Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS) in Molecular and cellular biology

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS)
Academic Year 2018/2019
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8021
Degree Programme Class LM-6 - Biology
Years in which the programme is being held 1st and 2nd year
Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Admission typology Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Paolo Bernardo Trost
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Admission requirements for the degree programme
To be able to profitably follow the 2nd cycle degree programme in Molecular and Cellular Biology students must have appropriate knowledge of biological disciplines in the Biomolecular field.
Admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme is also subject to the possession of the following curricular requirements:
1. A 1st cycle degree in one of the following classes, or other suitable qualification obtained abroad:
ex Italian Ministerial Decree no. 270:
Class L-13 Biological Sciences
Class L-2 Biotechnologies
ex Italian Ministerial Decree no. 509/99:
class 12 Biological Sciences
Class 1 Biotechnologies
Previous five-year degree programme system:
Biological Sciences and Biotechnologies
2.a at least 12 CFU in one or more of the following subject areas:
FIS/01-FIS/08
MAT/01-MAT/09
CHIM/01-CHIM/12
2.b at least 45 CFU in one or more of the following subject areas:
BIO/04 - Plant Physiology
BIO/10 Biochemistry
BIO/11 Molecular Biology
BIO/18 Genetics
BIO/19 General Microbiology
Admission to the degree programme is also subject to the assessment of knowledge and skills in the English language, to level B1 by the University Linguistic Centre. Students holding a corresponding language certification may be exempted from sitting this exam.
If no degree mentioned in point 1 and/or credits mentioned in point 2 have been obtained, admission to the 2nd Cycle Degree Programme is subject to the demonstration of the required skills and knowledge, assessed by a Board based on the analysis of the applicant's CV and an written or oral exam, the methods, criteria and procedures of which will be set by the Degree Programme Board and published on the University portal.
In addition to the set curricular requirements, admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme is in any case subject to the assessment of personal competencies and skills, considering the candidate's curriculum and in particular the final degree score and the grades obtained in the core subject areas of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Plant Physiology, Genetics, General Microbiology, and possibly an oral or written exam, the methods, criteria and procedures of which will be set by the Degree Programme Board and published on the University portal.
The degree programme may have restricted access, depending on the available resources. The number of places and selection methods are published annually in the relative call for applications.
A special Admissions session may be held for international students, with a Board appointed to assess the candidates' personal competencies and skills; this session will be compatible with the schedule established in the call for applications for study grants (which indicatively expires in May).
International students who pass the above-mentioned assessment are exempted from the following assessment of their personal competencies and skills required for other students.

Programme profile

Specific learning outcomes of the Programme
The 2nd cycle degree programme in Molecular and Cellular Biology aims to train specialists and experts in the professional biological, biochemical and biomolecular fields, particularly concerning the understanding of cellular and biomolecular phenomena and modifications, and the use of such knowledge and biological, biochemical and biomolecular applications in industry, the tertiary sector and various fields of the public administration. The curriculum therefore includes the acquisition of practical molecular knowledge of cells and living organisms and the relative methods, also considering the entrance requirements for the biologist profession.

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Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

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