Science / Master's degree programme
Geosciences, Georisks and Georesources

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Disciplinary areaScience
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Partially taught in English (4 courses)
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The Master programme in "Geosciences, Georisks and Georesources" forms specialists in Geology characterized by a through scientific and technical preparation. It does so, by offering two differentiated curricula, among which the student must choose one upon enrolment. Curriculum A) “Earth System and Georesources”, which provides specific preparation in the analysis of earth dynamics at various scales as well as on techniques for the exploration, procurement, characterization and valorisation of georesources, intended as raw materials as well as environmental assets. Curriculum B) “Georisks and Land Management”, which provides specific preparation in the assessment, prevention and mitigation of natural hazards and geological risks, as well as for the analysis of geological and technical factors which affect the land use development and management.

Course content

The master programme includes teaching activities in various thematic areas of geology, differentiated according to the chosen curriculum, as well as teaching activities in thematic areas of languages, engineering and law. Moreover, the master programme includes a number of activities which can be individually chosen by the student. The programme also includes compulsory seminars and a compulsory traineeship period to be conducted, in Italy or abroad, by joining professional companies, industries or research centres. The defence of an experimental thesis, involving design or research activities (carried out, eventually, in collaboration with external professional, companies, industries or research centres), concludes the study programme and leads to graduation.

Career options

Graduates of the Master programme have a wide range of future career opportunities, in which they can have roles of high responsibility in the areas of services and consultancy in environmental and applied geology as well as in companies involved in civil engineering as well as exploration, procurement and utilization of raw materials. After having successfully passed a national professional geologist qualification exam (which can be undertakes immediately after graduation), graduates can work as practicing geologists in the fields of application defined by law (DPR 328/2001). In relation to the chosen curriculum, graduates will be most probably be keen to career opportunities either in the areas of raw geological materials and valorisation of geological assets, or in the areas of geological risks analysis, technical and environmental practicing geology and land management

List of single courses taught in English

- Applied Biostratigraphy [ credits: 6]
- Georisks and Civil Protection [ credits: 6]
- Integrated Stratigraphy and Astrochronology [ credits: 6]
- Landslide Risks [ credits: 6]

More information

Course Director
prof. Alessandro Corsini
prof. Mazzucchelli Maurizio

The course is managed by the Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences