Second cycle degree in Molecular Biology a.y. 2018/2019

Molecular Biology a.y. 2018/2019

New degree course, to be approved by the Italian Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research

The aim of this degree is to form expert Molecular Biologists, with advanced theoretical knowledge, research competence and practical skill.

Call for application (Summer Selection) - ONLY for European and non-European citizens residing in Italy

The Call for application in English will be available soon. For the Italian version please check:




Level: Second-cycle degree

Field of study: LM-6 Biology

Degree awarded: Master of Science in Molecular Biology

Start date: September 2018

Location: Padova

Available places: European candidates: 35; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 4 (2 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project)

Course description

The Master's degree in Molecular Biology is intended for students with a bachelor in Molecular Biology or similar degrees. The aim of this Master degree is to shape Molecular Biologists with a good theoretical knowledge and a practical expertise in bench-work procedures, instrumental operations and analytical methodologies involved in data acquisition and analysis. The degree course imparts a thorough command of the scientific investigation process, providing graduates with the competence to work independently and to take on the organization and responsibility of projects. During the first year the curriculum consists in fundamental courses, which constitute the key cultural elements required for an in depth understanding of modern molecular biology. In the second year approximately two thirds of the students' activity are devoted to the preparation of an experimental thesis entailing experimental work in a laboratory. This experience will provide a fundamental cultural resource, the capacity to engage in critical analyses and the ability to take responsibility of scientific projects.

Course structure

First year: Cellular Biology (9 CFU), Biochemistry (8 CFU), Applied Statistics (6 CFU), Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (9 CFU), Molecular Developmental Biology (8 CFU), Genomics (9 CFU), Neurobiology (10 CFU).

Second year: Molecular Genetics (6 CFU), Structural Biochemistry and Biophysics (8 CFU), Elective courses (8 CFU)

Career opportunities

The Master's degree in Molecular Biology qualifies to engage in research activity within public or private organizations in the pharmaceutical, agro-industrial and biotechnological sectors. The Master's graduate may be employed in professional project activities or in counseling within the public administration, in the human health or public hygiene divisions.
After passing the examination for Professional Practice, the Molecular Biology Master's graduate may enroll in the Biologists' professional register (section A), which entitles to the warranted activities, under the title of Biologist.

Entry requirements

To be admitted to the course, basic knowledge of the following disciplines is required: essential subjects such as mathematics, physics, computer science with an approach to bioinformatics; disciplines providing knowledge on how the animal and the plant world are organised and principles of ecology; knowledge on functional cellular and molecular aspects regarding heredity, reproduction and development mechanisms.

This knowledge is verified by the achievement of:

  1. 70 ECTS in the following areas (SSD):
    Area 1 (mathematics, physics, computer science, chemistry areas):  at least 18 ECTS in areas: FIS/01-08, INF/01, MAT/01-09, CHIM/02, CHIM/03, CHIM/06
    Area 2 (botanical, zoological, ecological areas): at least 12 ECTS in areas: BIO/01, BIO/05, BIO/06, BIO/07
    Area 3 (biomolecular areas): at least 34 ECTS in areas: BIO/04, BIO/10, BIO/11,BIO/18, BIO/19
    Area 4 (physiological, biomedical areas): at least 6 ECTS  in areas: BIO/09, MED/42
  2. Degree classification equivalent to at least 85/110
  3. B2 level of ENGLISH (reading and listening).

For candidates with a foreign degree, the academic requirements are verified by the admission commission.

Should it not be possible to assess directly the equivalence of the degree or the equivalence of the degree classification with the Italian system and whether requirements are met, the admission commission will evaluate the overall academic records of the applicant.

At the end of the process, the Commission will decide whether or not the candidate meets the curricular requirements and has an adequate educational background; a ranking list will be drawn up for non-EU candidates residing abroad only if the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available.

Language requirements

English language: B2 level


For general information on application procedures, please check How to apply.

For detailed information on the application for this course, please refer to the Call for Application below (please note that it will be published by the end of December 2017).

Tuition fees

Information on 2018/19 fees will be available in 2018: amounts will largely stay the same as for A.Y. 2017/18.

For academic year 2017/18: euro 2.597,00.

The above amounts can be significantly waived (minimum fee: 561,00 euro/A.Y.) based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Funding and fees - Key Documents.

Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of euro 182,00 within 30 days to secure their place on the programme.

Scholarships and fee-waivers

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students

For detailed information:


Programme Coordinator: Professor Giorgio Valle (giorgio.valle(at)

Info: scienze(at)


Application and tuition fees