Academic year 2017/2018


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 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. 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 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 Course provides students with practical and theoretical knowledge of child and adolescent neuropsychiatry. In particular different techniques for the rehabilitation of neurodevelopmental disorders (cerebral palsy, neuromuscolar disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, visual and auditory impairment, language disorders, etc...) and other psychiatric disorders such as conduct disorders and eating disorders. The added value of the Course is its location at the Scientific Institute Stella Maris where students can get a large direct experience with many children with special needs.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduate of the Program will be able to demonstrate:
- an essential knowledge of typical child development as a function to understand atypical development;
- an essential knowledge on basic brain sciences in the perspective of the study of brain disorders;
- the ability to evaluate developmental health conditions in children and adolescents;
- the knowledge of physiopathology of neuropsychiatric disorders;
- a deep knowledge of child neuropsychiatric developmental disorders;
- the advanced knowledge of rehabilitation of cerebral palsy;
- the advanced knowledge of rehabilitation of autism;
- the ability to propose and carry out rehabilitation programs at home and at school in the different neurodevelpmental disorders;
- the capacity to work in interprofessional groups;

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Graduates deal with rehabilitation programs in the field of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders. They may set up their professional expertise as therapist for the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases in Developmental Neuropsychiatric Services that are spread out in National Health Service. They may also be employed in private clinics or in private practice.

Access to further study

The Laurea Degree in Developmental Neuro and Psychomotor Therapy 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 is composed of: 1) a written text where students discuss the rehabilitation program on the basis of a videorecorded clinical case and where the candidate must show that he/she has acquired basic knowledge and professional skills on rehabili

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2017/2018