Bachelor's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaLife
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


Biotechnology has made a profound impact on the society and economy of our country, and this trend will undoubtedly continue in the future. The degree program in Biotechnology is stimulating and characterized by the study of rapidly developing scientific disciplines. It offers students the opportunity to benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to the different aspects of life sciences, and the applications connected to the development of resources and services through the use of advanced biological system technology. Biotechnology can be applied to many fields and intersects with many areas of interest. For example, it is related to medicine, the pharmaceutical sector, food production, and industrial products. The program uses a variety of teaching methods, from lectures to practical exercises and research activities in laboratories, which are designed to develop manual skills and experience in basic methodologies. The specific objectives of the program reflect the most recent developments in biotechnology and are reached through close connections with local research and business centers. Course work combines a knowledge of biological systems with advanced and more innovative technological aspects such as genomic and post- genomic, microscopic, and bioinformatics technologies, for the purpose of integrating experimental data to create a new perspective on the scientific method, and consequently, on knowledge.

Course content

The degree program in Biotechnology is subdivided into three levels of instruction. The first focuses on the study of basic scientific disciplines such as mathematics, chemistry, physics, and computers, in order to gain an understanding of biological phenomena. The second is aimed at providing students with both the theoretical knowledge and the biotechnological methods necessary to be applied to biological systems and the phenomena of molecules, cells, and tissue. The third level is designed for the acquisition of experimental competencies and skills applied to the use and manipulation of biological systems for the production of medical, pharmaceutical, and industrial goods and services, and to gain an understanding of the economical and ethical problems pertaining to biotechnological products. Course work is completed by laboratory activities with the purpose of preparing a second-cycle dissertation to be conducted within university structures or local companies and institutions. Lastly, elective courses are offered in order to permit students to attain a deeper knowledge of the biotechnological subjects in which they hold a specific interest.

Career options

Graduates in Biotechnology are professionals with a strong command of general scientific disciplines, specialized professional knowledge, and the ability to perform responsible roles in research, in the application of innovative technologies, and in the management of biotechnological systems. The graduate of the three-year program is capable of following the production of molecules which are of therapeutic, diagnostic, and industrial interest, and of genetically modifying microorganisms and cells for use in the sectors of health and in the agricultural, food, biomedical, and pharmaceutical industries. A solid, basic preparation, along with a technological background will permit students to practice their profession in production sectors, in research, in development, and in quality control laboratories. Graduates will possess the theoretical and practical competencies to knowledgeably and skillfully conduct laboratory activities for the purpose of basic and applied research. The experience acquired in laboratory exercises and in the course for the preparation of the first level experimental thesis will allow graduates to work in research and development laboratories in different applied sectors, or to complete the course work. Biotechnologists can also participate in the Italian state examination to qualify as Junior Biologists.

More information

Course Director
prof.ssa Valeria Marigo
Prof.ssa Carol Imbriano

The course is managed by the Department of Life Sciences