The degree programme in Biological Sciences is designed to provide solid basic training in the principal sectors of biology and a good command of the methodologies and technologies connected with the related fields of scientific research, such as life sciences.
It offers students the training required to assimilate scientific and technological advances and to understand and handle living organisms correctly. The skill set developed by attending the study programme will enable graduates to acquire application and operational skills in the biological field that will enable them to deal with technical tasks, professional support activities and to continue academic studies, consolidating their preparation in specific areas of biological knowledge.
Biological Sciences graduates are able to work as part of a team with a set degree of autonomy and quickly integrate themselves into working environments, both at a European and non-European level.
They are qualified to engage in professional occupations and techniques in various fields (bio-health, industry, nursery gardening, veterinary, agriculture and food, biotechnology, public and private research bodies) and in analysis, control and management services. They can also enter roles in all public and private fields where it is necessary to classify, manage and utilise living organisms and their constituents and to deal with the relationship between development and environmental quality, in multidisciplinary professional firms dedicated to the evaluation of environmental impact, and to the development of projects geared at the conservation and rehabilitation of the environment and biodiversity.
Graduates in Biological Sciences can apply for enrolment in the Italian Order of Biologists as Junior Biologist (Register B), subject to passing the State examination.
Application and admission: Limited enrolment with admission test.
Access is conditional on passing an online test (TOLC-B, CISIA OnLine Test), which will give rise to a merit ranking.
Additional learning obligations (OFA)
Students who do poorly in the area of mathematics will be assigned additional learning obligations (OFA) that they must fulfil in accordance with the provisions of the Programme Structure.
To be able to sit the English language exam included in the study plan, students must have level B1 proficiency in English.
Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B1 language proficiency or better, or by sitting the SLAM (University Language Centre) Placement test during the first year of studies only, between September and December.
Students who do not pass the test must follow the SLAM language courses and obtain appropriate certification within the year the plan of study calls for a language exam.
Students enrolled on the degree programme can benefit from a large number of Erasmus+ opportunities under the agreements entered into with universities in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland (more information).
During their period abroad, students can take courses and the relevant exams, or carry out traineeship / internship activities (6 CFU credits out of the 12 free-choice CFU credits) to be included in the study plan.
Students admitted to the mobility programme must submit a study plan listing the educational activities to be carried out abroad, with the relevant CFU credits. The number of credits in the plan should approximately equal the number of credits that the student would achieve during the same period of time at the University of Milan.
The proposed activities, chosen from the range of options available at the host university, must be consistent with the degree programme's training project. The proposed plan must be submitted to the Departmental Academic Board for approval, through the teacher in charge. In the case of any gaps in fundamental courses, the Departmental Academic Board may ask the student to sit an interview on an agreed programme at the University of Milan, in addition to the exams taken at the host university. At the end of the mobility programme, in accordance with the University guidelines, the exams listed in the approved study plan and passed by the student will be recorded in the student career log, under the original name of the course in the foreign university, and the relevant ECTS credits will be converted into CFU credits.
Mandatory for laboratory courses; highly recommended for other teaching activities.
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- Immatricolazione ed ammissione
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
The University also provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students), including:
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