Academic year 2020/2021

MEDICINA E CHIRURGIA Degree Programme Profile

Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

EHEA Single cycle; EQF Level 7

Number of Years/credits

6 years; 360 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. Gianfranco Natale

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 selective/competitive entrance exam (numerus clausus).

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

Recipients of Medical Doctorate (MD) are expected to possess both scientific background and specific know how and practical skills as reported by the European Community document (75/363/CEE)
Directed to regulate the medical practice joined with continuous medical education allowing autonomous professional skills. These skils are the outcomes of the program in medical education based on a vie of the human body as a whole rather than a mere collections of separate organs. The human body shall be considered within the context of chemical physical and social environments. To pursue such an aim the medical course is structured into 360 credits (CFU) to be acquired in a period ranging 6 years. Each year 60 Credits will be spent in activities oriented to acquire professional skills. To acquire the wide perspective on human disease s which derives from basic and translational biomedical knowledge which will be directed towards an imformed clinical practice looking at the patients as a whole. This includes the ability to interpret the sign and symptoms of healthness and disease following a pathophysiological approach
deriving from specific knowledge of the various organs keeping in mind the social and cultural events which interfere with human life.
This awareness will provide the independency in medical practice
(prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, therapy and rehabilitation of various diseases). This technical skills are expected to be provided in the context of a wider medical knowledge featuring the historical development of medical concepts within an epistemological context. Again, the medical schools aims to provide students with specific ethical education which is mandatory when approaching a patient and its relatives using compassion and comprehension for emotional features of organic disorders. The social skills are expected to extend to colleagues and other professionals involved in patients care. The medical education is also intended to expose the students to fund

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates in Medicine and Surgery will ensure the patient commitment and professional competence and will be able to
a) address the diagnostic problems with earnest, devoted to the patient the necessary time to interview a serene and a proper physical examination, using the appropriate and necessary investigations side.
b) issue therapeutic prescriptions and sincere that they are well understood and as far as possible to check that they are properly executed.
c) to ensure continuity of care to the patient.
d) perform medical services personally and informs the patient of his replacement.
e) continue to minister to the sick also considered incurable only to soothe physical and mental suffering, to help him and comfort him.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Doctor's duty is to protect the life, physical and mental health of Man and the relief of suffering in the respect for the freedom and dignity of the human person, regardless of age, sex, race, religion, nationality, social status, ideology, in time of peace as in time of war, whatever the institutional or social conditions in which it operates.
Health is understood in its broadest sense as a biological condition, that is, physical and mental health of the person.

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in MEDICINE AND SURGERY allows the graduate to compete for entry into a Third Cycle programme/doctoral school.

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 18 ECTS are allocated, will consist in the discussion of a dissertation written under the guidance of a medical supervisor.

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2020/2021