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Master's Degree in Neurobiology

University of Pavia
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

Master's Degree in Neurobiology

The Master's Degree Program in Neurobiology provides students who are in possession of first level training in the biological or biotechnological field, with in-depth knowledge of the morpho-functional organization of the nervous system, the cellular and molecular correlates of neural functions, and modalities in which these functions are realized at the systemic level, as well as on the neurobiological bases of the pathologies of the nervous system.

The aim of the Course is to allow the acquisition, not only of a cognitive training, but also of specific skills such as:

Modalities governing experimental and applied neurobiological research, regarding its recent trends, and the technologies it relies on

Applications of neurobiological knowledge and techniques in the industrial, bio-system and bioinformatics fields

The primary objective of the training course will be to highlight the fundamental problems in the neuroscientific field (integrated functions, cellular mechanisms, genetic and molecular substrates, bases of pathological processes), underlining the importance of multidisciplinary approaches for the progress of knowledge.

The main area of study are:

  • Neuromorphology and cellular and development neurobiology;
  • Neurophysiology and neurobehavior;
  • Neuropharmacology;
  • Neurogenetic-molecular subjects;
  • Neurology and neuropathology;
  • Bioinformatics

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Admission requirements

Undergraduate diploma (or higher)

Students whose degree has been awarded by a non-Italian University must fulfill the following entry requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree in Biology or Biotechnology or related subject (Honours, 3 years) or a Bachelors Degree awarded by non-Italian University that it has been evaluated suitable for the admission.
  • Students must have a good knowledge of basic Biology topics with particular attention to Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Physiology. Candidates must have taken exams in these topics during their BSc.\
  • Knowledge of English corresponding at least to a B2 level

The suitability of the Bachelors Degree for the enrollment in the MSc is evaluated by an appointed Committee. Candidates will be required to take an online interview with the Committee on the following topics: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Physiology

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Italian.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

1st Year

  • Comparative Neurodevelopment and Neural stem cells
  • Human Neuroanatomy
  • Membrane biophysics and electrophysiology
  • Cellular neurobiology and advanced methods in Neuroscience
  • Cellular and advanced systemic neurophysiology
  • Neurochemistry, Neuropharmacology and Neurogenetics

2nd Year

  • Computational neuroscience
  • Neurobiology of brain disorders
  • Neuroimmunology and molecular neurobiology
  • Neuropsycopharmacology
  • Neural basis of behaviour and neuropsychology
  • One subject to be chosen from this list: Advanced Microscopy / Statistics and Big Data Analysis / Bioinformatics
  • Laboratory activity
  • Other activities
  • Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

The University of Pavia offers several kinds of scholarships/funding for a sum up to 6.000 euro per year per student.


156 – 4000 euro per year. The tuition fee is adjusted to the student’s family’s financial situation. Non-EU students residing abroad and holding a study visa can also choose to pay the flat rate determined according to their citizenship which ranges from 400 euro to 4500 euro per year.

Application fee: €35,00


Master's degree

Career paths

The degree program will allow graduates to:

  • Research in the neuroscientific field;
  • Hi-tech biomedical laboratories;
  • Preclinical testing of drugs active in the nervous system;
  • Clinical trial of drugs active in the nervous system, through interaction with the medical structure involved in the trial;
  • Development of biomedical technologies or instruments with neurobiological applications.

Graduates of this master's degree course can be hired in:

  • Neuroscientific research laboratories
  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Private and public research centers
  • Pharmaceutical and Biomedical companies
  • Biomedical instrumentation development and sales companies

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University of Pavia

The University of Pavia is one of the world’s oldest Academic Institutions. It was founded in 825 as a “School of law, rhetoric and liberal arts” by King Lothair I, and in 1361 it was officially established as a “Universitas...

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Why study at University of Pavia

Pavia: a city campus

Located in Lombardy Region, only 30 KM south of Milan, the City of Pavia offers a lively, genuine, cooperative and safe environment with a high quality of life. Pavia is the Capital of the fertile Province of Pavia, which is known for a variety of agricultural products -including wine, rice, cereals and dairy products- and is situated at the heart of Italy’s manufacturing district. Tts fascination remains intact with the center’s maze of narrow streets, ancient churches and elegant buildings, all bordered by the Ticino river. The countless events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts, meeting places and sports competitions combine to offer students a unique University experience.

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University of Pavia

Strada Nuova 65
27100 Pavia

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