Master's degree in Molecular and Medical Biotechnology

Molecular and medical biotechnology

Overview

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

Course details

Type
Postgraduate and Master's programmes
Duration
2 years
Category
LM-9 - Classe delle lauree magistrali in biotecnologie mediche, veterinarie e farmaceutiche
Controlling body
Collegio Didattico di Biotecnologie
Contact person
Alejandro Giorgetti
Information
Amministrazione Collegi del Dipartimento di Biotecnologie
Teaching and course administration
Operational unit Science and Engineering Teaching and Student Services Unit
Site
VERONA
Learning outcomes
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.
The programme aims to provide students, also through significant experimental work, skills and in-depth knowledge in the following fields: methodologies for 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.
Students will have the opportunity to design their own programme of study by choosing a range of specific modules, which will enable them to deepen their knowledge of molecular and cellular biology, genomics and diagnostics, pathology and pharmacology, or computational molecular biology.
The postgraduate programme includes an integrated laboratory course, which runs over an entire semester, based on a current topic in 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 its impact on human health. The modules are organised in such a way as to enable students to work on their dissertation during the second year.
Job opportunities
Graduates will be able to carry out professional activities in private and public laboratories and facilities for biomedical research, applied medicine or 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 biomedical results; design, development and optimisation of new operational procedures; reporting and scientific communication.
Skills: graduates will be able to use recombinant DNA technology, high process technologies and other biomolecular techniques to provide an objective and critical interpretation of the resulting data.
Upon completion of the programme graduates will be 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; develop 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 to the general public. They will also have a good knowledge of English in order to work effectively in the biotechnology sector at the international level.
Professional opportunities for graduates: this Master's degree enables graduates to enter the labour market with confidence, and to join either private companies or public bodies. Graduates can also carry out freelance consulting and design activities as self-employed or in a partnership with other professionals.
Main job opportunities in Italy and abroad: universities and public and private research centres; public and private healthcare service providers; biotechnology industry and service providers; pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies; multi-zone prevention facilities; legal medical departments; diagnostic and pharmaceutical industry; notified bodies and certifying bodies; monitoring of clinical trials; technology transfer companies; scientific publishing houses; public institutions (Ministry of Health).
Reference Department
Biotechnology
Macro area
Sciences and Engineering
Disciplinary area
Sciences and Engineering