Medical Biotechnology

Microscopio: particolare
Bachelor
A.Y. 2020/2021
L-2 - Biotechnologies
Bachelor
180
ECTS
Access
Limited enrollment with admission test
3
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian

The course offers a solid grounding in chemistry, biology and computing; an excellent basis in the fields of biochemistry, physiology, pathology and applied human pharmacology; knowledge of the foundations of physiopathology and diagnostics; and a solid interdisciplinary understanding of the biotechnological methodologies used in the different fields of biotechnologies with medical uses.

A particular focus is placed on the research, diagnostic, therapeutic, reproductive, medical and legal sectors.

Medical Biotechnologies graduates can pursue careers in:

  • universities and other public and private research bodies;
  • National Health Service organisations, hospitals, specialist public and private laboratories;
  • the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries;
  • research and development centres for biotechnological diagnostic products in the health sector;
  • biotechnological service centres;
  • bodies in charge of drafting health and patent regulations regarding the utilisation of biotechnological products for the protection of human health.

Biotechnology medical practitioners engage in the following occupations:

  • the application of biotechnological techniques to support biomedical research;
  • molecular diagnostics (DNA sequencing, PCR, in-situ hybridisation);
  • the production of vectors for experimental and gene therapy purposes;
  • cell culture generation and maintenance;
  • the generation of engineered cells for diagnostic and curative treatments;
  • the generation of transgenic animals for the production of therapeutic proteins or xenografts assistance with clinical trials of biotechnological medicines;
  • assistance with the optimisation and personalisation of pharmacological therapy;
  • the application of genomic medicine principles;
  • clinical monitoring of biotechnological medicines;
  • the application and development of biotechnology-based diagnostic tests;
  • biotechnological trials and analyses;
  • technical and scientific information in the biotechnological field.

Application and admission: Limited enrolment with admission test.

Access is conditional on passing a test (TOLC-S, CISIA OnLine Test, www.cisiaonline.it ) which will give rise to a merit ranking. 

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.

The Degree Programme in Medical Biotechnology encourages its students to earn credits abroad, promotes international exchanges and embraces new internationalization initiatives.

Bilateral agreements have been in place for years with the Katolieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, the Universitat de Lleida, Spain, and the LUMC (Leids Universitair Medish Centrum) of the University of Leiden (Netherlands), as part of the Erasmus+ programme. A growing number of students have been able to enjoy periods of training abroad, aimed at developing their professional skills and achieving a truly European education. Our partner universities are prestigious European institutions with master and PhD schools in biomedical sciences. You can thus enrich your curriculum and consider the possibility of continuing your studies in an international environment.

Four places are available for academic year 2019-2020. The degree programme in Medical Biotechnology offers third-year students the opportunity to attend their practical internship abroad in order to work on their thesis. The internship lasts three months and awards 14 university credits (8 CFUs for practical training + 6 CFUs for elective educational activities), subject to a positive assessment by the foreign laboratory supervisor and your UNIMI supervisor, as well as the approval of the Academic Board. If the Degree Commission deems it appropriate, and following a letter from the foreign tutor to the President, particularly deserving Erasmus students will earn an additional point towards the final degree mark.

In addition to the meetings organized by the University, the Medical Biotechnology Degree Programme provides support to interested students.

Mandatory

Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
General and cellular biology 7 60 Italian BIO/13
General and inorganic chemistry 8 64 Italian CHIM/03
Mathematics 6 48 Italian MAT/03
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Applied physics 9 84 Italian FIS/07
Genetics 7 68 Italian BIO/13
Human anatomy and histology 7 64 Italian BIO/16 BIO/17
- Histology3
- Human anatomy4
Organic chemistry 8 64 Italian CHIM/06
Study plan rules
- ALTRE ATTIVITA' OBBLIGATORIE
Lo studente deve inoltre maturare 2 CFU relativi all'accertamento della lingua inglese.
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biochemistry and fundamentals of human biochemistry 11 88 Italian BIO/10
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Human physiology 7 64 Italian BIO/09
Molecular biology 8 68 Italian BIO/11
Techniques in molecular and cellular biology 10 120 Italian BIO/10 BIO/13
- Cellular methodologies5
- Molecular methodologies5
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Bioethical and legal issues in biotechnoloy 9 72 Italian AGR/01 IUS/01 MED/02
General pathology and immunology 10 88 Italian MED/04
Human molecular genetics 6 48 Italian BIO/13 MED/03
Microbiology and medical virology 6 56 Italian MED/07
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Medical pharmacology 10 80 Italian BIO/14
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biotechnologies in molecular diagnostics and fundamental of statistics 9 92 Italian BIO/12 MED/01 MED/05 MED/36
- Biotechnology in diagnostics5
- Statistics in biomedical experimentation4
Physiopathology, introduction in biotechnologies diagnostic and therapy 9 84 Italian MED/06 MED/09 MED/13 MED/15 MED/18 MED/26
- Medical physiopathology5
- Principles of diagnostic and biotechnological therapy4
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Applications of biotech on medicine 7 56 Italian MED/08 MED/40 MED/42 MED/43 MED/44 MED/46
Training 8 160 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final examination 4 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- Lo studente, al terzo anno, deve altresì maturare 12 CFU in attività formative a scelta
The undergraduate Degree Course in Biotechnology requires compulsary propaedeutical exams listed in Table. For each of the learning activities which require propaedeutical exams, the student must take the examination of propedeutical courses (right column) before taking the exam on courses for which there are specific prerequisites (left column)
Prescribed foundation courses
Learning activityPrescribed foundation courses
Applications of biotech on medicine General pathology and immunology (compulsory), Human molecular genetics (compulsory), Techniques in molecular and cellular biology (compulsory)
Biochemistry and fundamentals of human biochemistry General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory), Organic chemistry (compulsory)
Biotechnologies in molecular diagnostics and fundamental of statistics Biochemistry and fundamentals of human biochemistry (compulsory), General pathology and immunology (compulsory), Techniques in molecular and cellular biology (compulsory)
General pathology and immunology General and cellular biology (compulsory), Genetics (compulsory)
Human molecular genetics Molecular biology (compulsory), Techniques in molecular and cellular biology (compulsory)
Human physiology Applied physics (compulsory), Human anatomy and histology (compulsory)
Medical pharmacology Biochemistry and fundamentals of human biochemistry (compulsory), General pathology and immunology (compulsory), Human molecular genetics (compulsory)
Microbiology and medical virology General and cellular biology (compulsory)
Molecular biology General and cellular biology (compulsory), Genetics (compulsory)
Physiopathology, introduction in biotechnologies diagnostic and therapy Biochemistry and fundamentals of human biochemistry (compulsory), General pathology and immunology (compulsory), Human physiology (compulsory)
Techniques in molecular and cellular biology General and cellular biology (compulsory), Genetics (compulsory)
Location
Milano
Course locations
Sede del Corso di Laurea presso Polo didattico/Scientifico LITA Segrate - via F.lli Cervi, 93 - Segrete (MI)
Le attività didattiche relative al I semestre ed al II semestre del II e III anno si svolgono presso il Polo Didattico Scientifico LITA-Segrate, mentre le attività didattiche del I semestre del I anno sono svolte presso le strutture didattiche locate nell'area di Città Studi. A partire dal II semestre del I anno le attività didattiche sono svolte presso il Polo Didattico Scientifico LITA-Segrate e presso altre strutture, anche acquisite per convenzione con Enti pubblici e privati extrauniversitari, a disposizione della Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia. Queste strutture, dotate di moderne attrezzature scientifiche e assistenziali, e di competenze di elevatissimo livello nell'ambito delle biotecnologie applicate alle scienze mediche, sono anche utilizzate per lo svolgimento di tirocini e attività attinenti la prova finale di Laurea.
Head of study programme
Academic guidance tutor
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Seminar and workshop tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
Contacts

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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Enrollment
First year enrolment:
Admission
Limited enrollment with admission test

Places available: 120 plus 5 reserved to extra UE students
Session: 1
Call for applications: how to do
Application period: from 04-27-2020 to 07-22-2020
Enrolment period: from 07-27-2020 to 08-07-2020
Session: 2
Call for applications: how to do
Application period: from 08-10-2020 to 09-14-2020
Enrolment period: from 09-17-2020 to 09-23-2020