The Professional Master in Business Management – Life Science and Medtech course is intended for young graduates wishing to start a managerial career in pharmaceutical and biotechnological sectors.
The pharmaceutical, health and medical machineries and equipment industry is a strategical asset of international economy as well as one of the sectors in which the numbers are increasing both on the employment front and as regards investment and research.
This experience provides the tools to bring about change in businesses, helping to transform an element of an organization’s culture into a factor that contributes to the achievement of economic objectives.
The Master in Business Management/Life Science and Medtech is part of the Professional Masters offer, aimed at combining business administration with the characteristics of the sectors envisaged. The program is organised in three cycles that integrate classroom activities, group work, workshops, testimonials from the business world such as BMmeetings and ends with an internship in the company, starting in September.
In addition to the general Business Administration courses and the subjects related to the specific track, there are also
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" The local Life Science and Med Tech sector is in continuous growth. International development is a great opportunity but imposes new politics for promoting and increasing the value of pharmaceutical Italian assets. This master allows you to enter this sector as a protagonist. "
The Master in Business Management – Life Science and Med Tech is a full-time program structured in 1,500 hours of learning activities over 12 months of study, divided into: 360 hours of lecturing, an estimated 540 hours of independent study, and 600 hours of internship.
The structure of the Master is divided into:
Classroom participation is about 30 hours per week structured in order to allow time to work in groups, while not neglecting individual students focus and management of interpersonal relationships. The course is enriched by 3 extensive company projects with a sectoral approach (each lasting one month) that are spaced and integrated with classroom activities and case studies.
The Master offers Business Administration courses intended to consolidate the conceptual knowledge and the operational techniques that are applied to companies. There are also courses and projects with a focus on sectorial issues of Life Sciences and MedTech. Business Administration courses are concentrated mainly in the first term and are common to all the Master specializations; while track specific courses and company projects take place in the second term.
For international students, the School offers the opportunity to attend a Italian Language Course course.
Introduction to marketing research: descriptive analysis. Utilizing probability and hypothesis in marketing research. Design and technical development finalized for collecting primary data. Data analysis: regression. Segmentation and clustering techniques. Perceptual maps and positioning.
This course focuses on the main components of accounting, budgeting and cost analysis. In addition the course will train students on how to analyze economic-financial forecasts and budgets as well as understand the measurement and interpretation of the economic-financial performance of the company. Calculation and analysis in decision-making, management supervision, strategic control and strategic cost management will also be explored.Boccali Filippo
This course enables executives to use financial tools to make better decisions. The teaching method combines class lectures and discussions to case studies and spreadsheet modelling to get a deeply and insightful understanding of topics in corporate finance. These topics include, but are not limited to, capital budgeting, project and company valuation and the optimal financing and hedging decisions.Flinspach Tobias
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.Manaresi Angelo
The course focuses on issues related to the management of materials along the supply chain, from suppliers to distribution channels. In this regard, they have a vital role. Managerial and organizational decisions made about the relationships with external companies with which we relate to, are the focal point of the course. In analyzing the vertical relationships between firms, the course seeks to develop: sensitivity to the Strategic Importance of the reports, the technical and managerial knowledge needed to deal with the decisions in the matter and organizational skills needed to manage them.Bortolini Marco
Corporate sustainability and the circular economy are currently among the most discussed topics internationally, also due to climate change. The aim of the course is to understand why these issues are of such importance, underlining their urgency. We will learn more about the innovation activities of operational and system processes that companies adopt to implement strategies aimed at the Circulary Economy and the transition to a low carbon business model.Miandar Toloue
The course aims to introduce students to the most relevant issues (foundational and more advanced) of digital technologies, discussing the most important present and future consequences on the lives of individuals and on the structure and functioning of organizations and processes. The course consists of 5 seminars: Ai & Machine Learning, All-in Security, Cloud & Beyond, The Science of Data, Internet of Things.
The objective of the course in Digital Marketing is to provide the necessary knowledge for successfully implementing a marketing strategy utilizing new information technology, analyzing the needs of the client, the company communication and sales. A principally quantitative approach for measuring the effectiveness of Digital Marketing activities, which finds their natural application in an online context (e.g. Social Media, E-Commerce, Direct Marketing), without overlooking the application of new technologies in an offline context (e.g. Apps and Mobile Marketing in a modern Retailing environment). At the end of the course, it is expected that the students will have acquired a high level of knowledge on the main tools used in the field of Digital Marketing, allowing them to: define and implement a coherent Digital Marketing strategy; select the best suited tools based on strategic objectives; monitor the effectiveness by means of rigorous analytical procedures.Nader Claudio
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.Conicella Fabrizio
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.De Ponti Fabrizio
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.Cenacchi Giovanna
The educational sessions provide different learning methods, including lectures, simulations, discussions of case studies, presentations by companies, testimonials and group work. The curriculum is complete with a series of Master Lectures given by professionals from the world of business, academia, and politics, which also provide numerous opportunities for discussion and interaction with the business world through case histories.
The program is developed in close collaboration with business partners both during the courses and during the three sectorial company projects; the didactic approach is totally different from traditional university courses, as the lessons of the Master provide practical tools which allow practitioners to carry out concrete projects.
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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Associate Professor of Industrial Mechanical Systems Engineering
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Head of the Subcellular Pathology and Diagnostics Laboratory, S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital-University
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Fabrizio De Ponti
Full Professor of Clinical Pharmacology
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Senior Assistant Professor
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Member of the Board of Directors
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Full Professor of Management
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Junior Assistant Professor of Organization and Human Resource Management
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Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)
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Associate Professor of Management
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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 Business Management – Life Science and Med Tech 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 90% 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:
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:
Federica Schipani – Italy
Product Manager Intern, Diego dalla Palma
Business Management - Life Sciences and MedTech (A.Y. 2021/2022)
"The experience at the BBS was wonderful, I loved that it was divided into the general part and the specific track, it gave me a chance to see different worlds and have new and challenging approaches. The relationship with the fellows was crucial especially for the Progettone. We created our own start up idea and we had to collaborate a lot together and develop a winning project, this taught us a lot in terms of human exchange, where everyone brings their knowledge and thoughts in order to reach a common end result, discussing the best options. I would recommend Bbs to anyone because of the extensive training it offers."
The goal of the Career Service is also to allow students to connect with national and international companies. Over the years, Bologna Business School has managed to establish a wide-ranging network and a sound partnership with leading companies in Italy, thanks to a personalized approach, based on each company’s needs. The collaboration features the following activities:
Moreover, companies support the Master in Life Sciences and Medtech with scholarships, professional opportunities, career fairs and company presentations.
The companies that worked with us in 2020/2021 are:
AGF88 ALFASIGMA DIEGO DALLA PALMA CEFLA CELLPLY CHIESI COMECER COSWELL DELOITTE HEALTHWARE GROUP HOLLISTER GROUP JOHNSON & JOHNSON LIFE SCIENCE CONSULTANT MEDTRONIC NTT DATA OLYMPUS ITALIA PHILIPS POLONORD ADESTE RECKITT REVLON SANOFI
The tuition fee for the Master is 12.100 euros (VAT free) to be paid in three installments:
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 PC 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: http://www.unibo.it/it/servizi-e-opportunita
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 is pleased to offer partial scholarships of 2,900 euros.
These scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded to the top-ranked candidates in the selection process. The students who come out on top in the selections will be students who not only come from strong academic or practical backgrounds but also those who display the strongest motivation to take part in this program. Winners you will be informed at the moment of admission.
In order to be admitted to the Master’s course you must have:
The admission to the Master is subject to the positive evaluation of the selection test in line with the number of places available. The selection process consists of one Aptitude Test and one English Language Test, both prerequisites to be admitted to the motivational interview in English.
For auditors, bachelor’s degree is not mandatory.
This Master’s is open to all applicants with a bachelor’s degree obtained before the enrolment deadline of each round. Application steps:
1. Register on “Students Online” by connecting to the site studenti.unibo.it
2. Select “First Level Master”.
3. Pay the participation fee for the selection (60 euro for each Master)
4. Upload the required documents online:
For further guidance, students who obtained a bachelor’s degree abroad are encouraged to check the page below: https://www.unibo.it/en/teaching/enrolment-transfer-and-final-examination/declaration-of-value-translation-and-legalization
For further information concerning the selection process and the related documents we invite you to consult the Master details here and download the following documents.CALL FOR APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY TO THE SELECTION CONCENTRATION FORM CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT