The programme

Here you can find an overview of the degree programme, including information on its organisation and regulations, as well as a number of useful information. In addition, this section includes an overview of the University’s Quality Assurance system and the Student Orientation services available to prospective students, to help them choose the right course for them.

A.A. 2021/2022

Student orientation services

The new website of the Student Orientation Office, with new form and content, is the result of a long process aimed at providing a better and more comprehensive service to its many users. Users are mostly secondary school pupils approaching the University for the first time, and schools' University Orientation Services which organise activities to assist their pupils in post-school choices. Making a decision means choosing the best alternative to satisfy one's expectations, preferences and aspirations. 
 
More details: www.univr.it/orientamento (italian page)

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Course of study in brief

Degree programme annual factsheet (SUA-CdS)

As part of the Quality Assurance system, complete, updated and easily available information on objectives, study plan, resources used and results achieved for each degree programme is made available through the SUA-CdS - Scheda Unica Annuale del Corso di Studio (Degree programme annual factsheet). This includes an Overview and three public sections (Learning Objectives, Student Experience, Learning Outcomes) which together provide a wide range of information about each degree programme. The SUA-CdS also contains an administrative section (Administration and Quality Management) that is for internal use only.

The Degree programme annual factsheet (SUA-CdS), which is currently available only in Italian, is a valuable tool that can be used by the University to design, implement and reorganise, as well as to evaluate, each degree programme. However, the SUA-CdS factsheet is also useful for students, to help them choose the right programme of study.
 

  • Degree type Corsi di laurea Magistrale
  • Duration 2  years
  • Part-time Study option available Yes
  • Admissions Subject to entry requirements
  • Degree class LM-8
  • Location verona
  • Language Italian
  • Mode of teaching Mixed
Obiettivo del corso è far acquisire allo studente conoscenze e competenze multidisciplinari necessarie per lo sviluppo e l'utilizzo di biotecnologie innovative adatte in particolare allo sfruttamento di organismi procarioti ed eucarioti di interesse specifico per la produzione di composti organici ad alto valore aggiunto e biocombustibili, per l'ottenimento di composti bio-based e per il biorisanamento delle matrici ambientali.
Lo studente, partendo da una solida conoscenza di base dei diversi settori delle scienze chimiche e biologiche, dovrà acquisire conoscenze e metodologie avanzate in ambito biotecnologico industriale.

Il percorso formativo prevede due insegnamenti obbligatori finalizzati ad acquisire conoscenze nell'ambito delle biotecnologie microbiche industriali e dei principi del diritto della proprietà intellettuale.
Lo studente avrà la possibilità di pianificare il proprio piano di studi attraverso la scelta di insegnamenti organizzati in gruppi definiti in modo tale da approfondire le conoscenze negli ambiti delle bioraffinerie, della chimica e biochimica applicate, del biorisanamento ambientale e delle scienze agrarie per la produzione primaria e la chiusura dei cicli biogeochimici con attenzione ai cambiamenti climatici.
Le attività caratterizzanti sono finalizzate ad acquisire conoscenze in due principali ambiti:
- Chimico - ingegneristico: conoscenze di chimica verde e per la valorizzazione di biomasse e flussi di scarto e rifiuti; biologia quantitativa; chimica bioinorganica; sensoristica molecolare e conoscenze di nanomateriali per le biotecnologie e la chimica verde;
- Biologico: conoscenze di biocatalisi ed enzimologia industriale; conoscenze relative alle biotecnologie microbiche industriali e ambientali; genomica, metagenomica e bioinformatica.
Allo studente viene data la possibilità di arricchire il percorso formativo con attività affini finalizzate ad acquisire conoscenze nell'ambito dell'Ingegneria metabolica, della produzione di bioenergie e biocombustibili, del biorisanamento ambientale, dell'agricoltura sostenibile e della chimica del suolo.
E' previsto un tirocinio formativo, a cui vengono attribuiti 3 CFU, presso aziende o laboratori operanti nel settore.
Il percorso formativo si completa con la preparazione e discussione della tesi di laurea, a cui vengono attribuiti 36 CFU, frutto di un lavoro sperimentale originale di ricerca, formalizzazione, progettazione e sviluppo, compiuto presso una struttura universitaria, o esterna all'Università, in Italia e/o all'estero.
PROFILO PROFESSIONALE: BIOTECNOLOGO INDUSTRIALE
Funzione in un contesto di lavoro
Le funzioni del laureato sono da inquadrare nell'ambito della ricerca, dell'innovazione, dello sviluppo, della progettazione e della gestione di sistemi e processi biotecnologici industriali. In particolare:
  • Attività di progettazione sviluppo e controllo per l'industria di trasformazione delle biomasse con processi biotecnologici.
  • Progettazione e sviluppo di processi biocatalitici per l'industria.
  • Gestione di processi biotecnologici per la salvaguardia dell'ambiente.
  • Sviluppo e caratterizzazione di nuovi prodotti di interesse industriale.
  • Definizione di nuovi metodi e protocolli applicativi.
  • Svolgimento di analisi biotecnologiche e controlli di qualità.
  • Funzioni di responsabilità nei settori dell'industria biotecnologica.
  • Gestione della proprietà intellettuale
Competenze associate alla funzione
Il biotecnologo industriale possiede specifiche competenze nei seguenti ambiti:
  • Competenze nella valorizzazione delle biomasse dedicate e di flussi di scarto e rifiuto al fine della produzione di biomolecole ad alto valore aggiunto.
  • Competenze nell'ambito della biocatalisi ed enzimologia industriali per la produzione di beni e servizi biotecnologici.
  • Competenze nell'applicazione di tecnologie biologiche nel settore della salvaguardia dell'ambiente.
Sbocchi occupazionali
I laureati possono operare in qualità di ricercatori e operatori specialistici in laboratori e enti di ricerca e sviluppo pubblici e privati, nelle industrie chimiche, biotecnologiche, per il trattamento delle biomasse, in istituzioni nazionali e internazionali di certificazione e di sviluppo della normativa in campo biotecnologico, in centri di servizi negli ambiti connessi con le biotecnologie industriali e ambientali, o docenti di materie scientifiche nella scuola secondaria superiore, una volta completati gli specifici iter formativi. La laurea nella classe LM-8 (biotecnologie industriali), consente inoltre l'esercizio delle professioni di Biologo e Biochimico, previo superamento della relativa abilitazione.
 


Quality Assurance

The quality of a degree programme is the extent to which it achieves its educational objectives and meets the quality requirements of the educational activities offered, which are determined in line with the needs and expectations of students and representatives of the world of work.

This programme has adopted a teaching Quality Assurance system in line with the University’s quality assurance guidelines and based on the e ANVUR national quality assurance guidelines, by carrying out the following activities:
  • periodic consultations with representatives of the world of work to assess the adequacy of the cultural and professional profiles offered in their courses;
  • design of educational contents and planning of resources;
  • organisation of educational activities and teaching services;
  • monitoring the effectiveness of teaching and planning measures to improve teaching and services;
  • provision of complete and up-to-date information on its website, relating to the programme (professional roles, expected learning outcomes, learning activities).
The above activities are scheduled and interrelated, based on the PDCA principles (Plan, Do, Check, Act).
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In a Quality Assurance system, students play a fundamental role: each student can play their part by participating in the Quality Assurance groups of their degree programme and in the Faculty-Student Joint Committees or, more simply, by taking part in the Student Survey on teaching, or questionnaires. It’s in this context that specific workshops for student representatives (‘Laboratori di rappresentanza attiva’) are periodically made available to students by the University and the University’s Quality Assurance Board. To find out more, please see the relevant section.

Il sistema di valutazione universitario e il ruolo dello studente

by Prof. Graziano Pravadelli: a lecture recorded on the occasion of the January 2021 workshop for student representatives.

QA bodies

QA in degree programmes

QA activities

Degree Programme description and regulations

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The Degree programme teaching regulations set out the organisational aspects of the degree programme, in line with the University’s teaching regulations. The first part of the document includes general information about the programme, the second part includes links to the relevant module web pages, and the third part specifies the administrative aspects.

Other Regulations

To view other regulations of interest refer to the section: Statute and regulations

The Italian University system

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First-cycle degrees: Bachelor’s degree programme

First-cycle degrees are aimed at enabling students to achieve a command of general scientific methods and content, and to acquire specific professional knowledge.
Admission requirements: secondary school diploma after completing 13 years of study in total and passing the relevant State examination, or equivalent foreign qualification; admission may be subject to further assessment.
Duration: three years.
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 180 CFU; doing an internship and preparing a dissertation/thesis may also be required. Upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree, graduates may continue their studies by enrolling in a Master’s degree or other second-cycle degree programmes and courses.
Academic title: upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree (Laurea), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore”.

Second-cycle degrees: Master’s degree

Second-cycle degrees aim to provide students with an advanced training and knowledge to take on highly-skilled roles.
Admission requirements: applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree, or a foreign equivalent qualification; curricular admission requirements for each course may vary depending on each University.
Duration: two years.
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 120 CFU, as well as preparing and presenting a dissertation/thesis.
Academic title: upon completion of a Master’s degree (Laurea Magistrale), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore magistrale”. Single cycle/Combined Bachelor+Master’s degrees
Some courses (Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics, Pharmacy and Industrial Pharmacy, Architecture and Building Engineering-Architecture, Law, Primary Education) are offered as Single cycle/Combined Bachelor+Master’s degrees (Corsi di Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico).
Admission requirements: applicants must hold a secondary school diploma or equivalent foreign qualification; admission is subject to passing an admission test.
Duration: five years (six years and 360 CFU for Medicine and Surgery, and Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics).
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 300 CFU, as well as preparing and presenting a dissertation/thesis. Upon completion of a Single-cycle degree, graduates may continue their studies by applying for a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca) or other third-cycle courses.
Academic title: upon completion of a Master’s degree (Laurea Magistrale), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore magistrale”.

Third-cycle degrees

PhD programmes: these courses enable students to gain reliable methodologies for advanced scientific research through innovative methodologies and new technologies, and generally include internships abroad and lab activities at research laboratories. Graduates wishing to apply for a PhD programme must have a Master’s degree (or a foreign equivalent qualification) and pass an open competition; PhD programmes have a minimum duration of three years. In order to complete the programme, students must produce a research thesis/dissertation and present it at a final examination.
Academic title: upon completion of a PhD programme, students are awarded the title of “Dottore di ricerca”, or “PhD”.
Postgraduate specialisation courses: these are third-cycle courses aimed at enabling students to develop advanced knowledge and highly-specialised skills, such as in the medical, clinical and surgical fields. To be admitted to these courses, applicants must have a Master’s degree (or a foreign equivalent qualification) and pass an open competition. Postgraduate specialisation courses may last from two (120 CFU) to 6 years (360 CFU) depending on the type. Academic title: upon completion of this programme, graduates are awarded a “Diploma di Specializzazione”.

Professional Master’s programme

1st-level Professional Master’s programmes: these courses enable students to further enhance their scientific knowledge and professional skills. In order to apply, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, or foreign equivalent qualification. The minimum duration is one year (60 CFU). Please note that completing this course will not provide you with direct access to a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca), or other third-cycle courses, as these courses are run and managed by each University at the local level. Upon completion of this programme, students are awarded a “Master universitario di primo livello”.
2nd-level Professional Master’s programmes: these courses enable students to further enhance their scientific knowledge and professional skills. In order to apply, applicants must have a Master’s degree, or foreign equivalent qualification. The minimum duration is one year (60 CFU). Please note that completing this course will not provide you with direct access to a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca), or other third-cycle courses, as these courses are run and managed by each University at the local level. Upon completion of this programme, students are awarded a “Master universitario di secondo livello”.

Other useful things

Crediti Formativi Universitari (CFU/ECTS credits): Italian university courses are based on the CFU system. 1 CFU is equal to 25 hours of study. The average annual academic workload for a full-time student is generally assumed to be 60 CFU. CFU and ECTS credits serve the same purpose and generally have the same value.
Degree class: Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes that have the same learning objectives and activities are grouped into “degree classes". The educational content of each programme is set autonomously by each university; however, universities are required to include certain educational activities (and the corresponding number of CFU credits) set at the national level. These requirements are established in relation to each degree class. Degrees in the same class have the same legal value.
Double/Joint degrees: the Italian universities may establish degree programmes in partnership with other Italian or foreign universities. Upon completion of these courses, graduates are awarded a joint or double/multiple degree, one from each Partner University.

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