The Master degree in Bioinformatics for Computational Genomics aims to form graduates with adequate knowledge about: the molecular basis of biological systems; the structure and function of biological molecules and their role in cellular processes; tools and platforms for bioinformatic and genomic analysis; statistical and computational methodologies for the analysis of biomolecular data.
The Master degree therefore includes activities providing in depth knowledge on:
The program includes an internship in research laboratories either at the University of Milan or in other Italian or foreign research institutes. Its results will be described in a final written dissertation, to be discussed in front of a thesis committee.
The Degree course is established jointly with the School of Industrial and Information Engineering of the Politecnico of Milan.
Graduates in Bioinformatics for Computational Genomics will be "genome data scientists", that is, graduates with an adequate knowledge about the molecular basis of biological systems and the structure and function of biological molecules and how they participate in cellular processes, as well as the technologies and platforms for the analysis of genomes.
At the same time, they will be able to design and tools for the bioinformatic the statistical analysis of genomic data.
Graduates in Bioinformatics for computational genomics will thus be able to:
Application and admissions: with mandatory access test.
Admission requirements for Italian Students
Students can apply to the BCG Master degree course, provided that they satisfy one of the following two requirements:
The same criteria are applied to candidates in possession of foreign university degrees, deemed to be suitable by the Teachers Council, in which it is possible to clearly identify disciplines and number of credits acquired for each discipline. If this is not possible, the documents certifying the career of the candidates will be examined in detail by the Teachers Council in order to assess if their background complies with the previous requirements.
Admission requirements for Foreign Students
Students in possession of a Bachelor degree in an area of those described at the previous point (Admission requirements for Italian Students), where courses taken in the required disciplines can be clearly identified together with the amount of hours/credits of the courses. If this is not possible, the documents certifying the career of the students will be examined by the Teachers Council in order to assess if their background complies with the previous requirements.
Knowledge of English is a requirement for the access to the BCG Master degree. Students should have acquired beforehand a B2 level certification (vantage or upper intermediate, as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment).
Students without a B2 placement test may be accepted on condition that their level of English proficiency, assessed during the interview, is evidently good, or, in alternative, can present a report or screenshot of their results at the self-test Dialang (that can be taken on the internet at http://dialangweb.lancaster.ac.uk).
The adequate personal preparation of the candidates, their ability to communicate in English and their motivation are decisive elements for the admission and they are going to be verified and tested during an admission interview.
Knowledge of Italian is not required for attendance. However, as required by regulations, foreign students will have to demonstrate to have acquired basic knowledge of the Italian language before the final dissertation.
In the framework of the Erasmus+ program, the BCG Master course has in place agreements with Universities in Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Norway, and The Netherlands, all offering courses in English. The time spent abroad can be used to attend courses and pass the relevant exams, thus collecting credits towards the Master degree, as well as to carry out the experimental project for the dissertation. The student admitted to the mobility program must submit a study plan detailing the training activities that he/she plans to carry out, with the corresponding credits.
The number of credits should correspond as much as possible to the number of credits that the student should acquire during the same period of time at the home University. The proposed activities must be consistent with the goals and the contents of the Master degree.
The study plan must be approved by the BCG Student Mobility Committee, which can request changes or integrations. At the end of the mobility program, according to the guidelines provided by the University of Milan, the courses attended (with a passed exam) by the student are registered in his/her career, preferably with its original name and with an indication of the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) and their conversion in CFU (usually 1 ECTS = 1 CFU).
The students willing to carry out their dissertation work as part of a mobility program abroad must have an internal supervisor (chosen among the BCG lecturers) and the study plan must be approved by the BCG Teaching Board.