Second cycle degree in

Molecular Biology

Class: LM-6 - Biology

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Class LM-6 - Biology
Duration 2 years
Branch Padova
Language English
Tuition fees and scholarships
Programme coordinator FRANCESCO ARGENTON
Access Open access with admission requirements
Reference structures Department of biology, School of science

International students:

Call for Applications (international students) - A.Y. 2024/25

  • 1st Call: 2 November 2023 - 2 February 2024 
  • 2nd Call: 2 March - 2 May 2024 APPLICATION PLATFORM
  • 3rd Call (ONLY EU and equated students): 2 June - 2 August 2024

A master's degree course delivered in English and recently revised in the light of the new skills required by modern molecular biology, which aims to train professionals with advanced and operational skills, together with an in-depth knowledge of the instrumental methodology and techniques of acquisition and analysis of data. Thanks to a significant experimental work experience in the laboratory, to which a substantial part of the second year is dedicated, you will acquire the theoretical tools and critical analysis skills necessary for performing research activities in public and private structures, in particular in the pharmaceutical industry , food and biotechnology, also functional to roles of responsibility in analysis laboratories of health care sectors and control of products of biological origin.


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Characteristics and objectives
The Master's degree completes the training in the field of biological sciences which began with the bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology. The aim of this Master degree course is to shape experts with an advanced practical training in the field of Molecular Biology together with an in-depth knowledge of instrument operation, analytical procedures and the methodology involved in data acquisition and analysis. The degree course imparts a thorough command of the scientific investigation process, providing graduates with the competence to work independently and to take on the responsibility of projects and/or organizations. During the first year the proposed curriculum consists in foundational courses, which constitute the key cultural elements required for an in depth understanding of modern molecular biology. In the second year approximately two thirds of the students' activity are devoted to the preparation of an experimental thesis. The intention being that of endowing the student, by means of an important experience entailing experimental work in a laboratory, with crucial cultural resources and the capacity to engage in critical analysis, which are fundamental to conducting research or to undertaking the responsibility of projects and/or organizations.

Occupational opportunities
The Master's degree in Molecular Biology qualifies to engage in research activity within public or private organizations, with particular reference to industries in the pharmaceutical, agro-industrial and biotechnological realms. The Master's graduate may be employed in professional project activities or in counseling within the public administration, in the human health or public hygiene divisions.
On passing the relevant State examination, the Molecular Biology Master's graduate may enroll in the Biologists' professional register (section A), which entitles to the warranted activities, under the title of Biologist.