Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Ospedale di notte
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Course sheet
A.Y. 2021/2022
Master programme
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.

Employment statistics (Almalaurea)
To increase internationalization, students will be informed on the Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus programs activated within the master course. Lectures of foreign teachers and stages in foreign laboratories will be also proposed. Some of the classes will be given in English to give the students the opportunity to improve the English knowledge, with specific focus on scientific terminology.
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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.

Attendance is compulsory for teaching laboratories, and strongly recommended for all courses.

Student workers

Student workers who submit evidence of their work activity may agree with individual instructors how to attend teaching laboratories. If the student works in laboratories using the same techniques as the programme laboratories, they may be partially/fully waived from laboratory attendance, upon agreement with the instructor. To take advantage of these accommodations, the student must submit a certificate stating their employment contract and working hours to the Academic Board office at the beginning of the year. Alternatively, student workers are eligible for part-time enrolment.

Part-time enrolment

In compliance with academic regulations, students who are unable to attend courses, and take exams, on a regular schedule, according to the statutory duration of their study programme, may choose a tailored study path. For further information, visit the University website: https://www.unimi.it/en/study/bachelor-and-master-study/fees-and-how-pay-them/part-time-enrolment

Enrollment

Admission requirements

The following candidates are eligible for the Master's degree programme in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology:

- Graduates from class L-2, as well as the corresponding classes under Ministerial Decree 509/99;

- Graduates from other classes, provided they meet the following requirements:

     - at least 9 credits in total in academic fields (SSD) CHIM/01, CHIM/03 and/or CHIM/06;

     - at least 12 credits in total in academic fields (SSD) BIO/10, BIO/11 and/or BIO/13;

     - at least 6 credits in total in academic field (SSD) BIO/14;

     - at least 6 credits in total in academic fields (SSD) BIO/09, BIO/16 and/or MED/04;

     - Holders of a qualification obtained abroad and recognized as suitable who prove that they have acquired the same level of knowledge and skills in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology and physiology, as specified above.

Admission assessment

In addition to curricular requirements, admission to the programme is subject to an assessment test.

Curricular requirements will be assessed by an admissions board appointed by the Academic Board and composed of at least 3 faculty members, based on the candidate's previous academic career, and possibly an interview. The curricular assessment will ascertain the level of knowledge (credits earned and grade achieved) in the following disciplines: general and inorganic chemistry (CHIM/03), analytical chemistry (CHIM/01) and organic chemistry (CHIM/06); biochemistry (BIO/10), molecular biology (BIO/11) and biology (BIO/13); pharmacology (BIO/14); anatomy (BIO/16), physiology (BIO/09) and pathology (MED/04). Please note that the knowledge of the aforementioned disciplines may also have been achieved by attending single courses.

The interview, if any, may be held in person (at the teaching rooms of the Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences, Via Balzaretti, 9 in Milan), or on skype (or equivalent).

Upcoming graduates are also eligible for the interview.

The dates, time and place of in-person interviews will be posted to the degree programme website: https://biotecnologiafarmaco.cdl.unimi.it/it.

The dates of skype interviews will be agreed by e-mail with individual candidates.

Language skills. Candidates should have a knowledge of English at or above B2 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The B2-level requirement will be ascertained by the University Language Centre (SLAM) upon admission as follows:

- Language certificate at or above B2, obtained no more than 3 years prior to submission. For the list of language certificates recognized by the University please review: https://www.unimi.it/en/study/language-proficiency/placement-tests-and-english-courses/english-entry-tests. The certificate must be uploaded when submitting the online application;

- English level achieved during a Bachelor's degree programme through SLAM courses and tests. The test must have been passed within the last four years. Our offices will perform an internal check, without the applicant having to attach any statements;

- Placement test, delivered by SLAM, which will take place on the following dates: 30 June 2021 at 10:00 am and 17 September 2021 at 9:30 am. All those who fail to submit a valid certificate or do not meet the required proficiency level will be invited to take the test through the admission procedure. 

Candidates who do not sit or pass the placement test will have until 31 December 2021 to obtain and submit a recognized certificate to SLAM.

Students who do not meet the requirement by 31 December 2021 will not be admitted to the Master's degree programme and may not sit further tests.

In case of transfer from another degree programme or from another university, the procedures for admission to years subsequent to the first will be set out by the Academic Board.

Admission

Application for admission: from 12/03/2021 to 27/08/2021

Application for matriculation: from 01/04/2021 to 15/01/2022


Please note

Admitted students who have already graduated must enroll by 30 September 2021, while those who will achieve the qualification or requirements set by 31 December 2021 must enroll by 15 January 2022.

Programme description and 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 72 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
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Experimental laboratory of Biotechnology 9 0 Italian
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
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 72 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
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Experimental laboratory of Biotechnology 9 0 Italian
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
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
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Experimental Laboratory of Biotechnology 9 0 English
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Lab Training 10 0 English
Final Exam 21 0 English
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Milano
Course locations
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Head of study programme
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Internship tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
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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

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The University provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students).

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