University of Milan
Fondazione INGM

Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics

Bioinformatics - Data Science - Biology - Biotechnology - Molecular Biology - Machine Learning - Databases - Web Development - Programming

The Master Program in Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics is intended for those students that want to use Bioinformatics, applying advanced concepts and techniques offered by Computer Science, Statistics, and Mathematics, to tackle and answer real biological questions. The course will walk through general concepts of Biology and Biotechnology highlighting recent advances, demonstrating how it is possible to integrate and support biological data to answer question performing precise investigations by Next Generation Sequencing technologies and other cutting edge methodologies.

The course will provide the bases for the sophisticated mathematical and statistical concepts necessary to understand and take advantage of tools available in Data Science. The Big Data already available will be exploited and integrated using an ensemble of Data Science strategies, techniques and tools. The student will develop skills to manage unstructured data, programming with modern languages, exploit cloud-based technologies and communicate results developing modern web applications.


Employment opportunities

Master’s graduates will acquire a high level of technical knowledge within the fields of bioinformatics and basic and industrial research, as well as analytical skills normally required in Data Science. These skills may be applied in a variety of sectors, such as Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals.

Admission requirements

The programme caters to those with a second cycle degree (laurea magistrale) or long single cycle degree (laurea magistrale a ciclo unico) in one of the following classes of former Ministerial Decree 270/2004, or in one of the corresponding classes of former Ministerial Decree 509/99:

  • LM-6 Biology
  • LM-7 Agricultural Biotechnology
  • LM-8 Industrial biotechnology
  • LM-9 Pharmaceutical, veterinary and medical biotechnologies
  • LM-13 Pharmacy and industrial pharmacy
  • LM-17 Physics
  • LM-18 Informatics
  • LM-21 Biomedical Engineering
  • LM-29 Electronics Engineering
  • LM-32 Informatics Engineering
  • LM-40 Mathematics
  • LM-41 Medicine and surgery
  • LM-41 Mathematical Engineering
  • LM-54 Chemistry

Selection process

Admission to the programme is through a written exam consisting of open questions, an interview aimed at ascertaining the candidate’s knowledge of English and of the topics addressed by the Master’s programme, and through CV assessment. Evaluation criteria:

  • Interview: 80%
  • CV assessment: 20% (the following will be considered: final degree examination mark up to 10 points; scientific publications up to 5 points; professional experience up to 5 points).
Candidates must score at least 60/100 for admission.

Programme organization

The programme entails lectures and other forms of training, such as computational tools, data analysis and applications, for a total of 512 hours. Lectures will take place for 5 days a week for a total or 4/5 hours a day (with occasional "full day" lectures).

Lectures and other form of training (Labs) will start March 15th 2019 till the mid of September 2019. The traineeship will begin October 1st and will end January 31th 2020.

Both classes and traineeship require mandatory attendance.

Important Dates

  • 01 February 2019
  • 10am on 13 February 2019
  • 15 March 2019
  • 31 January 2020
  • End of Registration
  • Selection process
  • The Master will start
  • The Master will end

Both selection and programme will be held at INGM

For all the details please visit the official UniMi web site Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics of the master.

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