Master in Biochemistry
Sapienza University of Rome
Full time, Part time
EUR 1,000 / per year
Earliest start date
The new Master’s Degree in Biochemistry at Sapienza University of Rome places Biochemistry, as common thread of biological molecular processes, at the very centre of the students’ educational path, making it the interpretative key of their future professional and working approach. Within the Italian higher studies system, the Master’s Degree in Biochemistry belongs to the LM-9 class of Biotechnologies Master’s Degrees. The aim of the Master’s programme is to create a professional figure that operates at the interface between Biology and Chemistry, in applied and basic research, and for the production of goods and services. Biochemistry as a subject of study is present in a number of Italian university courses, however this is the very first Master’s Degree programme in Italy which focuses on this discipline and has unique characteristics compared to other Biotechnologies programmes. The use of English as teaching language is aimed at promoting incoming and outgoing international mobility. The degree programme provides in-depth theoretical knowledge of the main fields of Biochemistry, biochemical methodologies and biotechnologies, as well as a solid practical preparation, thanks to the presence of laboratory classes. Teaching activities are integrated with seminars delivered by specialists from public and private research institutions and from industry. Practical skills will be further developed during the laboratory placement, aimed at the preparation of the experimental thesis, which can be carried out in academia or in public and private research institutions. Graduates in Biochemistry will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in further studies such as specialisation courses and Ph.D. programmes, and in several work contexts. The main employment opportunities concern roles of responsibility in the fields of research, production of goods and marketing in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and agri-food industries, with particular attention to those oriented towards sustainable biotechnological processes, which will offer greater employment opportunities in the future.
The Master's Degree programme in Biochemistry aims to create a new cultural and professional profile, namely the Biochemist, endowed with a strong multidisciplinary character, but focused on the biochemical approach to the study of biomolecular disciplines. This professional figure will be able to operate at the interface between biology and chemistry, generating an advancement of knowledge and technology for both scientific research, and for the production of goods and services.
The opportunity to create such a profile, which is distinguished from those of the other degree programmes in Biotechnology (LM-9) for its multidisciplinary character and its focus on the biochemical approach for the study of biomolecular disciplines, emerged in the consultations with several national and international research organizations and biotechnology companies. The delivery of the course in English language is specifically aimed at forming a professional profile with international traits.
The objective of the Master's Degree in Biochemistry is to train a graduate student with a versatile profile, able to tackle a wide range of scientific and experimental problems at the biomolecular level, in areas ranging from structural and functional biochemistry, cell biochemistry, bioinformatics, medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural and food biotechnologies, up to molecular diagnostics. This ability derives from the in-depth knowledge of molecular and cellular systems held by the graduate student in Biochemistry, and from his ability to apply chemical-physical methods, mathematical and computational models, analytical methodologies to the resolution of complex biological problems. To this aim, the course is designed to provide in-depth theoretical knowledge in the main fields of biochemistry, biochemical methodologies and biotechnologies, but also a solid practical preparation thanks to the presence of dedicated teaching laboratories. Practical skills will be further developed during the internship aimed at the preparation of the final dissertation - a mandatorily experimental thesis - which shall be carried out at Academic facilities, research Institutions and industries, with the possibility to participate, in part or in full, to international programmes. Students will be guided in the choice of their dissertation topic through a short internship that involves attending laboratories specialized in various research topics, and using different methodological approaches (Laboratory Rotation). In-class activities will involve innovative teaching methodologies that place the student, with an active role, at the centre of the learning process.
The student’s educational path of the Master's Degree in Biochemistry is divided into learning experiences (such as lectures, laboratory activities, individual and group work) aimed to the acquisition of in-depth knowledge regarding the following topics:
- bioorganic chemistry, metabolic biochemistry and enzymology;
- structure and function of biological macromolecules;
- cellular biochemistry, molecular basis of physiological and pathological processes, pharmacology;
- biochemistry of microorganisms and plants;
- methodologies applied to analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology;
- statistical and bioinformatics methods;
- microbial, industrial, pharmaceutical, and medical biotechnologies;
- bioethics and regulation.
The training course is also integrated with seminars held by specialists from other public and private bodies and institutions.
The employment possibilities concern roles of responsibility in the fields of research, production and marketing in pharmaceutical, biomedical, agricultural and food industries, with particular attention to those oriented towards sustainable biotechnological processes, which will offer the greatest opportunities for employment in the future. Also, the structures of the public and private health service offer concrete opportunities for job integration. Furthermore, the professional opportunities concern scientific consulting within companies and bodies that deal with regulation of health-related devices (such as drugs and pesticides), monitoring of clinical studies (for example, as Clinical Monitor, following adequate training required by law), intellectual property and technology transfer. An additional career opportunity - a logical consequence of the programme - concerns the field of scientific research in the Academic world, and in public research Institutions. In this regard, the studies undertaken during the Master's Degree in Biochemistry find their natural continuation in PhD programs in Biochemistry and Biological and Biotechnological disciplines. The ability to relate in English to the research and biotechnology industry world allows graduate students in Biochemistry to broaden their employment prospects at an international level, by turning to foreign research laboratories and multinational companies.
Graduate students in Biochemistry can participate in the Italian State exam for the profession of Biologist, and enrol in the professional National Order of Biologists, and are allowed to participate in public competitions in the medical-health field.
Graduates in Biochemistry can apply to the admission tests for training courses for the habilitation as teachers in secondary school education system (subjected to the acquisition of sufficient credits in appropriate sector groups, as required by current legislation).