Ziauddin University

BS Molecular Medicine

Ziauddin University has introduced the BS Molecular Medicine Programme, a groundbreaking initiative in Pakistan. This programme focuses on the rapidly evolving field of Molecular Medicine, which is considered the future of healthcare. It encompasses cutting-edge advancements in disease diagnosis, therapy, and prevention through advanced bio-molecular research. As the first programme of its kind in a medical institution in Pakistan, it aims to equip students with a solid understanding of the genetic and biochemical basis of human diseases. By bridging the gap between basic and clinical sciences, this interdisciplinary programme offers practical training that allows students to apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios. The curriculum covers various disciplines such as Molecular Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Pathology, Physiology, Immunology, Cancer Biology, Biotechnology, Proteomics, Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cells Therapy, Molecular Pharmacology, and Bioinformatics. Through this programme, students will gain essential knowledge to contribute to the field of medical sciences and drive advancements in healthcare.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

Education: Applicants should have completed their Higher Secondary School Certificate (Intermediate Science) or an equivalent qualification recognized by the university. Alternatively, candidates with A Levels or an equivalent international qualification are also eligible.

Admission Test: All applicants are required to take an admission test conducted by the university. The test evaluates the candidate’s knowledge and aptitude in relevant subjects.

Interview: Shortlisted candidates based on their performance in the admission test will be called for an interview. The interview provides an opportunity for the university to assess the candidate’s suitability for the programme.

The final selection of candidates will be based on their performance in the admission test and interview. Meeting the eligibility criteria and successfully completing the selection process are crucial for securing admission into the BS Molecular Medicine Programme at Ziauddin University.

Course Outline
 Semester Course Title Credit Hours
 I (15 Credit Hours) Arts and Humanities (Philosophy) 3
 Expository Writing 1 3
 Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics) 3
 Social Sciences (Psychology) 2+1
 Natural Sciences (Human Biology) 3
 II (15 Credit Hours) Arts and Humanities (History) 3
 Expository Writing 2 2
 Quantitative Reasoning (Biostatistics) 3
 Social Sciences (Fundamentals of Economics) 2+1
 Natural Sciences (Organic Chemistry) 3
 III (15 Credit Hours) Expository Writing 3 3
 Islamic Studies 3
 Minor 1: Human Physiology 2+1
 Minor 2: Biochemistry 2+1
 Major 1: Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine 3
 IV (15 Credit Hours) Pakistan Studies 3
 Minor 3: Microbiology 2+1
 Minor 4: Anatomy 2+1
 Major 2: Metabolism 3
 Major 3: Cell and Molecular biology 3
 V (15 Credit Hours) Major 4: Pharmacology 2+1
 Major 5: Basic Immunology 3
 Major 6: Laboratory Techniques 1+2
 Major 7: Human Genetics 3
 Major 8: Research Methodology 3
 VI (15 Credit Hours) Major 9: Medical Biotechnology 2+1
 Major10: Molecular Pathology 3
 Major 11: Virology 3
 Major 12: Advanced Immunology 3
 Major 13: Methods in Molecular Medicine 2+1
 VII (15 Credit Hours) Major 14: Advances in Molecular Medicine 3
 Major 15: Bioinformatics & Computational Biology 2+1
 Elective I 3
 Elective II 3
 Project I 0+3
 VIII (15 Credit Hours) Major 16: Animal Sciences 2+1
 Major 17: Clinical Pathology 3
 Elective III 3
 Elective IV 3
 Project II 0+3
Fee Structure
  Description  Per Semester 
  Application Fee   5,000
  Admission Fee   50,000
  Tuition Fee   120,000/per semester
  Examination Fee   10,000/per semester
  Library Fee   5,000/per semester
  Lab Charges   5,000/per semester
 
Human Resources

Dr. Talat Mirza

MBBS, M.Phil., Ph.D. (Molecular Pathology)

HOD Molecular Medicine

Executive Director Research ZU

Meritorious Professor of Pathology

Shumaila Usman

B.S. (Biochemistry), UoK, Pakistan

Ph.D. (Molecular Medicine), PCMD, ICCBS, Pakistan

Ambrina Khatoon

BSc. (Hons), MSc (Biotechnology),

Ph.D. (Biotechnology), KIBGE, UoK

Rehan Imad

BS.MT (Clinical Lab Sciences), SIUT, Pakistan

Ph.D. (Molecular Medicine), PCMD, ICCBS, Pakistan

Abdul Hameed

BSc. Hons (Microbiology), KUST, Pakistan

Ph.D. (Molecular Medicine), PCMD, ICCBS, Pakistan

Post Doc (Molecular Medicine), IMCR, Gunma University, Japan

Yamna Khurshid

BSc. (Hons), MSc (Biotechnology),

Ph.D. (Molecular Medicine), PCMD, ICCBS, UoK

Introduction

In a world where healthcare needs are constantly and rapidly rising as scientific innovation, technological development and advancement hold the lion’s share of society’s collective wealth. Ziauddin University has taken a breakthrough and imperative initiative in Pakistan to stand out with the launching of BS Molecular Medicine Program.

Molecular Medicine is often referred to as “tomorrow’s medicine”. It is a newly emerging and most sought-after field in medicine globally with a focus on cutting edge advances in disease diagnosis, therapy and prevention driven by advanced bio-molecular research. It is established as a forward-looking academic program designed to train students at the interface of basic and clinical sciences. Its inception marked the first such program from a medical institution in Pakistan, rooted with the firm belief that rigorous training of the young scholars in the genetic and biochemical basis of human disease would provide an effective means to translate rapid advances in basic research into practical health benefits.

The program provides a unique opportunity for the young inquisitive minds to ponder over the different aspects of medical sciences they learned in theory by performing hands on practical training. One of the unique strengths of this course is its interdisciplinary approach whereby different areas of medical sciences are harnessed towards understanding of disease processes at ultimate molecular level with the development of diagnostics and therapeutic approaches.

The program will provide well-founded essential knowledge of the basic sciences including pre-clinical knowledge of Molecular Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Pathology, Physiology, Immunology, Cancer Biology, Biotechnology, Proteomics, Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cells Therapy, Molecular Pharmacology, and Bioinformatics.

Program Objectives
    • To produce scholars with in-depth knowledge of molecular genetic mechanisms of diseases with their diagnostic and therapeutic approach.
    • To acquire various molecular and cell biology skills fundamental to the analysis and manipulation of these molecules in order to improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases.
Scope of the Program

The trending academic discipline holds huge scope in both research and clinical work for patient care with in-depth understanding of molecular processes pertaining to etiopathogenesis, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of diseases with the potential to transform the medical sciences in relation to recent molecular diagnostics and technology offering a plethora of career opportunities. With the advancements in Genomics, personalized medicine is becoming a reality and studying Molecular Medicine enables one to apply this to individual subjects. Pharma industries are interested in application of Molecular Medicine to design tailored drugs. Currently it seems that they would be competing with the bachelors in Biotechnology, Biosciences, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Medical Technology on the following job positions: The trending academic discipline holds huge scope in both research and clinical work for patient care with in-depth understanding of molecular processes pertaining to etiopathogenesis, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of diseases with the potential to transform the medical sciences in relation to recent molecular diagnostics and technology offering a plethora of career opportunities. With the advancements in Genomics, personalized medicine is becoming a reality and studying Molecular Medicine enables one to apply this to individual subjects. Pharma industries are interested in application of Molecular Medicine to design tailored drugs. Currently it seems that they would be competing with the bachelors in Biotechnology, Biosciences, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Medical Technology on the following job positions:

    1. Lectureships in Teaching Institutions
    2. Research Associate/ Research Assistant
    3. Lab Managers and administrators
    4. Scientific Journalism/Writers
    5. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology Industries
    6. Research and Development
     
     
     
     
Eligibility Criteria

Higher Secondary School Certificate (Intermediate Science), A Levels or equivalent. Admission test and interview will be conducted for final selection.

 
Scheme of Studies of BS Molecular Medicine
 Semester Course Title Credit Hours
 I (15 Credit Hours) Arts and Humanities (Philosophy) 3
 Expository Writing 1 3
 Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics) 3
 Social Sciences (Psychology) 2+1
 Natural Sciences (Human Biology) 3
 II (15 Credit Hours) Arts and Humanities (History) 3
 Expository Writing 2 2
 Quantitative Reasoning (Biostatistics) 3
 Social Sciences (Fundamentals of Economics) 2+1
 Natural Sciences (Organic Chemistry) 3
 III (15 Credit Hours) Expository Writing 3 3
 Islamic Studies 3
 Minor 1: Human Physiology 2+1
 Minor 2: Biochemistry 2+1
 Major 1: Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine 3
 IV (15 Credit Hours) Pakistan Studies 3
 Minor 3: Microbiology 2+1
 Minor 4: Anatomy 2+1
 Major 2: Metabolism 3
 Major 3: Cell and Molecular biology 3
 V (15 Credit Hours) Major 4: Pharmacology 2+1
 Major 5: Basic Immunology 3
 Major 6: Laboratory Techniques 1+2
 Major 7: Human Genetics 3
 Major 8: Research Methodology 3
 VI (15 Credit Hours) Major 9: Medical Biotechnology 2+1
 Major10: Molecular Pathology 3
 Major 11: Virology 3
 Major 12: Advanced Immunology 3
 Major 13: Methods in Molecular Medicine 2+1
 VII (15 Credit Hours) Major 14: Advances in Molecular Medicine 3
 Major 15: Bioinformatics & Computational Biology 2+1
 Elective I 3
 Elective II 3
 Project I 0+3
 VIII (15 Credit Hours) Major 16: Animal Sciences 2+1
 Major 17: Clinical Pathology 3
 Elective III 3
 Elective IV 3
 Project II 0+3
Fee Structure
  Description  Semester 01
  Application Fee   5,000
  Admission Fee   50,000
  Tuition Fee   120,000/per semester
  Examination Fee   10,000/per semester
  Library Fee   5,000/per semester
  Lab Charges   5,000/per semester
 
Human Resources
    1. Dr. Talat Mirza
    MBBS, M.Phil., Ph.D. (Molecular Pathology) HOD Molecular Medicine Executive Director Research ZU Meritorious Professor of Pathology
    1. Shumaila Usman
    B.S. (Biochemistry), UoK, Pakistan Ph.D. (Molecular Medicine), PCMD, ICCBS, Pakistan
    1. Rehan Ahmed
    BS.MT (Clinical Pathology), DUHS Ph.D. (Molecular Medicine), PCMD, ICCBS, UoK
    1. Ambrina Khatoon
    BSc. (Hons), MSc (Biotechnology), Ph.D. (Biotechnology), KIBGE, UoK
    1. Rehan Imad
    BS.MT (Clinical Lab Sciences), SIUT, Pakistan Ph.D. (Molecular Medicine), PCMD, ICCBS, Pakistan
    1. Abdul Hameed
    BSc. Hons (Microbiology), KUST, Pakistan Ph.D. (Molecular Medicine), PCMD, ICCBS, Pakistan Post Doc (Molecular Medicine), IMCR, Gunma University, Japan
    1. Yamna Khurshid
    BSc. (Hons), MSc (Biotechnology), Ph.D. (Molecular Medicine), PCMD, ICCBS, UoK