Master's degree in Molecular and Medical Biotechnology


Molecular and medical biotechnology has enormous potential for developing new solutions to improve human health. Through the understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of diseases, biotechnology plays an essential role in developing drugs, vaccines, therapies and diagnostic tests.
The Master’s degree in Molecular and Medical Biotechnology aims to produce skilled researchers in the field of molecular and cellular biotechnology who are capable of performing biomedical analyses, research and development using experimental and computational approaches. These skills are developed through the study of cellular and molecular biology, genomics and diagnostics, pathology and pharmacology, and computational biology.
The postgraduate programme, which includes an integrated laboratory course based on a current topic in biomedical research, provides students with a solid technical background highlighting the impact of laboratory research on human health. The degree has a single curriculum, but its flexible approach enables students to tailor the programme to their own needs and interests.
This programme - which is completely taught in English, allowing you to earn a degree that will be recognised in Italy and abroad, - welcomes international students, combining knowledge and experience from various cultural backgrounds.
Graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce in either the public or private sector, or may choose to conduct their profession in consulting and design. Areas of possible employment include research and technological development for public bodies or in the industry (biotech, pharmaceutical, diagnostics, etc.); regulatory activities; the creation and management of biotechnology entities in the public and private sectors; performing directive, management and advisory functions in the pharmacological and biomedical fields; technical and scientific communication and information handling.
Applicants are expected to have basic knowledge and understanding of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. A good knowledge of English (at least European B1 level) is also required.

Supervisor: Prof. Alejandro Giorgetti

Degree programme annual factsheet (SUA-CdS)

As part of the Quality Assurance system, complete, updated and easily available information on objectives, study plan, resources used and results achieved for each degree programme is made available through the SUA-CdS - Scheda Unica Annuale del Corso di Studio (Degree programme annual factsheet). This includes an Overview and three public sections (Learning Objectives, Student Experience, Learning Outcomes) which together provide a wide range of information about each degree programme. The SUA-CdS also contains an administrative section (Administration and Quality Management) that is for internal use only.

The Degree programme annual factsheet (SUA-CdS), which is currently available only in Italian, is a valuable tool that can be used by the University to design, implement and reorganise, as well as to evaluate, each degree programme. However, the SUA-CdS factsheet is also useful for students, to help them choose the right programme of study.

New The course curriculum for the new academic year is available 2021/2022!

Course details

2 years
Degree class
LM-9 - Classe delle lauree magistrali in biotecnologie mediche, veterinarie e farmaceutiche
Supervisory body
Collegio Didattico di Biotecnologie
Programme Director
Alejandro Giorgetti
Amministrazione Collegi del Dipartimento di Biotecnologie
Postgraduate and Master's programmes
Teaching and course administration
Operational unit Science and Engineering Teaching and Student Services Unit
Learning outcomes
The Master’s degree programme in Molecular and Medical Biotechnology trains experts able to design and conduct activities of analysis and research, technological and experimental research, research and development in biotechnology, particularly in the biomedical field.
Specifically, this programme aims to provide students, also through significant experimental work, with skills and in-depth knowledge in the following fields: methodologies aimed at the structural and functional characterisation of biological macromolecules and cellular processes in which such methodologies are employed; pathological processes in humans, at molecular and cellular level; current applications and prospects of application of biotechnology in human pathology; organisation and expression of the human genome and analysis through bioinformatics tools and "high-throughput" experimental platforms; structural biology for the design of pharmacologically active molecules; molecular modelling for the design of molecules of biomedical interest; bioinformatics methodologies for the organisation and access to databases, particularly concerning genomics and proteomics; medical genetics, pharmacogenomics and molecular pharmacology for the development of new drugs.

By choosing modules, students can design their own programme, which will enable them to deepen their knowledge of molecular and cellular biology, genomics and diagnostics, pathology and pharmacology, or computational molecular biology.

The Master’s degree includes, during one semester in the first year, an integrated laboratory course, inspired by a current topic of biomedical research. The structure of the programme is designed to provide students with the technical skills in biotechnological research while, at the same time, highlighting a clear connection between laboratory research and the impact on human health. The modules are organised in such a way as to allow students more time in the second year to develop the experimental work aimed at preparing the final dissertation.
Career prospects
Graduate’s role in a working environment: graduates will be able to carry out professional activities in public and private facilities, related to the conduct and management of biomedical research laboratories or applied medicine and diagnostics. Graduates will be expected to perform the following tasks: to carry out experimental biotechnological procedures, also through the use of advanced tools, aimed at obtaining results relevant to biomedicine; design, development and optimisation of new operational procedures; reporting and scientific communication.  
Graduate’s skills: graduates will be able to use recombinant DNA technologies, high process technologies and other biomolecular techniques to provide an objective and critical interpretation of data that are generated by the technologies mentioned above. 
Graduates will be also able to design and apply scientific and technological methodologies for the resolution of problems of molecular diagnostics, cell therapy and for the identification of molecular targets useful for human health; design and develop biological systems for the production of proteins of diagnostic and therapeutic interest. They will have expertise in the study of the biological basis of certain diseases and in the identification of innovative therapeutic methodologies.  
Graduates will have also acquired the communication skills necessary to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions, both to specialists and the general public. They can speak and write in English in order to work effectively in the highly international biotechnology sector.  
Career prospects: this Master's degree enables graduates to successfully enter the labour market and join private companies or public bodies. Graduates can also carry out freelance consulting and design activities as both self-employed or in association with other professionals.  
Main job opportunities in Italy and abroad: universities and public and private research centres; national and private health service departments; biotechnology industries and services; pharmaceutical industry and regulation agencies; multi-zone prevention centres; legal medical departments; diagnostic and pharmaceutical industry; authorised and certifying agencies; monitoring of clinical trials; technology transfer companies; scientific publishing houses; institutions (Ministry of Health). 
Main Department
Macro area
Sciences and Engineering
Subject area
Sciences and Engineering

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