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 programme is capped locally

Italian Students
The requirements to access the Master Program in Biomedical Omics are:
- The achievement of a bachelor degree program in one of the following classes: L-2 Biotecnologie (Biotechnology), L-13 Scienze biologiche (Biology), L-27 Scienze e tecnologie chimiche (Chemistry), L-29 Scienze e tecnologie farmaceutiche (Pharmaceutical sciences).
- Having acquired at least 40 ECTS in the scientific disciplines (SSD): 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 (B2 certification).

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.

B2 entrance level:
Proficiency in English at a B2 level or higher, under to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), is required for admission.
The B2-level requirement will be ascertained by the University Language Centre (SLAM) upon admission as follows:
- By a language certification at or above B2, obtained no more than 3 years earlier. For the list of language certifications recognized by the University please review:…). The certification must be uploaded when submitting the online application;
- By the English level achieved during a Bachelor's degree programme through SLAM courses and tests. The certificates must be less than four years old, and will be assessed administratively, without the applicant having to attach any certificates;

- By the entrance test, which will be delivered by the SLAM on September 21st 2021, and at on December 10th 2021, only for students who have applied for admission at a later date. All those who fail to submit a valid certificate or do not meet the required proficiency level will be invited to take the test through the admission procedure.
Candidates who do not sit or pass the entrance test will have until 31 December 2021 to obtain and submit one of the recognized certifications to the SLAM.
Students who do not meet the requirement by 31 December will not be admitted to the Master's degree programme and cannot sit further tests.

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 12 144 English BIO/10 BIO/11 MED/04
- Epigenomics6
- Genomics6
High-throughput screenings 6 56 English 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 MED/04
Omics in diagnostics 6 56 English MED/03 MED/08
Open sessions
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.

To obtain the degree, students without an Italian degree or diploma are required to demonstrate an Italian language proficiency at level A2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This level can be assessed by the end of the first year in the following ways:

- by submitting the language certificate achieved no more than three years prior to the submission, at level A2 or higher, recognised by the University (the list of recognised language certificates can be found at: The language certificate must be uploaded through the service, by choosing the category SLAM;

- by an entry-level test, organised by SLAM, to be taken at the beginning of the second year of study.

Students who attain A2 level through a certificate or the entry-level test must earn 3 ETS credits in other Electives.
Students who fail to reach level A2 will have to attend an Italian course organised by SLAM and to pass the final test during the I semester of the second year of study in order to earn 3 ECTS credits of Additonal Language Skills: Italian.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Additional Language Skills: Italian (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian Open sessions
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.

Application for admission: from 27/04/2021 to 26/08/2021

Admission test date and venue: 02/09/2021 - da remoto

Application for matriculation: from 22/09/2021 to 30/09/2021

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