Health Biology

University of Siena
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
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Application deadline: First intake: 2023-11-13 to 2024-01-15; Second intake: 2024-02-01 to 2024-04-29.
University of Siena

About this program

Health Biology

The Master’s degree course in Health Biology has as its primary objective the training of a Biologist with specific skills in the field of Biomedical and Health Sciences.

The demand for this profile comes from the labor market and in particular from food analysis, genetic, histological and clinical biochemistry laboratories, in the public and private health sector and from structures that carry out research in the field of applied biomedical sciences (ex. pharmaceutical industries, small and medium enterprises in the diagnostic and biotechnology sector, etc.).

This course provides a suitable cultural basis for access to Bio sanitary Specialization Schools recognized by the Ministry of Health (necessary for the managerial career in both public and private laboratory), Research Doctorates in the biomedical field and II level Master.

Admission requirements

Bachelor/Undergraduate diploma (or higher)

After you have applied, an Enrolment Committee will assess your competences and skills against the requirements of the MSc program.

Admission criteria

The admission to the Master of a graduate who is in possession of a degree awarded by a foreign University or an equivalent foreign institute is evaluated by the Didactic Committee through a case by case assessment, considering the documentation received through online procedures, on the basis of the relevance and consistency of the qualification obtained abroad (and of the entire training course) with the training objectives of the Master, as well as linguistic knowledge.

For access to the Master’s Degree Program, adequate preparation is required on basic subjects such as:

  • maths,
  • physics,
  • chemistry (general, organic and physical), computer science,
  • bioinformatics,
  • biology (in particular functional, cellular and molecular aspects at the base of the organization of the living and of the molecular mechanisms that regulate inheritance, reproduction and development)

Procedures at the Italian Diplomatic Representatives

Non-EU citizens

Non-EU citizens are invited to contact the Italian Diplomatic Representation of their countries as soon as possible in order to obtain all the required documents for the pre-enrollment at the University of Siena and for information regarding the VISA process.

EU citizens – Non EU citizens with regular permit to stay – Italians with degrees obtained abroad

They must contact the appropriate Italian Diplomatic Representation in order to obtain all the documents required for enrollment in the University of Siena.

Language requirements

In order to take the MSc courses, students must have an adequate knowledge of the English language, at least of level B1 as established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students can demonstrate to possess the required knowledge level either through a recognized international certification (see the list) of international certifications recognized by the University of Siena), or by passing a B2 level exam at the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo (CLA).

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

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the university website for information.

Program delivery

In addition to in-presence teaching, which continues to be the preferred method also in the next Academic Year, every single lesson will be simultaneously live-streamed and/or video recorded and uploaded on our digital platform for subsequent viewing. This mode is essential for students who are temporarily unable to be on premises.


The amount for each international student is based on the student’s country of origin and the course chosen.

Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees


Credits - 120 ECTS

Awards - MSc (LM-6 Class of master's degrees in Biology)

Career paths

This Master’s degree program prepares for employment in

  • universities and public and private biomedical research institutions,
  • pharmaceutical and diagnostic products industries,
  • applied biotechnology laboratories,
  • dietary-food industries,
  • National Health System laboratories,
  • toxicological and environmental study and detection centers;
  • institutions responsible for the development of technical regulations or quality certification;
  • industries interested in the development of biological and biochemical applications in the health field.

It also allows teaching in secondary school of I and II degree.

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University of Siena

Banchi di Sotto, 55
53100 Siena

Phone no: + 39 577 23 5028-5197-5194

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