Biology (Specialization Biodiversity and Environmental Health)
The Master's Degree course in Biology provides a highly specialized training course for the access to advanced levels of training (PhD) and to undertake scientific research in universities or in public or private research laboratories, project activities in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and agro/food companies and public and private organizations, and job opportunities in the fields of environmental impact, biodiversity and health.
Biodiversity and Environmental Health is one of the two educational paths of the MSc program in Biology of the University of Siena.
The course aims to provide insights into the field of biodiversity and the ways of its interlinking with planetary health. Themes in the areas of microbial, fungal, plant and animal diversity will be covered, either by lectures and laboratory-based activities. Modules focusing on conservation biology and resource management will be addressed to train students on environmental sustainability, by defining the role of living organisms within ecosystems and applying monitoring and control techniques in order to preserve their diversity. Critical issues concerning the contribution of biodiversity to the development of pharmaceuticals and the quality and safety control of food sources will be also considered.
Altogether, the course is designed to prepare a new generation of experts able to research and apply integrated approaches to biodiversity and planet health.
Admission to the course with a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biotechnologies and Science and Technology for the Environment and Nature.
Objectives and professional roles
The course prepares for the biologist profession and others assimilated. Some examples are researcher at state and private universities and other public and private research organizations; responsible in pharmaceutical, biotechnological and agro-food industries and in public and private laboratories; responsible in public and private bodies (Municipalities, Regions, Museums, Parks and Protected Areas).
In addition, it enables the access to courses and/or competitions for the teaching of science disciplines in public and private primary and higher schools.
- Researcher at Universities and other public and private research organizations
- Head of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries Laboratories
- Responsible in public and private bodies
- Free professional biologist
International students wishing to apply for a Laurea Magistrale (Master’s Degree) must possess a degree or a university three-year diploma, or another study qualification from overseas, recognized as suitable, and with specific curricular requisites and adequate personal preparation, verified with the modes set out in the learning regulations for each master’s degree course, that also state the specific access criteria.
Please note that some programmes may have a restricted access and the application could be subject to admission tests.
International students wishing to enroll at a first cycle (bachelor - laurea triennale) degree programme taught in Italian or English or to the non-restricted access single cycle degree in Giurisprudenza at the University of Siena, can submit their documents in order to receive a letter of acceptance through the online platform within the deadline set by the University for each academic year.
The applications on the online platform for the assessment of entry qualifications of international students wishing to enroll on a first (undergraduate) or second (master's) cycle degree programme taught in Italian or English at the University of Siena will have different time frames according to the different courses. Students are invited to visit periodically this platform - http://enrolment.unisi.it/ - in order to see which applications are open and the relevant deadlines.
Universities and Higher Education Institutions are entitled to officially recognize international qualifications.
Please remember that this procedure does not transform a foreign secondary school diploma into an Italian qualification.
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Last updated October 18, 2018