Biology Applied to Research in Biomedicine

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Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-6 - Biology
Master programme
Open with entry requirements examination
Course location
The Master of Science (M.Sc.) programme in BIOLOGY APPLIED to BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH (BARB, Class LM-6 Biology) aims to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to manage individually or in collaboration with other professional figures their research in both basic and applied aspects of the biomedical field.
The new M.Sc. in BARB proposes the basic flexible scheme applied previously and introduces some substantial new features that allow a better characterization of the biomedical aspects of the M.Sc. programme and a better identification of the professional figure of the biomedical scientist and its role in all aspects of basic/applied research activities.

Specific educational aims are:
1) to provide students with the basic notions of biological processes underlying the physiology of organs and systems, their pathological dysfunctions and their modulation by pharmacological and other interventions, specifically in man.
2) to teach students how to apply theoretical notions to applications of biomedical interest for humans and in relation to the interaction with the environment;
3) to provide tools for understanding and practicing theoretical knowledge in the lab;
4) to foster the most updated knowledge in the biomedical field by use of specific teaching modules whose content will be continuously refreshed.
The M.Sc. in BARB strengthens an essential, culturally basic branch of Biology in which the Coordinating Board for teaching activities in Biology has full competence, both in terms of teaching tradition and established research expertise. The M.Sc. programme aims to provide advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in the continuously growing areas of biology applied to biomedical research, and make students able to propose and to act with the purpose of further advancing their knowledge and practical experience. From this perspective students will be addressed to a specific teaching project whose target is to strengthen the attitude to develop new ideas and new tools in the most advanced aspects of biomedical research.
The M.Sc graduates in BARB achieve a specific and updated knowledge of theoretical and experimental features of the field of biomedical research, based on the acquisition of biological principles which govern mechanisms and vital processes in humans.
Theoretical acquisitions are accompanied by detailed know-how of the most advanced technologies used in biomedical research relevant to aspects of basic research as well as research applied to Health Service and biomedical industry, able to provide the gruaduate with a high degree of professional self-determination and the capability to get involved in the progress of biomedical research and all its applications to the practical field.
The Master graduate in BARB will be able to:
1) work in public and private agencies involved in biomedical research activity both in european and non-european countries such as Universities, hospitals, research centers, State and Regional institutions, pharmaceutical companies and others;
2) get involved in the development of new biomedical and healthcare technologies in the industrial field;
3) contribute with managerial role in work organization in public and private laboratories of clinical analysis.
The M.Sc. graduate in BARB can enroll, by passing the exam for the profession, in the Biologists' Professional Register (section A), with the title of "Biologist", to perform the activities recognized by the Italian law.
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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 BIOLOGY APPLIED TO RESEARCH IN BIOMEDICINE, 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 L-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 93 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 logic similar to that of the above mentioned CBUI criteria.

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

BARB 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. BARB 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 Belgium, Netherland, Norway, UK- where courses taught in English are active - France, Germany, Poland, Spain and Portugal (see…). 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 BARB 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 Biological Erasmus and international mobility tutor is Dr. Cristina Bonza (

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Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Human anatomy and experimental models in biomedicine 6 48 Italian BIO/06
Pathology 6 48 Italian MED/04
Principles of physiology 6 48 Italian BIO/09
System pharmacology 6 48 Italian BIO/14
Cellular and molecular physiology 6 48 Italian BIO/09
Cellular microbiology and immunology 6 48 Italian BIO/19
Cellular, molecular and functional approaches to genetic disease 6 48 Italian BIO/14
Differentiation biology and cell therapies 6 48 Italian BIO/17
Human and experimental neuroanatomy 6 48 Italian BIO/16
Techniques for advanced biomedical research 6 48 Italian BIO/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Epidemiologic and preventive sciences 6 48 Italian MED/42
Molecular biology applied to the biomedical research 6 48 Italian BIO/11
Cellular and molecular pathology 6 48 Italian MED/04
Cellular and molecular pharmacology 6 48 Italian BIO/14
Clinical biochemistry and molecular biology 6 48 Italian BIO/12
Clinical microbiology and hygiene 6 48 Italian MED/07 MED/42
Ecotoxicology 6 48 Italian BIO/14
Human and molecular genetics 6 48 Italian BIO/18 MED/03
Membrane biophysics and signal transduction 6 48 English FIS/07
Methods in mathematics and statistics 6 64 Italian MAT/06 MAT/07
Neurophysiology 6 48 Italian BIO/09
Physiology and pharmacology of the endocrine system 6 48 Italian BIO/09 BIO/14
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Final exam 39 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.
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 nell'attività di tirocinio finalizzata alla preparazione della tesi sperimentale di laurea dalla durata di 12 mesi.
Head of study programme
Academic guidance tutor
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Study plan tutor
Internship tutor
Seminar and workshop tutor
Dissertation tutor
University and programme transfer tutor
Credit recognition tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
Reference structures

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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