Academic year 2019/2020

ITALIANISTICA Degree Programme Profile

Basic Information

Qualification awarded

Master Degree in ITALIANISTICA

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. Gabriella Albanese

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.
For further informations:

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

The Laurea Magistrale degree in ITALIANISTICA (ITALIAN STUDIES) aims to train graduates who have:

specialized knowledge, including theoretical, comparative and plurilingual perspective, about the characters and the history of the Italian language and literature, about the historical, cultural and anthropological context in which Italian literary civilization has developed from its origins to today, gaining a knowledge based on a systematic direct relationship with the texts;
full mastery of the methodologies and tools of romance philology, medieval and humanistic philology and Italian philology, as well as those related to Italian language history studies for graduates who choose the philological-linguistic curriculum;
full mastery of the methodologies and tools of literary criticism, with insights into medieval, modern and contemporary Italian literature for graduates who choose the critical-literary curriculum;
ability to use the tools and web resources in their specific field of expertise;
good knowledge of at least one language of the European Union beyond Italian, with full knowledge of the specific disciplinary vocabulary.

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students whose curricula show lacuna may need to take extra first cycle course units before admission.
For further informations:

General Information

Programme Profile

The Laurea Magistrale degree in ITALIANISTICA / ITALIAN STUDIES (class LM-14 Modern Philology) is part of the degree program offered by Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics at the University of Pisa and consists of two curricula:

- "Philological-Linguistic" curriculum
- "Critical-Literary" curriculum.

Key Learning Outcomes


Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Graduates in ITALIANISTICA / ITALIAN STUDIES will have full requirements for post-lauream training in secondary high school education. Graduates will also be able to exercise high responsibilities in the cultural and editorial sectors; in specific institutions such as archives, libraries, public administration, cultural centers, foundations; in organizations and units of study in public and private institutions.

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in ITALIANISTICA 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

For further informations, please read the complete regulation text:

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2019/2020