Safety Assessment of Xenobiotics and Biotechnological Products

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Safety Assessment of Xenobiotics and Biotechnological Products
Scheda del corso
A.A. 2023/2024
Laurea magistrale
Laurea magistrale
Libero con valutazione dei requisiti di accesso
The aim of the Master Course is to present provision of training program in risk assessment based on common European and international criteria, easily adoptable by institutions across Europe and focusing on Risk Assessment methodology and procedure. The project focuses on understanding the profile and training requirements of risk assessors in order to design a degree covering a range of disciplines in risk assessment and providing a model to establish a recognition of risk assessors. To this end, the Master degree in "Safety Assessment of Xenobiotics and Biotechnological Products" (SAXBi) has been certified (the first one in Europe), according to the Standard UNI EN 16736 and to the AICQ SICEV Regulation RG 06-1, that well define the formation for risk assessors.
The Master level "Safety assessment of xenobiotics and biotechnological products (SAXBi)" is equivalent to the second-level higher education award that refers to the second cycle in the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), designed by the Bologna Accords (1999) which refers to level 7 of the European Union's European Qualifications Framework. The degree requires 120 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), and the expected learning outcomes will meet those specific to the second Dublin descriptor.
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 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;
- researcher at public and private research institutions;
- researcher in industry (research and development sector);
- risk assessor in public and private organizations;
- quality certifier.

Statistiche occupazionali (Almalaurea)
Thanks to mobility Erasmus programs and other Mobility opportunities, the Master Course in SAXBi offers its students the opportunity to spend periods of training abroad. The Programs also offer 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. The url lists all the information related to the fields of study and training opportunities offered by the host locations. 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.
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.
Mandatory to the labs, recommended to the course.

Students who are working
If the student is enrolled in working activities in laboratories in which techniques that are subject of the teaching laboratories are used, he/she is entitled of a partial/total exemption from laboratory attendance.
To take advantage of such concession, the student has to present to the Secretariat of the Teaching Committee copy of the job contract and timetable at the beginning of each academic year.
Alternatively, the students who are working are entitled to enrol as part-time students (see below).

Part-time students
In agreement with the University of Milan rules, students who cannot attend classes with academic continuity and take exams within the regular duration of the course, can be granted the possibility to follow a specific path based on the particular situation and can be enrolled as part-time students.
For further information, please visit the website
Admission Requirements
To be admitted to a 2nd course/level degree course, a 1st level degree or a suitable equivalent foreign qualification is required (see also the "Admission criteria" section).

Access to the Master in "Safety Assessment of Xenobiotics and Biotechnological Products" (SAXBi) is open to:
- graduates with Italian degree (ex. DM 270/04 or equivalent ex. DM 509/99) in the areas L2 or L29;
- graduates from areas other than the above listed, provided they have earned the following credits:
- at least 9 credits (ECTS) in disciplines of CHIM/01, CHIM/03 or CHIM/06 (analytical chemistry; general and inorganic chemistry; organic chemistry);
- at least 5 credits in disciplines BIO/09 (physiology);
- at least 12 credits in disciplines BIO/10, BIO/11 or BIO/13 (biochemistry; molecular biology; applied biology);
- at least 6 credits in disciplines BIO/14 (pharmacology/toxicology);
Students with foreign qualification recognised as equivalent may access to the Master in SAXBi if they can demonstrate background knowledge and skills in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and physiology, equivalent to those listed above. A committee of teachers appointed by the Board of Faculty will check the presence of these requirements.

Knowledge Assessment
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.

Students who have not yet graduated but who expect to graduate by October 2023 can also apply for admission to the Master in SAXBi.

Interviews of applicants will be held according to a calendar proposed individually to each applicant.
The committee evaluates the candidate on a 100-point scale:
-up to 25/100 will be given for the graduation mark
-up to 25/100 for the curriculum (free courses, others...)
-up to 50/100 for the interview
The minimum requirement for admission is 60/100.


Domanda di ammissione: dal 06/03/2023 al 25/08/2023

Domanda di immatricolazione: dal 03/04/2023 al 30/11/2023

Allegati e documenti

Avviso di ammissione

Per approfondire:
Manifesto ed elenco insegnamenti
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Development biology and differentiation 6 56 Inglese BIO/13
Primo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Functional, metabolic and epigenetic biochemistry 6 48 Inglese BIO/10
Methods of analysis of chemicals in water, air, biological fluids, tissues, food 6 48 Inglese CHIM/01 CHIM/06
- Methods of analysis of chemicals3
- Physical-chemical characterization, identity3
Organ physiopathology and histopathology 10 96 Inglese BIO/09 MED/04 VET/03
- Lab of Comparative Histopathology3
- Organ Physiology and Pathology7
Secondo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Bioremediation 7 88 Inglese BIO/13 BIO/19
- Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnological Remediation3
- Laboratory of Cell Biology4
Biotechnology and pharmacotoxicology 10 88 Inglese BIO/14
- Biotechnology and Pharmacology5
- Genotoxicology, Cancerogenicity, Immunotoxicology, Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity5
Regulatory aspects in toxicology 6 48 Inglese CHIM/09 IUS/14
- Legislation in European Union3
- Regulatory Aspects of Medicaments, Medical Devices and Health products3
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Quantitative chemical structure and activity relationship 10 88 Inglese BIO/10 CHIM/08
- In Silico Methods in Toxicology5
- Structural Bioinformatics5
Primo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Databases and exposure scenarios 6 48 Inglese INF/01 SECS-S/01
- Informatics and Database3
- Statistics applied to Epidemiology3
System toxicity and risk assessment 7 64 Inglese BIO/14
- Risk Assessment4
- System Toxicity3
Developing soft skills in science: case-studies from microbial biotechnology 6 56 Inglese AGR/16
Gli strumenti della parità di genere 3 24 Italiano IUS/08
Patenting and technology transfer 6 64 Inglese AGR/01 IUS/01 IUS/04
Secondo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Pharmacogenetics and epigenetics in toxicology 6 48 Inglese BIO/14
Educazione alla costituzione 3 24 Italiano IUS/08
Laboratorio sostenibilita' e sviluppo sostenibile (4cfu - Scienze e tecniche della ristorazione) 4 32 Italiano AGR/13 IUS/01 SECS-P/01 SPS/04
- Brainstorming session1
- Diritti0.25
- Impatto energetico0.75
- Riciclo e bioeconomia0.5
- Sostenibilità sociale , politica ed economica1.5
Laboratorio: la ca' granda dei milanesi. formazione all'itinerario di visita 3 20 Italiano
Laboratorio: sostenibilità e sviluppo sostenibile (3 cfu) corso base 3 24 Italiano AGR/01 AGR/13 IUS/01 SECS-P/01 SPS/04
- Accesso al cibo; qualità del cibo; stili di vita0.5
- Brainstorming session1
- Diritti0.25
- Diritti Sostenibilità sociale , politica ed economicaImpatto energetico0.75
- Impatto energetico0.25
- Riciclo e bioeconomiaAccesso al cibo; qualità del cibo; stili di vita0.25
Pari opportunità e carriere scientifiche (G) 3 24 Italiano SPS/09
Violenza di genere: percorsi formativi interdisciplinari 3 20 Italiano IUS/08
Primo trimestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Laboratorio: giornalismo antimafioso 3 20 Italiano SPS/08
Secondo trimestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Diritto comparato, sostenibilità e sicurezza alimentare 6 40 Italiano IUS/02
Laboratorio sostenibilita' e sviluppo sostenibile (6 cfu) 6 48 Italiano AGR/01 AGR/13 IUS/01 SECS-P/01 SPS/04
- Accesso al cibo; qualità del cibo; stili di vita1
- Brainstorming session1
- Diritti1
- Impatto energetico1
- Riciclo e bioeconomia1
- Sostenibilità sociale , politica ed economica1
Laboratorio: arte, cultura e criminalità organizzata 3 20 Italiano SPS/07
Terzo trimestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Laboratorio "new public governance e coproduzione dei servizi pubblici" 3 20 Italiano SECS-P/10
Laboratorio: criminalità organizzata e metodologia della ricerca 3 20 Italiano SPS/09
Laboratorio: prevenzione e gestione dei conflitti ambientali: strategie e strumenti collaborativi 3 20 Italiano IUS/10
Laboratorio: società, diritti e criminalità ambientale 3 20 Italiano SPS/07
Periodo non definito
Per queste attività non è previsto un periodo di offerta (es. corsi online a frequenza libera).
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Laboratory of risk assessment 8 0 Inglese
Attività conclusive
Per queste attività non è previsto un periodo di offerta (es. corsi online a frequenza libera).
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Additional language skills: italian (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italiano
Other training activities 3 0 Inglese
Thesis 29 0 Inglese
Regole di composizione
These will be chosen freely among all courses provided by the University of Milan if they are consistent with the educational project, after consulting the Study Programme committee. As alternative, the student can also choose the Laboratory of Risk assessment 8 CFU. This laboratory aims to deepen the theoretical and practical aspects of the research topic of the thesis and it will be agreed with the thesis tutor.
In addition, activities included in the University project for the development of soft skills can be chosen.
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua Periodo SSD
Laboratory of risk assessment 8 0 Inglese Periodo non definito

Additional Language Skills: Italian (foreign students)
Among the electives, those who do not hold an Italian high school diploma or university degree can obtain 3 credits in Additional language skills: Italian by demonstrating A2 level in Italian per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This level can be assessed in the following ways:
- by submitting a certificate of A2 or higher level issued no more than three years prior to the date of submission. You will find the list of language certificates recognized by the University at: The language certificate must be submitted to the University Language Centre (SLAM) via the Language Test category of the InformaStudenti service:;
- by a entry-level test administrated by SLAM that can only be taken only once.
Those who fail to reach A2 level will have to attend a 60-hour Italian course geared to their level.
Those who do not take the entry-level test or fail to pass the end-of-course test after six attempts will have to obtain language certification privately in order to earn the 3 credits of Additional language skills: Italian. As an alternative, they can modify their course programme by choosing a different elective.
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua Periodo SSD
Additional language skills: italian (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italiano Periodo non definito
Other training activities 3 0 Inglese Periodo non definito
Altre informazioni
Sedi didattiche
Teaching block Via Golgi, 19 - 20133 MILAN
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.
Sedi laboratori
Teaching block Via Golgi, 19 - 20133 MILAN
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.
Presidente del Collegio didattico
Tutor per l'orientamento
Tutor per la mobilità internazionale e l'Erasmus
Tutor per stage e tirocini
Tutor per ammissioni lauree magistrali
Referente AQ del corso di studio

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  • 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

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