Bioinformatics for computational genomics

cellula
Master programme
interateneo Politecnico di Milano
A.Y. 2019/2020
LM-8 - Biotecnologie industriali (EN)
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Limited enrollment with admission test
2
Years
Language
English

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.

Highly recommended

Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology 6 48 English
Organic Chemistry 6 48 English
Optional
Biochemistry 6 48 English
Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology 12 96 English
Programming and Data Bases 12 96 English
Statistics 6 48 English
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Biostatistics 6 48 English
Genomics and Transcriptomics 12 96 English
Machine Learning 6 48 English
Scientific Programming 6 48 English
Study plan rules
1 - Students with a degree/background in computer science, engineering, mathematics or physics will attend the courses of the "Percorso 1" ("Knowledge Alignment Plan 1") in Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology (12 CFU) and Biochemistry (6 CFU).

Students with a degree/background in life sciences (biology or biotechnology or equivalent) will attend the courses of the "Percorso 2" ("Knowledge Alignment Plan 2") in Programming and Data Bases (12 CFU) and Statistics (6 CFU).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Biochemistry 6 48 English First semester
Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology 12 96 English First semester
Programming and Data Bases 12 96 English First semester
Statistics 6 48 English First semester
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First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Advanced Genomics and Epigenomics 12 96 English
Structural Chemistry 6 48 English
Systems Biology and Network Analysis 6 48 English
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Thesis project and final dissertation 21 English
There are no propaedeutic courses in the BCG degree that can limit progression from the first to the second year.
Sedi didattiche
Lecture rooms and laboratories are located:
- 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.
Fees, scholarships and benefits

University fees

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:

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:

Enrollment
First year enrolment:
Admission
Limited enrollment with admission test

Places available: 50 plus 10 reserved to extra UE students


Call for applications: how to do


Application period: from 05-23-2019 to 07-10-2019
Admission Test date and location: 16/07/2019 09:00
Enrolment period: from 07-19-2019 to 07-29-2019
Please note:
The Programme is a Joint Degree developed and organized jointly between the Università degli Studi di Milano (UNIMI) and the Politecnico degli studi di Milano.