Academic year: 2022/2023

Level of qualification

Master's Degree Programme

Ministerial degree code

LM-8 (Industrial biotechnology)


The teaching regulations of the study course depend on the following organisational aspects: educational goals, access methods, study plan, exams, final exam, job opportunities, etc. Throughout their university career, students must refer to the teaching regulations enforced from their matriculation.


School of Economics, Languages and Entrepreneurship, Riviera Santa Margherita 76, 31100 Treviso (Italy)
For further information please contact the Campus in Treviso (School of Economics, Languages and Entrepreneurship),

Scientific Campus, via Torino 155, 30170 Venezia Mestre
For further information please contact the Scientific Campus,

Head of studies

Prof. Paolo Pavan (Teaching committee coordinator,



Access to the programme

Open admission, with evaluation of minimum curricular requirements.

Quota reserved to non-EU students residing outside Italy: 20 seats, of which 10 space is reserved for Chinese students, living in China, studying under the Marco Polo Project.

Details about the assessment procedures are available in the webpage dedicated to test and admission requirements.

Admission requirements

In order to be accepted onto the Master's degree course, students must hold a degree in one of the following: L-2 (Biotechnologies); L-13 (Biological Sciences); L-27 (Science and Chemical Technology); L-32 (Science and Technology for the Environment and Nature), or in a corresponding degree class under a previous system, or another equivalent accepted academic qualification awarded abroad. Students must also have an adequate level of personal preparation.

Graduates in other degree classes will only be able to access the course if they have at least 60 credits in specific scientific disciplinary sectors in the subjects of mathematics, chemistry, physics, IT and biology, as specified in the Degree Programme Regulations and outlined in section A3.bc of the Admissions Procedure.

It is compulsory to check students’ level of personal preparation; this involves achieving a minimum degree mark and assessment of a professional and academic CV.

A minimum proficiency level of B2 in English is required.

For details of the curriculum requirements and how personal preparation is assessed, please refer to the Master’s Degree Programme Regulations.

Admission with international qualification

Applicants with international qualification must have obtained a bachelor’s degree that is the result of at least 3 years of study. The preliminary evaluation of the qualification is mandatory. Procedures and deadlines are available on the dedicated online platform.
International qualification will be evaluated by the designated teaching committee after the pre-evaluation procedure carried out on the online platform.

Course overview

The master's degree in Biotechnologies for Sustainable Development and the Environment trains professionals who can design, plan, develop, evaluate, manage and control systems, processes and services aimed at protecting the environment and implementing the use of renewable energies.

The course addresses the different applications of environmental processes and applied research from a quantitative approach, with a particular focus on ways to transform materials and energy that maximise production yield and minimise risks and environmental impacts, with a view to achieving sustainability (environmental but also economic and social sustainability) and implementing the circular economy concept.

Master’s graduates will develop the necessary skills to work in the field of industrial biotechnologies linked to the promotion of renewable resources and renewable energies, with regard to both the chemical, microbiological and engineering aspects of conversion and production processes, and to assess the environmental impact that these processes can produce.

Skills are developed through a multidisciplinary training programme with a practical approach. The course combines disciplines such as industrial, mechanical and energy engineering, analytical chemistry, applied microbiology, the assessment of risks and environmental impacts throughout the life cycle of products and processes, environmental law and the economy of multi-utilities.

The course involves the use of experimental teaching tools such as exercises, discussion of scientific publications and internships with companies or public and private research institutions. The final exam consists of preparing and discussing an original experimental thesis, which is the result of research and design work.

Occupational profiles

This master's degree course provides a preparation that can then be used in the following professional profiles:

  • Business manager for environmental and energy aspects
  • Company manager for the management of the water cycle
  • Corporate manager for waste management
  • Developer and evaluator of circular economy implementation projects

The degree in the LM-8 class (industrial biotechnologies) also allows graduates to work as biologists and biochemists, subject to them qualifying as such.



Examination assessment and graduation

The educational activities include classroom teaching, experts’ contributions, case studies analysis, workshops and internships (in Italy and abroad), in order to acquire wide-ranging skills that can be readily transferable into the world of work.
During the whole university career, the various skills and knowledge acquired by students will be assessed through written and oral examinations.

In order to be able to sit the final examination, students must achieve all the credits required by the study plan. Admission to the final examination is subject to students writing an original thesis which reports the results of an experimental research or development project. This thesis must then be discussed before the examination board. Students may work on their thesis within the University or at an external institution or abroad, and may choose whether to write it in English or Italian.

Access to further studies

Professional Master’s Programmes (1st level and 2nd level) and PhD programmes.

Last update: 29/11/2022