NURSING AND MIDWIFERY SCIENCES Degree Program Profile
Master Degree in NURSING AND MIDWIFERY SCIENCES
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. LORENZO GHIADONI
Department of MEDICINA CLINICA E SPERIMENTALE
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Gianfranco Natale
Language of Teaching
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 selective/competitive entrance exam (numerus clausus).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students whose curricula show lacuna may need to take extra first cycle course units before admission.
The graduates achieve a cultural and professional preparation to work with specific competence in health care, management and research within different areas (nurse, paediatric nurse, and midwife). They possess scientific and ethical knowledge, and professional competences which are needed in this medical area, thanks to more accurate studies and specific research. High competences are also necessary in education, prevention, rehabilitation, according to specific health problems and service quality. The graduates are able to participate in staff planning and management, taking into accounts the needs of the community, the new methods in work organization, and the technological progress, with special regards to telemedicine. They also experience a professional activity which allows to face management problems and to participate to research programs.
Key Learning Outcomes
Graduates in nursing and midwifery program are able to:
1) define health care processes with advanced skills and designed to pursue innovation and the advancement of nursing and midwifery disciplines within clinical care;
2) search clinical care, organizational and teaching;
3) participate in research in health care and promotes the dissemination of the evidence;
4)conduct educational planning and conducting lessons in all types of university courses and / or professional development triggered by healthcare organizations and professional;
5) direct the nursing and obstetric health care services and program, organize, manage and evaluate the resources, activities and budget.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
Graduates carry out their professional activities in public or private health structures, either as employees or freelance.
Graduates develop integrated approach to organizational and management problems of the health professions, qualified by the mastery of the techniques and
health management procedures, in compliance with the own and others' skills. The methodological knowledge acquired also allow them to program and manage the educational processes and research.
Access to further study
The Laurea Magistrale degree in NURSING AND MIDWIFERY 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 6 ECTS are allocated, will consist in the discussion of a dissertation written under the guidance of a supervisor.