Academic year 2019/2020


Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

EHEA First cycle; EQF Level 6

Number of Years/credits

3 years; 180 ECTS

Mode of Study


*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own pace. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of the Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:


Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Francesca Fedi

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.

General Information

Programme Profile

The undergraduate degree programme in Digital Humanities prepares students with background knowledge of humanistic disciplines as well as competences in the methods and tools for the digital processing of cultural contents.
Within this general framework students acquire the following competences:
a. Language and text processing
b. Web design and digital publishing
c. E-learning content preparation and tutoring

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the programme will be able to demonstrate:
- Basic knowledge in linguistics, philology, literature, history, history of art;
- professional writing skills;
- competences in the theories, methods and tools for digital processing of texts and images;
- competences in web design, database design, web programming, multimedia production;
- competences in language processing and text encoding;
- awareness of technical and legal issues concerning computer security, copyrights, privacy, digital rights management;
- the ability to critically evaluate methodologies and technical solutions in relation to specific case studies;
- the flexibility to renew their knowledge relying on sound research methodologies, and critical evaluation of sources;
- the ability to fluently use, in written and oral form, at least one language of the European Union, besides Italian, with reference to disciplinary lexicons.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Graduates will qualify for jobs in the industry of cultural services, related to web design, digital communication and multimedia, in the digital publishing sector, in the computer industry for the design and evaluation of multimedia products and human-computer interfaces, in activities related to the language technology industry. They may further deepen their knowledge by enrolling in the Master Programme in Digital Humanities.

Access to further study

The Laurea Degree in Digital Humanities normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.

Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading

Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, commentary of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer based on the performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. The main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of the examination and final grades among students for each degree programme, in order to facilitate the comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on the occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated based on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).

**The exam sessions are organised into sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The students choose which of the appelli they wish to respond to. In most cases, it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.

Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification

The final exam, to which 6 ECTS credits are allocated, consists in the engagement in a project and the preparation and discussion of a written report of about 30 pages, illustrating the project. Candidates must show that they have acquired the ability to follow a correct methodology and to frame their work with respect to the state of the art with reference to the relevant literature.

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2019/2020