GEOSCIENCES AND GEOTECHNOLOGIES Degree Program Profile
Master Degree in GEOSCIENCES AND GEOTECHNOLOGIES
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
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 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:
Prof. MARCO PASERO
Department of SCIENZE DELLA TERRA
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Luigi Folco
Language of Teaching
Italian First cycle qualification (Laurea) or foreign equivalent (BSc) in the same or related subject area, with possible extra work if required competences are lacking.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Assessment of competences acquired in First Cycle studies in related or un-related subject areas to determine admission by Degree Programme Council with possible assignment of extra work to be done before admission.
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students whose curricula show lacuna may need to take extra first cycle course units before admission.
The MS in Earth Sciences and Technologies is a specialized degree aimed at providing a solid knowledge of all the branches of Geology.
The degree is not subdivided into standard curricula since the student can plan his own didactic path choosing courses, practical activities and dissertation topics among three major groups of disciplines:
A1 – Geochemistry, Volcanology, Petrology, Mineralogy and Earth Resources;
A2 – Stratigraphy, Structural Geology, Sedimentology and Palaeontology;
A3 – Applied Geology, Physical Geography and Geomorphology.
MSc graduate students may become Senior Geologists after passing the State exam.
Key Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Programme will be able to demonstrate:
- basic knowledge of Geology, Applied Geology, Volcanology and Geochemistry, Pure and Applied Petrology and Mineralogy, Pure and applied Paleontology, as well as in geological hazard assessment;
- advanced knowledge of applied geological disciplines for those whishing to enter the geological profession: Applied Geology, Applied Geomorphology, Geothermal resources, Hydro-geochemistry, GIS;
- ability to deal with issue relating to: soil conservation, environmental pollution, search of geo-resources, geological risk;
- deep knowledge of igneous petrology, volcanology, geochemistry, planetary geology, mineralogy, crystallography;
- deep knowledge of tectonics, geodynamics, structural geology, micro-paleontology
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
MSc graduate students may benefit job opportunities in national technical surveys (Geological Survey, Seismic Survey, Civil Protection...), in national or private companies (ENEL, ENI...) and in private professional offices as Senior Geologist, after passing the State exam.
Access to further study
The Laurea Magistrale degree in GEOSCIENCES AND GEOTHECHNOLOGIES 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, 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 42 ECTS credits are allocated, consists in the presentation and discussion of a thesis, prepared and written in Italian or English, under the supervision of one or more tutors. The thesis should include text, figures, tables.