Molecular Bionics Engineering BSc

"We know that the main direction of development today points towards molecular machines. If the tasks of diagnosis, intervention and control could be managed, the healing role of medical doctors would be much facilitated, and the health of the patients also." (Árpád Csurgay, Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, professor at the Faculty of Information Technology of PPCU)

"This is a new field, where life-sciences and electronics along with computer technology meet. New inventions and services are born, such as fMRI, lab-on-a-chip devices, or prostheses, and body-machine symbioses, like a pacemaker or a neuro-stimulator in the brain. This is a brand new world in which we lay down the foundations of a specialization that will mean a new industry in the future." (The late Professor Tamás Roska, founding dean of PPCU FIT)

Molecular Bionics is a real novelty in Hungary. It is on the frontiers of biology, molecular physics, chemistry, and computer technology and guides the way for rapidly developing fields of science, such as computer-assisted pharmaceutical industry, medical biotechnology or nanobiotechnology.
The program that is run together with Semmelweis Medical University has four
disciplinary pillars:

  • molecular biology,
  • electromagnetic waves in nano- and micron- scale ,
  • foundations of computing and electronics,
  • neurobiology.

In their curriculum, students meet lab-on-a-chip technology, computer-aided drug design, complex laboratory practice, physiology measurements, 2-D and 3-D imaging and processing, genome-chip technology, etc. Upon finishing the BSc program, students can pursue their studies at the Info-bionics or Medical Biotechnology master courses to become pioneers of a new industry.

 

Curriculum of the Molecular Bionics Engineering program

Molecular bionics is a discipline on the boundary of biology, molecular physics and chemistry, and computer technology.

In the USA it is called nano-bio-info-cogno synergy or shortly NBIC. As for the services and new products, the new objectives are shifted towards the fields of biology, information and medical technologies and methodologies, as well as areas of agriculture and veterinary medicine.

These technologies are placed into the spotlight in the principles of the new EU Framework Program. Some say that this is the meeting point of two state-of-the-arts: the synergy of information technology and biotechnologies.

There are no specializations in the program; it is recommended mostly as an academic preparatory program for MSc programs.

Duration of the program

  • No. of semesters: 7
  • No. of classes (minimum necessary contact classes): 2520

Total number of credits to be earned: 210,  of which

  • minimum number of credits assigned to the common section of the program: 160
  • minimum number of elective credits: 11
  • credit number of thesis: 20
  • minimum credit number of practical studies: 30

Major scientific areas of the program and their proportions

  • Core material: 105-150 credits
  • Basics: 60-80 credits
  • Professional core material: 45-70 credits
  • Specialized professional studies: 50-80 credits
  • Elective studies: 10-12 credits
  • Thesis: 15-25 credits

Professional competences to be acquired

  • Adequate knowledge in the world of molecules concerning physical, chemical, electric, magnetic and optical basics
  • Practical skills in fundamental molecular biology laboratory measurements and methodology, including professional knowledge regarding electronics and computer technology
  • Detailed professional knowledge and practical adaptation skills in the field required by the chosen professional orientation
  • Ability for accomplishing project items in controlling and qualification assignments, as well as for performing items of R&D projects and for the development of such projects
  • In the possession of comprehensive knowledge the ability can be acquired to easily master skills in new directions and in academic specialty master programs
  • Ability to perform active professional work in English
  • Adequate basic knowledge in economics that can further be built on in the course of practical professional master programs or in  other forms of higher education

Main scientific areas of the core material

Basics I.

Basic studies in Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Mathematics: 25-35 credits
  • Physico-Chemistry: 10-15 credits
  • Chemistry: 5-15 credits
  • Biology: 4-8 credits

Basics II.

Basic studies in Economics and Liberal Arts

  • Economics, Business Economy:  2-6 credits
  • Management: 2-6 credits
  • History of Science: 2-6 credits
  • Law, Industrial Property Right: 2-6 credits
  • Philosophy: 0-4 credits

Other Liberal Arts: 2-8 credits

Professional Core Material

  • Electronics Module: 15-25 credits
  • Computer Technology Module: 10-20 credits
  • Biophysics Module: 4-6 credits
  • Molecular Biology Module: 5-10 credits
  • Neuroscience Module: 5-10 credits
  • Further professional specializations corresponding to the traditions and potentials of the institution:  0-15 credits

 

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