Master's degree in Molecular and Medical Biotechnology

Molecular and medical biotechnology
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Programme training activities
The training activities with the same number (Nº) are alternatives.
TTA Year Credits Activity Academic year of attendance
1 B Molecular and cell pathology - Patologia molecolare e cellulare (MED/04) 2018/2019
2 B Research-inspired laboratory - Research inspired laboratory (BIO/10) 2018/2019
3 B
One course to be chosen among the following:
Available modules Credits Academic year of attendance
Clinical molecular biology (BIO/12) 6 2018/2019
Medical genetics and pharmacogenomics (MED/03) 6 2018/2019
Molecular oncology (MED/08) 6 2018/2019
Programming for genomics (MED/03) 6 2018/2019
4 B
One course to be chosen among the following:
Available modules Credits Academic year of attendance
Forensic Biotechnology (MED/43) 6 2018/2019
Molecular Pharmacology (BIO/14) 6 2018/2019
Stem cells biology (MED/15) 6 2018/2019
5 B 12 
Two courses to be chosen among the following:
Available modules Credits Academic year of attendance
Computational Biology (BIO/10) 6 2018/2019
Functional proteomics (CHIM/01) 6 2018/2019
Supramolecular chemistry of biological systems (CHIM/06) 6 2018/2019
Algorithms for computational biology (INF/01) 6 2018/2019
6 B 18 
Three courses to be chosen among the following:
Available modules Credits Academic year of attendance
Computational genomics (BIO/18) 6 2018/2019
Emerging infective diseases (MED/07) 6 2018/2019
Human genome sequencing and interpretation (BIO/18) 6 2018/2019
Microbial biotechnology (MED/07) 6 2018/2019
Protein misfolding and human diseases (BIO/10) 6 2018/2019
Structural biology (BIO/11) 6 2018/2019
7 C 1° 2° 12 
Two courses to be chosen among the following:
Available modules Credits Academic year of attendance
Biotechnology in Neuroscience (BIO/17) 6 2018/2019
Clinical proteomics (CHIM/01) 6 2018/2019
Farming molecolare (BIO/15) 6 2018/2019
Radioactivity and radiation protection (FIS/01) 6 2018/2019
Systems biology (MED/04) 6 2018/2019
Toxicology and applied pharmacology (BIO/15) 6 2018/2019
8 D 12  Activities to be chosen by the student  
9 F Training  
10 E 40  Final exam  

Legend | Type of training activity (TTA)

The training activities with the same number (Nº) are alternatives.

A Basic activities
B Characterizing activities
C Related or complementary activities

DActivities to be chosen by the student
EFinal examination
FOther activitites

SPlacements in companies, public or private institutions and professional associations

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).