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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.79k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 11.1k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 1243pts.
  • Duration:
  • 1 year

    february 25, 2014 for non-eu candidates living abroad, june 12, 2014 for eu students

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    Over the past decade, important methodological and conceptual advances in life sciences have enabled the development of the so-called new biology. The new biology is mainly based on the ability to read the cells at the 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 engineeringhave led to an increased capacity for designing and building new biological systems with applications in medical, environmental and industrial fields, attested by the growth of synthetic biology.

    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.

    This Master of Science is therefore aimed at the training of experts in cellular and molecular biotechnology, with a focus on genomic-based approaches in the field of biomedicine. Experimental, technological and computational aspects are considered.

    Teaching activities include lectures, laboratory courses and seminars. The master thesis will be prepared during the second half of the second year of the Master program. Research projects will be proposed to the Master of Science students at the CIBIO, Centre for Integrative Biology from the University of Trento, but also in other Italian and European universities, as well as in companies operating in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical field.

    The Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology provide students with a high level of expertise to design and perform analyses, basic research, applied research, and R&D in biotechnology, with special reference to the biomedicine field.

    The course enables students to acquire:
    * detailed knowledge of functioning and regulation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells;
    * detailed knowledge of methods aimed at the structural and functional characterization of biological macromolecules and cellular processes in which they are involved;
    * detailed knowledge of the pathological processes in humans, at the molecular, cellular and systemic levels;
    * methodological and technological skills related to cellular and molecular biotechnology, with particular reference to cell culture techniques;
    * bioinformatics skills for the organization and access to databases, with particular reference to genomics, proteomics and metabolomics;
    * skills in molecular modeling for the design of molecules of biomedical interest;
    * skills for the design and manufacturing of biotechnology products, such as biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, vaccines;
    * basic knowledge of biotechnology economics, organization, business and project management, including aspects related to intellectual property.

    Course structure
    Course structure

    The course provides a single training program. However, an appropriate number of credits for elective courses as well as activities related to the preparation of the master thesis offer students the opportunity to develop a personalized study plan.

    Course contents

    To view the details of each course of instruction (specific learning objectives, contents, prerequisites, textbooks, etc..), soon, clicking on the course of interest, you will have access to a webpage where you will find all the information. Course information is extracted directly from Esse3, the management application in use for teaching at the University of Trento, which offers a private area where students independently manage certain aspects related to their university career. Meanwhile, please consult the Didactic Activities Regulations.

    Mandatory courses
    * Molecular basis of disease
    * Macromolecular modeling
    * Statistical methods for experimental sciences
    * Macromolecular imaging and biophysical methods
    * Gene therapy
    * Molecular pharmacology
    * Cell therapies and animals models for human diseases
    * Macromolecular biochemistry
    * High-throughput methodologies 1: technology
    * High-throughput methodologies 2: data analysis
    * Biotechnology regulatory affairs

    Elective courses
    The list of elective courses is available in the "Manifesto degli Studi".

    Additional credits
    * Elective courses : 12 ECTS credits
    * Additional useful knowledge for inclusion in the workplace: 6 ECTS credits
    * Final exam (Master thesis): 30 ECTS credits


    Lecturers are academic and industrial researchers in the biomedicine field.
    Teaching assistants are PhD students or postdoctoral researchers in the biomedicine field

    University requirements

    General information

    To be admitted to Bachelor's or Master's degrees in English language you always have to participate in an open call, and then be selected according to the requirements of each degree programme.

    You can find a complete list of our English-taught programmes in Academic offer in English.

    Admission procedure to Bachelor's or Master's degrees in Italian language is different whether you are EU citizen, non-EU citizen permanently living in Italy, or non-EU citizen living outside Italy. Non-EU citizens living outside Italy can apply only for selected degrees, that reserve specific places for them. You can find a complete list of these Italian- taught degrees in Academic offer in Italian.

    EU citizen and non-EU citizen permanently living in Italy can apply for Bachelor's degrees in Italian language following the instruction given on Infostudenti, or for Master's degrees by writing an e-mail to the Secretary of the Master's degree chosen.

    Admission procedure 

    You apply online by the application deadline. Specific admission requirements and procedures are listed in the Master's degree webpages.

    Non-EU students 

    Contact the relevant Italian Diplomatic Representation in your country of residence in order to personally submit your pre-enrolment request along with the following documents:

    • pre-enrolment form in two original copies (Form A available in the Download box);
    • University degree or educational qualification, already legalized by the relevant authority of the country where it was issued or with Apostille stamp (if applicable), and officially translated into Italian;
    • transcript of records, officially translated into Italian;
    • the admission letter;
    • two passport-sized pictures, one of which shall be signed.

    Educational documents required for enrolment

    • Copy of your passport;
    • Copy of your stay permit/receipts of application of the Italian stay permit;
    • Original of the University degree or educational qualification, legalized (or with Apostille stamp if applicable) by the Authority of the country which issued the certification, and officially translated in Italian; If applicable, declaration of value issued by the Italian diplomatic Representation based in the country in which the University has its official branch (e.g. if you obtained your degree from a Brazilian university based in US you need to request the declaration of value to the Italian diplomatic Representation in Brazil);
    • Transcript of records, either in the original English, French, German or Spanish version or officially translated in Italian.

    Program requirements

    Citizens from Italy, other EU countries and non-EU countries are equally admitted to the selection. Non-EU candidates not living in Italy must proceed with the pre-enrollment procedure at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their country between May and June 2014.In order to be admitted to the Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology, candidates must have a first level degree (Bachelor of Science) obtained at an internationally recognized, university-level institution. Minimum requirements are basic knowledge in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, mathematics, statistics and physics.An application fee of 15,00 is required to be paid by all the candidates for being considered eligible. RequirementsInformation on the minimum requirements of admission are reported in the Call available in the download section.These the information for language and computer skills: * Language skills: an English language certificate of B1 level or equivalent (for more details, please consult the Call available in the download box). The certificate is not required if the Bachelor degree was hold in English language; * Informatic skills: informatics skills are an offset, but are not required. Application procedureTo be admitted to the selection the candidates having the requisites indicated above must fill the Application form online soon available and closing on February 25, 2014 for Non-Eu candidates living abroad. Eu candidates must fill the Application form online starting on March 5, 2014 and closing on June 12, 2014. The number of available positions for the Academic Year 2014-2015 is 45, among which 9 positions reserved for non-EU students living abroad. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80

    Access to the Master's course is offered to EU students and Non-Eu students regularly living in Italy at a reduced fee, which ranges from EUR 0 to 2,803.62, according to the student's financial situation.

    Grants and scholarships
    Scholarships are awarded each year to students, covering the tuition fees as well as part of the living expenses.

    International and home students may apply for the Opera Universitaria Scholarship, which covers the course fee as well as some of the living expenses during the stay in Trento. Opera Universitaria Scholarships are awarded according to three criteria: the applicants academic results, their financial situation, and the availability of funds.

    On these basis, students can result eligible for scholarship or pay according to the Income bracket assigned.

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