Program Overview


Aim of the master basic scientific knowledge and expertise are no longer sufficient for building a successful career in the growing bioeconomy. Therefore, the MS provides a rich combination of theoretical perspectives on life science innovation with a practical focus on the dynamics of the bioeconomy and its value chains.
One of the strengths of this programme is that graduates are exposed to different perspectives and points of view:
  • Established producers seeking to introduce renewable resources, biotechnological processes and their corresponding products onto the market
  • Companies focusing on new biobased resources, processes and products
  • Actors attempting to gauge the need and acceptance of such products
  • Organizations supporting the development of biobased value chains, e.g. through research and advisory services

Among the main aims, the master also includes:

  • Developing of a sustainable innovation in a responsible manner
  • Reduction of barriers to biotechnology innovation
  • Promotion of the integration of biotechnology research across commercial applications
  • Creation of an ongoing dialogue among governments, citizens, academia and firms
  • Bringing of new technologies to existing and emerging markets in a legal way

To meet these modern challenges, the MASTER (1 year course) provides students with a dynamic set of competencies, skills, knowledge and frameworks (see below) about life science innovation, as highly desired by prospective employers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Students will also have the opportunity to conduct placement-based dissertations with organisations, universities or companies that are involved in the bioeconomy.

The concept of Public Engagement as well as Responsible Research Innovations are at the background of each course.

Knowledge and conceptual frameworks:

  • Current trends and recent achievements in life science innovation
  • Innovation from 'proof to concept' to market readiness
  • Risk, regulation and governance of the bioeconomy
  • Knowledge management and intellectual property in life sciences
  • New business models and value systems
  • Financing of life science innovation and changing commercial R&D models and strategies

Program Structure

The program responds to the rapid growth in the global bioeconomy by providing the core knowledge and skills needed to compete in a rapidly evolving, highly skilled workforce.

The program includes four compulsory modules (5 Credits each) given by the four participating Universities. Modules cover relevant scientific topics as well as economic and legal issues.

University of Bologna

University of


University of Naples

Federico II

University of Turin


Each module envisages teaching on scientific topics by staff members of the participating Universities, whilst Economic and regulatory aspects, as well as specific case studies, are covered by members of participating companies and associations.

Length of the Master

Students are required to attend 4 weeks full-time lessons, each one taught in a different University, and a 6-months stage in one company or institution. Individual study time is required to prepare for the intermediate evaluation planned after each module and for preparing a final thesis work.

Evaluation criteria and certificate

The progress will be assessed at each step. Intermediate evaluation will follow the end of each module. Students are required to write a thesis about the work performed during the stage.

Participants who attended at least 75% of the activities planned and passed each evaluation step will obtain a 2nd level Master Degree and 60 CFU.