Master's degree in Medical Bioinformatics



The Master’s degree in Medical Bioinformatics prepares graduates for a career at management and supervisory level in the design, development, maintenance and management of information systems in medicine, biology and health systems.
In particular, this programme will equip graduates with specific skills in the following areas: complex biomedical software in the field of scientific and technological innovation for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes; complex information systems for the management of clinical and bioinformatics databases; software for processing medical and biological data in clinical decision support systems; health information systems with heterogeneous and complex architectures; visual interfaces for bioinformatics. 
The programme, which is entirely taught in English, provides a theoretical foundation and the methodological and technological multi- and inter-disciplinary knowledge to address issues related to the design, analysis and development of intelligent systems in medical informatics and complex bioinformatics.

Tutoring activities are intended to provide students with assistance and information about the programme, and are carried out by specific tutors. To contact a tutor, please get in touch with the Student Tutoring Advisor, Prof. Alessandro Farinelli.

Degree programme annual factsheet (SUA-CdS)

As part of the Quality Assurance system, complete, updated and easily available information on objectives, study plan, resources used and results achieved for each degree programme is made available through the SUA-CdS - Scheda Unica Annuale del Corso di Studio (Degree programme annual factsheet). This includes an Overview and three public sections (Learning Objectives, Student Experience, Learning Outcomes) which together provide a wide range of information about each degree programme. The SUA-CdS also contains an administrative section (Administration and Quality Management) that is for internal use only.

The Degree programme annual factsheet (SUA-CdS), which is currently available only in Italian, is a valuable tool that can be used by the University to design, implement and reorganise, as well as to evaluate, each degree programme. However, the SUA-CdS factsheet is also useful for students, to help them choose the right programme of study.

Course details

Postgraduate and Master's programmes
2 years
Degree class
LM-18 - Classe delle lauree magistrali in Informatica
Supervisory body
Collegio Didattico di Informatica
Programme Director
Rosalba Giugno
Amministrazione Collegi del Dipartimento di Informatica
Learning outcomes
The specific learning objectives of the programme can be grouped as follows:
• theoretical, methodological, experimental and applied knowledge in the core areas of computer science, with a focus on the application domains of biology and medicine;
• knowledge of techniques and methods in order to design data and processes, for the development of computer systems in the field of medicine, bioinformatics and omics analysis;
• knowledge of information systems, processing, management and data mining of bioinformatics and medical data;
• knowledge of the main software platforms, sequencing techniques, bioinformatics databases for public use and the standards in use for the representation and communication of data;
• ability to design, implement and integrate software modules for genome analysis and implementation of web services for the management of biological and clinical data;
• ability to identify the components and tools suitable for the treatment of complex problems of bioinformatics and medical informatics, where the integration of interdisciplinary skills is required.
Given the international dimension of the scientific, technical and economic aspects of informatics and its applications in medicine and health systems, this Master’s degree programme is entirely taught in English.
The programme, in line with the learning objectives outlined above, is organised in such a way as to deepen the theoretical, methodological and technological aspects of computer science disciplines with regard to their applications in the biological and medical fields, and to provide graduates with appropriate biological and medical knowledge in order to deal with these complex application domains with awareness.
To this end, the first year of the programme includes modules aimed at providing students with solid basic and transversal skills essential for computer science postgraduates, fundamental to address specialised applications in the biomedical field. In the first year, students will be also provided with specific modules that will enable them to gain an in-depth understanding of medical and biological knowledge, fundamental in the fields of Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics. During their second year, students will be able to deepen their knowledge and skills in the area of Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics through specific modules in computer science focused on the following key areas: architectures for the processing of biological data; analysis of genomic sequences, natural computing models, and health information systems; data analysis techniques to support the clinical decision and processing of biomedical images. The programme is integrated with modules chosen by the student and further training activities on language skills, and internships.
The culmination of the programme is the writing of a dissertation (a work of research, formalisation, design or development), through which the students will be able to complete their technical and scientific training.
Career prospects
Graduates in Medical Bioinformatics are IT professionals specialised in processing (representation, processing, analysis, visualisation, archiving and communication) of large amounts of data (structured, semi-structured and unstructured data), thus acting as Data Scientists in order to deploy and use advanced IT techniques and tools in the fields of biology, medicine and health. Our graduates contribute to broaden scientific knowledge by conducting research and experiments in the fields of information sciences and telematics applied to medicine and biology.
Graduates–who will be able to apply to, and make available such knowledge for, clinical, health, biomedical and bioinformatics scientific research activities–shall find employment in a range of work contexts, as follows: computer manufacturing companies and software houses specialised in the production of software and hardware for bioinformatics or medical-clinical applications; hospitals and health agencies/organisations; pharmaceutical companies; research institutions - public and private - and genomic and health services; as self-employed professionals and in public departments.
Graduate’s role in a work context: graduates in medical bioinformatics will be able to enter management and supervisory positions in the design, development, management and maintenance of information systems in medicine, biology and health systems, with particular regard to:
• design of complex biomedical software oriented to scientific and technological innovation for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes;
• design of complex computer systems for the management of clinical and bioinformatics databases;
• design of systems for the processing of medical and biological data in clinical decision support systems;
• management of health information systems with heterogeneous and complex architectures;
• design of systems and visual interfaces for bioinformatics.
Expected skills: while performing their tasks, graduates in medical bioinformatics will be able to address computer problems in the biomedical field from a managerial point of view, to coordinate teams and to define innovative approaches. The expected skills are therefore relevant to the following areas:
• theoretical, methodological, experimental and applicative skills in the fundamental areas of information technology, particularly regarding bioinformatics activities of biomedical laboratories, specifically clinical activities, and activities specifically aimed at healthcare organisations;
• ability to address and analyse complex problems in the biological, medical and healthcare fields and to coordinate the development of computer systems for their solution;
• knowledge of investigation methodologies and ability to apply them in concrete situations, leading teams in projects that require expertise in medical computing and bioinformatics;
• appropriate biomedical knowledge to integrate their IT skills.

Expected tasks: Graduates will be able to perform tasks of the following types:
• carry out development tasks in the field of scientific and technological innovation for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes;
• design, organisation, management and maintenance of complex medical information systems for the management of clinical or bioinformatics databases, for the processing of medical and bioinformatics data in clinical decision support systems, both in health information systems and in hospital centres;
• support to organisational, clinical and scientific inter and intra-hospital activities, both in bioinformatics research labs and in information technology companies operating in the medical sector;
• teaching activities in schools of different types and levels, upon completion of the specific teaching courses.
Graduates in Medical Bioinformatics are typically open-minded about where to find their best job opportunities, in Italy or abroad. Observing the Italian and international contexts, the skills acquired in a master's degree of this kind will enable graduates to apply for positions in IT companies operating in the medical sector, as well as hospitals and research laboratories, in bioinformatics and medicine to support clinical and scientific activities of single units or departments.
Main Department
Computer Science
Macro area
Sciences and Engineering
Subject area
Sciences and Engineering