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 an 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 a bottom-up learning aiming at solving issues arising during the research project

Objectives

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.

Research

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.

Integration

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.

Prospect

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 PhD in Molecular Medicine of our University or in other programs in Europe, North America or Asia.

In addition to the teaching areas, the campus also includes a number of neighbouring facilities in which students can perform practical training and dissertation internship activities.

These include:

. the dozens of Research Units present within Dibit (total surface area of 12,000 m2), Dibit2 (total surface area of over 15,000 m2) and Ospedale San Raffaele

The following Dibit-HSR services:

. Promifa (Protein Microsequencing Facility), dedicated to the molecular characterisation of proteins by mass spectroscopy and the bioinformatics processes required to conduct advanced research in the proteomics fieldCFCM (Core Facility for Conditional Mutagenesis), a service developed in cooperation with Telethon for the production of knockout or transgenic mice to order

. Alembic (Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy BioImaging Center), which brings together the most innovative optical and electron microscopy and microanalytical imaging techniques currently available on an international level

. the R&D labs of leading pharmaceutical multinationals (Bracco) and biotechnology companies (Axxam, Molmed, Primm)

. the Laboraf labs, the important diagnostic centre in the San Raffaele Science Park, used for practical tutorials and professional training activities for students pertaining to the diagnostics sector

. the operational facilities of the Science Park Raf, which deal with intellectual property issues

. the animal housing facility

. mouse histopathology

Many of these facilities present in the San Raffafele Biomedical Science Park already play an active role in the Bachelor’s Degree (lecturing activities, internships, case reports, etc.) and have expressed (together with other biotech/pharma world players) a great interest in taking part in the training process of the two-year specialisation course.

In this phase of potential biotechnology industry development, the Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Medical Biology therefore meets the need for greater interaction between the academic and industrial worlds. This partnership guarantees a theoretical preparation that satisfies the demands of the employment market, provides real practical training and internship opportunities and favours future recruitment.

The Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Medical Biology course aims to train researchers equipped with an in-depth knowledge of the most advanced biotechnological applications, providing them with the know-how needed to independently tackle the most pressing scientific issues in the basic and applied biomedical research sector.

The personality of the future researcher is built through the development of specialist skill sets and individual critical and analytical abilities. This is achieved through a novel approach to teaching, known as student-centred learning, that allows the student to take an active and responsible role.

The teaching staff favours this process by creating the necessary conditions, helping students to develop this individual approach to their studies (self-directed learning), involving and consulting them when devising courses and dealing with specific issues regarding professional practice as a stimulus to their learning process.

The core learning pathways are necessarily interdisciplinary and centred on individual or group problem-based learning. To achieve this, significant space will be dedicated to guided seminar-type teaching, in order to achieve a number of goals:

– in-depth exploration of the most pressing scientific issues;
– learning on specific topics based on guided literature-based research;
– familiarity with the forms of communication used in the international scientific research field;
– to encourage the habit of engaging in an active interaction with national and international scientists.