Medical biotechnologies

Master's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaLife
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Partially taught in English (1 courses)
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


Our study program in Medical Biotechnologies is a highly specialized program which offers the possibility to learn and apply the most modern biomedical and pharmaceutical research technologies for the purpose of protecting human health. The sectors of medical biotechnologies are rapidly expanding and have important socio- economic repercussions. A considerable part of the program is conducted in research laboratories which are equipped with technologically advanced scientific instrumentation. These laboratory courses are in applied disciplines of national and international relevance.

Course content

This graduate level program is organized into four semesters and 11 mandatory courses. In the first two semesters, the student will be exposed to biotechnological applications and perspectives in the following sectors: physiology, pathology, structure, function and analysis of the human genome, advanced molecular diagnostic techniques and pharmacogenomics. Students will learn statistical analysis and biocomputing techniques for the purpose of processing and correctly interpreting the experimental data obtained from the technologies used. At the end of the first year, students will have the opportunity to continue their studies in one of the two curricula offered: "Regenerative Medicine" or "Personalized Medicine". Both paths will guide the student towards the most fascinating and innovative aspects of advanced therapies.

Career options

Second-cycle graduates (Master level) in the medical area will be experts in methods in molecular and cellular biology for the development and use of experimental models (cell cultures, transgenic animals), in molecular diagnostics, and in regenerative medicine. They will be able to work in public and private health facilities and in biotechnological companies. For the purpose of developing the professional expertise of students, laboratory courses are offered in neurosciences, molecular medicine, stem cells and regenerative medicine and biocomputing. These laboratory topics are enriched with elective courses and technological and scientific updating seminars. The program is aimed at promoting internationalization through faculty relations with laboratories of other European and international universities for the purpose of encouraging the mobility of second-cycle students and facilitating their entry into higher level university programs. The program collaborates with biotechnological and pharmaceutical companies that can support professional training and offer employment prospects. Graduates can move into positions of responsibility even at the management level of the abovementioned companies and will also acquire the basic skills to take on entrepreneurial roles in biotechnological companies. They can also work for the protection of intellectual property in patent offices. Finally, graduates can take the State Examination to exercise the profession of Senior Biologist (DPR no. 328 of June 5, 2001).

List of single courses taught in English

- Epigenetic control of the genome [ credits: 2]

More information

Course Director
prof. Marcello Pinti
prof.ssa Susanna Molinari

The course is managed by the Department of Life Sciences