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university of turin cellular and molecular biology

Last Updated on November 3, 2021 by Omotomiwa Lydia

Cellular and Molecular Biology

University of Turin
Italy, TurinDepartment of Life Sciences and Systems Biology

Study locationTurin
Nominal duration2 years. The enrolment conditions, full-time or part-time is chosen year by year and accordingly changes tuition fee
Study languageEnglish
Tuition fee€2,800 per yearConvertThe above amount refers to the academic year 2020/2021, when tuition and fees ranged from €156 to €2,800 per year. For information on tuition and fees for the academic year 2021/2022 please visit this page.
Updated information on how to apply for reductions or exemptions on tuition fees will be available at the link above, please check it regularly.
Application fee€15 one-timeConvertThe application fee has to be paid within the deadline of each call. The amount of the application fee is the same wheter you decide to apply for 1 or 2 degree programmes.
Entry qualificationFirst cycle diploma ( BA, Undergraduate diploma)To enrol in a second-cycle degree programme (i.e. master’s degree) with no admission quotas, you must hold a first-cycle degree (i.e. bachelor’s degree) of at least a 3 year-duration. You will also need to meet specific admission requirements and demonstrate adequate personal knowledge. Foreign students should possess basic knowledge of the subjects indicated below. This will be verified by means of an online test and/or by an interview.Anatomy and Physiology: Structure and function of the cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, excretory, genital endocrine and nervous systems. Structure and function of biological membranes. Diffusion fluxes.Biochemistry: Structure and function of proteins (allosteric regulation). Enzymes: basic concepts and mechanisms of enzymatic catalysis. Principles of bioenergetics and metabolic pathways. Basic methods for purification and characterization of proteins.Cell Biology: Elements of cell communication and signal transduction. Cell junction and adhesion. Regulation of the cell cycle. Cell death and survival. Protein trafficking. Basic cell culture techniques.Cytology and Histology: Structure and function of eukaryotic cell (plasma membrane, organelles, mitosis, meiosis). General characteristics and functions of the main tissues (epithelial, connective, muscular, nervous). Immunohistochemistry.English Language: Common European Framework (CEF) B1 level.Laboratory skills: Preparation of solutions. Basic knowledge of methods for solution and dilution. Notions of laboratory safety.Microbiology: Structure and function of the prokaryotic cell. Microbial metabolism. Microbial growth. Microbial genetics. Basic knowledge of methods for cultivation, quantification, and identification of bacteria. Viruses: structures and replication strategies.Molecular Biology and Genetics: DNA and RNA structures. Structure of genomes. Replication, mutation and DNA repair. Transcription, RNA processing and protein synthesis. Principles of gene expression regulation. Basic recombinant DNA techniques. Genetic recombination and heredity. Fundamentals of population genetics. Basic knowledge of bioinformatics.
Cellular and molecular biology website: entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: Italian / English / French / Spanish.Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.These documents shall be written or translated in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish. If the document is issued in a different language from those listed above, you will have to upload both the original document and its certified translation.The above documents need to be handed in to the University of Torino in the original when you arrive.
Language requirementsEnglish
Your knowledge of English language (level B1) will be verified during the admission interview.
Other requirementsA motivation letter must be added to your application.Please write down different motivation letters for each programme you are interested in.



The objective of the Master in Cellular and Molecular Biology is to prepare Biologists endowed with a profound and integrated knowledge of the biological systems, going from the molecular and cellular level to complex organisms. Such Biologists will be able to spend their knowledge in specific areas of applied biology such as biotechnology, biomedicine and neurosciences.

Graduates will acquire deep theoretical and practical knowledge in the cellular-molecular field, in both physiological and pathological states. In particular, during the common part of the educational route they will achieve competences in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology. They will also became able to deal with both statistic and IT tools necessary for experimental data collection and analysis. Graduates will be able to apply multidisciplinar and specialistic knowledge in the research field, both basic and applied, or in activities related to production and/or services, with particular reference to the biomolecular, biotechnological, biomedical or neurobiological field. They will also be able to manage with professional activities implying advanced, innovative or experimental methodologies.

The specific educational objectives of the Master in Cellular and Molecular Biology aim to provide students with appropriate cultural tools allowing:
•the enrollment in the ‘A’ Biologist National Register, after passing the State exam;
•the introduction to professional activities and projects in basic and applied research institutes, in private and public biomedical laboratories, in pharmaceutical companies, and also to activities aimed at promoting and developing scientific and technological innovation, and management and design of molecular and cellular technologies;
•the entry into pertinent PhD Schools, in Italy or abroad;
•the entry into Specialty Schools pertaining to the School of Medicine, possibly opened to people graduated in LM-6 class.

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