This 2-Year Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Medical Biology bridges theoretical knowledge to hands-on training in biological research, with an emphasis on biological processes underpinning human physiology and pathology.
Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Medical Biology Graduates will be exposed to intensive training in the research laboratories of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute (or in linked institutions in Italy and abroad) culminating in the discussion of a written dissertation. Thus, UniSR Master Graduates will be leading through a short yet complete research project; they will personally know what and why to look for, how to design a research project, how to generate and interpret data, and how to communicate their results to other researchers, through both oral and written presentations in English.
Our teaching methodology encourages students to take active responsibility for their own learning; “student-centered” and “self-directed” learning are the keywords for this approach. Thus, top-down learning is complemented by bottom-up learning aiming at solving issues arising during the research project.
The unique research environment of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute provides students with the most stimulating and interdisciplinary conditions to study and conduct research as it promotes encounters of people and massive flows of ideas. Together with our University, the Institute reunites in the same campus the Ospedale San Raffaele, an internationally recognized center of excellence in numerous areas of biomedical research, also part of the San Donato Group, one of the most prominent research centers and hospitals in Europe. Nearly all of our Master graduates are in paid employment or paid training within a few months after their thesis dissertation, either in biotechnological or pharmacological companies or in the Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine of our University or in other programs in Europe, North America or Asia
This M.Sc. aims at training specialists in medical biotechnology and biomedical research, who can then decide whether to go on to a Ph.D. in the life sciences, or to apply directly their expertise to science-based careers, such as lab management, research administration, research funding (both in government or charities), intellectual property (patent consultants, strategic planning in biotech industries). In all these careers, the ability to retrieve and evaluate current knowledge, plan new research, generate and analyze data, and communicate the results are essential. The training is hands-on and is based on the execution of a short but complete research project by the student, and its writing up and discussion with a thesis committee of experts.
Diagnosis of genetic diseases
Molecular and cell biology and organelle impairment
Gene expression, genomics, and proteomics
Communication skills in English
Molecular mechanisms of diseases
Cell and gene therapy
Intrinsic and extrinsic factors in tumor progression
Molecular and cellular neurosciences
Chemistry-driven modern drug discovery: from chemical probes to hits, leads, and drugs
Logic of scientific discovery and innovation
Assisted reproductive technologies
Quality in biotechnological processes
Tissue engineering strategies in orthopedics
Morphological and functional imaging
Admission is based on selection through an entrance examination which is mandatory for all candidates.
Each year an official regulation and competition call are published containing all the information on admissions for non-European Citizens and European Citizens. Applicants can find out more about our selection process by visiting our admissions page.