Course presentation

The Biotechnology degree course offers you an education characterised by a scientific and multidisciplinary approach that will allow you to customise your programme of study by choosing the fields of application in which you wish to specialise: Industrial, Agricultural, Environmental, Pharmaceutical, Veterinary, Biomedical.
A qualifying aspect also concerns the organisational structure of teaching and research, as the Biotechnology degree course is run within the Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, which was chosen by MIUR as one of the 180 departments of excellence for the five-year period 2018-2022.
The course makes use of the teaching facilities on the Science Area Campus with available classrooms and teaching laboratories.
Another peculiar aspect of Biotechnology in Parma is the obligation for all students to carry out an internship for a period of about three months (325 hours) in order to acquire professionalism and to prepare the final paper.

The course in brief

The first-cycle degree course in Biotechnology has been running since the academic year 1999/2000. The degree course is organised in three years resulting in 180 final ECTS credits required for the degree.
It is a course designed with companies in the sector, to give you all the theoretical and practical bases in a modern and dynamic field of study, which moves between biology and chemistry, between economics and statistics. A multidisciplinary approach that will allow you to customise your programme of study, choosing the fields of application in which you wish to specialise.
Laboratory experiences and the 325-hour internship for all students (which you can also carry out in external companies and organisations, or even abroad) will enable you to obtain professional and technical skills that can be used in the world of work and research.
The graduate in Biotechnology at the University of Parma must possess an adequate basic knowledge of biological systems, interpreted from a molecular and cellular perspective; possess the cultural and experimental bases of the multidisciplinary techniques that characterise biotechnological operations for the production of goods and services through the analysis and use of biological systems; acquire the disciplinary methods and be able to apply them in concrete situations with appropriate knowledge of regulations and deontological and bioethical issues; be able to use effectively, in written and oral form, at least one language of the European Union, in addition to Italian, in the specific field of competence and for the exchange of general information; possess adequate skills and tools for communication and information management; be able to write technical-scientific reports; be able to work in a team, to operate autonomously and to fit readily into the work environment.