DD Diploma with the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague (UCT Prague)

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The Master Degree in Molecular and Industrial Biotechnologies offers its students the opportunity to achieve a Double Degree with the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague (UCT Prague).

Students from both partner institutions will be awarded the diploma in MSc in Biotechnology and Food Science (title “Master of Science”, “MSc”.; in Czech “Inženýr”, “Ing.”) from the UCT Prague and the diploma of LM in in Biotechnology for the Bio-based and Health Industry (title Dottore magistrale) from UI.

Both UI and UCT Prague require a sufficient level of English from incoming students: English level B2 certified by an official test (e.g. TOEFL 550, IELTS 6.0, TOEIC 750) or by the home institution.

Students enrolled in the Double Degree programme will be following the courses delivered during the two semesters of the second year of study at the host institution. The second year of study includes laboratory internship of at least nine months aimed at the development of a research project, which will be then reported and discussed as a final thesis. The research project will be conducted under joint supervision of two professors from both partner institutions. 

The Master degree programme complies with the European academic standards in terms of credits: a total of 120 ECTS in the two-year Master degree programme have to be validated for the delivery of both Master degrees.

The final thesis will be discussed at UI or at UCT Prague in front of a jury composed according to the rules of UI or UCT Prague if discussed at UI or UCT Prague, respectively. The jury will also include two professors from both partner institutions. The jury is responsible for a final oral examination which tests the student´s knowledge in selected study topics. This is considered as a part of the final thesis defence and as a prerequisite for achievement of the Double Degree. The final thesis defence and the final oral examination will take place at UI or UCT Prague (the place will be specified before the start of laboratory internship), or by using video-conference facilities when feasible.

DD outgoing students
  1. The selections to participate in the Double Degree program are managed internally by the DBSV of Insubria University.
    Details regarding the prerequisites to participate in the selection process are contained in the call published each a.y..
  2. Admitted candidates are then required to apply for the Erasmus call as well and and, after the acceptance of the International Relation Office, to provide further the documentation requested.
DD incoming students

UCT Prague students selected by their home University must:

  1. be nominated for a Double Degree stay at the University of Insubria  by the partner University
  2. enroll for the Double Degree program at the University of Insubria, by filling in the Erasmus online application
  3. send to erasmus@uninsubria.it and to foreign.students.bmi@uninsubria.it the learning agreement (LA) and a valid certification  of a level of proficiency in English corrsponding to B2 in the common European Framework of References (CEFR) for Languages. This document might be issued only by a language centre in the sending institution or by a language school. 

No tuition fees are required at the University of Insubria; students are themselves responsible for any additional costs such accommodation, food, public transport etc.

Once arrived at the University of Insubria, DD incoming students have to go to the Student’s Affair Office, located in Varese Via Ravasi n. 2, for the registration procedure. 

At the same time they have to apply for the tax code (used by the Public Administration to identify all the citizens living in Italy) at the “Agenzia delle entrate” located in Varese in Via Frattini.


Non_EU nationals DD students must apply as well for the Residence Permit, issued by the Police Station (Questura), that entitles them to live temporarily in Italy. Applications for Residence Permit for study purpose must be submitted within 8 working days from the arrival in Italy, by going to a “CAF Office” or by going to any Italian Post Office and asking for a “kit”.