The bioeconomy is based on the exploitation of natural renewable resources, marine and terrestrial, and their transformation in goods and services for nutrition and agriculture, energy and material production.

The bioeconomy has therefore the innovation potential to ensure the society with environmental and economical sustainability.

The development of novel technologies and processes for the bioeconomy is a key aspect considered for the EU bioeconomy strategy, and in particular biotechnology is among the main levers for innovation in bioeconomy and circular economy.

The Master Degree in Biotechnology for the Bioeconomy is aimed to prepare graduates with advanced knowledge on the molecular and cellular basis of biological systems, plant and microorganisms, in order to be able to manage, develop and improve the processes in several sectors of biotechnologies applied to the bioeconomy. Students with a degree in Biotechnology for the Bioeconomy B4B can enter in this emergent market sector or participate to a PhD program in the biotechnology or agro-environmental topics.



During two-year course the students will acquire 120 ECTS.

Students will acquire knowledge about biotechnological methods applied to the set up and innovation of bioprocesses based on biological resources, even oriented to environmental remediation and waste biomass valorization within the circular economy approach. Knowledge on biological macromolecules and cellular processes based on them, complemented by analytical molecular and chemical instruments will be provided.

The preparation will be completed by life cycle assessment LCA, intellectual property and project management in the bioeconomy sector.

Knowledge in specific sectors will be acquired by

  1. elective courses that the student will choose among a list of courses focusing on specific biotechnologies;
  2. optional courses even offered in other Master Degrees;
  3. laboratory stages.

Student preparation will not be strictly notional, several courses will include in the program specific cross-cutting activities providing soft skills like group-working and presentation skills. Most of the courses, moreover, will organize laboratory practical activities and technical visits to companies of interest in the bioeconomy sector. In the study plan, among the free activities, the student has moreover the possibility to include multidisciplinary laboratory internships.

Relevant activity will be the experimental thesis, which could be performed in research laboratories, public or private, national or international. The final exam will consist in the production and discussion of a dissertation containing the results of an original research work.



A prerequisite for access is to have an English language certification at least B2 level.

Access to the course is free for graduates of class L-2 (Biotechnology).

For other graduate classes, admission is based solely on evaluation of the undergraduate curriculum. More information at the following link: