Master of Science in Medical Biochemistry

Introduction

Medical Biochemistry is the study of biochemical exchanges that occur within the human body in relation with their application in the field of medicine. Millions of complex chemical reactions are going on in the human body at any given time, ranging from the balance of the endocrine system to the storage of human memory. By studying and understanding these highly complex reactions, medical biochemists need to understand the biochemical basis of disease and therefore find ways for their effective diagnosis and hence improving the fight against infection and disease on the molecular level. This rapidly expanding science including recent advances in human genome project have become, and will remain in the foreseeable future, one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against human disease. Progress in the fields of molecular biology, endocrinology, and cellular biology has been rapid in recent years. Since all of these scientific fields tie in closely with Medical Biochemistry, it has made keeping up with the latest advancements in the field extremely challenging. Medical biochemists have to study often to stay on the cutting edge of this ever-expanding branch of science.

Without this field of science, much of modern medicine would not be practiced as it is known today.

In the past decade the employment prospects for graduates in biochemistry have grown dramatically and perhaps the single biggest field is in the application of biochemistry to medicine, with the pharmaceutical industry, clinical laboratories and biomedical research institutions being among the leading employers. This programme, is ideal for anyone interested in a career in Medical Biochemistry.

Admission Requirements

A candidate should normally have a 1st class or upper second class honors degree in Biochemistry or Molecular Biology from Moi University or any other recognized University.

Candidates with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Dentistry or any other degree in biomedical sciences with at least a credit in Biochemistry or Molecular Biology will be considered.

Candidates with lower second class honors with at least a credit in Biochemistry or Molecular Biology will be considered in addition be required to have two years experience in relevant field.

Evidence of proficiency in English will be required.

Duration

The Master of Science in Biochemistry will normally run for a minimum period of two (2) and a maximum of four (4) years from the date of registration unless otherwise approved by the senate.

Award of Degree

Students will graduate with a Master of Science in Medical Biochemistry upon passing all the examinations and duly satisfying the School of Medicine examinations board, the College of Heath Sciences Academic Board and the Moi University Senate.

Course Structure

Year1

Semester1

Course code Title Units
MMR 807 Research Methods  3
MME 801 Innovative Medical Education 2
HII 813 Introduction to Information  Technology 2
MMR 805     Bio-Medicine Literature Appraisal 2
MBC 810

           Advanced Biochemical Techniques and Instrumentation

3
MBC 811 Integration and Control of Metabolic Pathways 3
MBC 812 Research Ethics, Bio-safety and Intellectual Property Rights 3

ELECTIVE COURSES

(Students to take one (1) course)

Course code Title  Units
MBE 814 Genomics and Proteomics 2
MBE 816 Molecular Neurobiology 2
MBE 815 Immunochemistry 2
  TOTAL UNITS 22

Semester2

Course Code Title Units
MBC 813 Clinical Biochemistry 3
MBC 817 Recombinant DNA Technology 3
MBC 818 Cellular Biochemistry 3
MBC 819 Protein Folding and Design 3
MBC 820 Advanced Enzymology 3
MBC 821 Bioinformatics 3
MBC 822 Biochemistry of Human Genetics 3

ELECTIVE COURSES

(Students to take one (1) course)

Course code Title  Units
MBE 823 Nutritional Biochemistry 2
MBE 824 Biochemistry of Cancer 2
MBE 825 Microbial and Parasite Biochemistry 2
TOTAL UNITS 25

Year2

Semester3

Course code Title Units
MMR 898 Research Proposal writing 2
TOTAL UNITS 2

Semester 4

Course code Title Units
MMR 899 Thesis 9
TOTAL UNITS 9
OVERALL TOTAL UNITS 58

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