Herbal Sciences and Technologies
Graduates will obtain mastery of investigative methods and testing, including aspects of data collection and communication of results, and competence in using advanced texts. They will have operational powers and will be able to perform technical, managerial and professional activities in the processing of medicinal plants in quality management sector, marketing of herbal drugs and their derivates to be used in the preparation of herbal products, food and cosmetics, ensuring compliance with the provisions from existing national and European laws.
The course includes basic and professional disciplines in the areas of chemistry, phytochemistry, biology, botany, pharmacognosy, pharmacology and concerning technological aspects.
At the end of the course, graduate will have knowledge and skills in:
· recognition, collection and conservation of medicinal plants;
· storage, control, distribution and supply of medicinal plants and their derivatives;
· analyses and determination of active ingredients;
· the biological effects of medicinal plants;
· toxicological aspects of the use of active ingredients and finished products;
· the study, design, management, supervision and conduction of productive processes of plants and their derivatives;
· recognition of herbal drugs, detection of adulterations and contaminations;
· quality control of products based on medicinal plants and derivatives;
· the possible applications of plants and their derived products for health products including food and cosmetics;
· legislation and ethic rules in the field;
· the scientific and technical advice concerning the supervision hygienic issues of plants and their derivatives in Department of the Government, particularly in the Ministries of Health, of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Trade and Handicraft and Finance;
· the technical scientific and advisory to specialist publishing companies, dissemination of information in the field of medicinal plants and their derivatives.
A graduate in Herbal Science and Technologies possesses good basic knowledge, and knows how to use it along the production chain. He knows the methods of investigation of the sector and is able to use them professionally and to finalize their knowledge of problem solving of the whole supply chain. Is able to obtain the necessary information and to assess the implications in a productive and market context, to implement measures to improve the quality of herbal products. He/She is also able to communicate orally and in writing arguments on issues of competence. Finally, he/she has the tools of cognitive basis for the continuous updating of knowledge, also through the use of new communication technologies.
In order to be admitted to the degree course in Herbal Sciences and Technologies, an upper secondary school degree, or equivalent qualification obtained abroad, and an adequate basic preparation are required. It is also necessary to have acquired the knowledge of basic mathematical calculation and computer science, the mastery of the main physics laws and the basic knowledge of cell biology and general chemistry.
REQUIREMENTS AND SKILLS ASSESSMENT
These requirements, as well as the logical and comprehension skills, will be verified through a compulsory TOLC-AV test to be held before enrolment and in order to be admitted to. The TOLC-AV is an online test provided by CISIA (https://www.cisiaonline.it/ ), Interuniversity Integrated Systems for Access Consortium. Test format, topics and other useful information are available at the following link https://www.cisiaonline.it/area-tematica-tolc-agrariaveterinaria/struttura-della-prova-e-syllabus/. The TOLC-AV can be held at the University of Milan or at any other available location, as indicated in the calendar https://tolc.cisiaonline.it/calendario.php
Enrolment procedures and deadlines will be indicated in the call for applications: the University will publish on the University website at https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/immatricolarsi-e-iscriversi. Only students placed in the merit ranking list can enrol on the Degree Course in Herbal Sciences and Technologies.
ADDITIONAL LEARNING OBLIGATIONS (OFA)
Students who do not correctly answer at least 50% of the questions in the basic Mathematics module of the TOLC-AV test will be assigned Additional Learning Obligations (OFA). These obligations must be met by attending support activities organized by the University in the period October-December, followed by a recovery test. If obligations are not fulfilled, students will not be able to take the Mathematics and Informatics exam.
EXEMPTIONS FROM THE TEST
Students already enrolled in a single cycle master course in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology of this or other University and students enrolled in a Bachelor course in Herbal Sciences and Technologies or Herbal Techniques of another University are exempted from the test, on condition to have acquired minimum 40 credits during the first year of the course, according with the respective regulations. These requirements are needed for the credits recognition and, consequently, the admission to at least the second year of the course. Graduates in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology of any Italian or foreign University and graduates in Master course in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies (five years) of the University of Milan are also exempted.
Recognition of study periods abroad:
Each student, depending on the period of time spent abroad, should propose a Learning Agreement providing an adequate number of credits for his/her study or training:
- An academic year: 60 credits;
- An academic semester: 30 credits;
- An academic quarter: 20 CFU
For study programs, students must acquire at least 70% of the credits specified in the Learning Agreement. For the training period the student must acquire all the credits specified by the Learning Agreement. Additional score to the degree mark will be added to students who have fulfilled the study or training programs. This score ranges from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 3 points (depending on the duration of the training period, the amount of credits obtained and the overall result achieved) and will be proposed by the tutor to the Commission of the final exam.
Mandatory for laboratory courses; highly recommended for other teaching courses
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- Vicepresidente del Collegio Didattico Interdipartimentale Prof. Mario Dell'Agli
Via Balzaretti, 9 Milano
Ricevimento studenti: su prenotazione telefonica o via e-mail, c/o Dipartimento di Scienze Farmacologiche e Biomolecolari
- Coordinatore del Corso di Laurea Prof.ssa Gelsomina Fico
Via Mangiagalli, 25 Milano
Ricevimento studenti: su prenotazione telefonica o via e-mail, c/o DISFARM, Via Mangiagalli 25, secondo piano, studio 2013
- Coordinatore ERASMUS: Prof.ssa Francesca Clerici
Via Venezian, 21 Milano
Ricevimento studenti: su prenotazione telefonica o via e-mail, c/o Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche (DISFARM) Sezione di Chimica Generale e Organica "A. Marchesini" III piano
- Segretario del Collegio Didattico Interdipartimentale: Dott. Fiorella Meneghetti
Via Mangiagalli, 25 Milano
Ricevimento studenti: tutti i giorni previo appuntamento, c/o studio I piano stanza 1064 via Mangiagalli 25
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).
Admission, ranking and enrolment