Health / Master's degree programme
Nursing and Midwifery Sciences

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Disciplinary areaHealth
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The Second-Cycle Degree in Nursing and midwifery sciences is based on an advanced cultural and professional training program, aimed at preparing highly specialized professionals capable of performing managerial, teaching, and research functions within the healthcare areas of nursing, obstetrics, and pediatrics. During the two-year program, second-cycle graduates will acquire the scientific knowledge, the ethical values, and the professional competencies required in the profession of nursing and obstetric care. Through the study of various disciplines and the methodology of scientific research, they will also consolidate advanced competencies of an educational, preventive, assistive, rehabilitative, and palliative nature, which will enable them to acquire the skills to respond to high priority health problems of the population and contribute to improving the quality of services. Additionally, the second-cycle degree permits graduates to acquire advanced competencies for the development of new organizational and management models in nursing and obstetric care.

Course content

The degree in Nursing and Obstetrics is a two-year limited-entry programme at the national level. The academic program requires students to obtain 120 total credits, in accordance with the provisions of the Italian Ministerial Decree of January 8, 2009. Course work includes a wide range of core, specialized, and related disciplines in the areas of nursing, obstetric and biomedical sciences, and human and legal- economic sciences. Professional training will be provided in nursing, obstetrics, computers, epidemiology-statistics, economics, health management, law, ethico-deontology, psychology, and pedagogy. Other courses include preparation for the final examination, and scientific English. During the program students can participate in study visits and specialized internships of their choice. The internship represents an important part of the training and can be performed in national and international health facilities in the specific areas of specialization.

Career options

Upon completion of the program, graduates will have an advanced cultural and professional training which will enable them to operate effectively in health care settings. They will also have the knowledge necessary to be able to stay abreast of innovations and progress in obstetrics/nursing and in the clinical-assistance area, and possess the skills to perform educational planning and teaching activities in various types of health facilities, both public and private, as employees or as self-employed professionals. In particular, Second- cycle graduates find work in hospitals or local branches of the national health service, or in private entities accredited by the national health service. They can run the nursing and obstetric departments of simple and complex health care facilities where they are responsible for planning, organizing, managing, evaluating resources and activities, and drafting budgets.

After the degree

In accordance with university regulations, graduates can also continue their studies by enrolling in an advanced master programme, or in doctoral research schools.

More information

Course Director
prof.ssa Annalisa Bargellini
dott.ssa Maria Grazia Macchioni

The course is managed by the Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences