Odsjek za genetiku i bioinžinjering - International Burch University

Department of Genetics and Bioengineering

Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Decipher the Genetic Code; Understand the world at a molecular level


Career oriented courses that will give you broad knowledge and skills in the field

The curriculum is designed according to the world’s best ranked universities. Lectures are followed by practical laboratory work where students get to experimentally apply all the gained knowledge.


Master the laboratory techniques in the field in world class laboratories

The GBE Department is equipped with six laboratories where students have classes and work on their projects and experiments.


Master the laboratory techniques in the field in world class laboratories

The GBE Department is equipped with six laboratories where students have classes and work on their projects and experiments.


"Genes are like the story and DNA is the language that the story is written in."
Sam Kean


Interactive work of students with their professors and assistants

The main aim of the GBE staff members is to get to know each student and find their specific talent and field of interest which that student will excel in later in their career.


Master the use of Machine Learning Techniques and Bioinformatics tools

Within our study program we will enable students to master the use of bioinformatics tools and machine learning techniques to make sense of the collected data and turn the gathered data into information that we can use in various fields of science.

This is the only program in the country that teaches students courses within the field of bioengineering.


Master the use of Machine Learning Techniques and Bioinformatics tools

Within our study program we will enable students to master the use of bioinformatics tools and machine learning techniques to make sense of the collected data and turn the gathered data into information that we can use in various fields of science.

This is the only program in the country that teaches students courses within the field of bioengineering.


Facilities & Special Features

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them.


Facilities & Special Features

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them.

High-Profile Academic Staff

Academic staff are experienced and talented professionals in the field

Dynamic internship programs

It will give you the exposure and experience to get your career off the ground.

Successful Mentoring Program

Individualized mentorship approach to each student.

Classrooms & Labs

Modern, well-equipped facilities combined with leading software in the industry.

Erasmus Student Exchange Program

Helps students study abroad for a more rounded global education experience.

parallax background

Upon completion of study program at the GBE department you will leave as true scientists and engineers ready to tackle all the career challenges that the world offers!

Monia Avdić, Head of Department of Genetics and Bioengineering

parallax background

Upon completion of study program at the GBE department you will leave as true scientists and engineers ready to tackle all the career challenges that the world offers!

Monia Avdić, Head of Department of Genetics and Bioengineering


Undergraduate program

The program is designed to enable students to gather fundamental and career-oriented knowledge and skills as well as to apply them in various fields of genetics and bioengineering. Upon completion of the study program you will be able to engage in work in different industries as well as in a scientific career.

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Master Program

We offer you career-oriented courses which will help you in the development and preparation of your master thesis. Through our workshops, you will master different laboratory techniques that will prepare you carry out the experimental part of your thesis. By publishing the results of your thesis in world-ranked scientific journals, you will get a chance to acquaint the entire scientific community with your findings.

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PhD Program

The PhD program at the GBE department will enable students to gain advanced knowledge in different topics of their interest through courses that they will take during the first year of their studies. Upon completion of the courses together with their mentor and monitoring committee, they will gradually prepare their theses. The experimental part of their theses will be carried out in world class laboratory setting which IBU provides for them.

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Can you continue your studies in other European countries?
Yes - many of our students continue their studies worldwide
During MSc and PhD studies can you work at the same time?
Yes since all the classes are after 17 p.m.
Do you get to work in the labs on your own projects during BSc studies?
Yes - with your mentors you can choose a topic that you would like to do experimentally in the GBE laboratories.
How do you increase your knowledge from the practical aspect?
By working with experts from practice.

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Procedures and Regulations

Internship Procedure

Internships for academic credit add a significant workplace experience to students’ education as they permit students to interact with professionals in the fields of work in which they may one day decide to pursue their career goals. Students earn a total of 5 ECTS of academic credit for their internships and gain valuable “on the job” work experience. Students must complete a 30-working-day (6 weeks) summer practice in a company working in the field of genetics and bioengineering on a part-time basis (4 hours per day). If the company accepts a student for a total of 30 days, the student must work for at least 6 hours per day, so that at the end of the internship period, students will have completed at least 120 hours of work. Observations from internship must be documented and presented in the form of a clear and concise technical report (Internship Notebook), which the student brings to the Internship Committee for evaluation. Student’s mentor from the company fills in the Company’s Evaluation of the Student form and gives is to student in a sealed envelope. Both of these documents serve as proofs of conducted internship and count towards the final course grade.

Students enroll in the Internship course, “GBE 303 Internship”, in the 5th semester. We advise students to do the internship during the summer break between the end of the 4th and the beginning of the 5th semester for several reasons:

  • After the completion of the first two semesters, students usually do not have enough technical knowledge for doing the internship. Completing the internship in this period will not have the desired outcome for the student.
  • Postponing the internship to the summer break after the 6th semester means that the student can graduate in as early as September which may affect their plans for seeking appropriate job positions or pursing a Master program.
  • Doing the internship before the beginning of the 5th semester gives the Internship Committee enough time to appropriately judge and mark the internship report.

International Burch University helps students find the internship opportunity they will enjoy and from which they will learn the most.The Department also facilitates the process of getting the internship opportunities in domestic companies while it at the same time guides the students so that they find one of their own interest that they feel suits them best. Our students are urged to apply to one of several local companies the University has partnered with (NALAZ, Verlab, BioSave, and P3 Lab, among others). However, they are also urged to seek out national or international companies that interest them.

Internship coordinators for GBE are:
Assistant Professor Dr. Adna Ašić.
Contact info:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 033/944-463
Office: 107

Assistant Professor Dr. Monia Avdić
Contact info:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 033/944-482
Office: 428

Academic Advisors & Mentorship

The aim of mentoring is to foster intellectual independence and a sense of curiosity in our students within a unique studying experience. The institution therefore takes pride in the one-on-one mentoring system it has developed.

For undergraduates, we look at academic performance and other cultural indicators of their capacity for success, such as essays, obstacles overcome, and extracurricular activities and work. For graduate students, we include research experience, test scores, letters, essays, working experience, scientific publication record, and a range of other variables to assess students’ potential to succeed.

You will soon find that our professors and assistants are truly available to their students. (However, to make sure you make the most of their time, we ask you to make an appointment if you seek to meet them outside of office hours). Our ultimate aim is to enable our students to study not only before the exams, but throughout the entire semester, via coursework, lab work, projects, and seminars. In order to achieve excellence, professors and students work together in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere and, in doing so, students are prepared for their future endeavors, be they academic or professional. Finally, students are given a chance to choose mentors for their GBE projects during the third year of undergraduate studies and pursue their careers in a specific direction in the future.

Apart from mentors, students have academic advisors available to them. Academic advisors are there to help and guide students in different aspects of their studies. This may include the registration process, finding internship opportunities, finding the most suitable field for their further development, but it may also include any other needs the student may have. During the upcoming academic year, the following staff are appointed as academic advisors:

Assistant Professor Dr. Adna Ašić for the third year students
Email: [email protected]
Office: 107
Phone: 033/944-463

Teaching assistant Sabina Halilović for the first year students
Email: [email protected]
Office: GBE Corridor
Phone: 033/944-492

Larisa Bešić for the second year students
Email: [email protected]
Office: 107
Phone: 033/944-416

Genetics & Bioengineering Project

The GBE Project is a requirement for undergraduates in their last year of BSc studies who wish to graduate. (We highly recommend thinking about the project before the third year.)

  • Professors will offer possible topics (and fields of study) for GBE projects at the beginning of the fall semester of the upcoming academic year. Students who are in the fifth semester of their undergraduate studies are eligible to choose any of the offered topics following consultations with professors.
  • Students are obliged to fill in the Supervisor and Co-supervisor Appointment form in the first week of November. Supervisor appointment form and undergraduate proposal thesis form can both be obtained and submitted back to GBE Project coordinator Sabina Halilović.
  • Deciding on the exact topic of the project should be done as soon as possible. Until the end of fall semester, and not later than January 15th, students have to fill in the Undergraduate Thesis Proposal Form (also obtained from the web-site) and submit it to the Faculty secretary. In that form, students will state the topic of their project and give a short and concise abstract (around 250 words), followed by about 5-8 key words. Department/Faculty council will approve/reject the topic of the GBE project. After the topic gets approved, it can be changed within 30 days.
  • Until the end of April, students are obliged to submit the first draft version of their projects to mentors for the first check. Mentors have one week to check the project and give their corrections. After that, students are given an additional week to apply those corrections. In that way, theses can be finalized by the end of May. Information on project formatting can be found on the Department web-site.
  • After the final version of the project is ready, students are advised to check it for plagiarism using any of the software packages available online. GBE project has to be organized as a literature review in which students are reading a number of papers from the chosen area and writing a review with their own discussion of what has been observed throughout the papers: what is the universal principle behind the topic being explored, are there any opposite opinions on the topic and, if so, what they are. Copying from the previously published literature is strictly forbidden and is resulting in unsuccessful project defense.
  • Students are given three dates for GBE project defense, the first one being the first working day following the end of the final exams, the second being the first working day after the first make-up exams and the third one being the first working day after the second make-up exams (roughly, at the beginning of June, end of June and in the mid-September, respectively). Projects are defended in the form of presentations, after which committee members are asking the questions. The committee is consisted of three members: mentor, chairman, and the third member.
  • Defense is evaluated with a single grade from “extraordinary” (A) to “fails” (F). The grade is made by the majority vote of the committee. If a student fails the defense of the GBE project, s/he has the right to repeat the defense or to request the selection of new topic to be approved within the same or another course.
  • At the time of defense, committee members are filling in and signing an appropriate form (Jury Reports for the Final Work) and that (third) form is submitted to the Faculty secretary for student archive.
  • Following successful defense and submitting project copies, students have to fill in the Withdrawal form that can be obtained in the student affairs. In that form, students are stating the reason for withdrawing from the university and are collecting signatures from the heads of relevant units as follows: student’s mentor, the Head of the Department, student affairs, accounting office, library, accommodation and health office, alumni office, and IT center. Upon completion of these procedures and submission of the form to the student affairs, students will be able to get their diplomas.
  • It is highly recommended to submit project copies at the time of defense. If that is the case, committee members’ signatures will be collected for the students. Otherwise, students are obliged to collect signatures by themselves, which could be a potential problem, especially if the committee members are not full time professors.
  • It is important to note that students are not allowed to defend their projects before they pass all courses thought during undergraduate studies.
  • For writing guidelines as well as formatting details regarding the GBE Thesis, please refer to this link.
  • For guidelines on how to present as well as the final GBE Presentation structure, please download instructions from this link.
  • GBE Project coordinator Sabina Halilović
    Email: [email protected]
    Office: GBE Corridor
    Phone: 033/944-492

    Student Guide Book

    We designed the student guide to be students' source of information regarding any and all frequent questions they may have. In it you can find administrative information such as our attendance policy as well as information regarding current ongoing research projects and many other helpful and exciting information about the Genetics & Bioengineering department. It was designed with much love and care to be a helpful resource - read it often and refer to it as much as possible.

    Download Student Guide Book
    Regulations at the Genetics & Bioengineering Department
    Attendance Policy

    Academic success is closely related to students’ presence and involvement in lectures, which is why attendance is strictly upheld. Should a student’s attendance drop below 70% in any course, and their absence remains unexcused, they are not permitted to enter the final exam for that course. Consequently, the student is expected to re-take the course in the following academic year. (Laboratory attendance is not regulated by this rule, but can be considered on a case-to-case basis if needed.)

    Policy on Medically Excused Absences

    Absences due to illness may be excused medically. It is the student’s obligation to submit a medical excuse with a valid letterhead by the health institutions and that is signed and stamped by a medical doctor no later than a week (five working days) after the first day of the student’s return after her or his absence. Medical excuses that are received later than five business days are not accepted. Students are expected to strictly abide by the policy on medically excused absences, and a lack thereof will be subject to academic evaluation by the Department Head. Absences from academic exercises, for whatever reason, including representing the University in extracurricular and athletic activities, do not excuse nor relieve a student from responsibility for any part of the work in the course required during the period of absence. Upon her or his return, the student is expected to make up any and all missed work in an appropriate time frame to ensure success in the course.


    Registration is open, and students may register, through the end of the second week of lectures. In the case of a missed deadline, the Office of the University Rector will be notified. The aforementioned rules also apply to transfer students who transferred before the end of the second week of the semester.

    Transfer Students

    Transfer students may apply for transfer and start attending the lectures at any time before the mid-term exam week. However, it is advisable to transfer as early as possible in the semester as mid-terms are obligatory. Transfer requests may be submitted to the Faculty secretary, after which the Head of the Department appoints a committee that determines course equivalence and makes a decision.

    Grade Cancellation of Final Exams

    Students may cancel up to two grades during one academic year. Please note that grade cancellation refers to the cancellation of the final exam grade, which the student has a chance to retake. We understand that students are not always ready to take the exam on the scheduled exam date. If that is the case, and you plan on not taking the final exam and instead plan to take the make-up, you must notify the professor of that course and go through an appeal process with the Head of the Department, as well as the Faculty secretary. Once your appeal is approved, and you take the make up exam instead of the final exam, please be aware that this counts as a final exam grade cancellation.

    Grading Structure

    Grading structure at the International Burch University is organized as follows:

    10 (A) – outstanding performance without errors or with minor errors, carries 95-100 points

    9 (B) – above average, with few errors, carries 85-94 points

    8 (C) – average, with notable errors, carries 75-84 points

    7 (D) – generally good, but with significant shortcomings, carries 65-74 points

    6 (E) – meets minimum criteria, carries 55-64 points

    5 (F) – performance does not meet minimum criteria, less than 55 points.

    Additional Classes

    A minimum of five students is needed in order for the Department to open an additional course during the summer school. Any one student may take a maximum of three additional courses, should they have taken them during that semester and failed. Additional classes last seven weeks, during which intensive lectures are organized twice a week. During additional classes, students are given a chance to improve their attendance, term paper and mid-term exam points, while final exam from the course is taken in September.

    International Burch University Identification Cards

    All students receive an International Burch University identification card that is the property of the University and is intended for University purposes only. The card is required for entrance onto the University campus, and, in addition to serving as an ID, helps maintain student safety as well as campus security. When the first term students arrive on campus, they must bring government issued identifications to facilitate photo and identity validation before they can receive their International Burch University ID cards. Every student will keep their ID card while they are enrolled at IBU and is responsible for his or her ID card and the consequences of its misuse. ID cards are not transferable; a student may not allow any other person to use his or her ID card for any purpose. A student who alters or falsifies his or her ID card or produces or distributes false identification cards of any kind is subject to disciplinary action. Lost cards should be reported immediately. A replacement fee is associated with the loss of an ID card, and it will be determined by University administration.

    BSc project topics for 2018/2019
    MSc project topics for 2020/2021