The two years Master Course in Molecular Biotechnology is designed to provide the cultural background of multidisciplinary biotechnologies for the production of goods and services through the use of biological systems; in particular the course is designed to prepare skilled graduates with scientific knowledge and professional abilities in the field of biotechnologies applied to the study, prevention and diagnosis of human diseases, with particular interest in the development of innovative drugs.
The Master program intends to provide classes organized on an interdisciplinary basis to be applied to various fields of molecular biotechnology, with emphasis on the fields of research, diagnostics, and therapy. Training activities are also organized as stages to be carried out at research institutes or companies operating in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biomedical sectors. The training activities may be combined with research activities in selected laboratories with the aim of generating experimental data for the preparation of the thesis to be discussed in the final exam. The collaboration with researches of National Research Council Institutes (e.g.: Institute of Genetics and Biophysics - IGB; Institute of Protein Biochemistry - IBP) on teaching and research activities is an opportunity for the graduates to acquire knowledge in a broader range of fields related to Molecular Biotechnology, and skills to operate in various areas of academic and industrial research at national and international levels.
The Molecular Biotechnology graduate is an expert in the main biotechnological disciplines fully capable to perform, as a research team member or independently, analysis, research and biotechnological productions in the following sectors: manipulation of cells, tissues, animal models and microorganisms; pharmacology and molecular toxicology; design and production of gene therapy vectors; genetic and molecular diagnostics; design, production and control of biotechnological drugs; production and control of bioactive natural products.
Acquired skills and competencies
Graduates in Molecular Biotechnology possess an excellent background in theoretical and applicative aspects of biomolecular sciences and biotechnologies related to human health, which provides skills to carry out basic and/or applied research work in health sectors.
Moreover, the skills and competencies acquired by the graduates in Molecular Biotechnology can also be appreciated in international contexts.
Graduates in Molecular Biotechnologies will be able to operate at high levels of responsibility in the following fields: chemical, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries; University research centers, National Research Council or other public and private research institutions; public and private laboratories; hospitals; regulatory authorities.
Moreover, the professional profile of the Graduate in Molecular Biotechnologies provides international employment opportunities in the mentioned fields.
The Graduates in Molecular Biotechnologies after a positive evaluation of the examination can be registered in the professional register of biologists.