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Molecular Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Scienze e Tecnologie

Informazioni

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Scheda corso
Disciplinary classification: Industrial biotechnologies (LM-8)
Applications and admissions: free with entry requirements evaluation
Attendance compulsory (exceptions must be motivated and authorized by the lecturer)
Duration: 2 years (120 ECTS)
Locations: - Edifici Biologici - via Celoria, 26 - Milano
- Settore Didattico - via Celoria, 20 - Milano
- via Golgi, 19 - Milano
Programme coordinator Prof. Marco Nardini
Useful websites: www.scienzemfn.unimi.it
www.ccdbiotec.unimi.it
www.unimi.it/studenti/875.htm
VIDEO https://youtu.be/XgBGo4Xa5-E

 

Admission requirements

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The access to the Master’s degree in MB&B is open to:

  • Graduates belonging to the L-2 class (Biotechnology) and previous class 1 (Biotechnology).

It can also be accessed by any student with a Bachelor’s degree providing a strong background (at least 60 ECTS) in biotechnology-related subjects, identified as “core disciplines” for the L-2 class. Foreign students must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or University, and a strong knowledge of the following areas: genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry. The minimum requirement for the English language knowledge is, for all students, the B1 level ("Upper intermediate") of the Common European Framework at the time of the enrollment. A B2 level or, in alternative, an equivalent result at the Placement test offered by the University must be achieved to pass the Master’s course exams. Knowledge of Italian is not required for attendance.

Objectives

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The MB&B Master’s degree aims at providing students with advanced skills in molecular biotechnology and in computational biology and bioinformatics, with a strong focus on the most advanced tools and approaches for the analysis of genomes, proteomes and metabolomes. The main goal of the MB&B Master’s degree is to give the students a broad theoretical and practical background needed to apply their knowledge to any biological/biotechnology problems. Specific goal of MB&B is to provide a deep and up-to-date knowledge in the following subjects: bioinformatics, molecular biology and biotechnology, functional genomics, “omics” technologies, protein expression systems, metabolic engineering and industrial processes, structural biochemistry, molecular enzymology, data analysis. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to develop further specific disciplines of interest, choosing from courses in plant genetics, nanotechnology, biophysics, molecular microbiology, nanotechnology, biophysics, molecular biotechnology, molecular parasitology, structural biology and economics. The MB&B Master’s degree combines lecture-based courses, student presentations, journal clubs. A significant portion of the credits are devoted to an experimental laboratory project leading to a dissertation, to be chosen by the student.

Career prospects

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The MB&B graduates will possess knowledge of:

  • the production of intermediates and products for fine chemicals and for the food industry;
  • industrial fermentation processes for the production of metabolites and for obtaining energy from renewable sources;
  • control of biotechnological processes;
  • development of innovative diagnostic techniques;
  • analysis of nucleotide and protein sequences;
  • development of new biologically active molecules through the study of molecular interactions between proteins and nucleic acids, and the identification of new molecular targets;
  • design and development of bioinformatics platforms and new methods for biological data analysis.

The MB&B Master’s degree provides employment opportunities in the following areas: management of production facilities in the biotechnological industry, including diagnostics, chemicals, and agro-food industry; promotion of scientific development and technological innovation in Research & Development in different industrial settings; service management in areas related to industrial biotechnology, as well as in Quality Control laboratories; research laboratories in both private and public institutions.

Experience of study abroad as part of the training program

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Students can participate to study and internship experiences abroad within the Erasmus + Programme, which represents an excellent opportunity to improve their abilities and knowledge in an international context. The University of Milan has agreements with Universities located in different European areas, which include: Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway and Spain.
See also http://www.unimi.it/studenti/erasmus/70801.htm

Degree syllabus

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I year

Insegnamenti e crediti
Required learning activities ECTS
Core courses
I semester  
Biotechnological products and processes 6
Functional genomics and bioinformatics 10
Language proficiency (English) 3
Methods in bioinformatics 6
Molecular and cellular microbiology 6
Rational design and structural characterization of bioactive molecules 6
   
II semester  
Advanced molecular and cellular biotechnology 10
Advanced plant cell biotechnology 6
Protein engineering and molecular enzymology 6

 

II year

Insegnamenti e crediti
Other required learning activities ECTS
Thesis project and final dissertation 39

 

Insegnamenti e crediti
Elective learning activities ECTS
The student must choose at least two of the following courses:
- Bioimaging
- Biotechnological and molecular strategies in the control of parasites and vector- borne diseases (Not active in the academic year 2017/2018)
- Nanotechnology for biomedical applications and biosensors
- Patenting and technology transfer
- Advanced bioinformatics for biotechnology
- Macromolecular structural biology
- Molecular breeding and plant genetics
- Structural bioinformatics
6

 

In addition to the acquired with the activities listed in the tables above, the student must acquire 10 ECTS freely chosen among any course offered by the University of Milan, provided that they are coherent to the topics of the MB&B and that the contents are not overlapping with those of mandatory and guided through courses in the study plan.

4 of the 10 ECTS can be acquired by extending the thesis project, upon request to the MB&B Coordinator.