Taught course


University of Siena · Department of Life Sciences
Bachelor or equivalent

Entry requirements

Open access degree programme.

Months of entry


Course content

"Biodiversity and Environmental Health” is one of the two educational paths of the MSc program in Biology of the University of Siena.

The course aims to provide insights into the field of biodiversity and the ways of its interlinking with planetary health. Themes in the areas of microbial, fungal, plant and animal diversity will be covered, either by lectures and laboratory based activities.

Modules focusing on conservation biology and resource management will be addressed to train students on environmental sustainability, by defining the role of living organisms within ecosystems and applying monitoring and control techniques in order to preserve their diversity.

Critical issues concerning the contribution of biodiversity to the development of pharmaceuticals and the quality and safety control of food sources will be also considered. Altogether, the course is designed to prepare a new generation of experts able to research and apply integrated approaches to biodiversity and planet health.

Fees and funding

UK students
up to 2000 Euros
International students
up to 2000 Euros

The annual fee is divided into three installments, as follows:

  • 1st instalment: fixed rate based on the type of degree course (humanities, science, EU regulated).
  • 2nd instalment: calculated based on income.
  • 3rd instalment: calculated based on merit.

The fee can also vary in the presence of any applicable benefits or exemptions.


Students enrolling at the University of Siena can apply for a DSU (Regional Body for the Right of University Studies) scholarship. The application is open until September/October of each year.

Scholarship assignees will receive a sum of money (covering University fees) and have free access to University canteens and free accommodation at halls of residence, if admitted. Should such accommodation not be available, assignees will be given a rent contribution, if requested.

Qualification and course duration

Bachelor or equivalent

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Prof. Pietro Paolo Fanciulli