Biobanking

The extensive growth of biobanks internationally requires the training of experts. The postgraduate course conveys the knowledge required to set up, equip, manage and implement biobanks.

The language of instruction is English. The main method of instruction is e-learning.

The modules can be booked separately as individual professional development.

Im Überblick

Overview

Length: 4 semesters, part-time

ECTS: 90

Degree: Master of Science (MSc) in Biobanking

Cost: EUR 12.900,-

Start: Winter semester 2022/23

Qualification profile and learning outcomes

The postgraduate course provides the knowledge, skills and competencies required for a job in the multidisciplinary field of biobanking.

Graduates are able to:

  • Set up and implement a national/international biobank
  • Put into practice principles of organizational, quality and risk management and represent a biobank
  • Apply knowledge to implement necessary infrastructure (including IT) and prepare a budget
  • Manage specimens and take into account ELSI aspects of a biobank
  • Employ their knowledge in epidemiology, biostatistics and other research areas

Demand and relevance

Given the rising number of requests for biological specimens for medical research and the ever-growing range of methods for analysis and applications, biobanks are confronted with increasing requirements for the quality of their specimens, data and processes.

The following occupational fields may be of interest to graduates:

  • Biobanks (national and international)
  • Medical research
  • Basic research
  • Analysis centers
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Diagnostic companies

Target group

University graduates with a degree in:

  • Medical engineering
  • Natural sciences
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy

Admission requirements

Degree

  • from a related bachelor's program or
  • from a related diploma program or
  • from a related bachelor's program at a university of applied sciences (at least 180 ECTS) or
  • from a related diploma program at a university of applied sciences (at least 180 ECTS) or
  • from another equivalent program at a recognized postsecondary educational institution in Austria or abroad (analogous to §64 par. 5 UG in its current version)

It is assumed that students are able to study English language materials and participate in lessons conducted in English.

Structure

The postgraduate course

  • is part-time
  • consists of 4 semesters
  • is divided into 12 modules
  • includes a master's thesis and defense

Course content

  • Introduction and Basic Knowledge Biobanking
  • Ethics and Law
  • Collection and Management of Samples
  • Risk Management and Biobanking
  • Biobanking IT
  • Sustainability, Budgeting and Business Planning
  • Epidemiology
  • Quality Management and Quality Control
  • Management and Communication
  • Strategy and Development
  • Research
  • Elective
  • Master's thesis

Final qualification

Upon completion of all curriculum requirements and a positive evaluation of the master's thesis, the graduate receives a certificate of completion and may use the title Master of Science (MSc).

Cost

EUR 12,900

Dates

The course starts every two years after the previous course has finished.

MSc Biobanking 2020-2022

The face to face courses will be held on the following dates (subject to change without notice)

Winter semester 2020/2021:

  • Face to face course 1: 05.10. - 09.10.2020
  • Module 1: Introduction and Basic Knowledge Biobanking

Summer semester 2021:

  • Face to face course 2: 01.03. - 05.03.2021
  • Module 3: Collection and Management of Samples (Hands-on)

Winter semester 2021/2022:

  • Face to face course 3: 04.10. - 13.10.2021
  • Module 9: Management and Communication and Module 11: Research I (Hands-on)

Summer semester 2022:

  • Face to face course 4: 19.09. - 23.09.2022
  • Module 12: Designing and Implementation of Clinical Studies (Hands-on) OR Research II (Hands-on) and presentation of the master thesis including a graduation ceremony

Location: Medical University of Graz, Austria

Course directors

  • Berthold Huppertz

  • Karine Sargsyan

Contact

Biobank Graz 
T: +43 316 385 72716
T: +43 316 385 72730