Farmaceutski-biokemijski fakultet

University of Zagreb
Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry
since 1882

Study programme conclusions and learning outcomes

The study programme curriculum trains Masters of Medical Biochemistry to examine human health from a chemical, biochemical and molecular biology point of view. The study programme curriculum is multidisciplinary. In addition to following courses in natural sciences, biomedicine and specialised professional courses, students also acquire knowledge and skills in the field of laboratory management, automatisation, and the informatisation of laboratory systems. By applying diverse technologies and analytical procedures for examining biological samples, Masters of Medical Biochemistry contribute to disease prevention, discovery and prognosis, and monitor treatment outcomes.
After graduating, Master of Medical Biochemistry will be able to apply the acquired:
  1. Knowledge
    1. 1.1. Expert knowledge: apply fundamental knowledge in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, physics, mathematics and statistics for laboratory diagnostics, for defining, analysing and proposing procedures related to research, production and quality assurance, as well as for disease and treatment monitoring
    2. 1.2. Expert knowledge of laboratory diagnostics: apply expert knowledge in laboratory diagnostics procedures, evaluating the clinical relevance of biochemical and molecular biology indicators, detecting sources of laboratory analysis errors and result variability, interpreting laboratory analysis results from an analytical and clinical point of view, while respecting the current legal framework, health policy and guidelines and professional ethical principles
  1. Personal skills (cognitive, psychomotor, social)
    1. 2.1. Problem-solving and decision-making: demonstrate cognitive, analytical and critical skills in the development and implementation of solutions for practical problems in laboratory diagnostics
    2. 2.2. Communication: use verbal and written forms of communication to ensure positive interaction with patients, colleagues, health experts and the general public
    3. 2.3. Teamwork: through professional and responsible behaviour, make significant contributions in diverse situations and contexts, such as inter-professional groups and professional organisations and committees
  1. Professional skills
    1. 3.1. Technical skills: optimise, validate and perform laboratory analyses in diverse fields of healthcare, evaluate new and enhance existing analytical methods, implement calibration and traceability procedures, method and equipment evaluations, all forms of quality control while applying good laboratory practice rules, as well as relevant European and ISO directives
    2. 3.2. Organisation skills: efficiently implement financial, marketing and organisational principles important for autonomous work and teamwork
    3. 3.3. Information skills: use information technology and databases for enhancing expert knowledge and skills and self-learning
    4. 3.4. Research skills: critically assess and implement scientific discoveries and available data for enhancing knowledge, problem-solving, implementing new technologies and enhancing existing ones; prepare professional and research papers; develop and coordinate professional and research projects and programmes
  1. Autonomy and responsibility
    1. 4.1. Autonomy: demonstrate autonomy in organisation, coordination and management, as well as in the development of strategies and business plans relevant to the profession
    2. 4.2. Responsibility: apply legal and ethical principles in autonomous work and teamwork, ensure data confidentiality when managing laboratory documentation; implement activities related to continuous professional development and contribute to the development of the profession