Academic year 2017/2018


Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

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:


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

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 Degree Programme in History and Civilisation includes medieval, modern and contemporary history. It contemplates providing with:
-advanced competence on research methods and techniques in the field of historical sciences;
-a good qualification on history in its various aspects, including gender history.
It is contemplated a progressive opening of perspectives beyond Europe and the Mediterranean space.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Programme will be able to demonstrate:
- Advanced knowledge and ability to use the various techniques of historical research;
- Advanced knowledge of the general lines of human history;
- Ability to widen the research field beyond Europe and the Mediterranean Sea;
- Deep knowledge of methods and points of gender history;
- Deep awareness of links between history and civilisation;
- Ability to recognize the specific contribution of political history, social history, economic history towards the knowledge of the past.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Graduates of the Programme “History and Civilisation” can carry out high responsability duties by cultural and publishing industry, as well as by Public record offices, libraries, boards of conservation, cultural centers and foundations. They can also be engaged in research units by private and public boards, either in Italy or abroad.

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in HISTORY AND CIVILISATION 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

Preparation (to which 6 ECTS credits are allocated) and discussion (to which 24 ECTS credits are allocated) of a written dissertation about a significant theme. The dissertation must show that the candidate has acquired the ability to produce a text which

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2017/2018