Health Biotechnology

  • Graduates will have high levels of competence in the scientific and technical implementation and development of biotechnology applied in the healthcare sector and will be able to perform tasks of high responsibility
  • Internships will be carried out in affiliated, external organizations in Italy or abroad.
  • The international degree program offers a stimulating and dynamic learning environment.

The degree course allows to acquire knowledge about the structure and functions of the human body; carry out experimentation in biomedical and animal fields, with particular reference to the use of in vivo and in vitro models; diagnostics, through the management of molecular analysis technologies; structural and dynamic aspects of molecules of potential technological interest. It is possible to enrich the curriculum with bioinformatics knowledge in order to manage and access databases.


Students participate in competition examination. Admission requirements can be found in the admission announcement. Enrollment stages are the following:

  • Standard (September)
  • Postponed (October/December): if places are still available

After the publication of the final ranking, admitted students can enroll by paying the first fee instalment. Non-EU students can participate in a specific call (March / April); Pre-registration on is required

For the announcement of admission, the attachments and further information consult the section dedicated to master’s degrees

Degree program class
LM09 Medical, Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
40 Slots available
Language English
Duration 2 years

Course description

The degree course prepares graduates with a high level of biotechnological expertise that can be employed in the field of human health, in particular in biomedical research (molecular diagnostics, prenatal diagnosis, molecular genetics, including forensic science), biomedical and animal experimentation (use of models for the study of disease pathogenesis), identification and characterization of therapeutic molecular targets (drug development), use of bioinformatics for genomics and post-genomics. After passing the Examination Qualification, graduates can enroll in the Roll of Biologist (section A).


Bachelor degree holders in the Biotechnology degree class or in other classes, provided they fulfill specific curricular requirements. The latter, together with specific information on admission are provided in the course Regulations Short link:


The degree course aims to provide advanced knowledge on emerging biotechnological methodologies to operate in the field of diagnostics, basic and applied research and therapeutic innovation, finding employment in facilities and companies in the biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors that deal with drug discovery.


Graduates can work in the field of basic and applied biomedical research, in the development and production of goods and services based on the application of innovative methodologies (e.g. in molecular diagnostics, cell and gene therapy, food analysis), and interact with specialists in the medical field.

Fees, contributions and exemptions

Costs calculated based on family income (ISEE-University) and including:

  • fee for the equal access to university studies (from 130€ to 160€);
  • annual amount (from 0 (if ISEE-University <= € 22,000) to € 2,000);

Flat tax = €1,000 for international students (UE and non UE)

With a family income (ISEE-University < € 24,000) students are entitled to receive: a) Scholarship consisting of total exemption from taxes, cash share, canteen and accommodation service (for off-site students) b) Grants for international mobility c) Reduced rates for the use of sports facilities and cultural services d) Benefits for students completing their degrees within regulation time

Exclusively on grounds of merit, students can obtain:

  • International mobility grants (Erasmus)
  • Free accommodation and canteen services published in the call DUnicAL career program for student-athletes.
  • Scholarships for non-EU students

Life on Campus

In the largest and best equipped campus in Italy students will experience the sense of a unique university community, sharing educational, recreational, sporting and cultural events with fellow colleagues and professors. The Campus is equipped with lecture rooms, a sports center, theaters, amphitheaters, cinemas, cafes, refreshment areas and other places for socialization, thus offering an extraordinary human and educational experience.

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Services to Students

Unical is organized as an independent town that provides the best possible solutions of accommodation for students and staff living on campus, because it offers multiple services for study activities and for individual and collective well-being: libraries, the Language Learning Center, counselling and inclusion services. The Campus also includes a health center, a post office, a bank counter and a mindfulness dedicated area.

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Residential Center

It complements and completes the services provided by the University of Calabria and has put into shape the idea of a British-American campus-style University. It encompasses 10 districts hosting the university residences, consisting of apartments with double and single rooms, living room, kitchen and toilets. In these districts there are common areas for study and recreational activities and sports, there are TV rooms, game rooms and gyms; launderettes and bike rental services are also available.

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