Msc in Biotechnology and Medical Biology


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Program Description


This 2-Year Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Medical Biology bridges theoretical knowledge to hands-on training in biological research, with an emphasis on biological processes underpinning human physiology and pathology.

Our Master Graduates will be exposed to intensive training in the research laboratories of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute (or in linked institutions in Italy and abroad) culminating in the discussion of a written dissertation. Thus, our Master Graduates will be leading through a short yet complete research project; they will personally know what and why to look for, how to design a research project, how to generate and interpret data, and how to communicate their results to other researchers, through both oral and written presentations in English.

Our teaching methodology encourages students to take active responsibility for their own learning; “student-centered” and “self-directed” learning are the keywords for this approach. Thus, top-down learning is complemented by bottom-up learning aiming at solving issues arising during the research project.

The unique research environment of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute provides students with the most stimulating and interdisciplinary conditions to study and conduct research as it promotes encounters of people and massive flows of ideas. Together with our University, the Institute reunites in the same campus the Ospedale San Raffaele, an internationally recognized center of excellence in numerous areas of biomedical research, also part of the San Donato Group, one of the most prominent research centers and hospitals in Europe. Nearly all of our Master graduates are in paid employment or paid training within a few months after their thesis dissertation, either in biotechnological or pharmacological companies or in the Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine of our University or in other programs in Europe, North America or Asia


This M.Sc. aims at training specialists in medical biotechnology and biomedical research, who can then decide whether to go on to a Ph.D. in the life sciences, or to apply directly their expertise to science-based careers, such as lab management, research administration, research funding (both in government or charities), intellectual property (patent consultants, strategic planning in biotech industries). In all these careers, the ability to retrieve and evaluate current knowledge, plan new research, generate and analyze data, and communicate the results are essential. The training is hands-on and is based on the execution of a short but complete research project by the student, and its writing up and discussion with a thesis committee of experts.

Study Program

First Year

First semester

  • Diagnosis of genetic diseases
  • Molecular and cell biology and organelle impairment
  • Gene expression, genomics, and proteomics
  • Communication skills in English
  • Molecular mechanisms of diseases

Second semester

  • Molecular virology
  • Cell and gene therapy
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic factors in tumor progression
  • Molecular and cellular neurosciences
  • Chemistry-driven modern drug discovery: from chemical probes to hits, leads, and drugs

Second Year

  • Logic of scientific discovery and innovation
  • Assisted reproductive technologies
  • Quality in biotechnological processes
  • Tissue engineering strategies in orthopedics
  • Morphological and functional imaging

Elective Courses

Thesis internship

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

The Vita-Salute San Raffaele University was inaugurated in 1996 with its Psychology course, soon followed by the courses of Medicine, in 1998, and Philosophy, in 2002. Since its establishment, the Uni ... Read More

The Vita-Salute San Raffaele University was inaugurated in 1996 with its Psychology course, soon followed by the courses of Medicine, in 1998, and Philosophy, in 2002. Since its establishment, the University has been characterized by a strong integration of teaching and research, in each of its facets: basic, philosophical and social. Read less