Elective classes

As provided on the Rules and Regulation of the study programme, elective classes are scheduled during the second year of the Master's Degree Course. Students can choose elective classes among the following:

  • Metagenomics
  • The Law and Ethics of A.I.-driven biomedical innovation
  • Molecular Genetics and Molecular Medicine in the AI-era
  • Focused lab training

As optional credits, Students can also freely choose classes offered by any Master’s Degree of Biology and Biotechnology that are not mandatory for their own curriculum, without any further authorization. The only requirement is that the chosen elective class must be taught in English.

Here is a list of elective classes available for academic year 2023/24 and a list of elective classes available for academic year 2024/25.

Students interested in one or more elective class(es) must contact directly the Lecturer within one week from the beginning of the lessons. Students may find the email address and phone number of the Lecturers on the search engine of the University of Pisa (UNIMAP). 

NOTICE: an elective class will be shown on the timetable of the lessons only if the Teacher has been contacted by the Students who have expressed their interest to participate to the course.

To choose any other course, Students must submit a motivated request to the Teaching Unit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for approval by the Council of the Master’s Degree, before taking the exam (we advise to send the request even before starting to attend the course). 

COURSES HELD AT THE SCUOLA NORMALE SUPERIORE
Starting from a.y. 2023/2024, students can attend courses held at the Scuola Normale Superiore according to the following options:

  1. the student audits a course and get the attendance certificate without taking the relevant exam. In this case the student is NOT required to get prior authorization from the Course of study Council;
  2. the student attend the course, take the exam and ask the relevant credits to be recorded in his/her university career as supernumerary credits. In this case the student is NOT required to get prior authorization from the Course of study Council.
  3. the student attend the course, take the exam and ask the relevant credits to be recorded in his/her university career as credits for elective classes. In this case the student is required to get prior authorization from the Course of study Council.

The request must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., specifying title of the exam to be taken at the Scuola Normale Superiore, amount of CFU, Scientific Disciplinary Sector  and exam syllabus. 

PLEASE NOTICE: By resolution No. 36 of 20/10/2023, prot. 5618/2023 - repertory 86/2023, the Aggregate Council in Biotechnologies established that the maximum number of CFU that can be earned at the Scuola Normale Superiore as a choice activity is 6 CFU. 

ONLY after passing the exam, the student can ask the relevant credits to be recorded in his/her university career as supernumerary credits or credits for elective classes sending this form duly filled in and transcript of records issued by the Scuola Normale Superiore to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

PLEASE NOTICE: Any credits acquired for exams taken without prior authorization from the Course of study Council cannot be recorded in the student’s university career as credits for elective classes.

COURSES HELD AT THE SCUOLA SUPERIORE SANT'ANNA DI PISA
Information is available on this page.

CAREER LABS - CONTAMINATION LAB - SUMMER/WINTER SCHOOL
The Board of Studies provides the following recognitions in the area of free choice:

- Career Labs: no more than 1 CFU is recognized (at least 25 hours of activity)
- Contamination Lab: no more than 1 CFU is recognized (at least 25 hours of activity)
- Summer/winter school: no more than 1 CFU is recognized, regardless of whether the S/W school is fee-based or not (at least 25 hours of activity).

For recognition, a request accompanied by the certificate of attendance must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PF24 / PF60: percorso formativo 24 CFU / 60 CFU

The Course of study Council does not recognize AFS (Attività Formative Specifiche), carried within PF24/PF60, as part of elective classes (AFS pedagogia, pedagogia speciale e didattica dell’inclusione - 6 CFU (acronym: AFS-ped) s.s.d. M-PED/01; AFS psicologia – 6CFU (acronym: AFS-psi) s.s.d. M-PSI/01; AFS antropologia - 6CFU (acronym: AFS-ant) s.s.d. M-DEA/01; AFS metodologie e tecnologie didattiche – 6CFU (acronym: AFS-met) s.s.d. M-PED/03).