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 degree programme in Biology Applied to Research in Biomedicine is designed to offer graduates a sound theoretical understanding of the biological processes that underpin the physiology of organs and systems, and their pathological dysfunctions and modulation on a pharmacological basis, particularly in human beings.

It also offers training in the application of the key concepts, bio-health considerations and aspects relating to the relationship between humans and the environment, providing graduates with the tools required to apply this knowledge through experience of modern laboratory practice and the completion of an experimental thesis. In particular, the master's degree programme sets out to provide students with the tools required to ensure continuous modernisation in the field of biomedical research through the use of flexible teaching methods based on the provision of monographic courses.

The master's degree programme is specifically targeted at training graduates to adopt a critical, constructive approach to the most advanced knowledge in human biology research.

Graduates in Biology Applied to Research in Biomedicine can enter roles in the laboratories of public and private bodies engaged in biomedical research at both a European and extra- European level, including universities, hospitals, research centres, local bodies, pharmaceutical firms.

They can also engage in the development of new biomedical and bio-health technologies in industries in the field, and assume positions of responsibility in the organisation of work in public and private analysis laboratories.

Application and admission: Open with entry requirements examination. How to apply .

English language

Students must have level B2 proficiency in English. Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B2 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 Master's degree programme can benefit from a large number of ERASMUS+ opportunities under the agreements entered into with universities in the Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Germany, the United Kingdom - where courses are taught in English - Belgium, France, Poland, Spain and Portugal (see  ).

During their period abroad, students can take courses and the relevant exams, or carry out research activities for their degree thesis.
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, preferably with the original name of the course in the foreign university, and the relevant ECTS credits will be converted into CFU credits. Students doing an internship at the foreign university for the preparation of their thesis are required to follow the rules illustrated in the "Internship description" section.

Highly recommended

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
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
Methods in mathematics and statistics 6 48 Italian MAT/06 MAT/07
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
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

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