Molecular Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Esperimento di laboratorio
Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-8 - Industrial biotechnologies
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
English

The MB&B Master's degree aims at providing students with advanced skills in Molecular biotechnology, Computational biology and Bioinformatics. The main goal of the MB&B Master’s degree is to equip students with a broad theoretical and practical background for the study of complex biological/biotechnologal systems.

The specific goal of MB&B is to provide an up-to-date knowledge in the following subjects: bioinformatics, molecular biology, biotechnology, functional genomics, "omics" technologies, protein expression systems, metabolic engineering, industrial processes, structural biochemistry, molecular enzymology and data analysis. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to study specific disciplines of interest, including: plant genetics, nanotechnology, biophysics, molecular microbiology, nanotechnology, molecular biotechnology, molecular parasitology, structural biology, and technology transfer.

Teachings will combine lectures, student’s presentations, journal clubs and seminars. A substantial proportion of the credits will be obtained through an experimental laboratory project - selected by the student- for the final dissertation.

The MB&B Master degree provides employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • career in management of production facilities, including diagnostics, chemicals, and agro- food industry
  • promotion of scientific development and technological innovation in Research & Development in different industrial settings
  • service management in areas related to industrial biotechnology, as well as in Quality Control laboratories
  • basic and applied research in both private and public institutions

Graduates will be able to operate, in their own fields of specialization, at a high level of responsibility, managing the ethical, technical and legal aspects of their work.

Application and admission free with entry requirements evaluation.

 The access to the Master’s degree in MB&B is open to:

  • Graduates in Biotechnology (L-2 class, and former class 1).
  • Students with a Bachelor's degree providing at least 60 ects in "core disciplines" as defined for the Biotechnology L-2 class.

Foreign students must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or University, and a strong knowledge of the following topics: genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry. A B1 level English language certification is required at the time of the enrollment. Knowledge of the Italian language is not required.

Language english

Students must have a good knowledge of spoken and written English. A B1 level certification is required for enrollment. A B2 level certification (vantage or upper intermediate, as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment), or an equivalent score in the Placement test provided by the University of Milan, is required prior to submission of the final dissertation. Knowledge of the Italian language is not required.

In the frame work of the Erasmus+ program, the MB&B Master course has in place agreements with Universities in Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Norway, and The Netherlands, all offering courses in English.
Calls for participation can be found at the following link: https://www.unimi.it/en/international/study-abroad/studying-abroad-erasmus

The time spent abroad can be used to attend courses and pass the relative exams, thus collecting credits towards the Master degree, as well as to carry out the experimental project for the dissertation. The student admitted to the mobility program must submit a study plan detailing the training activities that he/she plans to carry out, with the corresponding credits. The number of credits should correspond as much as possible to the number of credits that the student should acquire in a similar time at the home University. The proposed activities must be consistent with the goals and the contents of the Master degree.

The study plan must be approved by the MB&B Student Mobility Committee, which can request changes or integrations. At the end of the mobility program, according to the guidelines provided by the University of Milan, the courses attended (with a passed exam) by the student are registered in his/her career, preferably with its original name and with an indication of the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) and their conversion in CFU (usually 1 ECTS= 1 CFU).

The students willing to carry out their dissertation work as part of a mobility program abroad must have an internal supervisor (chosen among the MB&B lecturers) and the study plan must be approved by the MB&B board.

Attendance to frontal lessons is strongly recommended.
The experimental project leading to the final dissertation is considered mandatory for the Master Degree

Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biotechnological products and processes 6 48 English CHIM/06 CHIM/11
Functional genomics and bioinformatics 10 88 English BIO/11 BIO/18
Methods in bioinformatics 6 48 English INF/01
Molecular and cellular microbiology 6 48 English BIO/18 BIO/19
Rational design and structural characterization of bioactive molecules 6 48 English CHIM/02 CHIM/06
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Advanced molecular and cellular biotechnology 10 80 English BIO/06 BIO/11
Advanced plant cell biotechnology 6 48 English BIO/04 BIO/18
Protein engineering and molecular enzymology 6 48 English BIO/10
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Thesis project and final dissertation 39 0 English
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Bioimaging 6 56 English FIS/03 FIS/07
Biotechnological and molecular strategies in the control of parasites and vector-borne diseases 6 48 English VET/06
Nanotechnology for biomedical applications and biosensors 6 48 English CHIM/01 CHIM/06
Patenting and technology transfer 6 48 English AGR/01 IUS/01 IUS/04
Structural bioinformatics 6 56 English BIO/10 BIO/11 FIS/07 INF/01
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Advanced bioinformatics for biotechnology 6 48 English BIO/11 INF/01
Macromolecular structural biology 6 48 English BIO/10
Molecular breeding and plant genetics 6 48 English AGR/07 BIO/18
Study plan rules
1 - The student must choose at least two of the following courses
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Bioimaging 6 56 English First semester FIS/03 FIS/07
Biotechnological and molecular strategies in the control of parasites and vector-borne diseases 6 48 English First semester VET/06
Nanotechnology for biomedical applications and biosensors 6 48 English First semester CHIM/01 CHIM/06
Patenting and technology transfer 6 48 English First semester AGR/01 IUS/01 IUS/04
Structural bioinformatics 6 56 English First semester BIO/10 BIO/11 FIS/07 INF/01
Advanced bioinformatics for biotechnology 6 48 English Second semester BIO/11 INF/01
Macromolecular structural biology 6 48 English Second semester BIO/10
Molecular breeding and plant genetics 6 48 English Second semester AGR/07 BIO/18
2 - The student must acquire 10 additional credits (CFU) choosing from any course offered by the University of Milan, provided that they are coherent to the topics of the MBB and the contents not overlapping with those of mandatory and guided through courses in the study plan.
Four credits can be acquired by carrying out a small project (100 hours) in a research laboratory, either at the University of Milan or at another structure. The project must be approved by the MBB Coordinator
Location
Milano
Head of study programme
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Study plan tutor
Master's degree admission tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
Contacts
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: