Life / Master's degree programme
Experimental and Applied Biology

General information for the a.y. 2022-2023

Disciplinary areaLife
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Partially taught in English (2 courses)
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations
Call for Application / Short list Graduatoria di Ammissione al corso di laurea Magistrale in Biologia sperimentale ed applicata 2a selezione A.A. 2022-2023
Graduatoria di Ammissione al corso di laurea Magistrale in Biologia sperimentale ed applicata 1a selezione A.A. 2022-2023
Bando di ammissione al corso di laurea magistrale ad accesso programmato di Biologia sperimentale e applicata per l’anno accademico 2022/2023


The Master's Degree Programme in Experimental and Applied Biology trains high-profile professional graduates able to enter the job market with skills rooted on a solid cultural basis. In fact, the study programme includes the subjects that play the basic role of biology, in a common path, and the subjects applied especially to the understanding of the close relationship between human health and environmental health, with a curriculum on nutrition and pathology and a curriculum on evolution and ecology. In this way, master graduates have an original wealth of technical and biological skills that will soon be useful in a wide range of work activities. The programme requires an experimental thesis, with activities carried out in highly qualified laboratories where students refine their practical skills and critical thinking. This programme provides valuable versatility through the study of subjects that broaden the bachelor's degree knowledge and subjects that provide insights into the most up-to-date and urgent aspects of biological research.

Course content

After a common first semester, which covers molecular genetics and epigenetics, molecular techniques, data analysis and quality systems, students may choose between two curricula. In the 'Study, control and protection of health' curriculum, students will deepen topics relating to food and nutrition, laboratory diagnostics, quality control in laboratories, chemical-clinical analysis, physiology of metabolism, biology and pathophysiology of nutrition, pathology and immuno-neuroendocrine integration, pharmacology. The 'Evolution, monitoring and protection of biodiversity and environment' curriculum will cover topics focusing on biological monitoring, evolution and phylogeny, ecological study and environmental certification, ongoing transformations and environmental sustainability, human impact and global change. In line with the chosen curriculum, the free-choice teachings and the research topics dealt with for the thesis allow students to tailor their study programme, with in-depth studies in the field of specific interest.

Career options

Biologists are expert professionals able to conceive and coordinate interdisciplinary actions concerning the relations between environmental quality and human health. They can specialise and bring innovation to monitoring activities in the laboratory or in the field, working in public companies, research institutions and parks, private companies linked to the food, biomedical, biochemical and cosmetic industries, and also organisations in the sectors of healthcare, public hygiene, and preservation and protection of biodiversity. The State Examination for Senior Biologist (Presidential Decree no. 328 of 5 June 2001) enables professionals to register with the National Order of Biologists.

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
dott.ssa Federica Boraldi

The course is managed by the Department of Life Sciences