Industrial Biotechnology

With the increasing need for “green” industrial processes that would be both cost-efficient and sustainable, the contemporary world relies on industrial biotechnology experts more than ever. KTU’s master study programme in Industrial Biotechnology focuses on new research areas, which are bridging the competencies’ gap between different science and industry fields: production of bioproducts, synthesis of biologically active compounds, enzyme technology, bioprocess engineering, environmental biotechnology, renewable technology.

KTU MSc Industrial Biotechnology study programme equips its graduates with the skills to develop, produce, and analyse chemical compounds, materials, and fuel by applying innovative biotechnology methods. During your studies, you will gain competencies to model, optimise, and manage bio-processes and will be able to use your skills and knowledge in industrial biotechnology to produce biofuel, chemical substances or consumer goods of high-added value.

KTU industrial biotechnology graduates are praised by the employers for their acquired technological knowledge, understanding of contemporary research equipment, and excellent planning and management skills.

  • You will acquire education for working in the most rapidly growing global industry sector
  • The study programme contains fully completed and continuously enhanced technical infrastructure for laboratory research
  • These studies have been designed to combine fundamental and practical knowledge

 

Description of Study Programme Apply
Location Kaunas
Faculty of Chemical Technology
Cycle Second cycle
Field Biotechnology
Language Lithuanian, English
Form Full-time studies - 2 y. (day-time; blended learning)
Degree awarded Master of Technological Sciences
Yearly Price  i Full-time studies - 4916 €
 

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements

University bachelor degree certificate

Engineering, Technology, Physical, Life, Health, Veterinary or Agricultural Sciences study field degree; and ≥18 ECTS completed in the Biotechnology study field subjects.

Language CGPA
Eligibility

IELTS ≥6.0, TOEFL ≥85, CEFR ≥C1, or previously completed studies in english language.

Average grade (CGPA) > 60 %

Additional requirements

Often you can get a suitable transcript of bachelor degree from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Russian.

The documents must be legalised (Apostille) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the documents were issued. This requirement does not apply for the documents issued in the EU and Belarus, Ukraine.

 

Score structure

Component Coefficient
First component of the competition score

Average grade (CGPA) of University‘s Bachelor’s degree (min. length – 180 ECTS) and its supplement

0,7

Second component of the competition score

Research activities

0,2

Third component of the competition score

Motivation letter and online interview

0,1

 

Tuition fee

The tuition fee for the academic year 2023-2024 will be approved and announced until 31 March 2023. The tuition fee applied for the academic year 2022-2023 is indicated below.

Full-time studies 4916 €
Price per credit 81,93 €
 
Foreign nationals with Lithuanian origins and EU citizens
Full-time studies 4916 €
Price per credit 81,93 €
Partial tuition fee waiver can be applied for the study price.

 

Financial support

Contacts

International Studies Office
Student Info Center
Studentų St. 50, LT-51368 Kaunas
email international@ktu.lt

Head of the Study Programmes
Assoc. Prof. Ilona Jonuškienė
Radvilėnų St. 19-039, Kaunas, Lithuania
tel. +370 616 43 642
email ilona.jonuskiene@ktu.lt

 

 

 

 

 

Subjects of the study programme by semesters

Skills

Materials – organic chemistry products in industry, polymers, food additives, biofuel
Bioactive compounds – development of new products, technologies, production, analysis
Analysis – chromatography, spectroscopy
Biotechnologies – bio-processes, design, modelling, optimisation, management, environment protection
Understanding of the engineering solutions and technological processes Understanding and management of modern research and instrumental analysis Ability to solve interdisciplinary problems by evaluating the importance of social, health and safety, bioethics, environmental, and commercial requirements Knowledge of various biotechnology fields, ability to apply various methods, including the mathematical analysis, modelling, and experiments

 

 

Values

Practice

The studies adapted to business

The industrial companies need biotechnology specialists who have deep knowledge of the technological processes. The basics of the study programme consist of knowledge of development, production, tests, and analysis of materials, as well as modelling, optimisation and management of bio-processes. This fundamental and practical knowledge is important for the effective work of a biotechnologist when developing and producing chemical substances, bioproducts, and biofuel of high added-value.

Studies

Good knowledge of the activity of biotechnology fields

The study programme of industrial biotechnology covers various fields of biotechnology oriented to the production activities, i.e. production of new reagents, food additives and fuel, development of environmental biotechnologies. The specialist is able to evaluate biotechnology activities and engineering solutions in view of the ethical, social, economic, and professional aspects.

Demand on the market

The specialists of biotechnology field are highly demanded in the labour market

The biotechnology industry is currently the most rapidly growing industrial sector in the world. In Lithuania, this field also receives a great deal of attention and becomes one of the most important fields of development of high technologies able to ensure the economic growth and make influence on the development of competitive national economy. High-level industrial biotechnology specialists are highly demanded in the labour market and related research and production sectors.

Career

Extensive career opportunities

Having general basics and knowledge in the field of biotechnology and practical skills, masters will be able to conduct research and work in various research and production companies acting in the fields of biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, and other related technologies. Interests of employers are ranging from a qualified narrow-profile biotechnologist in a large industrial company to a wide-profile biotechnologist in medium and small-scale business structure. Career possibilities from senior laboratory assistant to production (company) director.

Studies

The most modern technology (equipment) is used in the process of studies

The study programme contains fully completed and continuously enhanced technical base of studies and researches and is provided with the most modern research equipment.

 

Career

After graduation, students will be able to:
  • perform analytical analysis of various technological processes, plan and conduct experimental research, analyse and assess experiment’s results;
  • select suitable technological parameters, apply computer modelling in biotechnological processes;
  • work with biotechnological equipment and devices used in production of bio products;
    apply assessment instruments for financial efficiency of technological development projects.
Students will gain competencies of:
  • application of knowledge in formulation and solving of engineering and biotechnical problems;
  • selection of biotechnological equipment, analytical and modelling techniques understanding of biosynthesis stages of bio products;
  • knowledge and characterisation of biological system in production of bio products.

 

 

You may become

These specialists will be able to apply the innovative technological-engineering solutions and the newest knowledge of advanced biological sciences in designing of bioprocesses for commercially valuable bioproducts and sustainable biomaterials.

These specialists will be able to develop, create, and design the biomanufacturing from lab to commercial scale, to apply the quality standards and regulations (GMP), to ensure the biosafety guidelines in the biotechnology industry. They will be able to modernize sustainable processes in the biotechnology industry.

These specialists will be responsible for managing, coordinating, and optimizing the new biomanufacturing projects and innovative technologies fully compliant with regulations. They will be responsibe for performing research and integrating the innovative scientific solutions into the biomanufacturing of high value-added bioproducts.

These specialists will be able to apply the latest scientific achievements in biotechnology, molecular biology and genetic engineering in the growing bioeconomy. They will be responsible for creating and integrating the innovative and advanced technologies, for modernizing the new technological bioprocesses, and for managing the production of valuable bioproducts.

 

 

MA+ competences

Master+ is a unique model within a chosen MSc programme

The Master+ model offers either to masterpiece in the chosen discipline by choosing the Field Expert track or to strengthen the interdisciplinary skills in addition to the main discipline by choosing the Interdisciplinary Expert track providing a choice of a different competence to compliment the chosen discipline and achieve a competitive advantage in one’s career.

Students of these study programmes can choose between the path of Field Expert and Interdisciplinary Expert. Selection is made in the academic information system. Each path (competence) consists of three subjects (18 credits) allocated as follows: 1 year 1 semester (autumn) – first subject (6 credits), 1 year 2 semester (spring) – second subject (6 credits), 2 year 3 semester – third subject (6 credits). A student, who chooses a path of the Field Expert, deepens knowledge and strengthens skills in the main field of studies. The one, who chooses a path of the Interdisciplinary Expert, acquires knowledge and skills in a different area or field of studies. Competence provides a choice of alternative additional subjects.

  • Field Expert (profound knowledge and skills in the area, required for solution of scientific research tasks);
  • Interdisciplinary Expert:
    (fields of different knowledge and skills are combined for solution of specific tasks);

Acquisition of the competence is certified by the issue of KTU certificate and entry in the appendix to the Master’s diploma. In addition, students can acquire an international certificate (details are provided next to each competence).

Competences are implemented by KTU lecturers – experts in their area – and high level business and public sector organizations; their employees deliver lectures, submit topics for the student’s theses, placement-oriented tasks for the projects, etc.

 

 

Testimonials

Monika Strykaitė

Monika Strykaitė

KTU Project engineer

 

MSc Industrial Biotechnology program has given me extensive theoretical and practical knowledge on solving current issues by using innovative biotechnological processes. Knowledge, acquired throughout the studies, is easily applied in the job market, working in scientific research, project development and development of new bioproducts.

Milda Boguševičiūtė

Milda Boguševičiūtė

UAB „Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics“ researcher

 

Industrial Biotechnology studies gave me an extensive knowledge on development of biotechnological products, their processes and mechanisms. I learned a lot in bioprocess design, optimization and management. Skills, acquired while studying in this program, allow to successfully develop new products and new technologies in production.

Prof. Gervydas Dienys

Prof. Gervydas Dienys

President of the Lithuanian Biotechnology Association

 

In 2012, EU started the long-term Bio-economy Development Programme aimed at gradual reorientation of the economy from the use of fossil fuel to the renewable raw-materials; therefore, the long-term demand for qualified specialists in this field is also positive. The programme of industrial biotechnology is provided with modern research infrastructure. The graduates will have specific biotechnology knowledge, cognitive, and practical skills, will be able to design, develop and install new technologies and, manage biotechnology engineering systems.

 

 

 

Contacts

International Studies Office
Student Info Center
Studentų St. 50, LT-51368 Kaunas
email international@ktu.lt

Head of the Study Programmes
Assoc. Prof. Ilona Jonuškienė
Radvilėnų St. 19-039, Kaunas, Lithuania
tel. +370 616 43 642
email ilona.jonuskiene@ktu.lt