Geological sciences and technologies

Master's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaScience
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Partially taught in English (3 courses)
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The Second-Cycle Degree in Geological Sciences and Technologies is primarily a professional training degree, based on a sound scientific preparation. Those enrolling in the programme are interested in gaining an in-depth knowledge or acquiring knowledge and skills in various disciplinary areas, with a view to protecting the Planet, managing the territory, mitigating natural or human events that can cause damage to the world or to human life, and finding and using resources from the Earth. The course programme is designed to offer the opportunity to work and learn directly in the field or in the laboratory. Students will be active explorers in an area of learning which will not only satisfy their personal interests, but also the need to acquire a high level of scientific and professional preparation.

Course content

In the first year, courses will focus on the study of the process of spatio-temporal evolution of geological sedimentary bodies and the techniques used in the discovery and exploitation of stone, inert, and hydrocarbon materials. Issues in hydro-geological and geological risk from the standpoint of assessment, monitoring, modelling and mitigation will also be part of the programme. Furthermore, students will strengthen their knowledge of the mineralogical-petrographic- geochemical processes that characterize various environments, and the application of natural raw materials. During the second year, along with the study of subjects related to Geological Sciences, students will apply their knowledge and skills thanks to a traineeship to be carried out in local, national, and international companies, institutions or professional consultancy agencies. Thanks to agreements with various foreign universities, it is also possible to complete part of the study programme, including traineeship and experimental thesis, at foreign universities.

Career options

Graduates of the Second-Cycle Degree in Geological Sciences have a wide range of future career opportunities. They can work in the field of research or at a university by taking doctoral, masters, or other third-cycle programmes (PhD). After a professional habilitation exam, graduates can work as practicing geologists (consultants), or as employees in public and/or private entities in the exploration and exploitation of geological resources (water, hydrocarbons and raw materials of world interest), and in the management and development of the environment and the territory. Further professional opportunities exist in environmental risk mitigation, in the conservation and utilization of cultural resources, in exploitation and research, and in the utilization and transformation of raw materials with particular reference to manufacturing ceramics.

List of single courses taught in English

- Geochimica applicata e ambientale [ credits: 6]
- Micropaleontologia applicata [ credits: 6]
- Rischi geologici e protezione civile [ credits: 9]

More information

Course Director
prof. Alessandro Corsini
prof. Mazzucchelli Maurizio

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