1 st year, 3 ECTS


This course is designed to serve as revision for students, and to ensure that all students are ready to begin immediately in the laboratory. Students will therefore:

  1. Receive training covering occupational health and safety in the laboratory. This will include electrical and physical hazards, chemical hazards, biological aspects of safety, including dealing with living microorganisms and cells.
  2. Receive an introduction basic considerations of working in a laboratory, including lab etiquette, the process of keeping a laboratory journal and the importance of recording and storing data in a clear and accessible manner.
  3. Receive a basic revision course on some of the calculations that are required when working in a laboratory, and in particular those concerning determining concentrations of components in buffer solutions.
  4. Receive a basic course on the use of standard computer programs, such as spreadsheet and presentation software, which are required in the day-to-day life of researchers, for the analysis and presentation of data.
  5. Undertake a range of laboratory exercises, either alone or in pairs, designed to familiarise themselves with basic techniques, skills and equipment of a laboratory.
  6. Listen to short presentations from representatives of the different active research groups within the Department of Biotechnology, who will provide introductions to their current research projects and interests, to help with selection of laboratory apprenticeship course. 

Call for Applications - Biotechnology for the Life Sciences International graduate/masters research program, academic year 2023/2024

The Department of Biotechnology is happy to announce that applications are now open for students wishing to begin the graduate/research program “Biotechnology for the Life Sciences” in October 2023. Biotechnology for the Life Sciences is a research focussed program, taught entirely in English, aimed at students aiming to pursue a career in life sciences research, either in academia or industry. Notably, the first year includes two 8-week long research apprenticeships in research laboratories, while the entire second year is dedicated to an in depth original research project.

Interested students should download and complete the application form and submit it to us, along with the other documents requested in it, to us by email (llife.sci@biotech.uniri.hr) by 31st March 2023. This call is open to students from any country, and of any nationality. More information can be found in the Call for Applications. Please feel free to email us ( life.sci@biotech.uniri.hr) if you have any questions. The tuition fees for the course are €4500 per year, and apply to applicants of all nationalities.

Depending on applicant numbers, a second call may be issued with a deadline of July 2023, however this second call will only be applicable for students that do not need a visa to travel to the Republic of Croatia (such as EU citizens).