Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

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Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-9 - Pharmaceutical, veterinary and medical biotechnologies
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian, English
The aim of the master course in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology is to provide knowledge in scientific methodologies for the design, production and characterization of biotechnological drugs. The master course is organized in three programs, two held in Italian and one in English. The first two programs share a common first year, dedicated to the acquisition of basic knowledge, followed by specific pathways oriented (1) to the use of the biotechnologies in identifying new targets and designing new drugs ("Biotecnologie nella ricerca e sviluppo del farmaco") and (2) to the development, production, formulation, and evaluation of biotechnological drugs ("Biotecnologie nella ricerca e sviluppo del farmaco"). The third program, "Pharmacogenomics and Precision Therapeutics", held in English, is more focused to the recent innovative biotechnological drugs, such as cell and gene therapies.
The occupational possibilities for the graduates are:
- teaching and research activity in public and private Universities;
- research activity in public research institutes;
- research and development in pharma and biotech companies;
- teaching in secondary schools;
- clinical monitoring.
In addition, graduates will be able to participate in the creation and management of biotech companies in the field of pharmaceutical and diagnostic products.
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Admission: Open, subject to entry requirements.

English language

Students must have level B2 or above proficiency in English. According to CEFR, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B1 language proficiency or better, or by sitting the SLAM (University Language Centre) Placement test on 16 settembre 2019 14:30. 

The Master Course in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology offers its students the opportunity to spend periods of training abroad thanks to the mobility Erasmus programs.
Procedure for the recognition of study periods abroad: each student must propose a Learning Agreement regarding training activities that lead to the recognition of a number of credits adequate to the period spent abroad. Specifically, 20 CFU for a three-month period; 30 CFU for a six-month period; 45 CFU for a nine-month period.
Evaluation of the period spent abroad: the period of study abroad will be recognized as valid after obtaining at least 70% of the credits specified in the learning agreement, while the activity of the thesis or internship will be valid only after acquisition of all credits.
Incentives: for students who have accomplished satisfactorily the training program, additional points are added to the final degree mark. Up to a maximum of 3 points can be added depending on the duration of the study period, the amount of credits attained, and the overall results obtained by the student.

Mandatory for laboratory courses, recommended for other teaching courses

Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biology of development and differentiation 6 56 Italian BIO/13
Metabolic and Functional Biochemistry 6 48 Italian BIO/10
Molecular virology 6 48 Italian BIO/19 MED/07
Pathophysiology 6 48 Italian MED/04
Physiology of Integrated systems 6 56 Italian BIO/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biotechnology in Pharmacology 8 64 Italian BIO/14
Molecular basis of hormone and drug action 8 64 Italian BIO/14 MED/13
Purification and formulation of biotechnological drug products 8 64 Italian CHIM/08 CHIM/09
Structural Bioinformatics and Molecular Modeling 10 88 Italian BIO/10 CHIM/06 CHIM/08
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Experimental laboratory of Biotechnology 9 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Advanced course in Biotechnology and Pharmacology 7 88 Italian BIO/14
Innovative biotechnological drugs 9 72 Italian BIO/14 CHIM/06 CHIM/08
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Lab training 10 0 Italian
Final exam 21 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biology of development and differentiation 6 56 Italian BIO/13
Metabolic and Functional Biochemistry 6 48 Italian BIO/10
Molecular virology 6 48 Italian BIO/19 MED/07
Pathophysiology 6 48 Italian MED/04
Physiology of Integrated systems 6 56 Italian BIO/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biotechnology in Pharmacology 8 64 Italian BIO/14
Clinical Pharmacology and Applied Biochemistry 9 88 Italian BIO/10 BIO/14 MED/03
Preparation and development of drugs with biotechnological methods 9 72 Italian CHIM/08 CHIM/11
Purification and formulation of biotechnological drug products 8 64 Italian CHIM/08 CHIM/09
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Experimental laboratory of Biotechnology 9 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Manufacturing of biotechnological drug products 7 56 Italian CHIM/09
Quality control and analysis for biopharmaceuticals 9 72 Italian BIO/14 CHIM/06 CHIM/08
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Lab training 10 0 Italian
Final exam 21 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Communicable and non-communicable diseases 8 64 English BIO/19 MED/04
Integrated systems physiology 6 56 English BIO/09
Molecular biochemistry and functional biology 10 88 English BIO/10 BIO/13
Protein engineering, drug delivery and regulatory aspects 11 96 English CHIM/08 CHIM/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Bioinformatics and molecular modeling 8 64 English BIO/10 CHIM/06 CHIM/08
Omics: from bench to bedside 6 48 English BIO/10 MED/04
Pharmacogenomics, clinical pharmacology, and orphan drugs 7 56 English BIO/14
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Experimental Laboratory of Biotechnology 9 0 English
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biomarkers: from identification to exploitation 10 88 English BIO/14 CHIM/08 MED/13
Cell therapy and gene silencing 7 72 English BIO/13 BIO/14 BIO/19
Nanotechnology based medicinal products 7 56 English BIO/14 CHIM/06 CHIM/09
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Lab Training 10 0 English
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final Exam 21 0 English
Location
Milano
Course locations
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