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Biotechnology - Undergraduate programme  Biotecnologia - Corso di Laurea

General information

Classification of Scholarly Field L-2 Biotechnologies
Application and Admission Limited enrolment with admission test. How to apply
Course Duration 3 years, (180 credits)
Course Attendance Mandatory
Course Language Italian
Course Location Didactic sectors of Città Studi (via Celoria and via Golgi) - Milan
Course Pathways Agricultural, Environmental and Food Sciences
Biological and Industrial
Head of Studies Donatella Taramelli
More information Programme Description
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Course Objectives

The Undergraduate Degree Course in Biotechnology is designed to produce graduates with solid basic knowledge of the molecular and cellular frameworks of living systems from the interdisciplinary perspective typical of biotechnologies; graduates who are familiar with advanced scientific methodologies, including the approaches of bioinformatics, and who can apply them in compliance with regulations and taking into account ethical and bioethical issues; graduates who know the various biotechnological fields and, particularly, the agricultural, environmental, food science, biological and industrial, pharmaceutical and veterinary sectors, and those of scientific communication, patents and intellectual property protection, legislation, fundraising and management.

Special focus will be given to the characteristics of innovation which, in a sector that is experiencing rapid and active development, are necessary for efficient ongoing updates and to keep abreast with the progress of scientific know-how.

The Course comprises a common period that has a duration of three semesters during which students will acquire basic skills in the molecular and cellular frameworks and essential methods for subsequent detailed studies. During the following three semesters the student may choose one of the subjects offered for a detailed study of certain aspects typical of biotechnologies related to the agricultural, environmental and food science, biological and industrial, pharmaceutical and veterinary sectors.

Career and Employment

The graduate in Biotechnology may enter several professional frameworks including, besides basic and applied research centres, public and private institutions: the agricultural, environmental and food industry, including the sector of animal nutrition and of plant production, the pharmaceutical industry, the chemical industry for the production of useful compounds (including biofuels), both in an ecosustainable manner and from renewable sources, the cosmetic industry, the industry and services for environmental biotechnology, laboratories of reproduction biotechnology, both in the medical and veterinary frameworks, research centres and biotechnological services for the application of computer science to genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, certification institutions, national healthcare facilities, institutions that process healthcare regulations or patents to exploit biotechnological products and processes, toxicology and environmental study and detection centres (Italian and international agencies) and scientific information.

The specific roles and professional skills of the graduate in Biotechnology, based on the nomenclature and classification drawn up by the ISTAT (Italian National Institute of Statistics) (2012), can currently be distinguished by the following codes:

  • Biochemistry laboratory technicians ( 
  • Food product technicians ( 
  • Agronomy and forestry technicians ( 
  • Veterinary laboratory technicians ( 
  • Zootechnicians (3.2.2.)
  • Chemical sales representatives and popularisers ( 

Moreover, the undergraduate degree course allows to obtain the qualification to practice the following regulated professions:

  • Agricultural technician (agricultural, environmental and food science syllabus)
  • Junior biologist