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 course provides graduates with an advanced grounding in scientific methodology, and the competences required to coordinate national and international study and research projects in compliance with ethical and bioethical regulations and concerns.

In particular, the curriculum offers in-depth training in the scientific, technical and productive programming and development of biotechnologies employed in the field of human health.

Particular attention is paid to the design and planning of innovative biopharmaceuticals and the study of their cellular and molecular mechanisms; company organisation and management; company creation; the management of innovative projects and marketing activities (including the patenting of innovative products) for biotechnological pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, both in terms of correct scientific communication and the appropriate management of public and private economic resources.

Graduates in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology can pursue careers in the following areas:

  • teaching and research in public and private universities;
  • scientific research and technological development in public bodies (the National Health Institute, the National Research Council, the Italian Medicines Agency, the national Environment Agency, research institutes, etc.);
  • scientific research and development in the biotechnological, pharmaceutical, diagnostic and cosmetic industries;
  • scientific research and technological development in the food industry and food processing; - scientific research and technological development in public and private facilities engaged in pre-clinical activities in the biomedical field;
  • science teaching in secondary education institutes;
  • clinical monitoring activities;
  • technical and scientific information;
  • management of quality control;
  • the regulation, management and creation of biotechnological corporations in the public and private spheres; 
  • the evaluation and control of environmental safety.

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. 

In order to promote the internationalization process, we will inform and encourage students to participate in the Erasmus in Europe and Erasmus Mundus projects that are available within the Degree Programme. We have also envisaged seminars with foreign teachers or internships at foreign university laboratories. Some courses may also be taught in English in order to offer students the opportunity to become familiar with spoken English and international scientific terminology.

Mobility recognition procedure: each student, depending on the time period abroad, will submit a Learning Agreement detailing educational activities for a number of appropriate CFU credits:

  • three months: 20 CFUs;
  • six months: 30 CFUs;
  • nine months: 45 CFUs.

Evaluation of the study period abroad: students must acquire at least 70% of the credits set out in the Learning Agreement. For thesis / internship activities, you must have acquired all the credits provided for by the Learning Agreement.

Incentives: if you successfully complete the programme you will be awarded additional points towards the degree mark. This score ranges from 1 to 3 points (depending on the duration of the study period, the amount of CFU credits earned and the overall achievement), which will be awarded by the Degree Commission on the proposal of the teacher in charge.

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
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
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Experimental laboratory of Biotechnology 9 0 Italian
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
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
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Experimental laboratory of Biotechnology 9 0 Italian
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
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
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Experimental Laboratory of Biotechnology 9 0 English
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Lab Training 10 0 English
Final Exam 21 0 English
Location
Milano
Course locations
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  • 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.

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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: