Academic year 2018/2019


Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

EHEA Second cycle, EQF level 7

Number of Years/credits

2 years; 120 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. Luca Spataro

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Italian First cycle qualification (Laurea) or foreign equivalent in the same or related subject area, with possible extra work if required competences are lacking.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

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

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students whose curricula show lacuna may need to take extra first cycle course units before admission.

General Information

Programme Profile

The Master of Science in Professional advice to businesses prepares students to be business consultants.
During the course, they develop special skills and acquire all the knowledge needed to be the professionals who support corporate management in operational and strategic choices as well as in administrative and legal functions.

In addition, the Master of Science allows students to acquire skills enabling them to perform the functions of auditor in commercial companies and other entities, to prepare contracts and articles of association, to carry out assistance in tax proceedings, to evaluate companies and to prepare expert reports, technical consultancies, evaluation reports and plans of re-organization.

Key Learning Outcomes

The main educational goal, specific of the course, is the acquisition of skills that enable graduates to provide advanced consulting to small and medium-sized companies about:
- Tax planning,
- Management of bankruptcy proceedings,
- Organization and management of the processes of internal auditing,
- Company law,
- Business income,
- Financial statements and consolidated financial statements.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Graduates in Professional Advice to businesses acquire a cognitive background allowing them to work in the following areas of employment:
- Manager/Head of the administration, finance and control departments in medium and large companies;
- Management consultant, in particular accountant (belonging to the A section of the register of accounting experts) and auditor (after a training period of three years and after passing an examination).

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in PROFESSIONAL ADVICE TO BUSINESSES 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 dissertation, to which 15 ECTS are allocated, must demonstrate the knowledge of the above mentioned professional skills.

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2018/2019