Plant Science

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Plant Science
Course sheet
A.Y. 2021/2022
Master programme
LM-6 - Biology
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Limited enrollment with admission test
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
English
International title
Double Degree
The Plant Science Master degree aims at training professionals with a solid and integrated cultural background in basic biology, appropriate for applications in different areas of biology, focusing mainly on plant science. The students will acquire a high level of scientific preparation and in-depth knowledge and skills, taking into consideration molecular and cellular aspects, without neglecting applicative goals such as plant breeding and the protection and preservation of natural plant species. The graduated student will acquire high-level skills, which will enable him/her to use the latest technologies to study complex plant biological systems. The international character of the Master course, the knowledge of English and the international experience are all highly appreciated aspects that should contribute to broadening the job perspectives of the graduated student, reaching beyond national borders.
BIOLOGIST AND ASSIMILATED PROFESSIONS
The choice to offer a Master's Degree entirely in English and the close collaboration with UGA, where the student have to take part of the courses, allows the graduate to enter the national and foreign labor market.

The Master's degree in Plant Science is equipped with in-depth and cutting-edge knowledge on molecular and cellular aspects of plants, whether they are model organisms or plants of agricultural interest, and their interactions with the environment.

The skills acquired in this degree course will allow the graduate to perform functions of high responsibility in professional fields such as:
- Basic and applied research activities in university laboratories, other public or private research institutions and in industry, with particular reference to plant organisms;
- Research and development of scientific methodologies for the study of plant biology;
- Responsibility functions in public or private sectors accountable for environmental protection and management, in biology research laboratories, in biotechnology and food industries and in all professional fields where a multidisciplinary approach to plant biology is required;
- Scientific dissemination and publishing activities.
- Teaching activities.
Graduates can take the state exam for the qualification to practice the profession of biologist and consequently obtain the enrolment in the National Order of Biologists (Ordine Nazionale dei Biologi, section A). They will also have access to PhD positions, specialization schools and other Master's degrees.

Job opportunities:
- Universities and public and private research institutions;
- Public and private laboratories for biological, microbiological, genetic and quality control analyses;
- Biotechnological, pharmaceutical, chemical and biorefinery industries;
- Communication, scientific dissemination and information, scientific publishing;
- Plant genetic improvement and seed production;
- Agro-food sector;
- Production of molecules of food, industrial and pharmaceutical interest in plant systems;
- Cooperation and development in international organizations.

BIOTECHNOLOGIST
The graduated in Plant Science will be able to take high responsibility functions in all professional fields in which a deep knowledge of plant biology topics is required, particularly in those involving the use of plant biological systems and genetic engineering techniques for applications in various sectors.

Graduates can take the state exam for the qualification to practice the profession of biologist and consequently obtain the enrolment in the National Order of Biologists (Ordine Nazionale dei Biologi, section A). They will also have access to PhD positions, specialization schools and other Master's degrees.

Job opportunities:
- Universities and public and private research institutions;
- Biotechnological, pharmaceutical, chemical and biorefinery industries;
- Plant breeding and seed production companies
- Cooperation and development in international organizations

BOTANIST
The graduated in Plant Science will be able to take high responsibility functions in all professional fields in which a complete knowledge of plant organisms is required, from the molecular and cellular level, to the organismic to the interactions between living organisms and the ecosystem.

Graduates can take the state exam for the qualification to practice the profession of biologist and consequently obtain the enrolment in the National Order of Biologists (Ordine Nazionale dei Biologi, section A). They will also have access to PhD positions, specialization schools and other Master's degrees.

Job opportunities:
- Universities and public or private research institutions;
- Biotechnological, pharmaceutical, chemical industries and bi- refineries;
- Communication, dissemination and scientific information, scientific publishing
- Plant genetic improvement and seed production
- Agro-food sector
- Production of molecules of food, industrial and pharmaceutical interest in plant systems
- Cooperation and development in international organizations

RESEARCHERS AND TECHNICIANS WITH A DEGREE IN LIFE SCIENCES
The graduated in Plant Science will be able to take high responsibility functions in all professional fields where it is necessary to develop and conduct research projects on concepts and theories dealing with plant science. The graduated student will be able to:
- Designs and carry out experimental research projects aimed at broadening and innovating the scientific knowledge on plants, including applications in applied sectors;
- Ensures the operation of laboratories and scientific equipment;
- Defines and apply scientific protocols in laboratory experiments and research activities on both basic and applied plant science.

Graduates can take the state exam for the qualification to practice the profession of biologist and consequently obtain the enrolment in the National Order of Biologists (Ordine Nazionale dei Biologi, section A). They will also have access to PhD positions, specialization schools and other master's degrees.

Job opportunities:
- Universities and research institutions
- Public and private research laboratories.

Employment statistics (Almalaurea)
The Master's degree course in Plant Science is the result of an agreement between the University of Milan (UNIMI) and the University of Grenoble-Alpes (UGA), France, establishing a joint master degree at the two Universities (https://www.unimi.it/en/international/study-abroad/double-degree).
Students admitted to the Plant Science Master degree will receive a contribution to support higher costs arising from their stay at UGA. The level of each contribution will relate to the ISEE declared by the relevant student.

For assistance, please contact:
International Mobility Office
Via Santa Sofia 9 (second floor)
Tel. 02 503 13501-12589-13495-13502
Contacts: InformaStudenti mobility.out@unimi.it
Student Desk booking through InformaStudenti
Enrollment
Graduates of class L-13 Biological Sciences, who are recognized as fully satisfying the curriculum requirements, can apply to the Master degree course in Plant Science, provided they have completed a training course consistent with the indications of the National CBUI College and they have the appropriate certificate. The requirements include:
- 66 ECTS in biological areas (SSD bio), of which at least 6 in BIO/01 Botanica generale (General Botany), BIO/02 Botanica sistematica (Systematic Botany), BIO/04 Fisiologia Vegetale (Plant Physiology), BIO/05 Zoologia (Zoology), BIO/06 Anatomia comparata e citologia (Comparative Anatomy and Cytology) (at least 12), BIO/07 Ecologia (Ecology), BIO/09 Fisiologia (Physiology), BIO/10 Biochimica (Biochemistry), BIO/11 Biologia Molecolare (Molecular Biology), BIO/18 Genetica (Genetics), BIO/19 Microbiologia Generale (General Microbiology).
- 12 ECTS in FIS/01 - FIS/08 Fisica (Physics), INF/01 - Informatica (Informatics), ING-INF/05 - Sistemi di elaborazione delle informazioni (Information processing systems), MAT/01-MAT/09 Mathematics.
- 12 CFU in CHIM/01 - Chimica analitica (Analytical Chemistry), CHIM/02 - Chimica fisica (Physical Chemistry), CHIM/03 - Chimica generale e inorganica (General and Inorganic Chemistry), CHIM/06 - Chimica organica (Organic chemistry).

Other graduate students in the same class L-13, who have not followed a training course in line with the indications of the CBUI or in class 12 Biological Sciences (ex DM 509/99), or in other classes, may be admitted provided they have an adequate number of ECTS, not less than 90 ECTS, in the disciplinary sectors (SSD) mentioned above;

For the students graduated in the L-25 class, i.e. agricultural and forestry science and technology (Scienze e Tecnologie Agrarie e Forestali) and related classes, ECTS acquired in the following disciplinary sectors: AGR02 Agronomia e Coltivazioni erbacee (Agronomy and field crops), AGR03 Arboricoltura generale e coltivazioni arboree (Arboriculture and Fruitculture), AGR/07 - Genetica agraria (Agricultural genetics), AGR/12 Patologia vegetale (Plant pathology), AGR/13 Chimica agraria (Agricultural chemistry), AGR/16 microbiologia agraria (Agricultural Microbiology), AGR/17 Zootecnica Generale e Miglioramento Genetico (Livestock systems, animal breeding and genetics), VET/01 Anatomia degli Animali Domestici (Veterinary anatomy), VET/02 Fisiologia Veterinaria (Veterinary physiology), will be also be considered for admission.

Students must be proficient in English, with a B2 level of competence. Applicants are required to certify their knowledge of the English language by presenting a B2 level certification (vantage or upper intermediate, as defined by the Common European Framework of reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment; recognised certifications: https://www.unimi.it/en/node/297/). Candidates may be accepted provided their level of English proficiency is unmistakably good.

The adequate personal preparation of the candidates, their ability to communicate in English and their motivation are decisive elements for the admission and they are going to be verified and tested during the admission interview.

BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
The prerequisite to access the Plant Science Master Degree program is an adequate knowledge of the fundaments of biological disciplines. This will be verified through 1) evaluation of the bachelor study program and 2) direct assessment of candidate scientific background knowledge. The candidate's background knowledge in Biology will be verified by an interview with the Commission for Admittance to the Master, composed by teaching members appointed by the Teaching Board. The interview will evaluate the expertise of the candidate in topics related to Plant Science degree, and will ascertain the knowledge of the English language.
The committee evaluates the candidate on a 100-point scale:
-up to 25/100 will be given for the graduation grade; for undergraduates the average grade of the sustained teaching activities will be evaluated;
-up to 10/100 for the curriculum (type of degree, extra-curriculum free courses, Erasmus experience, etc.)
-up to 65/100 for the interview
The minimum requirement for admission is 60/100.
For the Academic Year 2021-2022, interviews will take place on April 7th, 2021 for non EU citizens currently residing outside EU and for all others on June 23rd, 2021 at the Department of Biosciences, Via Celoria 26, room B8. See the 2021-2022 call for applications for detailed instructions (https://www.unimi.it/en/education/plant-science). Students must have a valid ID card for identification. Foreign applicants who are not resident in Italy and have achieved their bachelor degree abroad will be evaluated based on their curriculum and may be invited to an online interview. Foreign students who reside in Italy must attend the evaluation interview on June 23rd, 2021.
It is advisable to check for any possible updates concerning dates and times of the examination on the website: http://plantscience.cdl.unimi.it

Places available: 10 + 3 reserved for non-EU citizens

Call for applications

Please refer to the call for admission test dates and contents, and how to register.

Application for admission: from 30/03/2021 to 10/06/2021

Admission test date and venue: 23/06/2021 - DIP. DI BIOSCIENZE, VIA CELORIA 26, room b8

Application for matriculation: from 28/06/2021 to 07/07/2021

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Programme description and courses list
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Evolutionary Biology of Plants 6 48 English BIO/02
Introduction to Plant development and Signal transduction 6 48 English BIO/01
Strategies in Experimental Biology 12 120 English BIO/04 BIO/10 BIO/11 BIO/18
Optional
Chemistry and Cellular Biochemistry 6 48 English BIO/10
Communication tools and Scientific English 6 48 English L-LIN/12 SPS/08
Entrepreneurship and Science and Scientific English 6 48 English L-LIN/12 SECS-P/07 SECS-P/09
Molecular genetics and epigenetics of the cell 6 48 English BIO/18
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Plant development 6 48 English BIO/01
Plant signal transduction 6 48 English BIO/04
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Epigenetics and cell differentiation 6 48 English BIO/18
EvoDevo in the green lineage 6 48 English BIO/02
Functional genomics 6 48 English BIO/18
High-throughput Biology 6 48 English BIO/13
Molecular and Cellular Imaging 6 48 English FIS/03 FIS/07
Molecular bioinformatics 6 48 English BIO/11
Patenting and technology transfer 6 48 English IUS/10 IUS/14
Photobiology and bioenergy 6 48 English BIO/04 BIO/18
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Environmental Plant Biochemistry and Physiology 6 48 English AGR/13
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final dissertation 24 0 English
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Biostatistic, Bioinformatics and Modeling 6 48 English BIO/13
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Advanced Plant Cell Biotechnology 6 48 English BIO/04 BIO/18
Development of Crop Ideotypes 6 48 English AGR/07
Molecular plant breeding and Genetics 6 48 English BIO/18
Plant ecology 6 48 English BIO/02
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Internship 1 12 0 English
Laboratory stage 6 0 English
Optional activities and study plan rules
1 - The student must choose one of the following courses:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
EvoDevo in the green lineage 6 48 English First semester BIO/02
Plant ecology 6 48 English Second semester BIO/02
2 - The student must choose one of the following courses:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Advanced Plant Cell Biotechnology 6 48 English Second semester BIO/04 BIO/18
Chemistry and Cellular Biochemistry 6 48 English First semester BIO/10
Epigenetics and cell differentiation 6 48 English First semester BIO/18
Functional genomics 6 48 English First semester BIO/18
Molecular bioinformatics 6 48 English First semester BIO/11
Molecular genetics and epigenetics of the cell 6 48 English First semester BIO/18
Molecular plant breeding and Genetics 6 48 English Second semester BIO/18
Photobiology and bioenergy 6 48 English First semester BIO/04 BIO/18
3 - The student must choose one of the following courses:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Biostatistic, Bioinformatics and Modeling 6 48 English First semester BIO/13
High-throughput Biology 6 48 English First semester BIO/13
Patenting and technology transfer 6 48 English First semester IUS/10 IUS/14
4 - The student must choose one of the following courses:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Development of Crop Ideotypes 6 48 English Second semester AGR/07
Environmental Plant Biochemistry and Physiology 6 48 English Second semester AGR/13
Molecular and Cellular Imaging 6 48 English First semester FIS/03 FIS/07
5 - The student must choose one of the following courses:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Communication tools and Scientific English 6 48 English First semester L-LIN/12 SPS/08
Entrepreneurship and Science and Scientific English 6 48 English First semester L-LIN/12 SECS-P/07 SECS-P/09
6 - Open choice courses: the student must acquire 12 CFU
There are no propaedeutic courses in Plant Science that can limit progression from the first to the second year.
First year students must acquire 40 ECTS within September 30 in order to be admitted to the second year.
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Location
Milano
Course locations
At the University of Milan, classrooms are located in the University buildings, via Celoria, 26 (Edifici Biologici); via Celoria, 20 (Settore Didattico); via Golgi, 19 (Edificio Golgi), via Colombo 62 (Settore Didattico via Colombo), via Celoria 2 (departments of Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences); most laboratories are located in the Department of Biosciences, via Giovanni Celoria 26, Milan and in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - Production, Landscape, Agroenergy, via Giovanni Celoria 2, Milan.

At UGA, information is available at the following website: https://master-biologie.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/majors/planta-internatio…
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Academic guidance tutor
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Internship tutor
Seminar and workshop tutor
Dissertation tutor
University and programme transfer 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

Scholarships and benefits

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

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