Molecular biology of the cell

Ragazza in laboratorio
Master programme
A.Y. 2019/2020
LM-6 - Biologia (EN)
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
English

The main goal of the Master’s degree Molecular biology of the Cell is to train biologists in the field of advanced bio-molecular research and to enable them to face the present and future challenges in this field.

Specific goal of Molecular biology of the cell is to provide a deep and up-to-date knowledge in the following subjects: molecular genome analysis; regulation of gene expression; structure and function of biological macromolecules and their interactions in supramolecular complexes; cellular communication, signal perception and transduction, metabolic regulation, bio- molecular engineering and computing. The focus will be on theoretical as well as on practical aspects of bio-molecular research.

The graduate student will apply novel and emerging research technologies/approaches, ultimate data acquisition systems and analysis by conducting research on a real-world problem in the laboratories of the Department of Biosciences.

The graduate in Master Molecular biology of the cell has a specific and in-depth knowledge in the field of molecular and cell biology and related analytical methodologies and experimental techniques.

The graduate will be particularly knowledgeable in the comprehension of complex biomolecular systems and of their application to the industry and to the society. The program has been designed specifically for students who have an interest in careers in:

  • basic and applied research at the University and/or in other public or private research centers;
  • biomedical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, spin off and startup companies for self-directed and independent work;
  • promotion and development of scientific and technological innovation;
  • planning and management of industrial technologies;
  • holding high-level of responsibility in industrial, environmental, health care, and public service sectors;
  • teaching biology at all levels.

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Application and admissions: Free, subject to entry requirements.

The access to the Master’s in Molecular biology of the cell is open to:

  • Graduates in Biological Sciences (L-13) from any Italian University that follows the rules of CBUI (Collegio Biologi Università Italiane), as adequately stated by a certificate (www.cbui.unito.it). In this case, the credits acquired as an undergraduate by the candidate will be fully recognized and they are considered to have the curricular prerequisites.
  • Graduates in Biological Sciences (L-13) from Universities that do not follow the rules of CBUI, graduates in other related classes and foreign graduates that have acquired a title considered to be equivalent to the I level degree by the Italian law. In all these cases students are requested to have earned at last 90 ects (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) in relevant subjects.

Students missing adequate curricular requirements can contact the Director of the Master well in advance in order to plan acquisition of the requested ects before the application deadline. The missing ects can be acquired by passing the relevant exams at the University of Milan as well as at any other University.

The minimum requirement for the English language knowledge is, for all students, the B1 level ("lower intermediate") of the Common European Framework or equivalent certification.

English language

In order to be enrolled to the Master degree, students who did not obtained the bachelor degree in an international course are required to certify their knowledge of the English language at the B2 level in one of the following ways: by submitting a language certificate accepted by the University of Milan and attesting a B2 or higher level of knowledge, or by sitting for the Placement Test run by SLAM-Servizio Linguistico di Ateneo.

MBC students are given the opportunity to spend part of their curriculum abroad, at a University within the European Union (EU), in the context of the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission. Students can attend courses and sit exams that can be included in the core curriculum and/or perform their practical thesis in several European Universities localized in North Europe, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Iberian Peninsula (see http://www.dbs.unimi.it/ecm/home/erasmus/studenti-in-uscita/scienze-bio…).

Most of the Northern European Universities offer courses taught in English.
The Erasmus+ call is released each year, usually in February. More information can be found at Erasmus page

Accepted students must present a study plan that reports all the activities he/she intends to perform abroad, detailing the corresponding CFU; the number of proposed CFUs should approximately correspond to those the student would have achieved over the same time period in his/her university.

The proposed study plan, to be carried out under the Erasmus+ program, must be coherent with the MBC course content and must be evaluated and approved by the Teaching Board. If necessary, the Teaching Board may request the student to integrate the program of exams taken abroad. In accordance with the rules established by the Academic Senate, following completion of the Erasmus+ program, approved exams will be registered, possibly with the original denomination, as part of the student's curriculum, upon the 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 above (see Internship criteria and Rules for the thesis and final exam).

Course attendance is strongly recommended.

Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Advanced molecular biology 6 48 English
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 Italian
Molecular bioinformatics 6 48 English
Organic chemistry applied to biology 6 48 English
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Molecular genetics 6 48 English
Protein biochemistry 6 48 English
Structural biology of the cell 6 48 English
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Biomolecular methods laboratory 9 72 English
Laboratory training 12 English
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Optional
Biomembranes 6 48 English
Developmental biology and genetics 6 48 English
Functional genomics 6 48 English
Molecular microbiology and genetics of microorganisms 6 48 English
Molecular pharmacology and immunology 6 48 English
Synthetic biology 6 48 English
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Optional
Methods in biochemical investigation 6 48 English
Signal transduction 6 48 English
Stem cells and genetic diseases 6 48 English
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Final dissertation 30 English
Study plan rules
1 - The student must choose one of the following three courses:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Developmental biology and genetics 6 48 English First semester
Functional genomics 6 48 English First semester
Molecular microbiology and genetics of microorganisms 6 48 English First semester
2 - The student must choose one of the following three courses:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Biomembranes 6 48 English First semester
Molecular pharmacology and immunology 6 48 English First semester
Stem cells and genetic diseases 6 48 English Second semester
3 - The student must choose one of the following three courses:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Synthetic biology 6 48 English First semester
Methods in biochemical investigation 6 48 English Second semester
Signal transduction 6 48 English Second semester
4 - Free choice courses:
the student must acquire 12 CFU freely choosing among all courses offered by the University of Milan, provided that they are coherent to the topics of the MBC and the contents not overlapping with those of mandatory and guided through courses in the study plan . Moreover, as free choice courses, the student can pick the remaining mandatory and/or guided through course that he/she had not inserted in the study plan. If not available in English, free choice courses can be taken in Italian.
Six out of 12 CFU can be acquired by an internship of 150 hours in a University and/or a private (Industry, Hospital, others) lab, according to the rules that can be found at http://www.ccdbiol.unimi.it
Finally, free choice courses are offered each year by the Teaching Board of the Department of Biosciences.
There are no propaedeutic courses in MBC that can limit progression from the first to the second year.
Sede
Milano
Sedi didattiche
Classrooms are located in the University buildings in: Via Celoria, 26 (Edifici Biologici); Via Celoria, 20 (Settore Didattico); Via Golgi, 19 most laboratories are located in the Department of Biosciences, Via Celoria 26, 20133 Milano.
Presidente del collegio: MIRKO BARUSCOTTI
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