What will I learn?

The Department of Biology and Biotechnology offers a Course for a Master Degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics. This 2-year second level degree (Biology class) is an intensive, full-time graduate programme entirely taught in English and designed for graduates at the BA level who are seeking a qualification in advanced areas of Biology, with special attention to Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry. Graduates will acquire a strong theoretical and methodological background relevant to both basic and applied aspects of these disciplines.
The programme will provide a state-of-the-art knowledge and training in biomolecular sciences, including the most recent advances in genomics and proteomics of human and animal organisms, in the study of biomolecular structures and their connection to function, and in the genetic manipulation of bacteria, human and animal cells and seed plants. Specific courses are: Advanced Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Cellular Biochemistry, Developmental Biology, Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Human Molecular Genetics, Methods in Biochemistry, Microbial Genetics, Molecular Microbiology, Molecular Pharmacology, Structural Biology and Pharmacology. The following courses will also be offered as optional: Advanced Microscopy, Molecular Entomology, Molecular Genetics, Immunology.

The programme will also provide expertise in the technologies required for the utilization of microorganisms, animals, and plants as factories for the production of biologically active molecules including therapeutic compounds.
The students are expected to carry out a scientific investigation under the supervision of a faculty member (38 credits). The experimental work carried out during the two year-Degree, must result into a Dissertation (Master of Sciences) that will represent an essential component of the Course programme. In this context, graduates will benefit from the informal atmosphere between staff and students that is traditional in our University. For the experimental component of the Curriculum each student will be associated to a research group and actively participate in one of the group’s research projects.

Aims and Objectives

Provide students with an excellent background in the theoretical aspects of biomolecular sciences and familiarity with laboratory techniques,
Stimulate the capability of students to plan and implement research projects and to critically evaluate the results of their research and those of the scientific literature.
Expose the students to the present frontiers of research in the life sciences exploiting also lectures and seminars given by invited international scientists of excellent level.
Develop the students writing and oral scientific communication skills in view of their future interaction with the international scientific community.
Develop their ability to perform team work.
Provide the ability to critically assess the usefulness of theoretical, experimental and practical methodologies for the analysis and solution of scientific questions and issues.
Provide the opportunity for students to gain and enhance the knowledge and skills required by research organisations and biotechnology companies.
Provide the ability of the students to bring to the society at large the benefits of advanced research in the life sciences.

Which department am I in?

Department of Biology and Biotechnology

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€4,141.00 (US$ 4,565) per year
First Instalment: € 156 ; Second Instalment: € 3,985
Start date

Expected October 2020


University of Pavia

Strada Nuova, 65,



27100, Italy

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Student must have Bachelor’s degree (D.M. 509/’99 or D.M. 270/’04), postgraduate Master’s degree (legislation previous to D.M. 509/’99) or a three-year diploma or other officially recognized study titles awarded abroad. Other English language requirements: Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET), Cambridge English Language Assessment (Part of the University of Cambridge), Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) Reading/Language Knowledge Test: minimum score 40, Trinity College of London Integrated Skills in English (ISE I), City & Guilds - Achiever B1, Pearson: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Entry Level 3 B1.

For international students

Students holding a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biotechnology or related life science programme from a foreign university have to undergo a pre-evaluation of their qualifications and have to pass the admission test.

Knowledge of English should correspond to at least B1 level of the Common European Framework (CEF). The knowledge of the English language will be verified during the admission test.