Bioinformatics for computational genomics

Laurea magistrale
interateneo Politecnico di Milano
A.A. 2019/2020
LM-8 - Biotecnologie industriali
Laurea magistrale

The Master degree in Bioinformatics for Computational Genomics aims to form graduates with adequate knowledge about: the molecular basis of biological systems; the structure and function of biological molecules and their role in cellular processes; tools and platforms for bioinformatic and genomic analysis; statistical and computational methodologies for the analysis of biomolecular data.

The Master degree therefore includes activities providing in depth knowledge on:

  • the organization of information in the genome, and the biological processes at the basis of gene expression and its regulation;
  • the experimental methods used for studying genes and their function in different model species;
  • the technologies employed in modern genomic research;
  • methods and protocols of bioinformatic analysis in genomic studies;
  • algorithmic, mathematical and statistical approaches underlying bioinformatic and genomic analysis tools;
  • data base technologies for the storage and organization of the data;
  • modelling and analysis techniques employed in systems biology for the study of interactions in complex biological systems.

The program includes an internship in research laboratories either at the University of Milan or in other Italian or foreign research institutes. Its results will be described in a final written dissertation, to be discussed in front of a thesis committee

Graduates in Bioinformatics for computational genomics will thus be able to:

  • take part in the design and execution of large scale genomic analyses;
  • identify and extract the biological meaning from the results obtained;
  • design autonomously tools and protocols for the bioinformatic analysis of different types of experimental data;
  • play a pivotal role in research groups focused on basic or applied genomic research;
  • coordinate and supervise research projects and groups focused on bioinformatics and genomics.

Application and admissions: with mandatory access test.

Applicants with an Italian degree (ex. DM 270/04 or equivalent ex. DM 509/99) from one of the following classes, provided they have acquired a certain number of credits in specific scientific-disciplinary sectors specified in the Manifesto degli Studi:

  • Biotechnology (L-2),
  • Biology (L-13),
  • Agriculture and Food Sciences (L-26),
  • Pharmacological Sciences (L-29),
  • Information Engineering (L-8),
  • Computer Science (L-31),
  • Physics (L-30),
  • Mathematics (class L35),

Students from undergraduate classes other than the above listed and students with foreign qualification can enrol to the course after positive judgement of the Admission Board, provided they have acquired a certain number of credits in specific scientific-disciplinary sectors specified in the Manifesto degli Studi.

Language Requirements

Students must be proficient in English, with of competence around the B2 level. Students without a B2 placement test certification may be however accepted, on condition that their level of English proficiency, assessed during the interview, is evidently good. 

Knowledge of Italian is not required for attendance. However, as required by regulations, foreign students will have to demonstrate to have acquired basic knowledge of the Italian language before the final dissertation.

In the framework of the Erasmus+ program, the BCG Master course has in place agreements with Universities in Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Norway, and The Netherlands, all offering courses in English. 

The time spent abroad can be used to attend courses and pass the relative exams, thus collecting credits towards the Master degree, as well as to carry out the experimental project for the dissertation. The student admitted to the mobility program must submit a study plan detailing the training activities that he/she plans to carry out, with the corresponding credits.

The number of credits should correspond as much as possible to the number of credits that the student should acquire in a similar time at the home University. The proposed activities must be consistent with the goals and the contents of the Master degree.

The study plan must be approved by the BCG Student Mobility Committee, which can request changes or integrations. At the end of the mobility program, according to the guidelines provided by the University of Milan, the courses attended (with a passed exam) by the student are registered in his/her career, preferably with its original name and with an indication of the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) and their conversion in CFU (usually 1 ECTS= 1 CFU).

The students willing to carry out their dissertation work as part of a mobility program abroad must have an internal supervisor (chosen among the BCG lecturers) and the study plan must be approved by the BCG Teaching Board.

Highly recommended

Elenco insegnamenti

Primo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua
Bioinformatics and computational biology 6 48 Inglese
Organic chemistry 6 48 Inglese
Biochemistry 6 48 Inglese
Genetics, cellular and molecular biology 12 96 Inglese
Programming and data bases 12 96 Inglese
Statistics 6 48 Inglese
Secondo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua
Biostatistics 6 48 Inglese
Genomics and transcriptomics 12 96 Inglese
Machine learning 6 48 Inglese
Scientific programming 6 48 Inglese
Regole di composizione
1 - Students with a degree/background in computer science, engineering, mathematics or physics will attend the courses of the "Knowledge Alignment Plan 1".
Students with a degree/background in life sciences (biology or biotechnology or equivalent) will attend the courses of the "Knowledge Alignment Plan 2".
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua Periodo
Biochemistry 6 48 Inglese Primo semestre
Genetics, cellular and molecular biology 12 96 Inglese Primo semestre
Programming and data bases 12 96 Inglese Primo semestre
Statistics 6 48 Inglese Primo semestre
sarà attivato dall'A.A. 2020/2021
Primo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua
Advanced genomics and epigenomics 12 96 Inglese
Structural chemistry 6 48 Inglese
Systems biology and network analysis 6 48 Inglese
Attività conclusive
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua
Final dissertation 21 0 Inglese
There are no propaedeutic courses in the BCG degree that can limit progression from the first to the second year.
Sedi didattiche
Lecture rooms and laboratories are located:
- in the "Città Studi" campus of the University of Milan, mostly in the University buildings of via Celoria, 26 and via Golgi;
- in the "Leonardo" Campus of the Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci.
Presidente del collegio: GIULIO PAVESI
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