Program Structure

The course is characterised by a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to teaching, with a total of 360 credits distributed into 12 semesters.
Classes aim to encourage student engagement and interaction, with a strong focus on group work through problem-based learning, data management and follow-up discussions with teachers, such as the flipped classroom approach.
The degree programme includes both single-subject courses and integrated course modules to ensure the full integration of engineering skills with clinical training.


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Study Plan

Semester Course teaching / Modules Credits
1st Biomedical Electronics and Instrumentation 10
1st Biomechanics and Thermodynamics 11
1st Biocompatibility and Biomaterials 5
Annual Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology 19
2nd Doctor-Patient Communication 3
2nd Professionalising Activities 9
Semester Course teaching / Modules Credits
1st Patient Management  18
1st Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology 6
2nd Healthcare Robotics and active ageing 10
2nd Emergency and Life support 7
2nd Legal Medicine and Bioethics 3
Annual Professional activity 15
1st-2nd Elective courses 8
2nd Thesis 8


In order to take the following exams, you will need to pass the previous exams:

Cell Biology, Embryology and Histology Chemistry and Organic Chemistry
Cell Physiology and Biochemistry I Chemistry and Organic Chemistry
Bioelectric signal processing and modeling Mathematics
Biomedical Electronics and instrumentation Basics of Circuit theory
Physiology, Anatomy and Biochemistry II Fundamentals of Experimental PhysicsCell Biology, Embryology and Histology

Regional anatomy and gross neuroanatomy

Cell Physiology and Biochemistry I

Molecular and Computational Biology and Medical Genetics Cell Biology, Embryology and Histology
Biomechanics and Thermodynamics Fundamentals of Experimental Physics
Biocompatibility and Biomaterials Chemistry and Organic Chemistry
Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology Physiology, Anatomy and Biochemistry II
Organ System Diseases I – II – III Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology
Molecular Oncology Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology
Doctor – Patient Communication Professionalism, Bioethics and History of Medicine
Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology Organ System Diseases I – II – III

Dermatology, Clinical immunology and infectious diseases

Patient Management Organ System Diseases I – II – III

Molecular Oncology


Clinical Neurosciences and Mental Health

Advanced Imaging and Diagnostics

Head and Neck Diseases

Dermatology, Clinical immunology and infectious diseases

Bone and joint and Technologies in Rehabilitation

In order to register for the follow year You need to pass these exams 
4th All the first and second year exams

Teaching and assessment

Humanitas University and Politecnico di Milano adopt an educational approach that promotes interactive methodologies; these include research-based learning, problem-based learning, problem solving, case methods and skill-based portfolios to guarantee a solid integration between theoretical concepts acquired during teaching activities and practical training sessions, as well as the promotion of critical thinking.


On completing your studies in Medicine with a total of 360 ECTS, if you have also acquired the 30 additional ECTS during the six-year degree programme, you will be able to apply to Politecnico di Milano for the issuance of the three-year degree award in Biomedical Engineering.


In order to complete your degree you will be required to write a degree thesis, supervised by professors from the two Universities. The thesis will involve the development of a project, based on the application of the acquired multidisciplinary skills.



Years 1-3

Include opportunities for practical experience, internships, specialised laboratories and the acquisition of soft skills, key to the development of doctor-patient relationships.
Semester I The course will be held at Politecnico di Milano.
Semester II The course will be held at Humanitas University to facilitate student integration between the fields of Medicine and Engineering.

Years 4-6

The degree programme will include both single-subject and integrated course modules where teaching staff from Humanitas University and Politecnico di Milano will be co-present in the classroom to ensure the full integration of engineering skills in clinical training. The same approach of co-tutoring will be further adopted during a number of medical professionalising activities. The clinical component will always play a central role thanks to the close connection with Humanitas hospital.
Semesters I & II The courses will be held at Humanitas University (the courses are mainly dedicated to clinical training, professionalising activities and use of the Simulation Center “Mario Luzzato” and other Humanitas hospitals).

Virgilio Program

Applications are closed

The project is funded by Fondazione Cariplo and coordinated by Università degli Studi Milano Bicocca. It is open to students attending Humanitas University, Università degli Studi di Milano and Università degli Studi Milano Bicocca.

Medical students will develop a deep understanding of the link between basic research and clinical research and be able to combine patient care with biomedical research.

The program, taught entirely in English, is intended for a selected number of third-year medical students, who for three years will integrate their curriculum with inter-disciplinary seminars and internship activities in research laboratories.

In particular, the program allows students to gain 60 additional university credits through seminars, courses and laboratory activities.
team of mentors and tutors will support the students in all their activities, including the preparation of their thesis and laboratory activities.

Thanks to the collaboration between the three universities and the cooperation of the team of mentors and tutors, students will be able to carry out research activities to complete their experimental thesis in any of the three partner universities.


How to Apply
Download the Call for Applications a.y. 2023/2024

Fill in the following Application Form and send it to, alongside your Motivational Letter.

For any additional information, please visit the Virgilio Program    official website.

Final Rankings
Virgilio Program Rankings for Medicine and Surgery and MEDTEC



Humanitas is a highly specialized Hospital, Research and Teaching Center. Built around centers for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular, neurological and orthopedic disease – together with an Ophthalmic Center and a Fertility Center – Humanitas also operates a highly specialised Emergency Department.