Degree programme

Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Biologia Cellulare e Molecolare

Classe LM-6 – Biologia

Curriculum Advanced Cellular Studies (in English) 

N. students: Free Access

N. of students from Abroad: 20

N. of students in Dual Degree: 2

The Master's Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology lasts two years and is divided into two curricula: Molecular Cytology (in Italian) and Advanced Cellular Studies (in English).

For obtaining the degree, the student must gain, in both curricula, 120 ECTS by passing 9 compulsory exams, 12 or 15  ECTS of optional activities at student' choice (in the Italian or English curriculum, respectively), language skills ( B2 level English for the Italian curriculum and C1 for the English one) and a final exam.

The Course offers the opportunity to carry out 550 + 425 hours (Italian curriculum) or 575 + 300 hours (English curriculum) of internship in research laboratories belonging to the University or to other organizations (such as companies or external public or private laboratories of proven high qualification and having an agreement with the Faculty of Biology and Pharmacy).

The Curriculum Advanced Cellular Studies offers the opportunity of a Dual Degree released by the University of Cagliari and the Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. More information here:  

https://unica.it/unica/en/crs_71_10_3.page 

The Master's Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology is aimed at completing the basic knowledge acquired with any Undergraduate Degree in Biology, with the goal of providing advanced preparation in areas related to biological, biochemical and biomolecular studies, with particular regard to the understanding of cellular and biomolecular phenomena, and to biological, biochemical and biomolecular applications in the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnological, and bioinformatics sectors. The Master's Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology represents the ideal continuation for students who intend to undertake scientific research. It prepares to undertake third-level training courses at a national and international level (PhD, second-level Masters and other post-graduate specialization and postgraduate courses), or move towards professionalizing and project activities in the industry and public administration. Graduates in Cellular and Molecular Biology will be able to cover jobs in:

- pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries;

- analysis laboratories (biological and microbiological analyses, molecular diagnostics, cosmetology, forensic biology, in vitro fertilization, functional foods and nutrition, environment protection);

- scientific dissemination in the field of biomedicine.

The Master Degree will also help to find employment opportunities within the public administration or carry out consultancy or teaching activities in the school.

After passing a State Examination, it will be possible to enroll in the Register for the profession of Biologist, section A (Italy).

Teaching is divided into lectures and 216 hours (Italian curriculum) or 192 hours (English curriculum) of laboratory activities. As a rule, the attendance for each single course of at least 60% of the lecturing hours and 75% of the laboratory/practical hours is required. A large part of the student's teaching commitment, distributed over the two years of the course, is focused on the internship (550 and 575 hours for the Italian and English curriculum, respectively) and on the preparation of the thesis and final exam (425 and 300 hours for the Italian and English curriculum, respectively), which includes original research on the issues of molecular biology of the cell, either in the basic or applicative field.

During the internship aimed at preparing the thesis / final exam, the graduate student joins a research group, actively participating in the experimental work in one of the aforementioned research laboratories, under the guidance of a teacher and teaching tutors.

Students can carry out part of the training activities abroad.

The exams are written and / or oral and in some cases there are ongoing evaluations.

For admission to the Master's Degree Course in Cellular and Molecular Biology, it is necessary to have a three-year university degree or diploma, or another officially recognized qualification obtained abroad.

In addition to knowledge of the English language (at least B1), it is also necessary to have the following minimum curricular requirements:

a) have acquired at least 12 ECTS in courses in the scientific-disciplinary sectors (SSD) MAT / 01-09 (Mathematics); FIS / 01-08 (Physics); INF / 01 (Informatics); ING-INF / 05 (Informatic Engeneering);

b) have acquired at least 12 CFU in courses of the SSD CHIM / 01-02-03-06-12 (Chemistry);

c) have acquired at least 48 ECTS in courses of the SSD BIO (Biology).

The organization of courses into the semesters could be subject to variations.

Semester Course ECTS
 

CURRICULUM ADVANCED CELLULAR STUDIES

 
First

Bioinformatics

9
First

Advanced biological methodologies

9
First

Metabolic biochemistry

7
Second

Molecular virology

7
Second

Evolutionary genomics

7
Second

Basis of scientific methodology

7
Second

English

3
 

Optional teaching activities

6
 

Laboratory practice

10

 

Semester Corso ECTS
 

CURRICULUM ADVANCED CELLULAR STUDIES

 
First

Cellular and molecular basis of nutrition

7
First

Molecular microbiology

7
First

Cellular and molecular bases of cancer and tissue regeneration

7
 

Optional teaching activities

9
 

Laboratory practice

13
 

Thesis

12

 

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