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Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

The International Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology provides high levels of theoretical knowledge, technological and experimental expertise to design, conduct and manage research and development activities in biotechnologies applied to health, for the design, characterization, production, analysis and formulation of innovative and biotechnological drugs, vaccines, diagnostic devices. The Pharmaceutical Biotechnologist can work in biotechnology and pharmacology laboratories and companies and can also cooperate – even at an administrative level – to programs of development and surveillance of biotechnologies applied to human health, with a professional attention to the technical and juridical implications.

Admission requirements

There are specific enrolment procedures for each degree programe. ; You can find detailed information about how to apply, tuition fees and deadlines on the institute webpage.

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Study Grands and Subsidies

University students ;may obtain economic support during their studies from the Emilia Romagna Region, the University of Bologna and other external bodies.

Tuition Fees Exemptions

Check our website to know which are the required documents to apply for exemptions and special subsidies.


5 Reasons to enrol on the Degree Program

  • Biotechnologies will soon provide most of the chances to improve human health: research in the pharmaceutical biotechnology is in the leading edge
  • It will give you knowledge and dynamic expertise on all aspects relevant to pharmaceutical biotechnology, from ideas' development to their realisation
  • A close interaction with teachers will give you the best opportunities to pursue your interests in an international environment
  • Most courses will include practical laboratory lessons, and you will acquire sound basic knowledge coupled with advanced laboratory skills
  • You will have the opportunity to attend research labs within the university or biotechnological companies, both in Italy as well as abroad

Continuing studies

The following specific skills are required to perform the functions: students will be able

  • to conduct basic and applied biotechnological research;
  • to develop skills in health care and applications;
  • to manage a biotechnology laboratory and to develop autonomous projects in the sector;
  • to manage research in various fields, from molecular diagnostics to omics analysis, with knowledge of the advanced instrumentation available today in both research and applied medicine;
  • to experiment and coordinate activities and research projects in the biomedical field;
  • ability to experiment innovative medicines or for advanced therapies (gene therapy, cell therapy, tissue engineering);
  • to participatate in multidisciplinary teams to plan and define prevention and diagnosis interventions, through the management of molecular and biomedical analysis technologies.

Appropriate transversal skills of a communicative-relational, organizational-management and planning type are also required, in accordance with the level of autonomy and responsibility assigned, with the organizational and work methods adopted and with the main interlocutors (colleagues, other professions, users and patients).

Career paths

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities - both at a national and International level - include:

  • Universities and Public and Private Research Bodies;
  • Biotechnological Industries and Services;
  • Pharmaceutical Industry;
  • Cosmetics and Dietary-Nutritional Industries;
  • Diagnostic and Scientific Instrument Industries;
  • Public and Private Health Bodies;
  • Pharmaceutical Monitoring Authorities;
  • Environmental Control and Prevention Bodies and Authorities;
  • National and International Regulatory and/or Certification Agencies.

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Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

The Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, the oldest university in the Western world, paves the way for innovation through an increasingly rich programme catalogue, cutting-edge research, a constant and increasingly broad international perspective and a strong third mission....

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Why study at Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna


Over 700 teachers with responsibilities that include international relations. Students from more than 140 countries. 70 teaching projects with international Universities. The University of Bologna is part of several international networks that promote research activities in every field.


252 degree programs, of which 101 first-cycle degrees, 14 combined bachelor/master degrees, 137 second-cycle degrees. Among these, 87 are international (Academic Year 2021/22).


Projects, initiatives and research structures for the development of innovation and the knowledge to tackle global challenges. More than 2,700 professors and researchers. Over 11,000 research products every year. Over 87,000 students enrolled of which more than 6,000 international.

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Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna

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