Master in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology
University of Trento
EUR 6,500 / per year *
Earliest start date
* EU 340€-3400€ (fee range based on personal income and merit); Non-EU: 1000€-6500€ (fee range based on merit only, i.e. score in the application evaluation).
Over the last decade, significant methodological and conceptual advances in the life sciences have enabled the development of the so-called new biology.
The new biology is mainly based on the ability to study cells at a molecular level thanks to the increasing availability of genomic sequences of many species and to the possibility to determine, in a comprehensive way, gene expression profiles as well as the interactions between biological macromolecules. In addition, technological advances in genetic engineering and synthetic biology have led to an increased capacity for designing and building new biological systems with applications in biomedicine.
Finally, the strong development of bioinformatics and computational biology is providing new tools for the management, interpretation, and modeling of a constantly increasing amount of biological data.
The Master's degree program in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology is therefore aimed at the training of experts in cellular and molecular biotechnology with an in-depth focus on genomic approaches in the fields of cancer biology and neurobiology and with a view to experimental, technological, and computational aspects.
The Master’s degree program in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology (MCMB) is a two-year full-time program taught in English, which aims at training modern biotechnologists.
The courses in the MCMB program are structured to focus on the latest advances in genomics and genetic engineering in the biomedicine field with specific reference to technological aspects including advanced imaging, next-generation sequencing, high-throughput screening, and gene and cell therapy. Along with high quality and dynamic teaching, the Master’s degree program in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology provides practical experience in state-of-the-art biotech laboratories. During the last semester, practical training is followed by a research project to be carried out within research groups at CIBIO (Department of Cellular, Computational and Integrative Biology, University of Trento), or in one of the collaborating laboratories in other European universities, or in companies operating in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical sector. The MCMB program takes advantage of the long-term international relationships which globally connect the University of Trento, fostering a stimulating learning process.
Teaching activities include lectures, laboratory activities, and seminars. The program includes common core courses to be attended during the first year and three specialization tracks in cancer biology, neurobiology, and Microbes & Infection during the first half of the second year.
Credits required to complete the MCMB program: 120 ECTS
Notes: according to the Sorbonne (1988) and Bologna (1999) declarations university-level study programs in the European Higher Education Area are structured in university credits (ECTS). One university credit corresponds to 25 hours of student workload, time for personal preparation included. The annual average workload for a full-time student is conventionally fixed at 60 credits.
The Master’s degree program in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology (MCMB) is designed to offer learning opportunities that enhance the skills and the competencies of professional biotechnologists, including:
- Detailed knowledge of the functioning and regulation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells;
- Methods for the structural and functional characterization of biological macromolecules and the cellular processes in which they are involved;
- Detailed understanding of the pathological processes at the molecular, cellular, and systemic levels;
- Technological skills for the design and manufacturing of biotechnology products and processes, such as biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and vaccines.
Scholarships and Funding
Scholarships for non-EU citizens living abroad
Top-scored candidates will be entitled to receive a UniTrento scholarship according to availability. Students that benefit from a UniTrento scholarship will also have the tuition fees waived.
Scholarships for EU Citizens and Non-EU citizens regularly living in Italy
Information on the tuition fees and ISEE are available on Infostudenti. Please note that if you do not want to calculate the ISEE index (economic index of the financial situation of your family), you will have to pay the maximum amount.
Once the ISEE has been calculated, students, if eligible, can apply for the Opera Universitaria scholarship, starting from June/July.
The Master’s degree program in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology aims at shaping competitive biotechnologists, which are increasingly demanded in the medical, environmental, and industrial sectors. More specifically, career opportunities for students who graduated with an MCMB are to be found in a wide range of sectors, including:
- Research and development in the biotechnology industry;
- Technical-scientific information and communication;
- Management of public and private institutions in biomedicine, diagnostics, and cosmetics.
The MCMB allows students to embark upon international Ph.D. programs in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, for those thinking of pursuing an academic or research career.