Medical biotechnologies - a.y. 2019/20

The goal of this degree course is to prepare skilled graduates with an in-depth biomedical culture concerning the relationships between structure and function of biomolecules and biosystems operating at the cellular level, and tissue of the human body in health and disease, and in-depth knowledge of biotechnology, acquired on the basis of sound practical experience in the laboratory.


Level: Master

Field of study: LM-9 - Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Medical biotechnologies

Degree awarded: Master of Science in Medical Biotechnologies

Start date: September 2019

Location: Padova

Available places: European candidates or non European candidates residing in Italy: 32; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 7 (1 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project)

  Course description

This study course is for students who wish to  become specialised graduates with an advanced biomedical knowledge concerning the links between the structure and the purpose of biomolecules and bio-systems operating at cellular and tissue level of the human body, in both physiological and pathological conditions. The wide knowledge of the techniques is based on a solid practical activity in laboratories during the internship.

Subject to the educational aims of Class LM-9, the acquired knowledge allows specialized graduates to assist physicians in the diagnostic and therapeutic tasks involving the manipulation of cells, genes, and other biosystems requiring applicants to learn special skills in experimental biotechnology (e.g. Diagnosis and gene therapy; therapy through the use of genetically engineered cells; rational design and development of new medicines based on models of molecular targets known or derived from pharmacogenomic knowledge; preparation of nano-biotechnological tools for advanced diagnostics imaging and drug delivery; modulation of the immune response; diagnostics based on innovative processes of science and medical laboratory techniques; immunotherapy to targeted cells); organize and coordinate laboratory activities for advanced research or for diagnostic examinations requiring the use of biotechnological methods and the manipulation of cells or biotechnological materials; organize and coordinate the experimental protocols of clinical research involving the use of materials or biotechnology techniques; design and perform with autonomy research in biotechnology applied to medicine; lead and coordinate, also in governance, development programs and surveillance of biotechnology applied to human beings, taking into account the ethical, technical, environmental and economic implications.

  Course structure

First year - First Semester: Advanced Biomedical Technologies Or Laboratory Activities 1: Cellular And Molecular Therapies Or Laboratory Activities 2: Molecular And Systems Biology, Laboratory Medicine Technologies And Molecular Diagnostics, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology: Design And Analysis Of Biopharmaceuticals, Proteomics And Bioinformatics (only for the General Curriculum), Seminar

First year - Second Semester: Molecular Medicine Curriculum: 6 Months At Ulm University: GLP/GSP Bioethics, Molecular Oncology, Trauma Research And Regenerative Medicine
General Curriculum: Cell And Organ Physiology And Medical Pathophysiology, Genetics, Immunology And General Pathology, Nanobiotechnology

Second year - First Semester: Experimental Models In Vivo And Vitro, Pharmacology And Molecular Therapies, Stem Cell Biology And Molecular Biology Of Development, Proteomics And Bioinformatics (only for the Molecular Medicine Curriculum)

Second year - Second Semester: Thesis Work

  Career opportunities

Biotechnology physicians will be able to head research laboratories in a predominantly technological and pharmacological environment and coordinate, as well as in terms of management and administration, program development and the monitoring of biotechnology applied on human beings with emphasis on the development of pharmaceutical products and vaccines, taking into account the ethical, technical, and legal implications and environmental protection.

  • To work in industry (pharma, biotech companies) for new diagnostics, molecular therapeutics, regenerative medicine and vaccines
  • To work in academia as a researcher in one of the many fields of Molecular Medicine
  • To be an entrepreneur in Biotech start up companies as a result of scientific discoveries

Graduates will be able to assist doctors in the diagnostic and in the therapeutic phases when those imply the manipulation of cells, genes and other bio systems and when specific biotechnological experimental competences are required.

  Entry requirements

To enrol in the second-cycle degree course, applicants need to:

  1. have earned a first-cycle degree or other foreign degree recognised by current legislation
  2. meet specific curricular requirements set by the Course which will be checked by filling in the online pre-enrolment application form.

To enrol in the second-cycle degree in Medical Biotechnologies, candidates must meet specific curricular and educational background requirements. 
The following curricular requirements need to be met: 1.a) a degree in classes:
 ex DM 270/04: L-2 class of the degrees in Biotechnologies; L-13 class of the degrees in Biological Sciences; L-27 Class of the degrees in Chemical Sciences and technologies; L/SNT3 Class of the degrees in Technical health professions; LM-41 Class of the second- cycle degrees in Medicine and Surgery;
 ex DM 509/99: class 1-Biotechnologies; class 12-Biological sciences; class 21-Technical sciences and Technologies; class 46/S-Medicine and Surgery; class SNT/3- Technical health professions; OR 1.b) 52 ECTS in the following areas (SSD): BIO/09 - Physiology; BIO/13 - Applied Biology; BIO/14 - Pharmacology; BIO/16 - Human Anatomy; BIO/17 - Histology; MED/04 - General pathology; MED/07 Microbiology and Clinical microbiology; FIS/01; FIS/07; BIO/10.

  Language requirements

C1 or Intermediate level of English which enables the user to use English fluently, both when speaking and writing, also using sector-specific lexis.


For general information on application procedures, please check How to apply.

Please read carefully the Call for Applications before applying online. Guidelines for application are available below.

The payment of the application fee (€30,00) is a compulsory step to complete your application. The application fee is non-refundable. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you need to pay the application fee for each course you are applying for. Guidelines are available below.

  Application timeline

Non-European citizens residing outside Italy: from 9th January to 28th February 2019, 13:00 local time (GMT +1).

Other applicants: Summer 2019.

  Tuition fees

Information on 2019/20 fees is not yet available, but the amounts will be more or less be the same of 2018/19. Please check:

The total amount (€2600,00 for a.y. 2018/19) can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Funding and fees > Key Documents.

Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of €185,00 within 30 days to secure their place on the programme.

  Scholarships and fee-waivers

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students.

For detailed information:


Programme Coordinator: Prof. Arianna Loregian, Chair of the Master Course Teachers' Council (

Programme Secretary: Caterina Tono  (,