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The following requirements must be fulfilled for the admission to the Master in Cellular and Molecular Biology - Biologia Cellulare e Molecolare:

1. Possession of a Bachelor Degree (three-year first level degree) achieved in Italy (DM 509; DM 270) or other equivalent qualifications obtained from a foreign University and recognized as satisfactory by the Master Admission Committee. Candidates not yet holding a Bachelor Degree at the date of the Admission test, but that will graduate within December 2017 can submit their application.

2. Candidates holding an Italian Bachelor Degree other than L13-Biological Sciences or L2-Biotechnology must possess at least 60 credits in one or more of the following scientific areas (SSD): BIO/01, BIO/02, BIO/03, BIO/04, BIO/05, BIO/06, BIO/07, BIO/09, BIO/10, BIO/11, BIO/12, BIO/14, BIO/16, BIO/18, BIO/19, CHIM/01, CHIM/02, CHIM/03, CHIM/06, FIS/01-08, MAT/01-09, INF/01, ING-INF/05, MED/04, MED/42.

3. An adequate academic background (see Syllabus). This requirement will be verified through a written test (Admission test; multiple choice questions) usually followed by an interview with the Master Admission Committee. (Here you can view and try an example of the test)

Knowledge in the following subjects will be assessed by the Admission test.

Comparative or Human Anatomy,  Physiology: Structure and function of the cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, excretory, genital endocrine and nervous systems. Structure and function of biological membranes. Diffusional fluxes.

Reference material:

  • W. Bemis, W.F. Walker, K. Liem, 'Functional anatomy of the vertebrates: an Evolutionary Perspective',  4th edition, 2008, Thomson Brooks/Cole, or equivalent.
  • K. Saladin, 'Human Anatomy', 3rd edition, 2013, McGraw-Hill, or equivalent.
  • B. Alberts et al., 'Essential Cell Biology', 2013, 4th edition, Garland, or equivalent.
  • P. Willmer et al. 'Environmental Physiology of Animals', 2004, 2nd edition, Wiley-Blackwell, or equivalent.

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.

Reference material: one of the following books

  • D.L. Nelson, M.M. Cox, 'Lehninger, Principles of Biochemistry', 2012, 6th edition, W.H. Freeman
  • C.K. Mathews, K.E. van Holde, Applin D.R., Anthony-Cahill S.J. 'Biochemistry', 2012, 4th edition, Pearson.
  • J.M. Berg, J.L. Tymoczko, L. Stryer 'Biochemistry', 2012, 7th edition, W.H. Freeman
  • D. Voet, J.G. Voet, C.W. Pratt: 'Fundamentals of Biochemistry, 2012, 4th edition, Wiley.

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.

Reference material:

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.

Reference material:

  • J. Kerr, 'Functional Histology', 2010, 2nd edition, Elsevier, or equivalent.
  • R. Colombo, E. Olmo, 'Biologia - cellula e tessuti', 2014, Edi Ermes, or equivalent.

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.

Reference material:

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.

Reference material:

  • Brock 'Biology of Microorganisms', 2014, 14th edition, Pearson.

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.

Reference material: one of the following books

  • R. Raven, G. Johnson, K. Mason, J. Losos, S. Singer, 'Genetica e Biologia molecolare', 2012, Piccin, or equivalent.
  • J.D. Watson et al. 'Recombinant DNA: Genes and Genomes — A Short Course', 3rd edition, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press  
  • T.A. Brown, 'Introduction to Genetics: A molecular Approach', 2011, Garland Science.



GRADUATES: fill the portal registration form on the Unito website and submit the application for curricular check online, upload a self-declaration testifying the possession of the Bachelor Degree, specifying each discipline with marks.

STILL UNDERGRADUATE (see above):  fill the portal registration form on the Unito website for curricular check online and upload a self-declaration testifying the study plan including for each discipline: marks, university credit number, scientific disciplinary sector (SSD).

FOREIGN STUDENTS, please go to the following link:

Please note:

- UniTO candidates (graduate/still undergraduate): login at the UniTo website, click on the menu 'Registration' (Iscrizioni) and then 'Test assessment' (Test di valutazione);

- Graduate/still undergraduate candidates from other Italian Universities: first register at the portal of the University of Torino as Future student, then, after the first access, click on the menu Registration (Iscrizioni) and then 'Test assessement' (Test di valutazione).

Submitted document evaluation will select candidates fulfilling admission requirements 1 and 2, that will be allowed to participate to the Admission test to assess their  academic background (admission requirement 3).


The Admission tests for enrollment in the Master in Cellular and Molecular Biology in the Academic Year 2016-2017, will be held on September 12th or September 29th, 2017, 2.00 pm, Department of Life Sciences and System Biology, Morphological Laboratory, 1st Floor, Via Accademia Albertina 13, Turin.

Candidates who wish to attend the Admission test must submit online the application for curricular check and upload the required documents (as described above) starting:

test  September 12th, 2017 --> from July 3rd  to September 4th, 2017

test September 29th, 2017 --> from July 3rd  to September 21th, 2017

FOREIGN STUDENTS, please go to the following link:

Based on the evaluation of candidate’s curriculum studiorum, as well as on the result of the Admission test, the Master Admission Committee will formulate an ‘admission’/’non-admission’ judgement.

Admitted candidates must enroll online and then submit the required registration application to the Student Secretariat together with the fee payment receipt December 22th, 2017.

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