Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS) in Genomics

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS)
Academic Year 2018/2019
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 9211
Degree Programme Class L-2 - Biotechnologies
Years in which the programme is being held 1st year, 2nd year
Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Admission typology Restricted access
Place of teaching Bologna
Type International Degree Programme
Degree Programme Director Giovanni Perini
Teachers Teachers
Language English

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

How to apply: deadlines, requirements, admission procedures for Italian and International students.

GENOMICS is a restricted-access programme: this means that you will have to be selected to take part. For 2017-2018 academic year we will admit 52 students.

Please find some useful information on application modes in the table below. However, it is essential that you read the Call for Applications in the attachment.

Non-European candidates

One of the following:

European and European-assimilated candidates

One of the following

· SAT score

· Dossier (=high school transcripts + English language certificate B2*)

· SAT score

· TOLC-I scores + English language certificate B2*

Language requirements
The minimum level of English required to be a GENOMICS student is B2 (from the CEFR scale.): if you apply via Dossier or via TOLC I test, you will also have to provide us with an official language certificate (among those that will be listed in the Call for Applications), whereas no language certificate is necessary if you take the SAT.

*The list of language certificates we can accept will be available in the Call for Apllications a.y. 2017/2018.

Some Information about SAT:

  • We accept SAT General Test, without Essay. We will not assess or consider the Essay part of the test.

  • You can take the test in different locations all over the world. Check what's the nearest to you from this page.

    Bologna will host a SAT session on 6 May 2017 (other towns may host more sessions).

  • Each test date and venue has limited capacity. Make sure you register at your earliest convenience to be included as a test taker at you preferred location.

  • For ALL information about this test (its structure, registration, preparation, etc.) you need to refer exclusively to the College Board website.

  • After taking the test, it is mandatory that you ask College Board to forward your SAT scores to the University of Bologna, using code 6993.

Some information about TOLC test:

TOLC-I is a test in Italian only. TOLC test does include some questions in English which, however, will NOT be considered for the purpose of language assessment. For information on TOLC tests, please refer to the Cisia website

For detailed information, it is essential that you read the Call for applications in the attachment box:
Bando di Ammissione Genomics a.a.17-18 (in Italian)
Call for Applications Genomics a.y. 17-18 (in English)

Programme profile

The international degree in Genomicsprovides the theoretical and practical basis for training a professionalcapable of applying IT, mathematical and statistical skills to the analysis ofgenomic data and, consequently, to the analysis of transcriptomic, proteomicand epigenomic data, the biology of systems and metagenomics, in prokaryotes,eukaryotes and humans.

The compulsory learning activities resultin the acquisition of:

1) preparatory knowledge of mathematicalanalysis, algebra, physics and chemistry;

2) detailed knowledge of genetics,biochemistry and the molecular biology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and anunderstanding of the organisation and method of expression of their genomes;

3) skills in programming, statistics,mathematics, algorithms and data in the biological field, as well asmulti-scale modelling and computational simulation;

4) bio-informatic abilities in the analysisof nucleic acids, proteins and omic datasets and information deriving from theanalysis of bulk sequencing, as well as practical skills in data mining and thequerying, organisation and management of biological databases;

5) theoretical and practical skills for theanalysis of communities and complex systems;

6) bio-ethical principles associated withthe processing and management of sensitive data;

7) excellent knowledge of English.

The curriculum is completed with knowledgeof a related and supplementary data science discipline.

The degree programme finishes with aninternship that enables the student to apply operationally the theoretical andpractical notions acquired. This internship may be carried out the laboratoriesof Universities or public or private firms and/or bodies, either in Italy orinternationally.

Access to further study

It gives access to second cycle studies (laurea specialistica/magistrale) and master universitario di primo livello.

Career opportunities

Bio-informatics technician

function in a work environment:

The Bio-informatics technician:

- applies mathematical calculation andprogramming tools and methods in order to understand, archive, process andanalyse biological datasets;

- combines aspects of genetics, molecularbiology and sequencing methods with bio-informatics in order to sequence,assemble, analyse and compare the function and structure of genomes;

- carries out these activities in variouscontexts: industrial, clinical, forensic, food-processing, environmental.

skills associated with the function:

The Bio-informatics technician possesses:

1) knowledge of genetics and molecularbiology;

2) detailed knowledge of the organisation andmethod of expression of eukaryote, prokaryote and viral genomes;

3) skills in mathematics, statistics,computer programming (Python, C, Pearl, R);

4) IT abilities in the analysis of nucleicacids, proteins and omic datasets and information deriving from the analysis ofbulk sequencing;

5) skills in the use of genetic sequencinginformation in clinical and healthcare environments;

6) skills in the use of genomic informationas a key to future technologies linked to food security and animal andvegetable genetic improvement;

7) skills in ecological investigations andthe predictive analysis of ecosystem behaviour using algorithms and modelsbased on genomics;

8) ability to implement genomic analyses insupport of legal investigations of various types.


career opportunities:

The profession of bio-informaticstechnician can be carried out in:

- National and international firms in theIT, biotechnology, biomedical, food-processing, pharmaceutical, environmentaland industrial sectors;

- National and international centres foradvanced diagnostics and/or applied research;

- National Health Service (Hospitals, LocalHealth Authorities, Animal Husbandry Institutes, Scientific Research and CareInstitutions involved in omic diagnosis);

- National and international dataprocessing centres;

- Legal contexts, as a consultant;

- National and international Universitiesand Pure and applied research centres.

Lastly, the degree in Genomics grantsaccess to Master degree programmes in biotechnology, genetics, molecular and cellularbiology as well as Master degree programmes in bio-informatics.

Computationalbiotechnologist

function in a work environment:

The Computational biotechnologist developsand applies theoretical methods, mathematical models and computational simulationtechniques in order to study and predict the behaviour of biological systemsand populations.

skills associated with the function:

The Computational biotechnologistpossesses:

1) knowledge of genetics, bio-chemistry andmolecular biology;

2) excellent skills in statistics andcomputer programming (Python, C, Pearl, R);

3) detailed knowledge of mathematicalmodelling;

4) specific practical abilities in thecomputational simulation and multi-scale modelling.

career opportunities:

The profession of computationalbiotechnologist can be carried out in

- National and international firms in theIT, biotechnology, biomedical, food-processing, pharmaceutical, environmentaland industrial sectors;

- National and international centres foradvanced diagnostics and/or applied research;

- National Health Service (Hospitals, LocalHealth Authorities, Animal Husbandry Institutes, Scientific Research and CareInstitutions involved in omic diagnosis);

- Regional, national and internationalenvironmental protection agencies;

- National and international Universitiesand Pure and applied research centres.

Lastly, the degree in Genomics grantsaccess to Master degree programmes in biotechnology, genetics, molecular andcellular biology as well as Master degree programmes in bio-informatics.

Systemsbiotechnologist

function in a work environment:

The Systems biotechnologist models thecomplex interactions of biological systems using an holistic approach in orderto determine the properties of circuits, networks and interactions in cells,tissue, organisms and populations.

skills associated with the function:

The Systems biotechnologist possesses:

1) knowledge of genetics, bio-chemistry andmolecular biology;

2) excellent skills in statistics andcomputer programming (Python, C, Pearl, R);

3) detailed knowledge of mathematicalmodelling;

4) specific practical abilities in thecomputational simulation and multi-scale modelling.

career opportunities:

The profession of systems biotechnologistcan be carried out in:

- National and international dataprocessing centres;

- Regional, national and internationalenvironmental protection agencies;

- National and international Universitiesand Pure and applied research centres.

Lastly, the degree in Genomics grantsaccess to Master degree programmes in biotechnology, genetics, molecular andcellular biology as well as Master degree programmes in bio-informatics.

GenomicsData Manager

function in a work environment:

The Genomics Data Manager:

- organises, looks after and administer thelaboratory datasets, managing the related IT systems;

- plans pipelines for the development ofbest practice protocols for the storage, back-up, organisation and publicationof genomic research data, including in the healthcare area in which the geneticsequencing information can help to improve the diagnosis and prognosis ofgenetic diseases, and the stratification of patients, as well as to identifythe best therapeutic treatment.

skills associated with the function:

The Genomics Data Manager possesses

1) detailed knowledge of the organisationand method of expression of eukaryote, prokaryote and viral genomes;

2) detailed bio-informatic abilities in theanalysis of nucleic acids, proteins and omic datasets and information derivingfrom the analysis of bulk sequencing;

3) specific skills in data mining and thequerying, organisation and management of genomic databases;

4) detailed knowledge of the regulationsand bio-ethical principles associated with the processing and management ofsensitive data.

career opportunities:

The profession of Genomics Data Manager canbe carried out in:

- National and international firms in theIT, biotechnology, biomedical, food-processing, pharmaceutical, environmentaland industrial sectors;

- National and international centres foradvanced diagnostics and/or applied research;

- National Health Service (Hospitals, LocalHealth Authorities, Animal Husbandry Institutes, Scientific Research and CareInstitutions involved in omic diagnosis;

- National and international dataprocessing centres;

- National and international Universitiesand Pure and applied research centres.

Lastly, the degree in Genomics grantsaccess to Master degree programmes in biotechnology, genetics, molecular andcellular biology as well as Master degree programmes in bio-informatics