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Molecular biology of the cell

Scienze e Tecnologie


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Scheda corso
Disciplinary classification: Biology (LM-6)
Applications and admissions: free with entry requirements evaluation
English language it is required a B2 level of English.
This level could be certified, during the enrolment process, by uploading a valid Certification recognized by the University, or could be verified with a Placement Test.
In case of negative outcome, it will be required to attend the courses provided by the Language Center of the University of Milan (SLAM – Servizio Linguistico di Ateneo).
Attendance compulsory
Duration: 2 years (120 ECTS)
Location: - Settore Didattico - via Celoria, 20
- via Golgi, 19 - Milano
- most laboratories are in the Department of Biosciences - via Celoria, 26 - Milano
Programme coordinator Prof. Baruscotti Mirko
Udeful websites: www.scienzemfn.unimi.it
VIDEO https://youtu.be/tCVS5bvpBrA

Admission requirements

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The access to the Master’s in MBC is open to:

  • Graduates in Biological Sciences (L-13) from any Italian University that follows the rules of CBUI (Collegio Biologi Università Italiane), as adequately stated by a certificate (www.cbui.unito.it). In this case, the credits acquired as an undergraduate by the candidate will be fully recognized and they are considered to have the curricular prerequisites.
  • Graduates in Biological Sciences (L-13) from Universities that do not follow the rules of CBUI, graduates in other related classes and foreign graduates that have acquired a title considered to be equivalent to the I level degree by the Italian law. In all these cases students are requested to have earned at last 90 Ects (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) in relevant subjects.
    Students missing adequate curricular requirements can contact the Director of the Master well in advance in order to plan acquisition of the requested Ects before the application deadline. The missing Ects can be acquired by passing the relevant exams at the University of Milan as well as at any other University. The minimum requirement for the English language knowledge is, for all students, the B1 level ("lower intermediate") of the Common European Framework or equivalent certification.


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The main goal of the Master’s degree MBC is to train biologists in the field of advanced bio-molecular research and to enable them to face the present and future challenges in this field. Specific goal of MBC is to provide a deep and up-to-date knowledge in the following subjects: molecular genome analysis; regulation of gene expression; structure and function of biological macromolecules and their interactions in supramolecular complexes; cellular communication, signal perception and transduction, metabolic regulation, bio-molecular engineering and computing. The focus will be on theoretical as well as on practical aspects of bio-molecular research. The graduate student will apply novel and emerging research technologies/approaches, ultimate data acquisition systems and analysis by conducting research on a real-world problem in the laboratories of the Department of Biosciences.

Career prospects

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The MBC graduate has a specific and in-depth knowledge in the field of molecular and cell biology and related analytical methodologies and experimental techniques. He/she will be particularly knowledgeable in the comprehension of complex biomolecular systems and of their application to the industry and to the society.
The program has been designed specifically for students who have an interest in careers in:

  • basic and applied research at the University and/or in other public or private research centers;
  • biomedical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, spin off and startup companies for self-directed and independent work;
  • promotion and development of scientific and technological innovation;
  • planning and management of industrial technologies;
  • holding high-level of responsibility in industrial, environmental, health care, and public service sectors;
  • teaching biology at all levels.

Experience of study abroad as part of the training program

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During the Degree course, 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: Holland, Norway, Ireland, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Poland, Spain and Portugal.
For more information http://www.unimi.it/studenti/erasmus/70801.htm

Degree syllabus

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I year

Insegnamenti e crediti
Compulsory learning activities Ects
Advanced molecular biology 6
Molecular bioinformatics 6
Organic chemistry applied to biology 6
Language proficiency (English) 3
Molecular genetics 6
Protein biochemistry 6
Structural biology of the cell 6


Insegnamenti e crediti
Optional learning activities Ects
The student must choose one of the following three courses:
- Developmental biology and genetics
- Functional genomics
- Molecular microbiology and genetics of microorganisms
The student must choose one of the following three courses:
- Biomembranes
- Molecular pharmacology and immunology
- Stem cells and genetic diseases
The student must choose one of the following three courses:
- Synthetic biology
- Methods in biochemical investigation
- Signal transduction


Insegnamenti e crediti
Compulsory learning activities Ects
Free choice courses 12


II year

Insegnamenti e crediti
Compulsory learning activities Ects
Biomolecular methods laboratory (annual) 9
Laboratory training 12
Final dissertation 30