Master’s degree courses
Access methods
2 years
Busto Arsizio - Molini Marzoli
Department of Biotechnologies and life sciences
Degree classification: Biology
Presidente del Consiglio di corso: BRUNO ENRICO LEONE CERABOLINI
Credits: 120

Course description

Environmental sustainability is a central theme for the development of contemporary society, reaffirmed by inserting the protection of the environment, biodiversity, and ecosystems among the fundamental principles of the Italian Republic through the modification of Art. 9 of the Constitution.

Training in new occupational opportunities (green jobs) needs a high practical-operating capacity, anchored on a solid cultural heritage founded on biological principles in planning, application, and verification of environmental sustainability in all areas, including an effective ecological transition of productive processes, which can enhance natural capital and contribute to human well-being.

The course is characterized by a combination of biodiversity and environmental sciences, including biomolecular contents and methods. This training allows an integrated approach at all the different organization levels of biology (molecular, cellular, organism, species, and community). Biodiversity and environment sciences are dedicated to the knowledge of biological resources (natural capital), processes, and sustainability, while those of the biomolecular sector will provide advanced knowledge and techniques at the molecular and cellular levels. Disciplines of specialization are most present in the second year. Students will be able to acquire skills in the cellular-molecular field or insights into issues related to agroecosystems and sustainable production approaches.

Lessons are held in Italian, but candidates must have an internationally recognized certification for the English language at level B2 (or higher).

Candidates must hold a first-level degree (three-year) obtained by February 28th, 2024, in the classes L-2 (Biotechnology) or L-13 (Biological Sciences) or any other first-level degree obtained in Italy or abroad, which is considered equivalent according to the current legislation. In the latter case, the candidate’s previous career must include biology, agronomy, mathematics and informatics, and chemistry credits.

What you need to know

Candidates must hold a first-level degree (three-year) obtained by February 28th, 2023, in the classes L-2 (Biotechnology) or L-13 (Biological Sciences), or another first-level degree obtained in Italy or abroad, that can be considered equivalent according to the current legislation.
In this latter case, the candidate’s previous career must include:

at least 36 credits in the sectors of area 05 (Biology) or in the sectors SSDAGR/03 (general arboriculture ans e tree crops); AGR/04 (horticulture and floriculture); AGR/05 (forest management and silviculture); AGR/06 wood technology and forestry uses; AGR/07 agricultural genetics; AGR/11 general and applied entomology; AGR/12 plant pathology; AGR/15 Food science and technology; AGR/16 Agricultural microbiology; AGR/17 General zootechnics and genetic improvement; AGR/18 Animal nutrition and feeding; AGR/19 Special zootechnics; AGR/20 Zoocultures;
at least 12 credits in the sectors of area 01 (Mathematics and Informatics) or area 02 (Physics) or in the sector SSD MED/01 (Medical Statistics);
at least 12 credits in the sectors of area 03 of Chemical Sciences or in SSD AGR/13 (Agricultural Chemistry) of area 07 of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences.

Candidates satisfying the above requirements will have to take an interview with a committee of the Degree Course, aimed at verifying their preparation.
The schedule for the interviews will be published on the Course web page.
A negative outcome of the interview will preclude access to the Course for the current year.

Candidates who do not possess an internationally recognized certification for English language at level B2 (or higher), or who have not attended a first cycle course entirely held in English, will be required to attend a full-immersion course of Scientific English (offered in the second half of September 2022), and pass the corresponding exam.

If you are a EU National, you may stay in Italy for as long as you like: you only need a passport or ID card.
If you are a NON-EU National, you'll have to carry out some formalities.

Department of Biotechnology and Life Sciences
Via J.H. Dunant 3, 21100 Varese - Italy
e-mail: didattica.dbsv@uninsubria.it

Curricula and study plans

To consult teaching courses of previous Academic Years, at the top of this page click on "Course data sheet", then choose the Academic Year of your enrollment and click on "Study plans".

Opportunities and support

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Studying, taking exams and graduating

To consult the teaching material:

  1. go to https://elearning.uninsubria.it/ 
  2. log in with your university credentials: email username and password (without typing the @studenti.uninsubria.it part)
  3. choose the courses of your study plan in the I miei corsi (My courses) section
  4. there you will find all the materials that the teacher makes available.

To consult the exam dates and times go to the Servizi Web Segreterie studenti (Student Secretariat Web Services)

https://uninsubria.esse3.cineca.it/ListaAppelliOfferta.do (in Italian)

In the Menu select one or more options:

  • the day scheduled for the exam
  • the teaching structure, i.e. your Department or your School
  • the course of study, i.e. your degree course
  • the teaching course, i.e. the title of the teaching
  • the teacher.

To submit your examination entry, you must access your personal area of the Student Secretariat Web Services.

Go to the reserved area 

  1. Log in with your university credentials: email username and password (without typing the @studenti.uninsubria.it part)
  2. Esami > Appelli
    Then, select the exam session you want to submit your entry for and proceed following the instructions.

Student services

For all resources, services and opportunities dedicated to registered students, see: Student.