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Biological sciences

The Bachelor programme provides graduates with a solid basic grounding in biology, chemistry and informatics and a good interdisciplinary knowledge of biotechnological approaches that can be applied in various industrial and environmental contexts, in particular: the development of biotechnological processes to obtain products of use to mankind; genomics and proteomics; development of processes for environmental protection and remediation; the development of innovative methodologies in industrial and environmental contexts. Graduates will also gain an appreciation of bioinformatics approaches for the storage, analysis and interpretation of biological data.

Biodiversity and evolutionary biology  – BIOEVO
The Master programme provides a specialized and modern education in the field of organismal biology and aims to develop knowledge of the complexity of living organisms in themselves and in their evolutionary context. The central themes of animal and plant biodiversity and evolution are presented with specific reference to functional and structural adaptations, reproductive strategies, development, behaviour, environmental interactions and a modern perspective on evolutionary biology.

Biology applied to research in biomedicine – BARB

The Master programme provides the theoretical and practical knowledge required to work individually, or as part of a collaborative team in the fields of molecular diagnostics as well as in basic and applied biomedical research. The course particularly emphasizes the development of graduates with the capacity both to work constructively but also with critical capacities regarding the latest developments in biomedical research.

Molecular biology of the cell – BMC

Since academic year 2015-2016 the master's course in Biologia Molecolare della Cellula (BMC) has been replaced by the course in Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBC), which is entirely taught in English, (see below).

Biology applied to nutritional sciences – BIONUTRI 

The purpose of the Master programme is to provide experts in the application of biological principles to: nutritional sciences; the study of interactions between environment and food; hygiene and food quality and food traceability and certification.  With their understanding of biological considerations underlying nutritional science, graduates will be able to affront problems deriving from rapid changes in environmental, cultural, legal and technological conditions that the world is currently facing.

Plant Science

The Master's degree course in Plant Science is the result of an agreement between the University of Milan (UNIMI) and the University of Grenoble-Alpes (UGA), France. The master course is a collaborative effort planned to allow students to achieve two Master degrees, one from UNIMI and one from UGA. The agreement requires that students attend courses and take exams at either Universities. In particular, during the first year, students will be attending the first semester courses at UGA and the second semester at UNIMI. In their second year, students may stay at UGA or at UNIMI, depending on the location of laboratory where they decide to carry out the compulsory experimental thesis work. Admission to the Plant Science Master degree will grant the student a 5-month Erasmus+ scholarship to spend the first semester of the first year at UGA. Students who wish to spend the second year or part of it at UGA can apply for a further Erasmus+ scholarship, or for other support provided by UNIMI.

Master’s degree course in Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBC)

The Masteris newly launched in English. Starting from the Academic Year (a.a.) 2015-2016 the two year course will be active.
The main goal of MBC is to train biologists in the field of advanced bio-molecular research to face the present and future challenges in this field.

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