Biomedical Omics (BO)

Course type
Master programme
Limited enrollment with admission test
The advent of technologies that allow the global analysis of biological phenomena ("omics") has revolutionized the study of human diseases and opened new perspectives in the field of research, diagnosis and therapy, tracing the path for Precision or Personalized Medicine. The central element of Precision Medicine is in fact the quantitative description of biological or clinical phenotypes by high definition omics (genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, metabolomics, microbiomics, digital imaging, radiomics and radiogenomics).
The Master Program in Biomedical Omics aims at providing students with a broad understanding of omics disciplines applied to medicine and first-hand practical experience with different omics techniques. Key competences of graduates include the ability to design experiments, manage the work flow, analyze and interpret omics data, and create applications for future developments in omics approaches.
Graduates in Biomedical Omics will be able to pursue careers as Technologists in Biomedical Omics:
Tasks: Coordination and execution of omics techniques in routine diagnostics or clinical research within hospital laboratories.
i) understanding of the clinical demand underlying the required analyses;
ii) execution of omics analyses;
iii) interpretation of results;
iv) introduction of technological upgrades in the clinical laboratory and development of technology upgrades to adapt standard protocols to local needs.
Employment opportunities: diagnostic laboratories in hospitals and clinical research laboratories.
Graduates will also have the possibility to work in basic research laboratories, in biotechnological development institutes, or to continue their academic training by enrolling in doctoral programs or second-level masters programs, both in Italy and abroad.

Employment statistics (Almalaurea)
Access to the Master Program in Biomedical Omics is open to:
- Graduates in classes L-2 (Biotechnology), L-13 (Biological sciences), L-27 (Chemistry), L-29 (Pharmaceutical sciences and technologies), or equivalent foreign qualification for a total of 180 ECTS;
- Graduates in classes other than those listed above provided they have at least 40 ECTS in the following scientific disciplinary sectors: BIO/06, BIO/08, BIO/09, BIO/10, BIO/11, BIO/12, BIO/13, BIO/14, BIO/15, BIO/16, BIO/17, BIO/18, BIO/19, CHIM/01, CHIM/02, CHIM/03, CHIM/06, CHIM/07, CHIM/08, CHIM/09, MED/01, MED/02, MED/03, MED/04, MED/05, MED/07, MED/08, MED/43, MED/44, MED/46, MED/50, SECS - S/01, SECS - S/02.

Knowledge of English language is required at B2 level.

Knowledge Assessment
Students meeting the above minimum requirements are invited to an interview for admission (in English) with the Commission for Admittance to the Master, composed by teaching members appointed by the Teaching Board.
The interview, done remotely via electronic devices if necessary, is aimed at verifying the above-mentioned skills.
The overall evaluation will give rise to a score in hundreds, in which they will be attributed:
- up to 25/100 for the degree grade,
- up to 10/100 for the curriculum of studies (type of degree, any free courses attended/passed, other diplomas, etc.),
- up to 65/100 for the outcome of the interview.
The minimum admission score is 60/100. The negative result obtained in the verification tests of personal preparation leads to foreclosure access to the Master's Degree Course for the current year.

Foreign Students
Students must have a Bachelor's degree in one of the disciplines described above (Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical sciences). The number of hours/credits of the specific courses must be clearly identifiable in the academic curriculum. If this is not possible, documents certifying the students career will be examined by the Faculty to assess if their background complies with the admission requirements.
Students are required to attend to at least 75% of teaching activities.
The experimental project leading to the final dissertation is considered mandatory for the Master Degree.

Courses list

Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Practical laboratory activities 6 96 English
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Genomics an Epigenomics 12 112 English BIO/10 BIO/11 MED/04
- Epigenomics6
- Genomics6
High-Throughput Screenings 6 56 English BIO/11 MED/04
Proteomics 6 56 English BIO/10
Radiomics 6 48 English MED/04 MED/36
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Computational Approaches for Omics Data 12 96 English INF/01 ING-INF/05
Legislation, Management and Technology Transfer 12 136 English MED/43 MED/46
- Laboratory Management6
- Legislation and technology transfer6
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Clinical Omics 6 48 English MED/06 MED/11 MED/15
Ethics and Decision-Making 6 48 English M-PSI/01
Experimental Design 6 56 English BIO/11 BIO/13 MED/04
Omics in Diagnostics 6 48 English MED/03 MED/08
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Additional Language Skills: Italian (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Final exam 28 0 English
Study plan rules
- 8 CFU from courses of their choice offered by the University of Milan during the second year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Additional Language Skills: Italian (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian Undefined
Course locations
Lectures will be held in the educational center of the European Institute of Oncology. Laboratory activities will be held in the research and clinical laboratories of institutions represented in the Department of Oncology and Hemato-oncology of the University of Milan.
Head of Study Programme
Quality Assurance Delegate
First year enrolment:
Limited enrollment with admission test

Places available: 30 + 5 reserved for non-EU citizens

Call for applications

Please refer to the call for admission test dates and contents, and how to register.

Session: 1

Application for admission: from 14/03/2024 to 28/05/2024

Application for matriculation: from 06/06/2024 to 26/06/2024

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Session: 2

Application for admission: from 05/07/2024 to 06/09/2024

Application for matriculation: from 12/09/2024 to 25/09/2024

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