The Master Degree ("Laurea Magistrale") in “Bioinformatics for Computational Genomics” is a joint initiative of the University of Milano and the Politecnico di Milano, and will be activated starting from the Academic Year 2019-2020.

Overall, it aims to form "genome data scientists", that is, graduates that will have an adequate knowledge about the molecular basis of biological systems; the structure and function of biological molecules and how they participate in cellular processes; the technologies and platforms for the analysis of genomes; the tools for bioinformatics and genomic analysis; and the statistical and computational methodologies for the analysis of biomolecular data.

Admission is open to all students with a Bachelor degree ("Laurea Triennale") either in biology or biotechnology or similar OR computer science, engineering, mathematics or physics.

By attending the courses taught in the B.C.G. degree you will learn about:

  1. the organization of information in the genome and the molecular and cellular processes at the basis of gene expression and its regulation
  2. the experimental methods used for studying genes and their function in different model species, both prokaryotic and eukaryotic
  3. the technologies employed in modern genomic and epigenomic research, like next-generation sequencing based assays (genome and exome sequencing, RNA sequencing, ChIP-Seq, and so on)
  4. methods and protocols of bioinformatic analysis in functional genomics studies (genome and exome sequencing, RNA sequencing, ChIP-Seq, and so on)
  5. the algorithmic, mathematical and statistical approaches underlying bioinformatic and genomic analysis tools
  6. database technologies for the storage and organization of the data
  7. modeling and analysis techniques employed in systems biology for the study of interactions in complex biological systems.

The program includes, as a fundamental step in the formation of the students, an internship in research laboratories either at the University of Milan, the Politecnico or in other Italian or foreign research institutes. The research experience of the internship and its results will be described in a final written dissertation, to be discussed in front of a thesis committee.

Mission and Goals

The joint Master Degree in “Bioinformatics for Computational Genomics” (B.C.G.) of Politecnico di Milano and Università degli Studi di Milano aims to give its graduates an adequate knowledge on the molecular basis of biological systems; the structure and function of biological molecules and how they participate in cellular processes; the technologies and platforms for the analysis of genomes; the tools for bioinformatics and genomic analysis; and the statistical and computational methodologies for the analysis of biomolecular data.

Therefore, the B.C.G. degree includes activities providing in-depth knowledge on:

  • the organization of information in the genome and the molecular and cellular processes at the basis of gene expression and its regulation
  • the experimental methods used for studying genes and their function in different model species, both prokaryotic and eukaryotic
  • the technologies employed in modern genomic research
  • methods and protocols of bioinformatic analysis in functional genomics studies
  • algorithmic, mathematical and statistical approaches underlying bioinformatic and genomic analysis tools
  • database technologies for the storage and organization of the data
  • modeling and analysis techniques employed in systems biology for the study of interactions in complex biological systems.

Subjects

Università degli Studi di Milano will offer the courses focused on biological topics, while Politecnico di Milano will offer the computational ones.

1st Year

1st semester

  • Mandatory courses: Organic Chemistry; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Elective courses: Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology; Biochemistry; Programming and Data Bases; Statistics

2nd semester

  • Mandatory courses: Genomics and Transcriptomics; Scientific Programming; Machine Learning; Biostatistics

2nd Year

1st semester

  • Mandatory courses: Advanced Genomics and Epigenomics; Structural Chemistry; Systems Biology and Network Analysis
  • Elective courses: Interdisciplinary project; Genomic Big Data Management and Computing

Career Opportunities

The B.C.G. Master degree aims to train “data scientists”, highly skilled professionals able to merge in-depth knowledge on the molecular foundations of life sciences with up-to-date knowledge of the current techniques and technologies for bioinformatic and genomic analysis. Particular emphasis will be put on the quantitative and computational aspects of the later ones, which will be focused on the analysis, modeling, and comprehension of biological systems. The ultimate goal is to train in a multi-disciplinary context professionals ready to cope with the challenges deriving from modern biomolecular sciences in the post-genomic era, and able to conjugate and integrate knowledge on biology, genetics, computer science, information engineering, and statistics in different fields of basic or applied research.

Graduates in B.C.G. will thus be able to:

  • take part in the design and execution of large scale genomic analyses
  • identify and extract the biological meaning from the results obtained
  • design tools and protocols for the bioinformatic analysis of different types of experimental data autonomously
  • play a pivotal role in research groups focused on basic or applied genomic research
  • coordinate and supervise research projects and groups focused on bioinformatics and genomics

Admission

The prerequisite to access the B.C.G. Master degree program is a bachelor degree ("Laurea Triennale") providing an adequate knowledge of either (1) genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry or (2) computer science, information engineering and mathematics. Also, the knowledge of the English language is required, as specified below. Students who still haven't completed their Bachelor degree can apply if they plan to graduate before October 31st, 2019 (see below).

For the academic year 2019-2020, a maximum of 50 students will be admitted to the program, selected on the basis of their background knowledge and a personal interview.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for Italian Students

Italian students can apply to the B.C.G. Master degree course, provided that they satisfy one of the following two requirements:

  • they have completed a bachelor degree program (Laurea Triennale) in one of the following classes:
    • Biotechnology (class L2);
    • Biology (class L13);
    • Agriculture and Food Sciences (class L26);
    • Pharmacological Sciences (class L29);

and during their studies, they have acquired at least 30 CFU in biological areas (SSD BIO) with at least 18 CFU in Genetics (BIO/18), Molecular Biology (BIO/11) and Biochemistry (BIO/10)

OR

  • they have completed a Bachelor degree program (Laurea Triennale) in one of the following classes:
    • Information Engineering (class L8);
    • Computer Sciences (class L31);
    • Physics (class L30);
    • Mathematics (class L35).

and during their studies they have acquired at least 30 CFU in the areas of computer science, information engineering, biomedical engineering, mathematics and/or statistics (SSD INF/01, ING-INF/05, ING-INF/06, MAT/01-09, and/or SECS-S/01), with at least 6 CFU in mathematics (MAT/01-09) and at least 12 CFU in one or more of the following areas: computer science (INF/01), information engineering (ING-INF/05), biomedical engineering (ING-INF/06), statistics (SECS-S/01).

The same criteria are applied to candidates in possession of foreign university degrees deemed to be suitable by the Teachers Council, in which it is possible to clearly identify disciplines and number of credits acquired for each discipline. If this is not possible, the documents certifying the career of the candidates will be examined in detail by the Teachers Council in order to assess if their background complies with the previous requirements.

Undergraduate students can apply but will have to obtain their Bachelor degree (Laurea Triennale) before October 31st, 2019.

Admission Requirements for Foreign Students

  • Students in possession of a Bachelor degree in an area of those described at the previous point (Requirements for Italian Students), where courses taken in the required disciplines can be clearly identified together with the number of hours/credits of the courses. If this is not possible, the documents certifying the career of the students will be examined by the Teachers Council in order to assess if their background complies with the previous requirements.

Language Requirements

  • Students must be proficient in English, with a B2 level of competence. Students already enrolled at the University of Milano, who do not have a B2 certificate or equivalent, are invited to take a placement test to prove their level of competence and provide evidence of it during the interview. In exceptional cases, students without a B2 placement test may be accepted on condition that their level of English proficiency, assessed during the interview, is evidently good.
  • Knowledge of Italian is not required for attendance. However, as required by regulations, foreign students will have to demonstrate to have acquired basic knowledge of the Italian language before the final dissertation.

Selection and Ranking

Students satisfying the above prerequisites will be admitted to an interview with members of the Teaching Board for the assessment of their scientific background knowledge.

The adequate personal preparation of the candidates (in their background topics), their ability to communicate in English and their motivation are decisive elements for the admission. The interview will evaluate the expertise of the candidate in topics related to their bachelor degree.

The committee will evaluate each applicant on a 100-point scale:

  • Up to 50/100 points will be awarded for the applicant resume (the type of bachelor degree attended, exam grades, further courses attended, additional degrees, etc.)
  • Up to 50/100 points will be awarded for the interview.

The minimum score required for admission is 60/100.

For the Academic Year 2019-2020, interviews for Italian students and foreign students residing in Italy will take place at the Department of Biosciences, Via Celoria 26, on July 16th, 2019, h.9.30.

Foreign applicants who are not resident in Italy and have achieved their Bachelor degree abroad may opt for an online interview. At the beginning of the interview, students must show a valid ID card or passport for identification.

Enrolling After Admission

Once the results have been published, students who occupy the first 50 positions in the merit ranking must complete their enrolment within the deadline set out in the competition notice. Subsequently, if after the initial deadline the first 50 available positions are not saturated, enrollment will be possible for students with lower merit ranking, provided they have achieved at least 60/100 in the admission test. Enrollment of undergraduates will be validated only if they obtain their Bachelor degree (Laurea Triennale for Italian students) by 31 October 2019. Students from other Universities, upon graduation by 31 October 2019, must present certification of the awarded degree at the Segreteria Studenti.

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