BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (BIOLOGIA APPLICATA ALLA RICERCA BIOMEDICA)
The Biomedical Sciences are one of the hottest and most dynamic areas of Biology, leading to continuous and exciting progress in scientific knowledge and its applications to human health. In this context, the Master's Degree Program in Biomedical Sciences provides the student with a cutting-edge, advanced. and operative background in the field of biomedical sciences, with an in-depth knowledge of the methodologies, analytical tools and data acquisition and processing techniques that will enable her/him to investigate the molecular, cellular, tissue, and systemic mechanisms underlying physiological and pathological processes to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. Furthermore, the course helps the students develop their communication skills, which are crucial in any work environment.
The study plan includes two different curricula. The first (Basic and Applied Biomedical Sciences) provides a very flexible and dynamic training, offering a wide range of elective courses to allow the students to customize their study plan according to their interests and inclinations. Thus, the students can opt for a more in-depth study of the cellular and molecular bases of pathological processes and of the main diagnostic-therapeutic intervention modes, with a special focus on the areas of oncology and neuroscience, as well as develop stronger applied biomedical skills. The Double Degree curriculum mainly focuses on immunology and clinical applications; the students admitted to this program will attend their second-year classes and will train to prepare their thesis at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, and at the end of the course will obtain the title of Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Biomedical Sciences also from the German University.
To access the degree course candidates must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or Biotechnology, or an equivalent qualification, in Italy or abroad, and at least 40 credits in basic biological, cellular and molecular, pathophysiological, and pharmacological disciplines. The personal level achieved by the candidates in these areas will be checked via an admission interview. Candidates who cannot submit a certification of knowledge of English of 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 before the start of the official lessons), and pass the relevant exam.
Job opportunities for graduates in BMS are available in the fields of scientific communication, in the medical management of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies (as medical advisor or medical science liason), and in laboratories performing clinical, biomolecular, genetic and cytogenetic, microbiological, pharmaco-toxicological, and quality control analyses. Biomedical scientists are also qualified to actively participate in the design and conduction of research projects on biological concepts and theories applied to the biomedical field, as well as in the dissemination of the achieved results across the scientific community.
The degree also provides access to doctoral programs in the fields of Biology and Biomedicine, to various specialization schools in the Biomedical area, and to the state exam for qualification as a biologist.
Candidates must hold a first-level degree (three-year) in the classes L-13 (Biological Sciences) or L-2 (Biotechnology), 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 candidates’ previous career must include at least 40 credits in the following sectors: BIO / 6 (Comparative Anatomy and Cytology), BIO / 09 (Physiology), BIO / 10 (Biochemistry) , BIO / 11 (Molecular Biology), BIO / 12 (Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology), BIO / 13 (Applied Biology), BIO / 14 (Pharmacology), BIO / 16 (Human Anatomy), BIO / 18 (Genetics) , BIO / 19 (Microbiology), MED / 03 (Medical genetics), MED / 04 (General Pathology), MED / 06 (Medical Oncology), MED / 07 (Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology). Candidates must have acquired the first-level title by December 31, 2019 to access the Basic and Applied Biomedical Sciences curriculum, or by October 31, 2019 to access the Double Degree curriculum.
Candidates satisfying the above requirements shall have to take an interview with a committee appointed by the Degree Program Board, aimed at verifying their preparation in the areas of physiology, pharmacology, molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry (for a list of the main topics for the interview, see the pdf file on this page). The interviews will be held in Italian or English, according to each candidate’s preference, during the month of September 2019; 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 must also possess adequate knowledge of the English language, as documented by:
- an internationally recognized certification for a level corresponding at least to B2 level in the common European Reference Framework for Language Proficiency;
- an academic degree (Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree) corresponding to a course taught entirely in English.
Candidates who fail to satisfy either criterion shall have to attend the Scientific English course that will be offered during the second half of September 2019, and to pass the relative exam.
Non-EU students: Candidates shall pre-apply by sending an email to email@example.com (by May 31st 2019), accompanied by a transcript of records of the first-level Degree Course, a certification of proficiency in the English language (at least B2 level), a photocopy of the passport and a letter of motivation. Candidates who are considered potentially suitable based on the submitted documents will be asked to take a Skype interview with a committee appointed by the Degree Program Board, aimed at verifying their preparation in the areas of physiology, pharmacology, molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry. A negative outcome of the interview will preclude access to the Course for the current year.
Candidates considered eligible for admission will receive an Admission Letter, that they shall submit to the Italian diplomatic missions in their countries of residence, together with the other requested documents, upon application for pre-enrollment to the Course and for a Students’ Visa. The time window for pre-enrollment is published annually on the website of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (for the Academic Year 2019/20 pre-enrollment procedures are open from March 7th to July 24th, 2019).