The B.Sc. thesis is the first step towards independent research by the candidate. Under guidance by one or several academic supervisor(s), the student performs independent laboratory research. Thus the theoretical concepts and laboratory skills are integrated into the planning, design, and delivery of a research project. Regular meetings and progress reports with supervisor are mandatory, and the candidate is asked to prepare a written thesis and a defense of the thesis in front of a committee. Thus, literature search, experimental planning, laboratory work, written documentation and oral presentation of data are developed through an individual research project. Students can choose their supervisor and the project is agreed between student and supervisor(s). Students who have finished a Bachelor program in the Biotechnology program at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biotechnology should be able to:
1. Integrate theoretical knowledge from entire program into design and planning of a research project.
2. Analyze a research problem comprehensively and evaluate the underlying scientific concepts.
3. Design experiments towards solving a scientific problem.
4. Evaluate experimental approaches with respect to efficiency and safety.
5. Carry out laboratory research independently.
6. Select experimental approaches that apply to a given problem and interpret the results.
7. Carry out independent laboratory work and analyze the results.
8. Device approaches to answer scientific questions.
9. Perform literature survey to identify optimum approaches to scientific questions.
10. Communicate experimental results and place them into context of current scientific literature.
11. Work within a team and communicate research facts among scientists and non-scientist stakeholders.
12. Prepare a written thesis that summarizes the problem and solution strategy, analyzes all experimental results and discusses the findings in view of state of the field.
13. Present the results in form of a talk and defense in front of expert and non-expert audiences.
The Bachelor thesis is scheduled during the 8th semester (final semester) of studies, in order to demonstrate the fulfillment of the above objectives.
The internship is an essential part of the GUC study programs, where pharmacy students must complete a total of 300 hours of university-required internships before their graduation. The internship must be practical and related to the student’s majors; with options to apply for industrial, research or corporate internships. The aim of the internship is to link between the academic programs studied and their actual implementation in the field. Additionally, it will help pharmacy students expand their areas of knowledge and have a clear vision about possible career options.The value of work-related experience gives our graduates the chance to be successfully placed in the world of work in national and international fields of work. It aims also to equip graduates with the necessary theoretical and applied skills which permit students to function effectively in the pharmacy professional fields as in each instance, students confront the challenges and issues which they will eventually encounter in their future careers in an actual working situation and discover the value of work in a pharmaceutical business or in a health care system.