Biotechnology for the Bioeconomy

Pianta di lattughino
Laurea magistrale
A.A. 2021/2022
Laurea magistrale
Libero con valutazione dei requisiti di accesso
Bioeconomy responds to the environmental challenges the world is facing, oriented to reduce the dependence on natural resources, transform manufacturing, promote sustainable production of renewable plant, microbial and animal resources and their conversion into food, feed, materials, bio-based products and bio-energy, while growing new jobs and industries.
Biotechnology is one of the key enabling technologies to sustain a new green and sustainable economy (i.e. bioeconomy), offering solutions for i) an efficient and sustainable production of plant and microbial biomasses; ii) production of bioenergy from (waste) biomasses; environmental protection and safety in terms of bioremediation; iii) green chemistry processes and applications; iv) sustainable agri-food production and processes, v) circular economy.
In this context, the BforB Master degree aims at providing students with advanced molecular and cellular background of microbial and plant systems, which are the basis for the several sectors of the biotechnologies applied to the bio-economy.
The BforB Master degree will equip students with a solid and broad expertise about the structure and function of biological macromolecules of interest for the bioeconomy sector.
In addition, the BforB Master degree will provide theoretical and practical instruments for the set-up, analyses and improvement of biotechnological processes for the transformation of renewable raw materials in biotechnological processes exploiting microorganisms, plants and enzymes.
The BforB Master degree will be taught entirely in English, providing the students with knowledge and competences that can be spent at European and extra European level, to which the bioeconomy sector is faced.
Moreover, the English language will allow the participation of students from out of Italy, making the Master degree a stimulant international learning environment.
The BforB graduate is an expert in coordination, management and set up of research and development laboratories in public entities and in private companies in the chemical, agro-environmental and biotechnological sectors.
The function will primarily be the development, implementation and coordination of laboratory activity within basic and applied research projects, the set-up of bioprocesses, the quality control.
More in detail, the BforB graduate is an expert in planning, development, analyses and control of processes for:
- industrial fermentation for production of metabolites and renewable energy;
- plant and microbial cell as biofactories for molecules of interest in the fine chemical and polymer industry, agro-food and pharmaceutical industry with particular application to the green chemistry and bio-based industry;
- bioremediation of contaminated land and waters, using plants and/or microorganisms;
- innovative diagnosis tools, applied in particular to the traceability in agro-food chain.
The employment opportunities for the BforB graduate are in research bodies (both public and private) and bio-based chemical, pharmaceutical, agro-food, and biotechnological enterprises.

Statistiche occupazionali (Almalaurea)
Requirements for admission

Students with an Italian University degree: The BforB Master degree can be accessed by graduates of Laurea Triennale belonging to the L-2 class (Biotecnologia) and previous class 1 (Biotecnologia). It can also be accessed by any student with a Laurea Triennale providing a strong background (at least 60 University credits, CFU) in biotechnology-related subjects, i.e., subjects identified as "core disciplines" for the L-2 class of Laurea Triennale (SSD AGR/01-02-03-04-07-11-12-13-15-16-17-18-19-20; BIO/01-02-03-04-05-06-07-09-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19; CHIM/01-02-03-04-05-06-08-09-10-11-12; ING-IND/25-26; IUS/01-02-04-14; MED/02-03-04-05-07-09-13-15-42; M-FIL/02-03; SECS-P/06-07; VET/01-02-03-04-05-06-07-08-10). Students with a degree from a non-Italian institution: must possess a Bachelor degree from an accredited college or University comprising exams in the following areas: molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, plant cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry.
Proficiency in English at a B2 level or higher, under to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), is required for admission.
The B2-level requirement will be ascertained by the University Language Centre (SLAM) upon admission as follows:
- By a language certification at or above B2, obtained no more than 3 years earlier. For the list of language certifications recognized by the University please review:…. The certification must be uploaded when submitting the online application;
- By the English level achieved during a Bachelor's degree programme through SLAM courses and tests. The certificates must be less than four years old, and will be assessed administratively, without the applicant having to attach any certificates;
- By the entrance test, which will be delivered by the SLAM on 17 May 2021, and on 17 September 2021, only for students who have applied for admission at a later date. 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 entrance test will have until 31 December 2021 to obtain and submit one of the recognized certifications to the SLAM.
Students who do not meet the requirement by 31 December will not be admitted to the Master's degree programme and cannot sit further tests.

Eligibility assessment.

The personal curriculum of the applicants and the certifications will be evaluated by an Admission Committee composed of the coordinator and at least two lecturers of the Master degree. No interview is foreseen. The applicants will receive communication of their eligibility and will be allowed to enrol in the Master degree program.

Practical instructions

Applicants considered eligible by the Admission Committee can enrol in the BforB Master degree under the terms and conditions indicated at
Students who have applied for admission to BforB prior to the conclusion of their bachelor degree (Laurea Triennale) and/or did not present a valid certificate for the knowledge of the English language (B2 level) or did not pass the Placement Test, if possessing the other admission requirements, will be granted the possibility to attend the first term classes. In this case students must present to Segreteria Studenti the bachelor degree and/or the English certification up to December 31st 2021 to receive formal admission to the course. Only after admission students are allowed to enrol and only after enrolment they are allowed to give exams.
The complete and updated bouquet of opportunities for participation in international programs can be found at It is possible to participate to each of them following selections on a competitive basis. The offer includes:
1) Thesis abroad (Tesi all'estero) programme: the University of Milan calls once every year for applications for a study-abroad scholarship to be used to prepare all or a portion of the student's Master's Degree thesis while in residence at an international academic or research institution.
2) ERASMUS Student Traineeship programme: students have the opportunity to undertake a traineeship with a company, research or training centre, university or other organization, in the 28 member states of the European Union, and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia.
3) ERASMUS+ Study program: 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 BforB Master course has in place agreements with Universities in, Finland, Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Belgium, all offering courses in English. Calls for participation will be open usually in February and details can be found at the following link:….
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 span of 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 BforB 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 (with a passed exam) and laboratory trainings attended by the student are registered in his/her career, 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 BforB lecturers) and the study plan must be approved by the BforB board.
For carrying out any experimental activity abroad, a letter of acceptance from the hosting supervisor is required. If the experimental activities are intended to be part or all the dissertation work (thesis), a similar letter should be drawn up by the internal supervisor. These letters must be sent to the ERASMUS Coordinator before the departure to the foreign destination. As a general rule, if the period of stay at the foreign laboratory is less than seven months long, the student should complete the thesis work at the laboratory of the internal supervisor, or other laboratory indicated by the supervisor himself, in order to complete the training process.

Elenco insegnamenti

Primo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Biomass and waste recycling promoting the circular economy 7 56 Inglese AGR/13
Fermentation biotechnology 7 56 Inglese CHIM/11
Methods in biotechnology 10 120 Inglese AGR/07 AGR/11 AGR/12
Structure and functions of biomolecules 7 64 Inglese CHIM/06 CHIM/10
Secondo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Environmental microbial biotechnology 6 52 Inglese AGR/16
Environmental plant biotechnology 6 56 Inglese AGR/13
Plant as biofactories 6 56 Inglese AGR/07
Protein engineering and proteomics 6 60 Inglese BIO/10
Primo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Bioeconomy: management, assessment and intellectual property 6 56 Inglese AGR/01
Attività conclusive
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Internship and final exam 36 0 Inglese
Primo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Bio-based innovation in food industry 6 50 Inglese AGR/15
Experimental planning and biostatistics in biotechnology 6 64 Inglese AGR/17 BIO/10
Microbiology and biotechnology of extremophiles: case studies to develop soft skills in science 4 40 Inglese AGR/16
Molecular analysis and traceability of biotechnological products 6 68 Inglese BIO/10
Molecular biobased approaches for plant protection 4 48 Inglese AGR/12
Secondo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Applied biocatalysis 6 56 Inglese CHIM/11
Biomolecular experiment planning 2 16 Inglese BIO/10
Functional foods and nutraceuticals 6 56 Inglese BIO/09
Ree crispres - a workshop on genome editing technologies 3 42 Inglese AGR/03 AGR/07 AGR/12 BIO/01
Non definito
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Other activities (laboratories, seminars) 3 0 Inglese
Regole di composizione
- Table 2 - Optional courses specifically planned by the BforB Master Degree (8 CFU)
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua Periodo SSD
Microbiology and biotechnology of extremophiles: case studies to develop soft skills in science 4 40 Inglese Primo semestre AGR/16
Molecular biobased approaches for plant protection 4 48 Inglese Primo semestre AGR/12
Biomolecular experiment planning 2 16 Inglese Secondo semestre BIO/10
Ree crispres - a workshop on genome editing technologies 3 42 Inglese Secondo semestre AGR/03 AGR/07 AGR/12 BIO/01
- Table 3 - Elective courses: the student will chose 2 course among the list of elective courses. The list does not include "Natural resource economics and policy", not activated in 2021-22 academic year. Chose 2 among the following:
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua Periodo SSD
Bio-based innovation in food industry 6 50 Inglese Primo semestre AGR/15
Experimental planning and biostatistics in biotechnology 6 64 Inglese Primo semestre AGR/17 BIO/10
Molecular analysis and traceability of biotechnological products 6 68 Inglese Primo semestre BIO/10
Applied biocatalysis 6 56 Inglese Secondo semestre CHIM/11
Functional foods and nutraceuticals 6 56 Inglese Secondo semestre BIO/09
Sedi didattiche
Lecture rooms and laboratories are located in the "Città Studi" campus, mostly in the Food and Agriculture Faculty, Via Celoria 2 (…).
Presidente del Collegio didattico
Tutor per l'orientamento
Tutor per la mobilità internazionale e l'Erasmus
Tutor per i piani di studio
Tutor per laboratori e altre attività
Tutor per trasferimenti
Tutor per ammissioni lauree magistrali
Tutor per riconoscimento crediti
Referente AQ del corso di studio

Le tasse universitarie per gli studenti iscritti ai corsi di laurea, di laurea magistrale e a ciclo unico sono suddivise in due rate con modalità di calcolo e tempi di pagamento diversi:

  • l'importo della prima rata è uguale per tutti
  • l'importo della seconda rata varia in base al valore ISEE Università, al Corso di laurea di iscrizione e alla posizione (in corso/fuori corso da un anno oppure fuori corso da più di un anno).
  • per i corsi on line è prevista una rata suppletiva.

Sono previste:

  • agevolazioni per gli studenti con elevati requisiti di merito
  • importi diversificati in base al Paese di provenienza per gli studenti internazionali con reddito e patrimonio all'estero
  • agevolazioni per gli studenti internazionali con status di rifugiato

Altre agevolazioni 

L’Ateneo fornisce agevolazioni economiche a favore dei propri studenti con requisiti particolari (merito, condizioni economiche o personali, studenti internazionali)

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Domanda di ammissione: dal 12/03/2021 al 27/08/2021

Domanda di immatricolazione: dal 01/04/2021 al 30/09/2021