Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
RELATIONS TO THE biotech industr
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BIOTECHNOLOGY WORLDWIDE Biotechnology has the potential to solve many of the pressing problems in current medicine. The development of antibodies used for therapy of many diseases as well as technologies for transplantation of skin and the generation of cartilage tissue have improved the quality of life for millions of patients worldwide. But these outstanding achievements are just the first success stories of a discipline that is still young. The growing pharmaceutical industry as well as the medical research institutions have an urgent need for well-trained employees. Graduates with practical problemsolving skills are needed to meet the demands of the fast growing job market in Europe and worldwide.
INDUSTRY NETWORKS: BUSINESS & RESEARCH PARTNERS Close relations to the national and international biotech industry are an additional asset for students in various fields. For example, the development and implementation of practice-oriented industrial training in the following areas are on offer and enable students to get in contact with prospective employers and researchers. Topics of this cooperation include: Basic principles of biological techniques (biochemical engineering) Behaviour training under clean room conditions classes C – A Development of documentation concepts for R&D projects under GLP and near-GMP conditions Development and optimisation of test methods for industrial questions with molecular-, micro-, cell- and immunobiological background Provision and adaptation of research reactors for questions in the area of pharmaceutical biotechnology and regenerative medicine Organisation of international life science congresses
a broad understan biotechnology With practical training in laboratory techniques Programme Overview
Language of instruction is English
Secondary school leaving certificate or equivalent
Language of instruction
Start of semester
During the fifth semester students will gain six months of work experience in companies and medical institutes worldwide
Practical training in small groups in a qualitycontrolled environment
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering â€“ 180 ECTS* * ECTS = European Credit Transfer System
AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME The Bachelor programme "Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology" is designed to teach students a broad understanding of biotechnology ranging from the biophysical and biochemical processes in cells to the setup of modern biotechnological production plants. Additionally, the students will receive practical training in laboratory techniques. This combination will enable them to later work independently in the challenging working environment of the pharmaceutical industry as well as in medical research institutes.
CORE MODULES Medical Biotechnology Students acquire fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge in the principal fields of medical biotechnology. Courses and laboratories in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, genetic engineering and instrumental analytics provide a sound basis of knowledge. In addition, students are introduced to the principles of human medicine and pharmaceutical sciences necessary for the understanding of drug action and drug development. Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Students will get to know the central components of a production plant. They will also learn construction principles and practise the design and use of equipment on selected study examples. The later use of even more complicated equipment will thus be facilitated. Quality Management Mistakes in the pharmaceutical and medical industry endanger life through doubtful products. Quality management skills are therefore a central aspect for a successful career. The students learn and practise how to plan experiments and projects properly and how to assure the quality of medical products. Management Human resources and the ability to work together productively are important, especially since biotechnology is a highly multidisciplinary field. Products can only be developed in teams where people are able to communicate properly. Students therefore not only learn the basics of business, but also how they can avoid personal conflicts and practise constructive communication.
ELECTIVES Production of Therapeutic Proteins In this module, in-depth knowledge on recombinant protein technologies is acquired. Courses and laboratories cover theoretical and practical issues on pharmaceutical protein production systems, control systems, validation and biomaterials. Therefore, the pharmaceutical process to produce an active pharmaceutical ingredient is explored. Drug Development Management Managing the development process of a drug requires skills including the basics of management, leadership and marketing. In addition, the ability to efficiently control the costs of regulatory affairs for placing the drugs on the market is getting more and more important in an environment where innovation and safety is an absolute requirement. With a profound knowledge in these areas, graduates are able to work as a valuable part of the team during the drug development process.
The Bachelor programme "Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology" is offered in a full-time version. Lectures take place from Monday to Friday, in exceptional cases on Saturdays. The weekly contact hours vary from semester to semester (between 14 and 27).
Features full-time format Hours of attendance
Monday to Friday
Average number of hours/week
Occupation during the programmes
Mandatory (22 weeks in the fifth semester)
Studying efficiently, individual coaching and service
The university of applied sciences’s “Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology” degree programmes have earned the quality seals of the ASIIN association, an accreditation agency of degree programmes in engineering, computer science, natural sciences, and mathematics. The IMC Krems is the first Austrian university of applied sciences and arts to receive this certification. The ASIIN technical seal honours degree programmes that meet the needs of science and professional practice of the disciplines involved at a high level and provide a secure environment for teaching and learning.
curriculum full-time Semester I Introduction to Laboratory Introduction to Laboratory Techniques, Laboratory Basics of Chemistry Chemical Calculations General and Inorganic Chemistry, Theory Analytic Chemistry, Laboratory Basics of Physics Applied Physics, Theory Applied Physics, Laboratory Human Medicine I Anatomy and Physiology Human Genetics Microbiology Applied Microbiology Microbiological Working Techniques, Laboratory Fundamentals in Mathematics Applied Mathematics Applied Mathematics, Exercise
Semester IV Cell and Tissue Engineering Cell Culture Laboratory II Scientific Skills Pharmaceutical Production Processes Equipment and Production Design Pharmaceutical Protein Production and Purification Biochemical Analytics, Protein Purification Bioprocess Technology, Theory Fermentation and Bioseparation, Laboratory Applied Quality Management GLP/GMP Seminar Genetic Engineering Laboratory under GLP
2 3 4
3 4 8
1 3 2
2 5 3
Total weekly contact hours/ECTS
Practical Training in Industry and Bachelor Thesis I Bachelor Thesis I and Bachelor Seminar Practical Training Semester
Total weekly contact hours/ECTS
Total weekly contact hours/ECTS
Organic Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Theory Organic Chemistry, Laboratory Human Medicine II Human Diseases Immunology and Medical Microbiology Microbiology and Pharmaceutical Production Environment Microbiological Monitoring, Laboratory Introduction to Contamination Control and Clean Room Training Biostatistics and Software Applications in Biotechnology Biostatistics Software Applications Biophysics Applied Biophysics Biophysics, Laboratory Molecular Biology of the Cell Cell Biology Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering, Theory
Total weekly contact hours/ECTS
2 1 2
3 1 3
3 2 2
4 3 3
1 2 2
2 3 3
Medical Biology Cell Physiology and Medical Molecular Biology Cell Culture Techniques Cell Culture Laboratory I Theoretical and Practical Biochemistry Biochemistry, Theory Biochemistry, Laboratory Bioinformatics Laboratory Skills for Biotechnology Instrumental Analytics, Theory Instrumental Analytics, Laboratory Genetic Engineering, Laboratory Fundamentals of Engineering Measurement and Control Systems I Quality Management Introduction to Quality Management GLP/GMP (Theory) Practical Training Application and Preparation PTS Application and Preparation Total weekly contact hours/ECTS
Pharmaceutical Sciences Pharmacology 2 Current Issues in Molecular Medicine 1 Project Management Project Management in Life Sciences 2 Bachelor Thesis Bachelor Thesis II and Bachelor Seminar 1 Bachelor Exam Bachelor Exam Elective Module 1: Production of Therapeutic Proteins Journal Club for Current Issues Journal Club for Current Issues 1 Recombinant Protein Technologies Measurement and Control Systems II 1 Pharmaceutical Protein Production Systems 1 Validation and Biomaterials Introduction to Validation 1 Material Science and Biomaterials 1 Elective Module 2: Drug Development Management Journal Club for Current Issues Journal Club for Current Issues 1 Management and Marketing Principles of Management and Marketing 2 Biomedical Regulations Clinical Studies and GCP 1 Drug Regulatory Affairs 1 Total weekly contact hours/ECTS
4 2 3 8 4
1 2 2 2 2
1 3 3 2 30
H = Weekly contact hours ECTS = European Credit Transfer System
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FURTHER academic and career options Our students can either start their professional career as
Production scientists/engineers Research scientists Quality assurance officers Project management assistants Clinical monitors and Product managers
or they can study for four additional semesters to obtain a Master of Science in Engineering (MSc). The third level of academic achievement, a doctorate, is offered at universities, for instance in partnership with the University of South Bohemia. This ensures that IMC Krems graduates receive a university-level qualification which is comparable and recognised across Europe and beyond. Our partner companies/universities are (among many others): Baxter; Boehringer Ingelheim and Octapharma, Austria; Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia; Harvard University; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Max Planck Institute, Munich; Merck; Morphosys AG, Germany; Sanofi; Shanghai University; Singapore University; Stem Cell Sciences, Edinburgh; Tissue Genesis Inc., Honolulu; University of Groningen; University of Lund; University of Sydney
The IMC Career Center The IMC Career Center serves the systematic development of the IMC University of Applied Sciences network of companies and organisations. It offers career services to students and alumni. Another focus is the supervision of students before, during and after their practical training (PTS – Bachelor) or applied research and training (ARTS – Master) semesters. The service centre's tasks are further: help with the organisation of internships, implementation of the IMC Recruiting Fair – Career Links, organising “On-Campus-Recruiting” as well as events and company presentations. http://alumni.fh-krems.ac.at.
Top ranked The IMC Krems has been ranked top among universities in German-speaking countries for many years. Various surveys confirm the excellent education at the Institution of Higher Education. The CHE (Center for Rankings of Instititutions of Higher Education in German-speaking countries) as well as the European university ranking “U-Multirank” bestowed “BEST GRADES” for the IMC Krems in the fields of study portfolio, international alignment, quality of education and career prospects. IMC graduates are very well accepted on the Austrian and international employment markets.
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ellent career prospects
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Studying the international A unique learning environment
60% German 40% English
Degree programmes We offer English-language degree programmes and the opportunity to work and study abroad.
International student body Students from 50 different nations give our university a strong international flavour.
98% Employability of graduates
Why study at the IMC Krems? Employability An IMC Krems degree opens the door to long-term professional success. Career prospects IMC Krems students enjoy unique career opportunities in Austria and abroad. Internships Are a great opportunity to gain experience and make important business contacts. Intensive support Comprehensive support from administrative and academic staff helps students to complete their degree in the minimum possible time. Practical focus The students can quickly become part of business operations – implementing their knowledge in real-life projects, and benefiting from lecturers‘ expertise. State-of-the-art infrastructure Excellent facilities make for an outstanding learning environment. International learning Guest lecturers from around the world give the courses a strong international flavour. International outlook IMC Krems offers English-language degree programmes and the opportunity to work and study abroad.
IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems Piaristengasse 1 3500 Krems, Austria, Europe Prospective Student Advisory Service T: +43 02732 802 222 E: email@example.com I: www.fh-krems.ac.at
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