Bioinformatics for computational genomics
The Master degree in Bioinformatics for Computational Genomics aims to form graduates with adequate knowledge about: the molecular basis of biological systems; the structure and function of biological molecules and their role in cellular processes; tools and platforms for bioinformatic and genomic analysis; statistical and computational methodologies for the analysis of biomolecular data.
The Master degree therefore includes activities providing in depth knowledge on:
- the organization of information in the genome, and the biological processes at the basis of gene expression and its regulation;
- the experimental methods used for studying genes and their function in different model species;
- the technologies employed in modern genomic research;
- methods and protocols of bioinformatic analysis in genomic studies;
- algorithmic, mathematical and statistical approaches underlying bioinformatic and genomic analysis tools;
- data base technologies for the storage and organization of the data;
- modelling and analysis techniques employed in systems biology for the study of interactions in complex biological systems.
The program includes an internship in research laboratories either at the University of Milan or in other Italian or foreign research institutes. Its results will be described in a final written dissertation, to be discussed in front of a thesis committee.
The Degree course is established jointly with the School of Industrial and Information Engineering of the Politecnico of Milan.
Graduates in Bioinformatics for computational genomics will thus be able to:
- take part in the design and execution of large scale genomic analyses;
- identify and extract the biological meaning from the results obtained;
- design autonomously tools and protocols for the bioinformatic analysis of different types of experimental data;
- play a pivotal role in research groups focused on basic or applied genomic research;
- coordinate and supervise research projects and groups focused on bioinformatics and genomics.
Application and admissions: with mandatory access test.
Applicants with an Italian degree (ex. DM 270/04 or equivalent ex. DM 509/99) from one of the following classes, provided they have acquired a certain number of credits in specific scientific-disciplinary sectors specified in the Manifesto degli Studi:
- Biotechnology (L-2),
- Biology (L-13),
- Agriculture and Food Sciences (L-26),
- Pharmacological Sciences (L-29),
- Information Engineering (L-8),
- Computer Science (L-31),
- Physics (L-30),
- Mathematics (class L35),
Students from undergraduate classes other than the above listed and students with foreign qualification can enrol to the course after positive judgement of the Admission Board, provided they have acquired a certain number of credits in specific scientific-disciplinary sectors specified in the Manifesto degli Studi.
In the framework of the Erasmus+ program, the BCG Master course has in place agreements with Universities in Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Norway, and The Netherlands, all offering courses in English.
The time spent abroad can be used to attend courses and pass the relative exams, thus collecting credits towards the Master degree, as well as to carry out the experimental project for the dissertation. The student admitted to the mobility program must submit a study plan detailing the training activities that he/she plans to carry out, with the corresponding credits.
The number of credits should correspond as much as possible to the number of credits that the student should acquire in a similar time at the home University. The proposed activities must be consistent with the goals and the contents of the Master degree.
The study plan must be approved by the BCG Student Mobility Committee, which can request changes or integrations. At the end of the mobility program, according to the guidelines provided by the University of Milan, the courses attended (with a passed exam) by the student are registered in his/her career, preferably with its original name and with an indication of the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) and their conversion in CFU (usually 1 ECTS= 1 CFU).
The students willing to carry out their dissertation work as part of a mobility program abroad must have an internal supervisor (chosen among the BCG lecturers) and the study plan must be approved by the BCG Teaching Board.
- in the "Città Studi" campus of the University of Milan, mostly in the University buildings of via Celoria, 26 and via Golgi;
- in the "Leonardo" Campus of the Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci.
For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:
- the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students
- the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’- that is variable.
Students can also be entitled for tuition fee reductions such as:
- lowering for students who meet high merit requirements
- fixed amounts calculated on the basis of the student's citizenship group for those with income/property abroad
- support for students who have political refugee status.
More info at: Fees - current academic year
Scholarships and benefits
L’Ateneo fornisce inoltre una serie di agevolazioni economiche a favore dei propri studenti con requisiti particolari (merito, condizioni economiche o personali, studenti internazionali) come: