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. Gianfranco Natale

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 course covers a range of technical and scientific techniques in order to design, conduct and manage specific physical activities, both for individuals with physical limitations and also for athletes devoted to physical rehabilitation.

Key Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the peculiarities characterising individuals with physical handicaps and individuals with a high cardiovascular risk profile, the pathophysiological characteristics of multifactorial diseases, the methods of adaptation and the air conditioning necessary to define a proper level of physical activity and sport.
Making judgments:
Graduates will know how to evaluate the efficacy and safety of exercise and activity schemes recommended for individuals with chronic stabilised diseases and psychological, physical and / or social discomfort. They will be able to assess the risks and the potential benefits of a continuous practice of proper physical activity, especially for those who are affected by specific conditions. Communication skills:
Graduates will be able to motivate, engage and reassure users and their social reference group in proposing adapted physical activities and sports.
Learning skills:
Graduates will acquire cultural tools necessary for improving their technical and scientific knowledge, they will be able to play a role in an interdisciplinary team focused on scientific research and innovation, and they will be involved in the organisation and management of adapted physical activities and sports.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Students who successfully complete the degree programme will have different professional profiles:

• Instructors of non-competitive sports;
• Coordinator and manager of specific physical activities both for individuals with physical limitations and for athletes. Graduates can pursue positions in various areas of design, operation and management of preventive and adapted physical activities for healthy and physically disabled people of different ages.

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in PREVENTIVE AND ADAPTED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SCIENCES 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

Students must complete the curriculum or one of the 'curricula' (tracks) as described in the Table below. This includes mandatory and elective course units and other activities for a total of 120 credits.
The final test (for which 15 credits are assigned

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2020/2021