Academic year 2017/2018

TOURISM SCIENCES Degree Program Profile

Basic Information

Qualification awarded

Bachelor Degree in TOURISM SCIENCES

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 rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:


Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Maurizio Vernassa

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 Programme in Sciences in Tourism is directed towards the economic aspect of the tourism market but with a focus also in communication and intercultural exchanges.
The course is strongly oriented to inter-disciplinary contents and teaching methods with a focus on specific subjects including: economy, marketing and management, history and art, law and foreign languages, sociology and anthropology.
The Campus formula – characterised by limited enrolment and mandatory attendance –allows intensive and personalised instruction, in continuous contact with dedicated professors and tutors.
The connection to the world of tourist institutions, businesses and professions is constantly pursued and emphasised, for example through internships and study tours.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the first Cycle Degree Programme in Sciences in Tourism will be able to demonstrate.
- Basic knowledge in many different disciplines (economic, geographical, anthropological, sociological, cultural, legal, etc..) directly or indirectly related to tourism;
- Knowledge of the methods of social and economic research;
- Ability to communicate, in written and oral form,in at least one language of the EU in addition to Italian;
- Deep knowledge of computing tools and computing languages connected with Tourism Industry;
- Knowledge of the methodologies and techniques of promotion and utilization of cultural sites and cultural and environmental activities;
- Acquire skills and tools for communication and information management.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

The degree course prepares professionals qualified for the most important tourism sectors, such as tourist offices at national and regional level, city and local area guides, creators of tourism resources, tourism PR companies, tourism publishing and multimedia houses, press offices, museums, event organisations, tour operators and travel agencies, hotels and more.

Access to further study

The Laurea Degree in TOURISM SCIENCES 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, comment 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 on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. 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 examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated 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 in 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 student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes 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 3 ECTS are allocated, foresees the preparation and discussion of a written text of about 40/50 pages carried out under the guidance of a supervisor.
It can take many forms: essay, multimedia product, statistical data, social or m

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2017/2018