The main goal of the MBC Master degree is to train biologists in advanced biomolecular research, to prepare them for present and future challenges in the field. The specific goal of the MBC programme is to provide in depth and up-to-date knowledge in the following subjects: molecular genome analysis; regulation of gene expression; structure and function of biological macromolecules and their interactions in supramolecular complexes; cellular communication, signal perception and transduction, metabolic regulation, biomolecular engineering and computing. The course will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of biomolecular research. The graduate student will acquire first-hand expertise in state-of-the-art and emerging research technologies/approaches, data acquisition systems and analysis, and will address current world scientific challenges in the research laboratories in the Department of Biosciences.


      Degree classification – Denomination and code: LM-6 Biology
      Degree title: Master Degree
      Course duration: 2 years
      Credits required for admission: 180
      Total number of credits required to complete programme: 120
      Access procedures: open, subject to entry requirements
      Course code: F9Y

Programme description:

Available theses: Current thesis positions

Admission Requirements

Biological Sciences graduates (L-13) from any Italian University that adheres to the rules of the CBUI (Collegio Biologi Università Italiane), as adequately certified ( In this case, acquired undergraduate credits will be fully recognized and the candidate has the required academic prerequisites.
Biological Sciences graduates (L-13) from Universities that do not adhere to CBUI rules, graduates with other related Bachelor degrees and foreign graduates that have acquired a title that is considered as equivalent to the I level degree by Italian law. In such cases, students are requested to have earned at least 90 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) in relevant subjects.
Students without adequate curricular requirements can contact the Director of the Master programme, well in advance, in order to plan acquisition of the requested CFUs before the application deadline. The lacking CFU can be acquired by passing the relevant exams at the University of Milan or at any other University. For all students, the minimum requirement for knowledge of the English language is B1 level (“lower intermediate”) of the Common European Framework or equivalent certification.

For the Academic Year 2016-2017, interviews will take place at the Department of Biosciences, Via Celoria 26, room 2A, Milano, on the following days:

      – 26nd September 2016, at 14.30, for graduated students;
      – 7th November 2016, at 14.30, for students that graduate in September;
      – 11th January 2017, at 14.30, for students that graduate in December
      – March 6th 2017 at 14.30, for students that graduate in February.

Students must bring an ID card for identification.

Foreign students: see the Eligibility criteria paragraph.
It is advisable to check for any possible updates about dates and times of examination the website:


Head of Study Programme Prof.ssa Maria Ida De Michelis (

Degree Course Coordinator Prof.ssa Luisa Guerrini (

Tutors – Faculty
Profs. Lucia Colombo, Martino Bolognesi, Alex Costa, Maria Ida De Michelis, Daniela Ghisotti, Anna Moroni, Marco Muzi Falconi

Degree Course website

MBC Email:

Student administrative office
Università degli studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Bioscienze, via Celoria, 20, Milano.
Tel. 0039 800188128 (cell. phone 199188128).
Opening times: Mon-Wed-Fri 9-12; Tue-Thur 13.30-15.30

Student information office
Università degli studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Bioscienze, via Celoria, 26 – 2° piano torre A, Milano.
Opening times: from Monday to Friday, 10-11:45