Molecular Biology and Genetics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #301 (ARWU) ,
This 2-year second level degree (Biology class) is an intensive, full-time graduate programme entirely taught in English and designed for graduates at the BA level who are seeking a qualification in advanced areas of Biology, with special attention to Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry.


The Faculty of Science, University of Pavia offers a Course for a Master Degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics. This 2-year second level degree (Biology class) is an intensive, full-time graduate programme entirely taught in English and designed for graduates at the BA level who are seeking a qualification in advanced areas of Biology, with special attention to Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry. Graduates will acquire a strong theoretical and methodological background relevant to both basic and applied aspects of these disciplines.

The programme will provide a state-of-the-art knowledge and training in biomolecular sciences, including the most recent advances in genomics and proteomics of human and animal organisms, in the study of biomolecular structures and their connection to function, and in the genetic manipulation of bacteria, human and animal cells and seed plants. Specific courses are: Methods in Biochemistry, Advanced Molecular Biology, Structural Biology and Pharmacology, Bioinformatics, Molecular Microbiology, Microbial Genetics, Human Molecular Genetics, Molecular Pharmacology, Cellular Biochemistry, Developmental Biology and Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

The following courses will also be offered as optional: Molecular Genetics, General and Molecular Immunology, Advanced Microscopy, Biochemistry of Macromolecules, Environmental Biochemistry of Plants, Molecular Entomology.
The programme will also provide expertise in the technologies required for the utilization of microorganisms, animals, and plants as factories for the production of biologically active molecules including therapeutic compounds.

The students are expected to carry out a scientific investigation under the supervision of a faculty member (38 credits). The experimental work carried out during the two year-Degree, must result into a Dissertation (Master of Sciences) that will represent an essential component of the Course programme. In this context, the graduates will benefit from the informal atmosphere between staff and students that is traditional in our University. For the experimental component of the Curriculum each student will be associated to a research group and actively participate in one of the group’s research projects.

Aims and Objectives
  • Provide students with an excellent background in the theoretical aspects of biomolecular sciences and familiarity with laboratory techniques,
  • Stimulate the capability of students to plan and implement research projects and to critically evaluate the results of their research and those of the scientific literature.
  • Expose the students to the present frontiers of research in the life sciences exploiting also lectures and seminars given by invited international scientists of excellent level.
  • Develop the students writing and oral scientific communication skills in view of their future interaction with the international scientific community.
  • Develop their ability to perform team work.
  • Provide the ability to critically assess the usefulness of theoretical, experimental and practical methodologies for the analysis and solution of scientific questions and issues.
  • Provide the opportunity for students to gain and enhance the knowledge and skills required by research organisations and biotechnology companies.
  • Provide the ability of the students to bring to the society at large the benefits of advanced research in the life sciences.

Job profile

A Molecular Biology and Genetics Master degree may offer a successful introduction for different types of jobs throughout society. Graduates will find work opportunities in a wide range of fields and institutions, including a possible continuation of the study towards a qualified Ph. D. degree for a career in the academic or research organization world, or employment in the health sector, in biotech companies, in agrobusiness research, in the communication media, as well as for teaching in the private or public sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Microscopy
  • Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cellular Biochemistry
  • Developmental Biology
  • Human Molecular Genetics
  • Methods in Biochemistry
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Molecular Entomology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Structural Biology and Pharmacology
For more information, please visit the programme's website.


Teaching staff

  • Biggiogera Marco
  • Bione Silvia
  • Calvio Cinzia
  • Carbonera Daniela
  • Cella Rino
  • Giulotto Elena
  • Iadarola Paolo
  • Malacrida Anna Rodolfa
  • Mattevi Andrea
  • Minetti Giampaolo
  • Orioli Donata
  • Peviani Marco
  • Ranzani Guglielmina Nadia
  • Redi Carlo Alberto
  • Riccardi Giovanna

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The requirements to access to our Master Programme are:

  • A Bachelors degree in Biology, Biotechnology or related life science programme.
  • The necessary academic background will be verified through an admission test that can take place either in September in Pavia or online via Skype. If, for particular reasons, a student needs to know his admissibility to the course before September, we may organize a early Skype interview.
  • Knowledge of English that corresponds to at least B1 level of the Common European Framework (CEF). For foreign students the knowledge of English language will be verified during the admission test. 
  • Tuition Fee

    Living costs for Pavia

    600 - 950 EUR/month
    Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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