Safety Assessment of Xenobiotics and Biotechnological Products

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Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-9 - Pharmaceutical, veterinary and medical biotechnologies
Master programme
Open with entry requirements examination
Course location
The purpose is to create a new Master level, "Risk assessment of xenobiotics and biotechnological products (RA-XBP)" equivalent to the second-level higher education award that it refers to the second cycle in the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), designed by the Bologna Accords (1999) which refers to level 7 of the European Union's European Qualifications Framework. The degree requires 120 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), and the expected learning outcomes particularly will meet those specific to the second Dublin descriptor. The aim is to present provision of training program in risk assessment based on common European criteria, easily adoptable by institutions across Europe and focusing on Risk Assessment methodology and procedure. The project focuses on understanding the profile and training requirements of risk assessors in order to design a degree covering a range of disciplines in risk assessment and providing a model to establish a recognition of risk assessors in accordance to a well-defined and properly acknowledged training standard that will be available and adopted in 2015 in all European Countries by the Committee for Standardization CEN member states (CEN TC/416).
The professional profiles generated will be employed by:
- public administration for the control, implementation and management of human health and environmental protection
- Industry Associations (Food, Cosmetics, Pharma, Chemicals)
- Pharma Companies in the sector of drug development
- Biotech Companies
- Contract Research Organization for the drug toxicity testing
- Food and Chemical Companies in Quality Control divisions
- Bioremediation Companies
- Innovative energy plants
- Public and Private Companies for the implementation and application of appropriate RA procedures
- Private sectors as consultants for RA of chemicals, food contaminants, water and air pollutants.
- Public and Private Research Institutions
- Universities and secondary schools
Employment statistics (Almalaurea)
Admission Requirements
To be admitted to a 2nd course/level degree course, a 1st level degree or a suitable equivalent foreign qualification is required (see also the "Admission criteria" section).

Access to the Master in "Safety Assessment of Xenobiotics and Biotechnological Products" (SAXBi) is open to:
- graduates with Italian degree (ex. DM 270/04 or equivalent ex. DM 509/99) in the areas L2 or L29;
- graduates from areas other than the above listed, provided they have earned the following credits:
· at least 9 credits (ECTS) in disciplines of CHIM/01, CHIM/03 or CHIM/06 (analytical chemistry; general and inorganic chemistry; organic chemistry);
· at least 5 credits in disciplines BIO/09 (physiology);
· at least 12 credits in disciplines BIO/10, BIO/11 or BIO/13 (biochemistry; molecular biology; applied biology);
· at least 6 credits in disciplines BIO/14 (pharmacology/toxicology);
Students with foreign qualification recognised as equivalent may access to the Master in SAXBi if they can demonstrate background knowledge and skills in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and physiology, equivalent to those listed above. A committee of teachers appointed by the Board of Faculty will check the presence of these requirements.

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 and the knowledge of the English Language equivalent to B2 level.

Students who have not yet graduated but who expect to graduate by December 2020 can also apply for admission to the Master in SAXBi.

Interviews of applicants will be held according to a calendar proposed individually to each applicant.
The committee evaluates the candidate on a 100-point scale:
-up to 25/100 will be given for the graduation mark;
-up to 25/100 for the curriculum (free courses, others ) -up to 50/100 for the interview
The minimum requirement for admission is 60/100.

Recommended to the course, mandatory to the labs.

Students who are working
If the student is enrolled in working activities in laboratories in which techniques that are subject of the teaching laboratories are used, he/she is entitled of a partial/total exemption from laboratory attendance.
To take advantage of such concession, the student has to present to the Secretariat of the Teaching Committee copy of the job contract and timetable at the beginning of each academic year.
Alternatively, the students who are working are entitled to enrol as part-time students (see below).

Part-time students:
In agreement with the University of Milan rules, students who:
- are working with a not occasional documented commitment (subordinate, autonomous or professional) of at least 6 months/year;
- are taking care of not self-sufficient relatives with a not-occasional commitment;
- have health problems or disabilities, which are hampering the normal study progression;
- are taking care of their own children or are pregnant;
- are enrolled in documented sport or artistic activities at national or international level
can be enrolled as part-time students.

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Courses list

Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Development Biology and Differentiation 6 56 English BIO/13
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Functional, Metabolic and Epigenetic Biochemistry 6 48 English BIO/10
Methods of analysis of chemicals in water, air, biological fluids, tissues, food 6 48 English CHIM/01 CHIM/06
- Methods of analysis of chemicals3
- Physical-chemical characterization, identity3
Organ Physiopathology and Histopathology 10 96 English BIO/09 MED/04 VET/03
- Lab of Comparative Histopathology3
- Organ Physiology and Pathology7
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Bioremediation 7 88 English BIO/13 BIO/19
- Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnological Remediation3
- Laboratory of Cell Biology4
Biotechnology and Pharmacotoxicology 10 88 English BIO/14
- Biotechnology and Pharmacology5
- Genotoxicology, Cancerogenicity, Immunotoxicology, Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity5
Regulatory Aspects in toxicology 6 48 English CHIM/09 IUS/14
- Legislation in European Union3
- Regulatory Aspects of Medicaments, Medical Devices and Health products3
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Laboratory of Risk assessment 8 0 English
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Databases and Exposure scenarios 6 48 English INF/01 SECS-S/01
- Informatics and Database3
- Statistics applied to Epidemiology3
Quantitative Chemical Structure and activity relationship 10 88 English BIO/10 CHIM/08
- In Silico Methods in Toxicology5
- Structural bioinformatics5
System Toxicity and Risk Assessment 7 64 English BIO/14
- Risk Assessment4
- System Toxicity3
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Pharmacogenetics and Epigenetics in Toxicology 6 48 English BIO/14
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Other training activities 3 0 English
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Thesis 29 0 English
Study plan rules
- Students have to choose optional course for 8 credits.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Laboratory of Risk assessment 8 0 English year
Course locations
Teaching block Via Golgi, 19 - 20133 MILAN
Lectures are held in the classrooms indicated in the timetable of the courses of Università degli Studi di Milano.
All the classrooms are accessible to students with disabilities.
Laboratory locations
Teaching block Via Golgi, 19 - 20133 MILAN
Laboratory activities are held in the labs of the Faculty of Pharmacy, according to the timetable of the courses of Università degli Studi di Milano.
Head of study programme
Academic guidance tutor
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Master's degree admission tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate

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