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M.Sc. Quantitative and Computational Biology

The Quantitative and Computational Biology program from University of Trento is a multidisciplinary degree that formally integrates quantitative sciences and applied biology.

The Master of Science (Laurea Magistrale) in Quantitative and Computational Biology is a multidisciplinary degree that formally integrates quantitative sciences and applied biology, thanks to the involvement of the following organizations at the University of Trento:

  • CIBIO, Centre for integrative biology
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science

The course focuses on a strategic area where technology and methodology enable students to face essential questions at the interface between fundamental research and clinical and pre-clinical areas, through analytical and quantitative approaches.

The course – entirely taught in English – is designed to capture the increasing need for researchers and experts able to transform the enormous amount of biological information (“big data”) into knowledge and to gain quantitative insight into the behavior of biological systems by means of bio-mathematical and biophysical models.

Key target areas include pharmacogenomics, biotechnology, food science, and precision medicine, which represent applied research fields where the growing availability of multidimensional data demands a high level of interdisciplinarity.

Quick facts

Degree awarded Master of Science – “Laurea Magistrale” – in Quantitative and Computational Biology
Workload The total workload for each student is 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)
Duration 2 years full-time
Start Date September each year
Fees and funding
(approximate range)
EU: 340€ – 3,400€ (fee range based on personal income and merit)
Non-EU: 1,000€ – 6,500€ (fee range based on merit only, i.e. score in the application evaluation)
Location TrentoItaly

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Career opportunities

Graduates in Quantitative and Computational Biology will be trained to build the following professional profiles:

  • Biotechnologist
  • Computational Biologist
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biologists data and systems biology analyst

The profiles are characterized by a set of shared competencies, to which are added specific expertise in the field of biotechnology, information technology, and/or mathematics and physics.

Graduates, trained for the above-mentioned professions, will be able to use biological data publicly available and to work closely with biologists, clinicians, pharmacologists, engineers, epidemiologists in experimental research and pre-clinical context, in analysis/hospital laboratories, by using a common language.

The professional perspective of the graduates is in the context of public and private research centers, pharmaceutical, food, and biotechnology companies, as well as in advanced medical investigation laboratories.


Application deadlines
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  • March for Non-EU citizens permanently living abroad
  • June for EU students and Non-EU students living in Italy


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or related fields
  • English at B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

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