Master's degree in Molecular and Medical Biotechnology

Molecular and medical biotechnology has enormous potential for developing new solutions to improve human health. Through the understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of diseases, biotechnology plays an essential role in developing drugs, vaccines, therapies and diagnostic tests.

The Master’s degree in Molecular and Medical Biotechnology aims to produce skilled researchers in the field of molecular and cellular biotechnology who are capable of performing biomedical analyses, research and development using experimental and computational approaches. These skills are developed through the study of cellular and molecular biology, genomics and diagnostics, pathology and pharmacology, and computational biology.

The postgraduate programme, which includes an integrated laboratory course based on a current topic in biomedical research, provides students with a solid technical background highlighting the impact of laboratory research on human health. The degree has a single curriculum, but its flexible approach enables students to tailor the programme to their own needs and interests.

This programme - which is completely taught in English, allowing you to earn a degree that will be recognised in Italy and abroad, - welcomes international students, combining knowledge and experience from various cultural backgrounds.

Graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce in either the public or private sector, or may choose to conduct their profession in consulting and design.

Areas of possible employment include research and technological development for public bodies or in the industry (biotech, pharmaceutical, diagnostics, etc.); regulatory activities; the creation and management of biotechnology entities in the public and private sectors; performing directive, management and advisory functions in the pharmacological and biomedical fields; technical and scientific communication and information handling. Applicants are expected to have basic knowledge and understanding of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. A good knowledge of English (at least European B1 level) is also required.


The Call for applications for pre-admission to International Master’s degree programmes at the University of Verona is now open for non-Eu students holding a foreign academic degree and living outside the European Union.

For the academic year 2019/2020, 17 scholarships will be awarded to top candidates from non-Eu countries. Please read carefully the “Call for applications” for further information. Deadline for applications: 15 April 2019, 12.00 pm, noon (Italian time, GMT+1). Need help? Contact us at

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Duration: 2 years

Course type: Master's degree in Molecular and Medical Biotechnology (code: LM-9)

Controlling body: Collegio Didattico di Biotecnologie

Information: Amministrazione collegi del Diparimento di Biotecnologie

Type: Postgraduate and Master's degree programmes

Address: VERONA

Reference Department: Biotechnology

Broad area: Science and Engineering

Narrow area: Biotechnology

Programme description

This programme aims to form researchers in molecular and cellular biotechnology who are able to carry out analyses and conduct research and development in the biomedical sector, using experimental and computational approaches. These skills will be gained by studying cellular and molecular biology, genomics and diagnostics, pathology, pharmacology and computational biology. In addition to traditional lectures, one entire semester of the first year of the programme includes integrated lab work based on a current topic in biomedical research. This format is designed to provide students with technical skills in biotechnology research while simultaneously making a clear connection between laboratory research and impact on human health. This programme has only one stream. However, the organisation of the programme into alternative modules in the same field, plus a number of elective credits, offers students the opportunity to personalise their own study plan with the approval of the responsible teaching structure.

This Master’s degreeprogramme- which is completely taught in English, allowing you to earn a degree that will be useful in Italy and abroad, -welcomes international students,combining knowledge and experience of various cultural areas.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Students are required to have basic training in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, and physics. They must also have a sufficient proficiency in the English language to enable them to attend the lectures (i.e. B1 level or higher). The academic regulations of the programme describe how students will be evaluated and what they will be tested on.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for Non-Eu Students

Under the University of Verona’s initiatives for internationalisation, non-Eu students can opt for a tuition fee of €1,000 per year – for the legal duration of their degree programme, without needing to submit any documentation proving their financial situation. Students who choose this option:

  • must have been admitted to their chosen degree programme through a qualification gained abroad;
  • must have residency (and their family too) in a non-EU country;
  • may still apply for a regional scholarship;
  • may not apply for a university fees reduction or exemption.

Career possibilities

Graduates will be able to work in both the private and public sector. They may also do freelance work in consulting and planning, either independently or in association with other groups.

Graduates find employment in areas such as technological research and development in public bodies and different industries (e.g. biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics); biotechnological regulation, management and creation in the public or private sector; management or consulting in pharmacology, bio-health or diagnostics; and in the fields of technical and scientific information and communication.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 1, 2019
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