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.
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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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Departments at the University of Siena have adopted a semester system.
The academic year is divided into two terms: from October to January, and from March to May. At the end of each term, a period of examination is scheduled.
However, each department has its own academic calendar, which can be found at the departments’ website (at the section “Didattica”): http://www.unisi.it/strutture/dipartimenti
2018-2019 indicative academic calendar
Autumn term (1st semester)
- Lecture period: October 1st, 2018 - January 18th, 2019
- Examination period: January 21st - March 1st, 2019
Spring term (2nd semester)
- Lecture period: March 4th - June 14th, 2019
- Examination period: June 17th - July 31st, 2019
Determination of the contribution amounts
The contribution amount due from each student enrolled in degree courses, master’s degree courses or single cycle master’s degree courses offered by the University of Siena is defined on the basis of the following elements:
a) category the degree course belongs to
b) economic status of the student’s immediate family, as this is expressed by the equivalent economic situation indicator (ISEE) for the year immediately preceding the year of enrolment
c) enrolment year
d) University credits earned (ECTS credits) in the twelve months prior to 10 August
The study course fall under one of the three categories below:
a) humanities-social studies (US)
b) technical-scientific (TS)
c) EU regulated healthcare (EU)
Note: For students who are citizens of non-EU member countries and who are not residents of Italy and for students to whom ISEE calculation is not applicable to their immediate family, an adjustment coefficient depending on the country of origin may be applied.
The University of Siena makes available a tuition fees calculation page: http://www.maprin.unisi.it/tasse18_19/index_eng.php
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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 internationalization, 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 globalization 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.