Modern methods of biotechnology, Bioethics, Nano-medicine targeted drug delivery, Molecular basis of ontogenesis, and Molecular basis of regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes). Most of the graduate program is assigned to the scientific research (more than 190 credit units). Based on the scientific research and published papers, a postgraduate candidate prepares scientific qualification work for submitting to a public defense.

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