Management / Life Sciences and Medtech


The Master in Management / Life Sciences and MedTech is aimed at young graduates in the scientific field who aspire to a managerial career in the company in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare services sectors.

The pharmaceutical industry is a strategic asset of the international economy, as well as one of the sectors in which the numbers are increasing both in terms of employment and investment and research. The Master offers a specific course designed to enrich the academic background and to give managerial appeal to the experts in the sector, with the aim of their direct and effective inclusion in the labor market.

The course is structured over 12 months and includes an initial phase with classroom lectures aimed at learning the fundamental knowledge of management to complete the students’ skills, through a strong classroom interaction with managers and professionals, master lectures, testimonials and activities of project. This is followed by an internship in the company, much earlier than the traditional masters, conceived as a meeting point between the aspirations of the participants with the opportunities and demands of companies. The master’s course is completed with a third phase, which includes courses and training activities carried out according to the typical Executive Education methods, with intensive two-day residential sessions 2-3 times a month, accompanied by remote assisted projects and activities, parallel to the trainee period.

Thanks to the Master in Management, students have the opportunity to become part of the Business Network and the alumni community, a valuable international network to take the first steps of a managerial career.

The Master in Management / Life Sciences and MedTech was born as a meeting point between the managerial aspirations of young graduates in science subjects and the market linked to life sciences such as biology, biotechnology, pharmacy and related sectors. The pharmaceutical industry, biomedical engineering, biotech companies, the field of biomedical devices and equipment, as well as companies and startups linked to the healthcare sectors constitute the elective professional opportunities.


Contact the master Program Manager to begin this pathway.



Alessandro Grandi

Alessandro Grandi

Director of Studies

" The Master in Management is designed for individuals who want to invest in their future, and who began university studies in subjects not directly related to management and wish to increase the value of their education. Generally our students arrive to the program with a spirit of change and growth. The goal of the Master in Management is to carry out this objective through an innovative educational experience which is accomplished through direct connections with companies who are able to introduce students to the world of employment and professional growth. "


The Master in Management is a full-time program structured in 1.500 hours of learning activities over 12 months of study, divided into 332 hours of frontal teaching, of which 242 in the full time phase and 90 in the part-time phase, 543 estimated hours of individual study and 625 hours of internship. Overall, the Master’s program consists of a training course that integrates classroom training, e-learning, on-the-job training and integration into the company, according to an innovative structure articulated in three main phases.


First Phase: 4 months in full-time classroom

General courses and company project: the latter concludes the phase of full-time training and anticipates contact with companies with consultancy activities on a real case, exercising the participants to use the general management tools learned.


Second Phase: 4 months of internship in the company

Immediately debuted in the company: the internship is conceived as a structured experience, an agreement with companies for the development of projects assisted by a school tutor.


Third phase: 4 months of part-time training

The Master concludes with 4 months of training from two / three classroom sessions per month on Friday and Saturday, which complete the training course. Part-time training provides participants and companies the opportunity to start forms of collaboration before the end of the course, also in continuity with the internship activity.


The Master program is updated and best suited to meet the needs of the market thanks to a continuous confrontation between the faculty and a specific Management Committee:

• Matteo Arduini, Head of Finance, Brevini
• Paolo Balice, Presidente, Aiaf 
• Cesare Bassoli, Componente Consiglio Direttivo, ANDAF Emilia-Romagna 
• Giovanni Battista Vacchi, Partner e Head of Italian Corporate Financial Strategy, Ernst & Young • Andrea Bontempi, Partner, KPMG Advisory
• Paolo Capitanio, Partner, KPMG Advisory 
• Gianluca Focaccia, Partner, Ernst & Young
• Barbara Grisoli, CFO, Poliambulatorio Dalla Rosa Prati
• Giacomo Iannelli, Partner, Ernst & Young
• Annalisa Malfatti, General Counselor & Chief Internal Auditing Officer, Burgo Group
• Pierpaolo Marziali, CEO Eighteen Sound/M&A and IR Officer, Landi Renzo
• Sergio Marzo, CFO, Ima
• Gianluca Settepani, Partner, Studio Gnudi
• Massimo Tamburini, Partner, KPMG Advisory.


Financial and management accounting. The role of CFO in the company. Measuring and interpreting the company's financial performance. Analysis of indices and flows. Cost calculation and analysis for management control. Strategic control and strategic cost management systems. Preliminary economic and financial analysis and budget. Evaluation of managerial performance. Multi-dimensional performance management systems.

Over the last decade sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices have become paramount for companies as well as for the society at large. Although most companies have developed sustainability programs over the years, as they are cutting carbon emissions, reducing waste, and otherwise enhancing operational efficiency, we are witnessing a mishmash of sustainability tactics that does not add up to a sustainable strategy. To endure, a sustainable strategy has to cope with the competing – and apparently divergent – interests of all stakeholders: investors, employees, customers, governments, NGOs, society and the natural environment.

The purpose of this course is to initiate a debate around the role and functioning of modern corporations as sustainability challenges, opportunities and solutions emerge. In particular, the objective of the course is to detail and disentangle the links between sustainability, CSR and the key role that digital technologies can play as a mean to translate sustainable strategies into effective outcomes.

Within this perspective, three major learning outcomes are expected:

  • To allow students to gain a solid and robust understanding of what sustainability and corporate social responsibility mean in a business context;
  • To allow students to understand key approaches and frameworks for measuring and reporting sustainability and CSR in organizations;
  • To gain an understanding of what sustainability oriented innovation means and how it can be applied to a digital organizational context.

In order to achieve these objectives the course will combine (i) case studies and whole class discussion; (ii) talks by business leaders and managers dealing with sustainability issues; (iii) lectures.

The course teaches a new plan for the launch of a new business, be it a start-up or a new business branch. Students will be guided in the formulation of a business plan, working in small groups and having the opportunity to use all the managerial tools to give life to a concrete project. The course enables you to understand and define objectives and recipients of business plans, design structure and content, guide in the drafting and critical evaluation of the plan itself and the attached documents.

The course will cover a variety of themes which are emerging as the most prominent ones in the context of digital culture.The following is a preliminary list of the topics that will be considered.

1. Computing: Meaning and Limitations (from Kurt Godel & Alan Turing to Quantum and Beyond).

2. Counter Culture vs. Cyber Culture (Stewart Brand & Bob Taylor, a la' carte).

3. Coding: Meaning and Perspectives.

4. The Internet: Lo and Behold.

5. History of Computation.

6. The New Rise of AI: Of Men and Machines.

7. Text Digitization + Literary Analysis + Maps + Interactive Media + Games + Design + Media Art = Digital Humanities?

8. Big Brother in Action: Surveillance, Hacking, Privacy, Cyber-security and Data.

9. Ethics, Moral Responsibility and Accountability of Computing.

10. The Economics of the New Web.

Analysis of business models and competitive strategies in the web 2.0. The new consumer, features and online consumer behavior. Web analytics.

The course aims at presenting, with a focus on life sciences, the major issues related to the management of research projects and the innovations resulting from these, as well as the pathways for enhancing the results, both through technological transfer paths that start up innovative businesses. Particular attention will be devoted to the analysis of the industrial aspects of these pathways and to the patent and commercial exploitation of the results of scientific research, including business start-ups.

The course introduces to the sectors Healthcare and Life science through the presentation and discussion of business and scientific scenarios, highlighting the interrelations and the impact on the industrial and sector structure, the competitive structure and the evolutionary perspectives. The scenario of scientific innovations in the field of Healthcare and Life science is very broad and ranges from innovation in diagnostics to gene therapy, from regenerative medicine (stem cells, tissue engineering and biomaterials) to molecular farming for the creation of biopharmaceuticals in plant . In order for the results of scientific research in life sciences and biomedical technologies to be transformed into usable innovation by citizens and patients, a series of steps are required to enhance the technology, scale-up production, experimentation on patients and preparation of documentation necessary to obtain authorization for sale. It is a complex process that involves many different actors (companies and institutions). In this scenario, the knowledge of the industrial and competitive structure of the sector, of the value chain that integrates the various actors, and of the dynamics that characterize them are fundamental to enable innovation to become a product. The course is completed by identifying the professional profiles and key competences that oversee the path that leads from research to the market in companies and institutions.

From the business model to the operational marketing plan. The fundamental conceptual and quantitative tools necessary for understanding, analyzing and constructing the relationship a company establishes with its market of interest: the centrality of the client, studying acquired behavior, the processes of segmentation and positioning, the development of new products and the spread of innovation, pricing decisions, distribution and communication.

This module introduces European and Italian sector legislation and consists of a theoretical part which also illustrates the principles of bioethics and neuroethics and lays the foundations, through interactive classroom activity, to assess the ethics of experimental protocols to be presented to Ethics Committee.

The team building experience as a training tool to enhance the relationship and trust for the purpose of good teamwork. The course contents analyze how people and groups interact within a company. The aim is to develop knowledge and tools to manage people in the workplace, in terms of quality such as good and psychological well-being.

Il corso ha come obiettivo di combinare la visione sistemica e di processo delle operations nei settori industriali legati al biomed e di discutere dell'impatto del paradigma dell'industria 4.0 e della digitalizzazione sulla competitività di tali settori. La progettazione e il funzionamento dei sistemi sono modellizzati e analizzati utilizzando tecniche quantitative e qualitative implementate utilizzando la tecnologia più avanzate.

Learning method

The educational sessions provide various learning methods, including lectures, simulations, discussions of case studies and presentations by companies, testimonials, and group work.

The curriculum is completed with master lectures held by professionals from the world of business, academia and politics, with opportunities for discussion and interaction with the business world through case histories.


The integration with companies is a priority and an ever-present feature of all programs of the Bologna Business School, hence for the Master in Management too.
The School is fully committed to creating employability, by way of a systematic career service action, constantly focused on matching at best the students’ professional projects with the needs companies have.
The internship is an exceptional springboard, suffice it to say that six months after the end of the full-time masters at Bologna Business School on average 91% of students work in a company.

The BBS Career Service assists and supports students since the very beginning, along a training and professional development path. This is accomplished by organizing a series of workshops, with the aim of providing the fundamental tools and resources to be appropriately prepared for the labor market.


To achieve this goal, students are involved in several workshops, among which we may list:

  • Writing a CV and a Cover Letter
  • How to create an effective Linkedin profile
  • How to prepare for a job interview


In addition to this, thanks to the collaboration with professional career counselors, students receive a customized service, in order to understand their strengths and to build a professional development plan, which will turn out to be helpful when looking for an internship. Here follow some of the activities:

  • Initial guidance interviews
  • Specific interviews, focused on one’s own career plan
  • Continuous support to students with one – to – one sessions

Trough the Master in Management / Life Sciences and MedTech it is possible, once having completed in the companies the years of experience required, to become a Project Manager.








The tuition fee for the Master is 8.200 euros (VAT free).

The fee includes participation in theMaster, all the study material available through the online platform, and access to the Alma Bologna Business School such as: personal account for the Alma wi-fi, use of the PCs in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the internal gym, special rates for the School restaurant.
Furthermore, the fee gives participants the right to take advantage of the supporting activities of the School, such as the language courses and the master lectures by invitation.
Free parking is also available within the BBS campus.

Additionally, with the Student Card of the University of Bologna, students have access to all of the university facilities, including over 100 libraries, digital resources and study halls (including databases and online subscriptions); the three city center canteens and all university student related discount offers. More information is available on the site of the University of Bologna:


Participants are eligible to apply for Honor Loan with subsidised rate up to the complete coverage of the application fee.
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At Bologna Business School we understand the importance of financial aid in supporting our students to achieve their educational goals. We are aware that an advanced, high quality training path can be a significant commitment, at the same time we also truly believe that investing in one’s future always pays back.

Bologna Business School provides merit-based partial scholarships to the leading candidates in the selection process.

The cost of enrollment may be covered or sponsored by third parties: public entities, foundations or companies.


The Master is exclusively for candidates who hold a Master’s degree, Specialist degree or degree from the old university system in humanities, social or scientific disciplines (eg: Literature, Philosophy, Languages, Political Science, Education, Biology, Physics, Pharmacy, Industrial Chemistry or Engineering).
The degree must be obtained before the enrollment deadline. Auditors do not need to possess a university degree.


Admission to the Master requires passing selections by means of a motivational interview, designed to assess the candidate’s professional project and ensuring consistency with the objectives of the Master.


The second level Master is accessible only to those who have a bachelor's degree from the old system or a Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica. To access the first level Master a three-year undergraduate degree or a bachelor’s degree in the old system is sufficient.
Access to a first level University Master requires at least a three-year Bachelor’s degree (or the Bachelor’s degree in the old system); for a second level Master's Degree, the Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica (or the Bachelor’s degree of the old system) is necessary.
Enrolling in multiple university courses is not allowed. Therefore, if you are already enrolled in a degree at this or another university prior to registration into the master you are required to apply for a suspension of studies ("career freeze") at the secretariat of the specific School. During the suspension period you will not be able to undertake exams nor accumulate attendance related to the suspended degree.
Yes, you can enroll prior recognition of the degree at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where it was obtained. More details are available in the tender announcement.
Upon registration and payment of the admission fee, you must submit or send via registered mail to Alma Bologna Business School (Via degli Scalini 18-40136 Bologna), the following documents:
• a copy of the receipt for the fee of 60.00 euro for administrative services;
• summary sheet;
• a copy of your ID;
• Undergraduate Degree (or substitute statement);
• curriculum vitae;
• any additional titles to be assessed for admission purposes.
No, once you pass the selections, you can decide whether to formalize the registration to the Master through the registration process. However, it is essential to participate in the selection process and to pass it in order to be able to register.
It is essential, for the purpose of registration, to have completed the degree by the registration deadline.
As long as you have passed the selection process, you can still register as an auditor.
An auditor is someone who participates in a master and who has passed the selection stage but doesn’t have an MA/Specialist degree/degree according the old system/ or hasn’t be graduated within the call’s deadline. An auditor can participate in all lessons, academic activities and to the internship (not compulsory). An auditor doesn’t need to take exams and therefore is not awarded CFU. An auditor will however receive a certificate of attendance by the University of Bologna. Instead of paying €11.200 an auditor pays €9.200
CFU or Crediti Formativi Universitari is a tool to measure the quantity of learning required, including independent work necessary for the student to acquire the knowledge and skills in the subject matter of each specific course.
A credit (CFU) generally corresponds to 25 hours of work including lectures, tutorials, etc., but also independent study. For each academic year, a full time student in the course requires an average amount of work equal to 60 credits, ie. around 1500 hours. The credits are acquired by passing the exam or other testing.
The credits are used to compare different courses in Italian and European universities through an evaluation of the student workload required in certain subject areas in order to achieve the educational objectives defined. They facilitate student mobility between different courses of study, but also between Italian and European universities. Loans acquired during a course of study may be approved for continuing in other courses of study.
The University of Bologna uses the ECTS system accurately applying the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in all courses of the first cycle (Laurea), second cycle (Laurea Magistrale) and unified cycle. ECTS is a recognized standard created with the goal of supporting mobility and cultural exchange among students at the European level. This standard allows for the comparison of credit systems used by Universities and higher education institutions in Europe, to plan and implement the learning path of students. This allows students who study in one country to see their studies recognized at an institution in another country that applies the same standard.
Yes, every Master is composed of multiple courses, each with an exam at the end and based on whose completion the student earns the relative CFU for the course.
You can contact the Help Desk directly via e-mail:, or by telephone: +39 0512099882; or you can apply online:
The School supports students in finding housing, providing references of accommodation facilities and private residences that have been used by former students.
The School organizes several occasions for meetings, discussion, networking, training, refresher training reserved for the Alumni Community (those who have attended a course in Bologna Business School). For further information visit the Community section of our website.
Unlike the Laurea Magistrale or Specialistica, a University Master's degree actively involves students in practical cases, providing skills that facilitate immediate entry into the labor market. Specifically, the Master in Business Management, before the internship period, requires the development of a business plan that is carried out for the duration of the master and 3 one-month-long company projects each with a company chosen by the participant.


Faculty members at Bologna Business School work together offering outstanding teaching standards. An international and interdisciplinary approach is guaranteed by a joint team of distinguished national core professors, adjunct, visiting professors, guest speakers and top managers.

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