Molecular Biology of the Cell  

General information

Classification of Scholarly Field LM-6 Biology
Application and Admission Open with entry requirements examination. How to apply.
Course Duration 2 years - See the Plan of study
Course Attendance Mandatory
Course Language English
Course Location via Golgi 19 - Milano
via Celoria 20/26 - Milano
Head of Studies Luisa Guerrini
Course Website Programme Description
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Course Objectives and Structure

The main goal of the Master’s degree Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBC) is to train biologists in the field of advanced bio-molecular research and to enable them to face present and future challenges in this field.

Specific goal of MBC is to provide in depth and up-to-date knowledge in the following subjects: molecular genome analysis; regulation of gene expression; structure and function of biological macromolecules and their interaction in supramolecular complexes; cellular communication, signal perception and transduction, metabolic regulation, bio-molecular engineering and computing. The focus will be on theoretical as well as on practical aspects of bio-molecular research.

The aim is to train graduate students to apply novel and emerging research technologies/approaches, ultimate data acquisition systems and analysis, as well as to experience frontier research in emerging research areas joining the laboratories of the Department of Biosciences. MBC graduates will be perfectly suited for entering a PhD school for advanced education.

The duration of the Master’s degree program MBC is two years, each year is subdivided in two Semesters.

120 educational credits (CFU) are required to complete the master’s degree program. Each credit corresponds to a standard student workload of 25 hours.

In the first year (I and II semester) the student will acquire credits by following at least the 8 distinctive courses; 6 CFU can be acquired by a short lab experience (see below). During the second year, the workload is centered on the experimental research activity related to the thesis (42 CFU in total, acquired upon thesis defense) and on one course on laboratory methods (9 CFU).

Exchange Programmes
Universiteit Antwerpen, Freie Universität Berlin (Institut fuer Biologie), Universität Konstanz  (Faculty of Science, Department of Biology), Technische Universität Darmstadt, Université de Paris-Sud Paris XI, Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc - Montpellier II, Université Denis Diderot - Paris VII, University of Oslo, Universiteit Leiden, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences), Universidade do Minho (Braga), Universidade do Porto (Faculdade de Ciencias), Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Universidad de Valencia (Master en investigaciò en Biologia molecular, cellular i genètica), Université de Rouen, AMU - Aix-Marseille University, National University of Ireland-Galway.

Entry Requirements

The prerequisite to access the Master’s Degree program MBC is an adequate knowledge of the fundaments of biological disciplines.

This will be verified through evaluation of the bachelor study program and direct assessment of candidate scientific background knowledge. Foreigner student evaluation will be based on their C.V. and may be integrated by an online interview.

Career Prospects

The Master’s Degree program MBC provides the necessary training to independently practice biology, or to be employed in:

  • basic and applied research activity in university and in other public or private research centers
  • biomedical and pharmaceutical industries, spin off and startup companies for self-directed and independent work,

In addition, graduates will access sectors such as Environmental science, diffusion of scientific knowledge, intellectual property (patents) and business management. In average 50% of the graduated proceeds to a PhD school.

Study Plan

1st semester 
Molecular bioinformatics
Organic chemistry applied to biology
2nd semester
Advanced molecular biology
Molecular genetics
Protein biochemistry
Structural biology of the cell

1st and 2nd semester
Biomolecular methods laboratory

Optional courses

1st semester

Developmental biology and genetics 6 BIO/18 48 ore Lezioni
Molecular microbiology and genetics of microorganisms
Molecular pharmacology and immunology
Synthetic Biology

2nd semester

Methods in biochemical investigation 6 BIO/10 48 ore Lezioni
2 semestre Signal transduction