There’s no doubt that the covid-19 pandemic has heavily influenced people’s behaviour and choices, including those regarding students’ mobility and study abroad.
The University of Siena has made a great organizational effort to guarantee students and staff the best possible safety conditions while providing ample opportunity to take part in courses, study, research and work activities.
We firmly believe that the University experience is complete only if it involves sharing spaces, opinions and emotions.
We are equally certain that our students feel likewise, and we are committed to making this possible.
Nonetheless, in addition to in-presence teaching, which continues to be the preferred method, every single lesson will be simultaneously live-streamed and/or videorecorded and uploaded on our digital platform for subsequent viewing. This mode is essential for students who are temporarily unable to be on premises.
However, this modality must be considered temporary, since it is strictly related to an emergency; therefore, at this moment we are not able to guarantee that the BLENDED mode will remain active FOR ALL courses in the new academic year as well.
Innovation and Sustainability
The Department of Excellence of Biotechnology Chemistry and Pharmacy of Siena University is a brand new Second Cycle Master’s Degree in Sustainable Industrial Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (SIPhaB).
Our focus is on the industrial biotech-pharma sector, where Italy ranks first in Europe for export and production and first in the world for innovative contracts.
In order to keep the competitive advantage, a paradigmatic change is necessary for education, where crucial elements must be included in socio-environmental-economic sustainability as well as on the deep digital transformation of Health and Industry 4.0.
SIPhaB is a unique novel educational programme conjugating bio-chemical with management and sustainable development knowledge.
A Novel Professional
We have the ambition to educate a novel polyvalent, multi-competent, cross-cutting professional playing responsibility roles for the biotech-pharma sector.
The student of SIPhaB will, therefore, gain highly multifactorial and multidisciplinary knowledge on a solid bio-molecular advanced scientific basis over the most innovative and sustainable green bio-industrial scenario.
A graduate with acquired international management and regulatory competence related to sustainable development.
Finally, a graduate possessing the 10 top skills indicated by the third World EconomicForum.
A Novel Educational Model
To effectively conjugate know and know-how we have co-designed SIPhaB with humanistic and economic university departments and mainly with our industrial partners.
SIPhaB programme provides wide educational time to stages, seminars, and webinars in collaboration with the extra-academic and industrial world on issues otherwise uncovered in any other university programme.
We adopt innovative and immersive teaching methods, exploiting industrial territorial labs, favouring the developing of passion, interest, curiosity, emotional understanding, the ability of team working versus conventionally individual university programmes.
We propose a novel integrated and flexible educational model.
Candidates are required to hold a Three-year Bachelor/Undergraduate degree (or higher).
(B.A.) in one of the following fields of study:
Agriculture and Forestry
Agricultural sciences and technologies
Chemical sciences and technologies
Pharmaceutical science and technologies
Physical sciences and technologies
The admission of international students will be evaluated by the EC through Transcript and Curriculum, possibly integrated by an online interview.
The SIPhaB Committee evaluates each applicant’s Transcript and Curriculum.
Selective assessment test
Successfully evaluated applicants participate in a mandatory selective assessment.
After the evaluation
Once the applicant passes the Selective Assessment, he/she will receive an official Acceptation Letter from the University of Siena that is necessary for the VISA application where required.
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Departments at the University of Siena have adopted a semester system.
The academic year is divided into two terms: from October to January, and from March to May. At the end of each term, a period of examination is scheduled.
However, each department has its own academic calendar, which can be found at the departments’ website (at the section “Didattica”): http://www.unisi.it/strutture/dipartimenti
2020-2021 indicative academic calendar
Autumn term (1st semester)
Lecture period: October 1st, 2020 - January 18th, 2021
Examination period: January 21st - March 1st, 2021
Spring term (2nd semester)
Lecture period: March 4th - June 14th, 2021
Examination period: June 17th - July 31st, 2021
Determination of the contribution amounts
The contribution amount due from each student enrolled in degree courses, master’s degree courses or single-cycle master’s degree courses offered by the University of Siena is defined on the basis of the following elements:
Category the degree course belongs to;
The economic status of the student’s immediate family, as this is expressed by the equivalent economic situation indicator (ISEE) for the year immediately preceding the year of enrolment;
University credits earned (ECTS credits) in the twelve months prior to 10 August.
The study course falls under one of the three categories below:
Humanities-social studies (US)
EU regulated healthcare (EU)
Note: For students who are citizens of non-EU member countries and who are not residents of Italy and for students to whom ISEE calculation is not applicable to their immediate family, an adjustment coefficient depending on the country of origin may be applied.
The University of Siena makes available a tuition fees calculation page: https://www.maprin.unisi.it/tasse19_20/index_eng.php
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A Strong International Mission
In its eight Centuries of history, the University of Siena has been producing a wide range of studies in many different fields of culture.
Over the years the University of Siena has enhanced its strategy for internationalisation, aiming to strengthen its international academic relationships and to attract students and researchers from different parts of the world.
At the early 21st Century this historical Institution has been able to face challenges related to the globalisation of learning, knowledge, and research with a wide number of international collaborations.
New international collaboration agreements and projects established each year, increasing number of Degrees and courses delivered in English, holding good placement in National and International Rankings; these are some of the University of Siena’s strong points.
Welcome in Siena
The University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Europe, having been founded in 1240.
Its history has evolved alongside Tuscany’s cultural tradition from the Middle Ages to modern times.
Siena is located in the heart of Tuscany amid a landscape of gently rolling hills. Built on three steep hills and encircled by ancient walls, it is a unique city where students can spend a profitable study period, full of opportunities for their personal enrichment.