Life / Bachelor's degree programme

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Disciplinary areaLife
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


Biotechnology has made a profound impact on the society and economy of our country, and this trend will undoubtedly continue in the future. Biotechnology can be applied to many fields and intersects with many areas of interest. The degree program in Biotechnology is characterized by the study of rapidly developing scientific disciplines. It offers students the opportunity to benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to the different aspects of life sciences and the applications connected to the development of resources and services through the use of advanced biological system technology. The specific objectives of the program reflect the most recent developments in biotechnology and are reached through close connections with local research and business centers. Course work combines a knowledge of biological systems with advanced and more innovative technological aspects such as genomic and post- genomic, microscopic and bioinformatics technologies, for the purpose of integrating experimental data to create a new perspective on the scientific method necessary for proceeding to higher degree levels or for jobs in the biotechnology industry in the fields of heath and food biosafety.

Course content

The degree programme in Biotechnology is subdivided into three but integrated levels of instruction. The first level focuses on the study of basic scientific disciplines such as mathematics, chemistry, physics and informatics, essential for the theoretical-experimental study of biological phenomena. The second level is intended to convey theoretical knowledge and biotechnological methods necessary for molecular, cellular and tissue studies of biological systems. The third level is designed for the acquisition of experimental competencies and skills to be applied to the use and manipulation of biological systems for the production of medical, pharmaceutical and industrial goods and services, and to understand the economical and ethical aspects pertaining to biotechnological products. Elective courses are offered to the student in order to increase knowledge on biotechnological subjects of his/her specific interest. Teaching methods follow the most innovative approaches, from lectures to practical exercises and research activities in laboratories, which are designed to develop manual skills and experience in basic methodologies, and opens to experiences in international programs. Laboratory activities with the purpose of preparing the thesis dissertation can be conducted within university structures or in local companies and institutions.

Career options

Graduates in Biotechnology at UNIMORE have strong command of general scientific disciplines, specialized technical knowledge viable in research, in the application of innovative technologies and in the management of biotechnological systems. A solid, basic preparation, along with a technological background, will open to jobs in production sectors, research, development and quality control laboratories. The professional profile fits the requirements in 3 (Health; Environment- Food; Energy-Bioeconomy-Industry) out of 5 themes identified in 2016 by the Italian Strategy in European Research. Based on DPR n. 328/01, graduates in Biotechnologies can participate to the Italian State Examination to enter the Junior Biologist national register (section B)

After the degree

Graduates in Biotechnology have access to Master degree programs in Medical Biotechnologies, Industrial Biotechnologies and in Experimental and Applied Biology at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

More information

Course Director
prof.ssa Valeria Marigo
Prof.ssa Carol Imbriano

The course is managed by the Department of Life Sciences