Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Degree programme
2-year Master’s
Course title (Classe)
LM-9 - Biotecnologie mediche, veterinarie e farmaceutiche

University-regulated (maximum 35 participants)


Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Student Services Office
Teaching locations

Novara, Largo Donegani 2/3

Course overview

This new Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology addresses the strongly multidisciplinary field of pharmaceutical biotechnology and prepares you for work in the world of innovative biotechnological pharmaceuticals, which includes advanced therapy drugs. The course provides you with skills of planning, trialling, and production, as well as drug registration and postmarketing surveillance.

The course is reinforced with in-depth courses on specific sectors of pharmaceutical biotechnology; where possible, these courses will involve the participation of highly qualified professionals from universities abroad (visiting professors), companies (including foreign businesses), and scientific managers/consultants, to help prepare you for the real-world context of the workplace.

Key features

  • Interdisciplinary; the course involves two UPO departments (DSF and DISIT), with contributions also from DISS and DIMET
  • Some lessons taught in English language
  • Opportunity to study abroad (with Erasmus and Free-Mover programmes)
  • Laboratory/Field Experimental Research Theses (either on campus or in company).

Erasmus partner institutions

  • Belgium: Mons (Hainaut-Condorcet), Gent.
  • Finland: Helsinki.
  • France: Angers.
  • Germany: Kiel “Christian-Albrecht”.
  • Lithuania: Kaunas.
  • Malta: Malta (Msida).
  • Poland: Wroclaw.
  • Portugal: Porto.
  • Spain: “Rovira i Virgili” (Tarragona), Elche, San Jorge (Saragozza), Seville, Oviedo, Granada.

Career and employment options

  • Continued post-graduate studies with a research doctorate programme.
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnologist in academic or research institutes
  • Established pharmaceutical companies and start-ups;
  • Pharmaceutical patent offices;
  • Authorities dealing with Pharmacy Surveillance, for human, veterinary and environmental health
  • National and international pharmacy regulation authorities.