Academic year 2020/2021


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. 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

The Degree Program in “Sciences and Techniques of Clinical and Health psychology” has the objective of preparing students with a fundamental background in clinical and health psychology, also through a strong knowledge of biology and neurosciences. The aim is to have graduates able to understand scientific/clinical methodologies and terminology in psychology. Graduation will open the possibility of accessing second level programs in psychology, as well as entering the work force as consultants for public and private institutions.

Key Learning Outcomes

Acquiring basic knowledge on the conceptual and theoretical framework in the fields of general psychology, developmental psychology and psychophysiology
Acquiring basic knowledge of interdisciplinary aspects of psychological sciences including humanities, biology and medicine
Acquiring first level operative competence in the field of clinical psychology, in particular regarding evaluation and intervention
Acquiring first level operative competences in the evaluation of psychological interventions
Acquiring knowledge to independently conduct and manage a bibliographical research
Developing scientific knowledge to participate in research teams in the field of clinical, general and biological psychology

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Graduates will not have the competencies to practice psychology at a clinical level. Still they will be able to use their technical-operative knowledge to work in public, private institutions or as private practitioners with the following competencies:
a) Participate in programs, take part and verify psychological and psychosocial interventions
b) Realize psycho-educative interventions to promote health and well-being and to foster personal growth and social participation
c) Use psychological interviews and psychological questionnaires to evaluate behaviors, personality and cognitive processes

d) Use of psychological tools and techniques for psychosocial rehabilitation in patients with severe mental disorders
e) Use of psychological tools and techniques for professional and scholastic counseling
f) Collect and manage psychological data for clinical and research purposes including informatics and statistical analyses
The graduated students can also access the second level degrees in psychology.

Access to further study

The Laurea Degree in CLINICAL AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY 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

To graduate the student has to sustain all exams included in study program and to defend a final dissertation. The final dissertation is an original elaborate in which the candidate applies knowledge and skills acquired in the course in order to carry a b

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2020/2021