Safety Assessment of Xenobiotics and Biotechnological Products

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Master programme
A.Y. 2019/2020
LM-9 - Pharmaceutical, veterinary and medical biotechnologies
Master programme
Open with entry requirements examination
Course location

The Master course in Safety assessment of xenobiotics and biotechnological products provides specific knowledge in the analysis and the assessment of risk, taking into account the current international standards. The students will acquire the knowledges necessary to initiate research on the novel methodologies to be applied in the field of risk assessment and to achieve professional competence in assessing risks arising from production and use of chemicals and biotechnological products, through integrated training in legislation, chemistry, toxicology and pharmacology, biotechnology, and risk analysis.

The professional profiles generated will be employed by:

  • public administration for the control, implementation and management of human health and environmental protection;
  • Industry Associations (Food, Cosmetics, Pharma, Chemicals);
  • Pharma Companies in the sector of drug development;
  • Biotech Companies;
  • Contract Research Organization for the drug toxicity testing;
  • Food and Chemical Companies in Quality Control divisions;
  • Bioremediation Companies;
  • Innovative energy plants;
  • Public and Private Companies for the implementation and application of appropriate risk assessment (RA) procedures;
  • Private sectors as consultants for RA of chemicals, food contaminants, water and air pollutants;
  • Public and Private Research Institutions;
  • Universities and secondary schools.

The Master Course in Safety Assessment of Xenobiotics and Biotechnological Products (SAXBi) is entirely taught in English.

Application and admission: Open, subject to entry requirements.

  • Applicants with an Italian degree (ex. DM 270/04 or equivalent ex. DM 509/99) from one of the following classes: Biotechnologies (L-2) and Pharmacy (L-29).
  • Students from undergraduate classes other than the above listed provided they have acquired a certain number of credits in specific scientific-disciplinary sectors specified in the Manifesto degli Studi.
  • Students with foreign qualification recognised as equivalent may access to the Master of Science in Safety assessment of xenobiotics and biotechnological products if they can demonstrate background knowledge and skills in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and physiology, equivalent to those listed above.

Students meeting the above minimum requirements are invited to an interview for admission (in English) with the Commission for Admittance to the Master, composed by teaching members appointed by the Teaching Board. The interview, done remotely via electronic devices if necessary, is aimed at verifying the above mentioned skills and the knowledge of the English Language equivalent to B2 level.

Thanks to mobility programs such as Erasmus +, Erasmus Placement, and Erasmus Mundus, the Master Course in SAXBi offers its students the opportunity to spend periods of training abroad. The Erasmus Placement Program also offers the opportunity to play an internship abroad at companies, universities or other organizations. Universities and Institutions partners involved in these programs offer the possibility to engage in a wide range of areas. In the mobility period, the student can:

  • continue their studies by attending courses and the respective exams;
  • carry out the thesis.

Each student is followed by a tutor identified within the Course.

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, namely:

  • 30 credits for an academic semester:
  • 20 credits for an academic quarter.

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.

For students who have accomplished satisfactorily the training program, there are appropriate incentives, proposed by the teacher in charge, will be paid by the Faculty in the diploma achievement session. It provides additional points to the degree mark varying from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 3 points depending on the duration of the study period, the amount of credits attained, and the overall results obtained by the student

Suggested to the course, mandatory to the labs.

Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Development Biology and Differentiation 6 56 English
Functional, Metabolic and Epigenetic Biochemistry 6 48 English
Methods of analysis of chemicals in water, air, biological fluids, tissues, food 6 48 English
- Methods of analysis of chemicals3
- Physical-chemical characterization, identity3
Organ Physiopathology and Histopathology 10 96 English
- Lab of Comparative Histopathology3
- Organ Physiology and Pathology7
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Bioremediation 7 88 English
- Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnological Remediation3
- Laboratory of Cell Biology4
Biotechnology and Pharmacotoxicology 10 88 English
- Biotechnology and Pharmacology5
- Genotoxicology, Cancerogenicity, Immunotoxicology, Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity5
Regulatory Aspects in toxicology 6 48 English
- Legislation in European Union3
- Regulatory Aspects of Medicaments, Medical Devices and Health products3
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Databases and Exposure scenarios 6 48 English
- Informatics and Database3
- Statistics applied to Epidemiology3
Quantitative Chemical Structure and activity relationship 10 88 English
- In Silico Methods in Toxicology5
- Structural bioinformatics5
System Toxicity and Risk Assessment 7 64 English
- Risk Assessment4
- System Toxicity3
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Pharmacogenetics and Epigenetics in Toxicology 6 48 English
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Laboratory of Risk assessment 8 0 English
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Other training activities 3 0 English
Thesis 29 0 English
Study plan rules
- Students have to choose optional course for 8 credits.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Laboratory of Risk assessment 8 0 English Undefined
Course locations
Teaching block Via Golgi 19
Lectures are held in the classrooms indicated in the timetable of the courses of Università degli Studi di Milano.
All the classrooms are accessible to students with disabilities.
Laboratory locations
Teaching block Via Golgi 19
Laboratory activities are held in the labs of the Faculty of Pharmacy, according to the timetable of the courses of Università degli Studi di Milano.
Head of study programme
Quality Assurance Delegate
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: