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Info 2023/2024

Degree type
Master degree course
Duration and credits
Free access
Teaching mode
Taxes and fees
From 0 to 3000 euros per year. Find out if you are entitled to scholarships and exemptions
International partnerships
Student exchange
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Degree programme table a.y. 2023/2024
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Information about this Course for previous years is available here: BIOLOGIA MOLECOLARE E SANITARIA 9015

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The course in brief


Through an interdisciplinary training strategy, graduates in Applied and Experimental Biology can provide scientifically and professionally comprehensive answers to a wide range of biological problems through the use of modern laboratory techniques and methods of analysis and interpretation of results. The course includes three curricula: biosanitary, foods and nutrition, and forensic, with educational tracks geared toward the specific fields of activity.

Learning by doing

The course of study provides a solid theoretical and practical preparation, the latter achieved through advanced teaching labs, characterized by the active participation of students on exercises drawn from real cases and problems. Seminar activities are planned, held both by course instructors and by Italian and foreign scholars and professionals, managers, and laboratory directors, which enable students to deepen and broaden the topics under study both applicable to the world of research and the profession.

Professional outlets

Graduates are able to work in both basic research laboratories and the health, food, and forensic sectors, possessing a thorough knowledge of instrumental methodology, analytical instruments, and techniques for data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation. For example: pharmaceutical industry research activities, food safety laboratory activities, expert activities for toxicological evaluations and biological tissue identification.

Did you know that.

  • Our master's degree program presents three curricula that correspond to three areas in which the Biologist can carry out relevant professional activities: Biohealth, Food and Nutrition, and Forensics. At the end of the course, in fact, regardless of the curriculum followed you will be able, after passing the state exam, to register with the Order of Biologists (ONB).
  • The "Biohealth" curriculum delves into disciplines in the biomedical and biomolecular fields and enables students to acquire the latest techniques in use in biomedical research laboratories and clinical testing laboratories.
  • The "Food and Nutrition" curriculum delves into disciplines related to the characteristics of food, the mechanisms of nutrition and related disease prevention, and those related to food safety.
  • The "Forensics" curriculum addresses various topics in biology that are applicable in a law enforcement context. This fascinating field uses knowledge, techniques, and investigative tools that relate to crimes against people, wildlife, and the environment as well as fraud and illegal trafficking.
  • Each year you will participate in activities more related to the world of work with workshops, seminars, and hands-on activities taught by academics and professionals in the various fields of biology characteristic of this course of study.


An integrated view of biological processes: from cells to organisms, through the tools of experimental research, for the improvement of health and society.

The degree program in Applied and Experimental Biology will provide you with a high level of mastery of the scientific method of inquiry, making you capable of working with broad autonomy and taking responsibility for projects and facilities. Through significant experimental activity in the laboratory, you will have the opportunity to acquire the cultural tools and capacity for critical analysis necessary not only to carry out research activities but also to apply knowledge in the different contexts of life and society in which we live.

In particular, the training you will receive will enable you to work, with specific skills, in activities of promotion, development and management of scientific innovation in the fields of biomedical disciplines, industry, public and private health care, at scientific research institutions and foundations, also in accordance with current regulations.

Three curricula to choose from


The master's degree program in Applied and Experimental Biology offers three curricula: Biosanitary, Foods and Nutrition, and Forensic.

The "Biosanitary" curriculum provides for the acquisition of advanced scientific knowledge of the pathogenetic mechanisms underlying the main diseases of Man as well as the application of the main diagnostic methodologies, aimed at developing a critical view of science that also enables the design and development of research projects. This path is achieved through characterizing activities in the areas of anatomy, physiology, medical biotechnology, human genetics, pathophysiology and laboratory medicine.

In the first year you will study:

  • Statistics
  • Human anatomy
  • Molecular microbiology
  • Biotechnology and molecular genetics: biomedical biotechnology and human molecular genetics
  • Cellular and developmental biology
  • Human Physiology
  • Special Pharmacology

In the second year, which will be activated in yr 2021-2022, you will instead address the following subjects:

  • Hygiene
  • Laboratory Medicine: clinical biochemistry and clinical pathology
  • Pathology and pathophysiology

The "Food and Nutrition" curriculum provides for the acquisition of advanced scientific training at the cellular, molecular, and biochemical levels of food, the mechanisms of nutrition, and the prevention of related diseases. This training is achieved through characterizing activities in the fields of nutrition, biomolecular, biomedical, in the fields of applied biology in the areas of food toxicology and food science and technology.

In the first year you will study:

  • Statistics
  • Food Chemistry
  • Molecular microbiology
  • Biochemistry of nutrition
  • Human physiology and nutrition
  • Food biotechnology
  • Food toxicology
  • Nutrition Hygiene

In the second year, which will be activated in yr 2021-2022, you will instead take the following subjects:

  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Food Hygiene and Safety
  • Pathology and pathophysiology
  • Food safety management systems
  • Food product analysis and legislation

The "Forensic curriculum provides for the acquisition of advanced skills in the field of human, animal and plant biology, focused on application in forensic contexts such as violent crimes against people and animals, fraud, illegal species trade and crimes against natural heritage and the environment. Specifically, human biology skills will be obtained through characterizing activities in the areas of genetics, anatomy, anthropology, toxicology and histology, and environmental skills through microbiology, botany, mycology and zoology.

In the first year you will study:

  • Statistics
  • Human anatomy
  • Molecular microbiology
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Forensic genetics
  • Human Physiology
  • Toxicology
  • Forensic Cytology and Histology

In the second year, which will be activated in yr 2021-2022, you will instead tackle the following subjects:

  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Forensic epidemiology
  • Forensic pathology
  • Botany and Forensic Mycology
  • Entomology and Forensic Zooology


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Welcome to the new Bachelor of Science in Applied and Experimental Biology! This degree aims to train the "Biologist of the Present and Future" who is able to face, with theoretical knowledge and practical experience, the challenges that our time poses to the profession of biology, in scientific research and its application. Events in recent years have highlighted: 1. how important it is to understand the biology, modes of transmission, and pathogenetic mechanisms of diseases in order to prevent their spread or to develop effective therapies; 2. how proper nutrition and food quality are crucial for maintaining health and preventing disease; and 3. how the contribution of biological knowledge plays a key role in the resolution of important court cases.

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Where we are

The course takes place mainly at:

Department of Earth, Environmental and Life Sciences - DISTAV
Corso Europa 26
16132 Genova

Some lectures and/or labs take place at:

Department of Physics - DIFI
Via Dodecaneso 33
16146 Genova

Department of Health Sciences - DISSAL
Via Pastore 1
16132 Genoa

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