Academic year 2017/2018


Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6

Number of Years/credits

2 years; 120 ECTS

Mode of Study


*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:

Department of BIOLOGIA

Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Massimo Dal monte

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Italian First cycle qualification (Laurea) or foreign equivalent in the same or related subject area, with possible extra work if required competences are lacking.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

Assessment of competences acquired in First Cycle studies in related or un-related subject areas to determine admission by Degree Programme Council with possible assignment of extra work to be done before admission.

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students whose curricula show lacuna may need to take extra first cycle course units before admission.

General Information

Programme Profile

The Degree Program in Biology Applied to Biomedical Sciences completes the education in biological sciences acquired in the first cycle study in Biological Sciences. It has the objective of preparing students with advanced and overall expertise in basic biology and in biology applied to biomedical sciences including the knowledge on physiopathological mechanisms. Graduation opens to further possibilities for professional training, such as PhD courses and schools of specialization.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Programme will be able to demonstrate:
- an essential knowledge on basic biological sciences in perspective of their future professional application;
- a deep knowledge of physiopathology, biochemistry, microbiology, epidemiology, neurobiology
- ability to apply the knowledge and understanding of biochemical, biomolecular, immunological, microbiological, physiological and neurophysiological methods, instruments relevant for human health;
- advanced knowledge in data management with statistical methods;
- ability to operate modern laboratory instrumentation, with some knowledge of the most important acquisition techniques, including data handling;
- ability to work autonomously, assuming also manager roles involving wide responsibility of projects, structures and personal;
- ability in organizing scientific research and innovation technology

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Graduates in the Biology Applied to Biomedical Sciences Degree Programme will have high responsibility in activities related:
- with the development of methods for diagnostics and monitoring of physiopathological processes including nutritional aspects and therapeutical interventions in man. They may be employed in laboratories of the national health service, private and partner laboratories, pharmaceutical and food industries, communication studies, scientific divulgation agencies, scientific police, professional and managerial professions recognized by the current national regulations (Biophysiopathologist).
- with the development and application of methods for the research of the functions of the nervous system and for the diagnosis and monitoring of the neuropathologies. They may be employed in laboratories of the national health service and partners, private laboratories, pharmaceutical industries, communication studies, scientific divulgation agencies, professional and managerial activities professions recognized by the current regulations (Neurobiologist).
- to basic and applied research in Physiopathology or Neurobiology fields following PhD studies in research institutes and education (Universities, National Research Council, National Institute of Health), pharmaceutical companies and other international organizations (Researcher).
- to professional and managerial activities recognized by the National Biologist Order in all biological fields in public institutions, industry and private companies.

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in BIOLOGY APPLIED TO BIO-MEDICAL SCIENCES allows the graduate to compete for entry into a Third Cycle programme/doctoral school.

Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading

Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).

**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.

Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification

The final exam, to which 41 ECTS credits are allocated, foresees the preparation and discussion of a written text and must show that the candidate has performed an original research in a universitary laboratory or in laboratories of partner institutions.

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2017/2018