Life / Master's degree programme
Experimental and Applied Biology

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

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


The Second Cycle Degree programme (Laurea Magistrale) of Experimental and Applied Biology aims at training high-level professionals who will enter the job market with specific skills that is an advantage in the present competitive job market. To achieve this, the students will attend advanced courses on basic and applied biological research, becoming able to apply their knowledge in a wide range of contexts related to modern biosciences and in the field of environment-health interaction. Students will also carry out an individual research project in an area of interest, which will allow them to acquire high- level technical skills and the capacity for a critical analysis of using techniques and gathering data in biosciences.

Course content

The teaching plan includes a first common semester. Then, the students shall choose from two curricula: "Evolution, control and protection of biodiversity and environment" and "Study, control and protection of health". In the first curriculum, students will study topics concerning biological monitoring, applied ecology, taxonomic and phylogenetic analyses, regulatory and safety requirements on the operation in laboratories and environmental certifications. In the second curriculum, students will gain knowledge about methods and quality assurance in clinical analyses and laboratory diagnostics, physiology and physiopathology of metabolism and nutrition, human pathology and immune-neuroendocrine integration. For each curriculum, an individual research project and the choice of additional courses will allow students to specialize in one of a certain knowledge area within biology.

Career options

The Biologist is a highly specialized graduate who is able to hypothesize, independently formulate and conduct experiments in the field or in laboratory, and to explain, communicate and put into an integrated perspective a scientific problem. Biologists can carry out activities in food and biomedical industries, in the public administration and in private/public organizations that deal with environmental biomonitoring and health-care. A registered professional biologist certification is available via a State Exam (according to the DPR n. 328, june, 5th 2001).

List of single courses taught in English

- Ethnobotany: the role of plants in our life [ credits: 2]
- Seminars in Life Sciences [ credits: 3]

More information

Course Director
prof.ssa Anna Maria Mercuri
prof.ssa Anna Maria Mercuri

The course is managed by the Department of Life Sciences