Degree Program Profile
Master Degree in
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. MARIA SERENA MIRTO
Department of FILOLOGIA, LETTERATURA E LINGUISTICA
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Francesca Fedi
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 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.
The Second Cycle Degree (Laurea Magistrale) in Classical Philology and Ancient History aims at training specialists in possession of a deep theoretical and practical knowledge of the ancient Greek and Latin languages, of their literatures and historical, cultural and anthropological contexts, thanks to a full mastery of methods and instruments of classical philology, literary critics, and historical research in the field of the Greek and Roman antiquity.
The learning experience is organised through lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratories, all founded on the direct reading, analysis and interpretation of ancient texts and on scientific literature in various modern languages.
The Degree Programme provides two possible tracks: one centred on language, philology and literature, the other on history.
Key Learning Outcomes
- good knowledge of ancient Greek and Latin languages and literatures;
- good knowledge of Greek and Roman history;
- ability to analyse critically ancient Greek and Latin texts (literary, papyrological, and epigraphic) in a philological, literary and historical perspective;
- ability to communicate both in written and oral form complex subject matters relating to the ancient world, according the time and space at his/her disposal and the target audience;
- good knowledge of at least one language of the European Union in addition to Italian, and full mastery of the specific disciplinary lexicon;
- ability to use in his/her specific field the main informatic and telematic tools.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
The graduates of the Laurea Magistrale in Classical Philology and Ancient History first of all are prepared for the teaching of Greek and Latin languages and of ancient history.
They can also apply for a doctoral school (dottorato di ricerca) or for an employment in the public administration.
Their solid competences in humanistic doctrines, with the ability in the critical analysis and communication will allow them to hold also a position of responsibility in archives, libraries, museums, heritage offices (Soprintendenze), cultural and research foundations, publishing houses, editorial offices of newspapers, cultural services of other public and private institutions.
Access to further study
The Laurea Magistrale degree in Classical Philology and Ancient History 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 dissertation (Tesi di laurea magistrale), to which 21 ECTS credits are allocated, will be a true scientific monograph in the field of the Greek or Roman antiquity.
In particular in the field of philology and literature the typologies of dissert