Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology

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Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology
Course sheet
A.Y. 2021/2022
Master programme
LM-6 - Biology
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
The Master of Science (M.Sc.) programme in BIODIVERSITY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY (BIOEVO, Class LM-6 Biology) is focused on the organismic biology and is addressed to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the organisms in their integrity, complexity and evolutionary context.
The M.Sc. in BIOEVO proposes a revised version of both the format and contents of the M.Sc. in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology successfully activated in previous years, by introducing some variations that allow a better characterization of the specific formation in this field, a better definition of the professional profile and a deeper awareness of the real modern role of the biologist. In terms of formation, the objectives of this Master imply to deepen the basic formation in biology and related applications with particular reference to the knowledge of the organisms at all the organization levels, including their ecological aspects. The central themes of biodiversity and evolution of animals and plants are presented with specific reference to structural and functional adaptations, reproductive and developmental processes, behaviour, interactions between organisms and environment and finally current problems of evolutionary biology.
This M.Sc. programme explores a field of central interest in Biology, in which the Coordinating Board for teaching activities of the Milano University has full competence, both in terms of teaching tradition and established research expertise. Its objectives are addressed to offer an advanced preparation in the field of biodiversity and environment, and to develop specific capacities to apply the learning outcomes in biodiversity protection and conservation. In this view the central themes of this field are proposed in a format that integrates traditional and topical aspects according to an innovative approach to modern biology.
The M.Sc. graduates in BIOEVO possess a specific and modern cultural preparation in the field of organism biology and a deep knowledge of the organism in its integrity, complexity and evolutionary context. The wide differential expertise acquired in biodiversity knowledge and conservation will provide a specific professional preparation in biology for a successful employment in industrial or public sectors whenever it is required: 1) deep understanding of biological phenomena at all levels and dissemination/divulgation activities related to these competences; 2) deep knowledge of biodiversity; 3) identification and analysis of animal and plant communities and species, and activities addressed to their management and conservation; 4) conscious employment and sustainable development of biotic resources; 5) analysis and control of ecosystems, environmental impact evaluation.
After passing the exam for the profession, M.Sc. graduates in BIOEVO can enroll the Biologist's Professional Register, section A, with the title of Biologist, to perform the activities recognized by the Italian law.

Employment statistics (Almalaurea)
BIOEVO students are given the opportunity to spend part of their curriculum abroad, at a University within the European Union (EU) in the frame of the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission. BIOEVO students can attend courses and take exams that can be included in the core curriculum and/or perform the experimental thesis work in several European Universities localized in Norway, Netherland, Ireland, Germany - where courses taught in English are active - France, Poland. Spain and Portugal (see http://eng.dbs.unimi.it/ecm/home/erasmus/outgoing-students/biological-s…). The admitted student will present a study plan including all the activities he/she intends to perform abroad, detailing the corresponding CFU: the number of proposed CFU should roughly correspond to those the student would achieve in the same time lapse remaining in his/her university. The study plan proposed by the student within the Erasmus+ program should be coherent with the BIOEVO Master course and must be evaluated and approved by the Teaching Board. The Teaching Board, if necessary, will require the student to integrate the program of exams taken abroad. At the end of the Erasmus + program, according to the rules established by the Academic Senate, the approved exams will be recorded, possibly with the original denomination, as part of the student's curriculum upon conversion of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) into CFU. If the student performs the experimental thesis work abroad, he/she must follow the rules outlined below (see Caratteristiche tirocinio). The Erasmus and international mobility tutor for Biological Area is Dr. Cristina Bonza (cristina.bonza@unimi.it).

Attendance is strongly recommended for all courses.

Enrollment

In order to be admitted to the programme, candidates must meet minimum curricular requirements and prove adequate knowledge (Ministerial Decree 270/04).


CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

Graduates in Biological Sciences (Class L-13) fully meeting curricular requirements can access the Master's Degree Programme in BIODIVERSITY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, provided that their course of studies is consistent with the CBUI Italian National Board's guidelines, as duly certified.

These guidelines, provided in the CBUI model table, specify the required academic fields and the respective recommended credits (CFU): 66-96 CFU in basic biological disciplines (BIO/01, BIO/02, BIO/04, BIO/05, BIO/06, BIO/07, BIO/09, BIO/10, BIO/11, BIO/18, BIO/19); 12-15 CFU in basic non-biological chemical disciplines (CHIM/01, CHIM/02, CHIM/03, CHIM/06); 15-18 CFU in basic non-biological mathematical, physical and computer science disciplines (MAT/01-09, FIS/01-08 and INF/01).

The programme can also be accessed by graduates of the same class (L-13), who have not followed a course of studies in line with the CBUI's guidelines, or of class 12 - Biological Sciences pursuant to Ministerial Decree 509/99, or of other classes, as long as they meet certain curricular requirements. More specifically, they must have earned an adequate number of CFU (normally not less than 90 CFU) in groups of academic fields equivalent or similar to those listed in the table for class L-13 - Biological Sciences across non-biological and basic biological disciplines, according to a quantitative rationale similar to that of the above mentioned CBUI criteria. In order to meet CFU requirements, you can sit for the relevant exams at our or other universities before enrolling on the MDP.

For all categories of candidates, adequate knowledge and personal skills will be key for admission and will be assessed by an individual interview.

 

FOR INFORMATION ON CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS, students from degree programmes outside class L-13 should submit their academic curriculum for assessment to bioevo@unimi.it well in advance, ideally during their Bachelor's programme. Based on your curriculum, you may be required to take any additional exams before applying for admission.

ADMISSION ASSESSMENT
The educational background required for admission to the Master's degree programme includes adequate basic training in biology, allowing the candidate to pursue advanced-level studies. This requirement will be assessed based on:
1) the candidate's previous academic career;
2) the candidate's knowledge and skills.
The candidate's knowledge and aptitude will be key for admission and will be assessed by a board made up of at least three faculty members through an individual interview as well as based on their previous academic career. Only students who have already graduated may sit for the interview. Candidates who fail the assessment interview may not enrol on the programme for the current year.
For academic year 2021/2022, interviews will take place on:
- 15 September 2021, 2.30 pm, Meeting Room (Department of Biosciences, via Celoria 26, second floor, tower A) for graduates;
- 19 November 2021, 2.30 pm, Meeting Room (Department of Biosciences, via Celoria 26, second floor, tower A) for those graduating in October;
- 12 January 2022, 2.30 pm, Meeting Room (Department of Biosciences, via Celoria 26, second floor, tower A) for those graduating in December.
 Those who have submitted an application for admission must show up before the examining boards with an ID on the above dates without further notice.
Students with a qualification obtained abroad and residing abroad: applications will be assessed based on your qualifications, and possibly through an online interview. EU citizens and non-EU citizens residing in Italy access university education on equal terms with Italian citizens and therefore must take the same tests.

Admission

Application for admission: from 12/03/2021 to 27/08/2021

Application for matriculation: from 01/04/2021 to 30/09/2021


Please note

Per i corsi di laurea magistrale ad accesso libero, gli studenti ammessi già laureati devono immatricolarsi entro il 30 settembre 2021, mentre coloro che conseguiranno il titolo entro il 31 dicembre 2021 dovranno immatricolarsi entro il 15 gennaio 2022.

Programme description and courses list
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Biogeography 6 48 Italian BIO/02 BIO/03 BIO/05
Biology of animal development 6 48 Italian BIO/06
Communities and ecosystems 6 48 Italian BIO/07
Complements of animal biology 6 48 Italian BIO/05
Complements of ecology 6 48 Italian BIO/07
Ethology 6 48 Italian BIO/05 BIO/07
Mathematical modeling in evolutionary and environmental biology 6 48 Italian INF/01 MAT/07
Photobiology and bioenergy 6 48 English BIO/04
Plant developmental biology 6 48 Italian BIO/01
Population biology and genetics 6 48 Italian BIO/07
Reproductive strategies 6 48 Italian BIO/01 BIO/05 BIO/06
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Deontology and bioethics 6 48 Italian IUS/14 MED/02
Optional
Biodiversity and evolution 6 48 Italian BIO/02 BIO/05
Biomechanics 6 48 Italian BIO/05
Complements of molecular biology 6 48 Italian BIO/11
Ecotoxicology 6 48 Italian BIO/07
History and philosophy of sciences 6 48 Italian FIS/08 M-FIL/02 M-STO/05
Human functional biology 6 48 Italian BIO/16 BIO/17
Integrated systems of plants 6 48 Italian BIO/04 BIO/18
Marine biology and ecology 6 48 Italian BIO/05 BIO/07
Plant evolution and domestication 6 48 English BIO/02 BIO/03
Symbiosis and parasitism 6 48 Italian BIO/02 BIO/05
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
Optional activities and study plan rules
2 - Insegnamenti opzionali: lo studente deve scegliere 4 corsi. La lista degli opzionali comprende anche gli insegnamenti fondamentali non utilizzati fra gli obbligatori
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Biodiversity and evolution 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/02 BIO/05
Biogeography 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/02 BIO/03 BIO/05
Biology of animal development 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/06
Biomechanics 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/05
Communities and ecosystems 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/07
Ecotoxicology 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/07
Ethology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/05 BIO/07
Integrated systems of plants 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/04 BIO/18
Marine biology and ecology 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/05 BIO/07
Photobiology and bioenergy 6 48 English First semester BIO/04
Plant developmental biology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/01
Plant evolution and domestication 6 48 English Second semester BIO/02 BIO/03
Population biology and genetics 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/07
Reproductive strategies 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/01 BIO/05 BIO/06
Symbiosis and parasitism 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/02 BIO/05
3 - Insegnamenti affini e integrativi: lo studente deve scegliere due corsi
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
History and philosophy of sciences 6 48 Italian Second semester FIS/08 M-FIL/02 M-STO/05
Human functional biology 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/16 BIO/17
Mathematical modeling in evolutionary and environmental biology 6 48 Italian First semester INF/01 MAT/07
4 - Lo studente deve acquisire 12 CFU scegliendo liberamente tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo, purché culturalmente coerenti con il suo percorso formativo e non sovrapponibili, nei contenuti, agli insegnamenti fondamentali e opzionali già utilizzati nel piano degli studi, includendo quello della laurea triennale. Possono altresì essere scelti gli insegnamenti fondamentali e opzionali del CLM non utilizzati.
Gli insegnamenti indicati qui di seguito sono usufruibili solo da parte di studenti che provengono da Corsi di Studio affini a Scienze Biologiche e che volessero integrare le proprie conoscenze biologiche di base:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Complements of animal biology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/05
Complements of ecology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/07
Complements of molecular biology 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/11
1a - Lo studente deve scegliere uno dei seguenti insegnamenti fondamentali:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Biomechanics 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/05
Symbiosis and parasitism 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/02 BIO/05
1b - Lo studente deve scegliere uno dei seguenti insegnamenti fondamentali:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Biodiversity and evolution 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/02 BIO/05
Biogeography 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/02 BIO/03 BIO/05
1c - Lo studente deve scegliere uno dei seguenti insegnamenti fondamentali:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Ethology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/05 BIO/07
Plant evolution and domestication 6 48 English Second semester BIO/02 BIO/03
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 45 0 Italian
Per il superamento degli esami del biennio magistrale non sono previste propedeuticità, nè sono previsti vincoli didattici per il passaggio dal 1° al 2° anno di corso.
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Location
Milano
Course locations
Sede della Segreteria Didattica di Scienze Biologiche: Via Celoria, 26 - Milano (Torre A, 2° piano).
Sede dei Corsi: Edifici Biologici (Via Celoria, 26); Settore Didattico (Via Celoria, 20); Edificio Golgi (Via Golgi, 19).
Laboratory locations
Il CLM è caratterizzato da un'intensa attività di laboratorio che si esplica soprattutto nell'attività di tirocinio.
Head of study programme
Academic guidance tutor
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Internship tutor
Dissertation tutor
University and programme transfer tutor
Credit recognition tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
Contacts

The tuition fees for students enrolled in Bachelor's, Master's and single-cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments with different calculation methods and payment schedules:

  • The amount of the first instalment is the same for all students
  • The amount of the second instalment varies according to the ISEE University value, the degree programme and the student status (on track / off track for one year or off track for more than a year) 
  • An additional fee is due for online programmes

The University also offers:

  • Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements
  • Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad
  • Concessions for international students with refugee status

Scholarships and benefits

The University provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students).

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