Biology (Specialisation Biodiversity and Environmental Health)
The Master's Degree course in Biology provides a highly specialised 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 organisations, 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 plant 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 organisations; 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 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 organisations
- 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, recognised 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 restricted access and the application could be subject to admission tests.
International students wishing to enrol 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 enrol 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 - https://enrolment.unisi.it/ - in order to see which applications are open and the relevant deadlines.
Universities and Higher Education Institutions are entitled to officially recognise international qualifications.
Please remember that this procedure does not transform a foreign secondary school diploma into an Italian qualification.
A Strong International Mission
In its eight Centuries of history, the University of Siena has been producing a wide range of studies in many different fields of culture.
Over the years the University of Siena has enhanced its strategy for internationalisation, aiming to strengthen its international academic relationships and to attract students and researchers from different parts of the world.
At the early 21st Century this historical Institution has been able to face challenges related to the globalisation of learning, knowledge, and research with a wide number of international collaborations.
New international collaboration agreements and projects established each year, increasing number of Degrees and courses delivered in English, holding good placement in National and International Rankings; these are some of the University of Siena’s strong points.
Welcome in Siena
The University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Europe, having been founded in 1240.
Its history has evolved alongside Tuscany’s cultural tradition from the Middle Ages to modern times.
Siena is located in the heart of Tuscany amid a landscape of gently rolling hills. Built on three steep hills and encircled by ancient walls, it is a unique city where students can spend a profitable study period, full of opportunities for their personal enrichment.
About the School
The University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Europe, having been founded in 1240. Its history has evolved alongside Tuscany’s cultural tradition from the Middle Ages to modern times.