The Doctorate in Biological Research at the University of Milano-Bicocca is run by professors from the Departments of Biology and Bioscience as well as Environmental Sciences. Their areas of expertise include virtually all aspects of modern Biology: Physiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Ecology, Botany, Plant Genetics and Physiology, Zoology, Cytology and Hystology. This makes the Doctorate in Biological Research particularly multi- and inter-disciplinary. Doctoral students have access to developing research projects in all the above areas using state-of-the-art genetic, physiological, biochemistry and morphofucntional technologies. Students are encouraged to conduct a part of their doctoral project abroad at one of the many partner institutions offered by the program. The doctoral research project is conducted under the guidance of a member of the board of Doctoral Instructors, with which the doctoral student agrees upon a research project theme. Some research projects are developed in institutions external to Biology/Bioscience and Environmental Sciences. They are usually in industries or non-university research centers. In these cases the doctoral student must work with an instructor from the College who assumes the responsibilities of instructor-guide. While developing the experimental work, the doctoral student acquires the ability to independently plan and develop a project through to the goal. The doctoral program lasts three years and is planned as a full-time occupation.
The teaching aspect of the Doctorate includes: 1. single seminars on the topics mentioned above held by Italian and foreign visiting researchers, 2. journal clubs and 3. an English course taught by an English native-speaker and specifically planned to allow the students to acquire communication and comprehension language skills that are indispensable for biological researchers. Aside from this three-part teaching strategy, the Doctoral School of Sciences organizes seminars with generalized scientific themes. A further part of the doctoral students’ academic formation is their participation in conferences geared toward their own fields of research. The specifics of their participation are agreed upon between the students and their instructor-guides.
Thus far, the Doctorate in Biological Research has benefited from at least three research scholarships funded by the University of Milano-Bicocca. In addition, one or two scholarships funded by the "Ministero dell’Università" (Ministry of Higher Education) are granted each year. Furthermore, each year, one or two scholarships are given by various corporations in order to fund projects in their interest. There are also unfunded doctoral student positions opened in equal measure with the total number of scholarships granted by the University of Milano-Bicocca and different corporations.