Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies - a.y. 2020/21

The Master’s degree provides students with a comprehensive scientific knowledge inspired by excellent pharmaceutical research and health biotechnologies. The programme explores traditional and forefront disciplines with a specific attention in the design, production and characterisation of innovative drugs, such as biologics and drugs employed in targeted therapies.


Level: Master

Field of study:  Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Medical biotechnologies

Degree awarded: Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies

Start date: September 2020

Location: Padova

Available places: European candidates or non-European candidates residing in Italy: 40; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 10 (2 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project; 2 for the bilateral agreement with Nanjing University)

  Programme structure

1st Year: Advanced Reactivity and Modelling; Advanced Molecular Biology; Molecular and Experimental Pharmacology; Structural Biochemistry; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; Drug Discovery and Development; Protein Engineering; Proteomics and Biochemical Methodologies; Start-up Ideas in Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies
2nd Year: Biologics and Biopharmaceuticals; Delivery and Formulation of Biotechnological Drugs; Diagnostic Microbiology and Molecular Immunology; Internship

  Career opportunities

Graduates work mainly as expert technicians and researchers in Academia and in medical, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, diagnostic, cosmetic and nutraceutical industries.

  Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Biotechnologies or related subjects or proven skills in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Human Anatomy, Histology, Genetics, General, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Industrial and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Applied Pharmaceutical Technology

  Language requirements

English: level B2 (CEFR) or equivalent


If you have an international entry qualification, please submit your application on

If you have an Italian entry qualification, please submit your application on

Please read carefully the Call for Applications before applying online!

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.

  Application timeline

  • First Call for applications (for non-EU applicants residing outside Italy only): from 7th January to 7th March 2020
  • Second Call for applications (for EU applicants or equivalent only): to be defined (Spring-Summer 2020)

  Tuition fees

Information on 2020/21 fees is not yet available, but the amounts will be more or less the same of 2019/20. Please check:

The total amount (€2600,00 for a.y. 2019/20) 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.

  Scholarships and fee-waivers

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

For detailed information: