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How to apply for the Master in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Turin

Students with foreign title must apply through the on-line form.

Admission requirements

International 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.


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.

Learning outcomes

Graduates in Cellular and Molecular Biology 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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