BIOLOGY AND BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS
Profile of the programme
The Second Cycle Degree Course in Biology and Biomedical Applications relates to the current historical phase characterised by a great expansion of research and knowledge, also in the biomedical field, and by a necessary interaction among different disciplines. This degree course provides the required cultural and methodological basis to study the molecular, cellular, tissue and organism mechanisms regulating normal and pathological processes.
The course aims at providing future graduates with an advanced operative preparation in the field of biomedical sciences, as well as with in-depth knowledge of methodologies, analytical instruments and techniques for data retrieval and elaboration. The degree course allows students to achieve full mastery of scientific research methods, in order to be able to work autonomously. The programme includes a solid basic preparation as regards physiopathological, microbiological and pharmacological disciplines and data retrieval through it, and statistical analysis.
In the second year of course, the students focuses on his/her thesis work. Thanks to a formative experience of experimental work in laboratory, students can acquire the necessary cultural instruments and capacity of critical analysis for research activities and roles of responsibility in project and structure management.
The course also includes a formative training internship in laboratories of Italian and international public and private institutions, in view of the final examination.
Admission to the Second Cycle degree course in Biology and Biomedical Applications requires:
- basic biological knowledge as regards Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cellular Physiology, Cellular Biology and Ecology:
- basic knowledge in Mathematics and Statistics;
- basic knowledge in Physics;
- basic knowledge in General and Organic Chemistry.
Such basic competences should have been acquired in a first cycle degree course in class L-13 in Biological Sciences (former Class 12 – Biological Sciences). Admission to the Second Cycle degree course in Biology and Biomedical Applications is open to graduates in Biological Sciences (L-13) who have obtained their first cycle degree in any Italian University, in coherence with the educational path and basic formative activities established at a national level.
Admission of graduates possessing other first cycle degrees in other Classes or similar ones, or an equivalent qualification obtained abroad is possible after the evaluation of the previous career by the Didactic Commission. These graduates must submit their application form to the course professors of reference. Admission to the course requires a minimum number of credits in specific scientific-disciplinary sectors, as indicated in the didactic regulations of the degree course.
More specifically, admission requires possession of 93 credits (as proved by a degree/academic diploma certificate documenting the exams taken), as follows:
- 28 credits in the sectors FIS, INF, MAT, CHIM
- 65 credits in at least seven of the following sectors: BIO/01, BIO/04, BIO/05, BIO/06, BIO/07, BIO/09, BIO/10, BIO/11, BIO/18 e BIO/19.
Key learning outcomes
The learning objectives of the Second Cycle Degree Course in Biology and Biomedical Applications follow the directives of the Descriptors of Dublin, a system of descriptors adopted in Europe in order to define the learning results to be achieved by all the graduates of a specific degree course.
In particular, the Second Cycle Degree Course in Biology and Biomedical Applications provides the cultural and methodological basis to study the mechanisms underlying the normal and pathological processes, from molecular to cellular, tissue and organism levels.
The course aims at providing future graduates with an advanced theoretical and operative preparation in the field of biomedical sciences, as well as an in-depth knowledge of methodologies and analytical instruments for data acquisition, processing, and interpretation. The degree course allows students to achieve full mastery of scientific research methods and ability to work independently.
To reach the above-mentioned objectives, the course programme includes:
- compulsory subjects characteristic of the class, allowing students to acquire the necessary knowledge and competences for future professional careers, regarding the following disciplinary fields: Cellular Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy and Histology, Physiology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Pathological Anatomy;
- laboratory activities for the acquisition of experimental methods and for measuring, analysing and elaborating data;
- knowledge of English language;
- formative training internship in view of the final thesis concerning the experimental activity and research carried out by the students. Thanks to this significant experience of experimental work in laboratory, students can acquire the necessary cultural instruments and capacity of critical analysis for research activities and roles of responsibility in project and structure management. The formative training internship takes place in the laboratories of Italian and international public and private institutions, in view of the final examination.
Final examination, if any
The final exanimation consists in organising and carrying out/perform an original experimental study under the guidance of one of more supervisors. The research activity must be conducted in coherence with the programme of the degree course, in a laboratory structure of the University or a partnered public or private institution. During his/her research activity, the student applies the knowledge acquired during the internship on experimental methodologies, analytical instruments and techniques for data retrieval and elaboration, in order to produce an original thesis. The last step of the final examination is the presentation of the thesis.