Profile and Career - MSc in Biology – University of Copenhagen

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Profile and Career

You should pursue studies in Biology if you are into biological phenomena like DNA, have an interest in nature management or would like to investigate the issues that life itself confronts us with every day. If you are the type who likes to poke their fingers into ponds or grapple with genetic puzzles while wearing lab garb, then Biology is for you. It is a programme where theory alternate with practical work in the field, in the lab or both. The wide range of courses in the programme offers you the opportunity to specialize in one of the many disciplines in the field of biology and thereby tailor your education to your interests and dreams for the future.

Competence Description

A graduate degree in Biology offers you a strong foundation for mastering important scientific techniques. You will leave the graduate programme equipped with skills applicable in nature as well as in the lab. 

Competences

A graduate in Biology has acquired the following generic competencies regardless of the chosen specialisation:

Knowledge about:

  • State-of the-art within a particular specialisation in biology.
  • Current biological problems relevant to industry and society and their possible solutions.

 Skills to:

  • Apply the most recent and most advanced experimental techniques, measuring methods and equipment in the field and/or in the laboratory.
  • Analyse, interpret and critically evaluate experimental complex stratified biological data from a range of methods.
  • Summarise a research subject based on original scientific literature.

Competencies to:

  • Manage, advice on and conduct research into biological systems, based on in-depth biological knowledge of the systems.
  • Hypothesise, independently formulate and conduct experiments, in the field and/or in the laboratory, and explain, communicate and put into perspective a scientific problem, both orally and in writing.
  • Combine and further develop advanced methods and techniques, including the competencies required to evaluate the complexity of the data collected, sources of error and methodological uncertainties.
  • Disseminate knowledge about the subject area in both academic and non-academic contexts.

Career Opportunities

Biologists work in a variety of occupational settings. The MSc programme in Biology covers a broad set of skills, so immediate job prospects are good. Also, your education and training can easily be targeted to suit specific career aims. Often, biologists get jobs in:

  • biotech
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • government ministries
  • municipalities
  • universities
  • upper secondary schools
  • intellectual property consultancies
  • environmental organisations
  • the media
  • biotech start-ups

All in all, equipped with a graduate degree in Biology, your prospects are extensive.

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