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Info 2024/2025

Duration 2 years
CFU 120
Class LM-9
Access Free access
Locations GENOVA
Language English
Teaching mode Tradizionale
Head of programme TULLIO FLORIO
Taxes and fees From 0 to 3,000 a year. Find out if you qualify for grants ed exemptions
Student exchange International destinations and partners
Contacts Read more here

Programme overview


The Master Degree in Medical-pharmaceutical biotechnology provides an advanced scientific preparation on biotechnology topics oriented to medicine and pharmacology through the acquisition of integrated skills at the biochemical, biological-molecular and cellular levels. The course also provides competencies for business creation and management.

Learning by doing

One of the peculiarities of the course is the wide involvement of students in practical laboratory activities. The teaching schedules of both years provide practical exercises and promote attendance in laboratories, where students carry out their thesis internship. Internships can be made in highly qualified university research laboratories, in companies of the biotechnology sector and in Centers of Excellence such as: Ospedale Policlinico San Martino-IRCCS, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and Istituto Giannina Gaslini.

Career perspectives

A Master graduate ('dottore magistrale') in Biotechnology has high responsibility tasks in different fields such as diagnostic, bioengineering, bio-sanitary and pharmacological. He/she works in health service and in both public and private companies involved in biotechnological research and production of goods and services. His/her duties also concern the development and testing of innovative pharmacological products and of patent in the health field.

What you will learn

next generation sequencing

decoding genome from A to G


mechanisms regulating the nervous system biology

regenerative medicine

engineering of cells and tissues


manipulation of matter on atomic and molecular scale

gene therapy

use of genes for treating diseases

cancer biology

molecular mechanisms of tumors and its microenvironment


The Master degree in Medical-pharmaceutical biotechnology has the goal of providing students with an advanced knowledge in the medical-pharmaceutical biotechnology field. The course is taught in English, the native language for such a new subject, allowing our students to be able to easily interact with colleagues from all over the world.

Starting from the fundamentals acquired in the Bachelor degree, the Master course addresses the latest and advanced topics and techniques, teaching technologies such as deep sequencing, proteomics, genomics, nanotechnologies, cancer immunology, stem cells for tissue repairing, molecular pathology, developmental neurobiology, organ biochemistry and diagnostic technologies.

Head of programme

Dear Students, the Master degree course in Medical-pharmaceutical biotechnology is designed to provide a quality leap in your education. From your Bachelor course you learnt the basics of a discipline that in the recent years underwent to exponential growth. Now it's time to go in depth. The Course is mainly focused on molecular aspects of oncology, immunology and neuroscience, and is planned to promote a strong interaction between students and excellent laboratories in the University, in the Italian Institute of Technology and in two health care and research institutes: -IRCCS- Policlinico San Martino and Istituto Giannina Gaslini. I hope that the next two years represent for you an exciting experience and an open door towards a rewarding job or a prestigious PhD programme.

Tullio Florio

Where to find us

Head office and student administration offices
CBA Center of Advanced Biotechnology
Ospedale Policlinico San Martino
Largo Rosanna Benzi 10
16132 Genova

Classrooms and didactics in Ospedale San Martino area
Polo Didattico Biomedico ex-Saiwa
Corso Gastaldi 161
16132 Genova

Polo Alberti
Via L.B. Alberti 4
16132 Genova

Polo Didattico Chirurgico e Istituto di Anatomia
Via de Toni
16132 Genova

Learn more

Course Manager
Enrico Zeraschi
+39 010 5558266