The Academic system
The Reform of the University system classes the Degree courses in the following levels:
- Laurea - First Cycle Degree lasts three years: the entrance requirement is a "Diploma di Scuola Secondaria Superiore" (Upper Secondary School Leaving Qualification) or a qualification obtained abroad and recognized as corresponding.
- Laurea Magistrale - Second CycleDegree lasts two years: the entrance requirement is a "First Cycle Degree" or a qualification obtained abroad and recognized as corresponding.
- Laurea Specialistica a ciclo unico - One Long Cycle Degree Courses last 5 years (Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmacy, Law, Veterinary Medicine Dentistry and Dental Prosthesis) or 6 years (Medicine and Surgery). The students obtain the qualification at the end of the complete cycle.
Three or two years' duration is an approximate time, because the length of all courses is measured in University Educational Credits. The three-years First Cycle Degree is equivalent to 180 credits, the two-years Second Cycle Degree is equivalent to 120 credits.
Further educational courses are offered:
- First and Second Level Masters (professionalising courses). After the First Cycle Degree it is possible to apply for First Level Master, after the Second Cycle Degree for the Second Level Master. Holding a first level master does not give you the possibility to go on with courses of the third cycle (such as for example PhD or Specialization Schools). Also holding a second level master does not entitle you to access other courses of the third cycle. In fact, the entry requirement can not be a second level master but a previous second cycle degree or one-long cycle degree programme. A person holding only a second level master can not take part in admission procedures for PhD or Specialization Schools.
- Specialisation Schools
- PhD (Third Cycle Degree)
The Credits Systems sets CFU as the unit of measure of learning work that a student needs, having an appropriate initial education, to acquire competences and skills. This system completes, but does not replace, the traditional evaluation system of the student’s cultural background, through exams which still have a mark (out of 30/30).
Credits System is linked to the enrolment conditions to University: full-time and part-time. The full-time student submits for each study year his own Study Plan, having a number of credits between 37 to 80. The part-time student submits for each study year his own Study Plan, having a number of credits between 20 to 36. The enrolment conditions full-time or part-time – is chosen year by year, and the tuition fees change according to them