Academic year 2020/2021


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. Arturo Marzano

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

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.

General Information

Programme Profile

The Master of Science Programme in "Oriental Studies: Egypt, the Near and Middle East" aims to train specialists in the field of archeology, philology, literature, history and culture of the civilizations of ancient Egypt, the Near and Middle East, through the acquisition of advanced methodological, theoretical, operating skills in one or more of the areas included. To this end, privileging the study of archeology and art history, ancient languages and literatures as well as the ancient and medieval history, the program provides the opportunity to acquire adequate knowledge of the history, culture and languages of the reference areas cited for the later periods.

Key Learning Outcomes

The course aims to provide students with advanced scientific, theoretical, methodological and operational related to the field of archeology in one or more of the areas included within its scope (Egypt, the Near and Middle East); thorough preparation, methodological and historical studies linguistic, philological and literary civilizations affected by the degree course, a solid understanding of the history and ancient written sources relative; skills in the management, conservation and restoration of archaeological, artistic, documentary and monumental; capacity independent research and study of archaeological, historical, philological by libraries, archives, databases. Graduates of the Programme will be able to deal with, understand, analyze and organize complex data, to translate texts and documents from the original, using specific tools (anthropological, archaeological, epigraphic, philological, linguistic, palaeographic) to study data and documents of particular periods, putting in connection archaeological data with historical and philological, according to the canons and the terminology accepted in the research of the sector concerned and the capacity for analysis and synthesis, critical thinking and independent judgment, the ability to communicate , in writing or orally, their skills to both specialist and non-specialist, and the mastery of at least one European language besides Italian, also with reference to various discipline, and the ability to critically use the main tools in the areas specific expertise and electronic communication - the search of thematic bibliographies consultation of online sources, where disponibili.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

The relationship with the world of work is taken care of in the training process of students, through the identification of companies and organizations interested in the professionalism produced by the Master of Science and subsequent agreements with other institutions and companies at which students can play and work placements: museums, libraries and archives with material relevant to Oriental studies and / or archaeological, cultural institutions, publishing houses, archaeological cooperatives, etc.. In addition to the agreements with institutions and companies on the Italian territory, students enrolled in the Master of Science in Oriental Studies may take advantage of the opportunity for internships and placements abroad, in some of the areas affected by the range of studies covered by the course, thanks to the conventions activated in the international arena. The presence of a Doctorate of Oriental Studies at the University of Pisa, also provides further opportunities for specialization in different areas covering both for those who wish to continue their studies in a research path for a deepening of their knowledge and professionalism.

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in Oriental Studies: Egypt, the Near and Middle East 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 exam will consist in the preparation of a thesis that is the product of original research, personal reflection and organic content consistent with the training, and demonstrating the ability to use published and unpublished sources on their own,

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2020/2021