Academic year 2024-25
Admission requirements

Requirements for admission

Students with an Italian University degree: The BforB Master degree can be accessed by graduates of Laurea Triennale belonging to the L-2 class (Biotecnologia) and previous class 1 (Biotecnologia). It can also be accessed by any student with a Laurea Triennale providing a strong background in biotechnology-related subjects, specifically at least 35 university credits (CFU) in basic disciplines (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology) among the following SSD: MAT/01-02-03-04-05-06-07-08-09, FIS/01-02-03-04-05-06-07-08, SECS-S/01-02, AGR/07-16, BIO/04-10-11-12-13-18-19, CHIM/01-02-03-06 and at least 25 CFU in "core disciplines" for the L-2 class of Laurea Triennale, among the following SSD: AGR/01-02-03-04-11-12-13-15-17-18, BIO/01-02-03-07-09-15, CHIM/04-05-08-10-11-12, MED/03-07-42, VET/03-04.
Students with a degree from a non-Italian institution: They must possess a Bachelor degree from an accredited college or University comprising a consistent number of exams in basic disciplines (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology) and of exams belonging to the molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, plant cell biology and biochemistry areas.

Proficiency in English at a B2 level or higher per 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:
- Language certificate of B2 or higher level issued no more than three years before the date of admission application. You will find the list of language certificates recognized by the University at: The certificate must be uploaded when submitting the online application;
- English level achieved during a University of Milan degree programme and certified by the University Language Centre (SLAM) no more than four years before the date of admission application, including levels based on language certificates submitted by the applicant during their Bachelor's degree at the University of Milan. In this case the process is automatic, the applicant does not have to attach any certificates to the application;
- Placement test administrated by the University Language Centre (SLAM) according to the calendar published on the website: (
All those who fail to submit a valid certificate or do not meet the required proficiency level will be instructed during the admission procedure to take the placement test.
Applicants who do not take or pass the placement test will be required to obtain a language proficiency certificate recognized by the University (see and deliver it to the SLAM via the InformaStudenti service by the deadline fixed for the master's programme (
Applicants who do not meet the requirement by said deadline will not be admitted to the master's degree programme and may not sit any further tests.

Eligibility assessment

The personal curriculum of the applicants and the certifications will be evaluated to verify that the requirements for admission are satisfied by an Admission Committee composed of the coordinator and at least one lecturer of the Master degree. For students with an Italian Bachelor degree the analysis of the curriculum aims to verify the level of knowledge (ECTS acquired and the grade obtained) in the "core disciplines" for the L-2 class of Laurea Triennale, while for International students the evaluation (ECTS acquired and the grade obtained) will focus on all the following disciplines: molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, plant cell biology and biochemistry.
If deemed necessary, the Committee may integrate this documentary assessment with an interview with the applicants. The interview may be held remotely through an online conference platform. Should the candidates be called by the commission, the interview is mandatory for possible admission to the Master. The interview is aimed at examining more thoroughly the applicant's background knowledge.
The applicants will receive communication of their eligibility and will be allowed to enrol in the Master degree program. An online self-evaluation test will be then provided, allowing the admitted students to identify specific weaknesses in their knowledge that need to be fulfilled by autonomous study. The teachers are available to give personal advice and bibliographic material.

Practical instructions

Applicants considered eligible by the Admission Committee can enroll in the BforB Master degree under the terms and conditions indicated at
Students who have applied for admission to BforB prior to the conclusion of their bachelor degree (Laurea Triennale), if possessing the other admission requirements and a valid English proficiency certificate, will be granted the possibility to attend the first term classes (pre-enrollment). In this case students must present to Segreteria Studenti the bachelor degree up to December 31st 2024 to receive formal admission to the course. Only after admission students are allowed to enroll and only after enrolment they are allowed to give exams.
Call and deadlines


Application for admission: from 22/01/2024 to 25/08/2024

Application for matriculation: from 08/04/2024 to 15/01/2025

Attachments and documents

Admission notice

Please note

Non-EU students visa applicants are required to apply for admission no later than 30 April 2024. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be evaluated and it will in no case be possible to request the refund of the admission fee.

Further information

For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:

  • the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students 
  • the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’-  that is variable.

The University provides:

  • no tax area for students on track with exams and not on track with exams for one year with ISEE certification until 30.000 €.
  • Fees exemption on account of merit, income or disability, or if they meet other specific requirements;
  • Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements;
  • Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad;
Scholarships and benefits

The University also provides:

  • Part-time study 
  • Financial aid, refectory service, accommodation,
  • Awards and scholarships