2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Geology and Land Management

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2017/2018
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8027
Degree Programme Class LM-74 - Geology
Years in which the programme is being held 1st and 2nd year
Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies

The degree programme has two curricula:

- Curriculum A Hydro-geological Risk

- Curriculum B Georesources

Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Rossella Capozzi
Language Italian

Programme profile

The 2nd cycle degree programme in Geology and Land Management aims to provide cultural, technical and professional training in the field of Earth Sciences. The ultimate aim is to provide students with the cultural instruments and critical analysis skills required to enter the job and research markets, through experimental practice in the field and in the laboratory, working as professional geologists or technicians in local control bodies working in the field of hydrogeological damage and the recovery and assessment of georesources.

2nd cycle graduates will have specific knowledge of territorial geological surveying, subsoil investigations and in the retrieval, exploitation and management of natural resources. The resulting professional figure will also be able to work in the forecasting, prevention and mitigation of undesirable geological and hydrogeological effects resulting from human activity in the territory, the forecasting and prevention of geo-environmental risks and the prospecting and exploitation of geological resources and reserves. The professional skills acquired can be put to use in public institutions and bodies, private businesses, professional firms and companies.

The degree programme in Geology and Land Management has a common curriculum which is subsequently divided into 2 sub-curricula.

The 120 ECTS in this 2nd cycle programme are divided as follows:

- Common course units (core subjects): 22 ECTS (Geological Surveying 2; Geological Exploration of the Subsoil; Remote Sensing and GIS systems for Territorial Analysis);

- Core and supplementary course units: 50 ECTS;


- Internship: 6 ECTS;

- Final examination: 34 ECTS.

Hydrogeological Risk Curriculum: specifically focusing on training geologists in the forecasting and prevention of hydrogeological damage, support to territorial planning, monitoring and control of geological and environmental risks on a freelance basis. The course units in the curriculum are mainly practical and quantitative, based on numerical applications and processing and modelling; Georesources Curriculum: specifically focusing on training geologists in the retrieval, quantification, correct exploitation and management of natural land and sea resources. The course units in the curriculum, aiming to develop solid, modern skills in experimental geological research, guarantee the acquisition of specific soil skills and in-depth knowledge of instrumental methodologies.

External internship activities in businesses, public organisations and laboratories, are required. Finally, study periods may be spent in other universities in Italy, Europe or around the world as part of international agreements.

The curriculum ends with the production and discussion of an in-depth dissertation based on the collection and interpretation of field and/or laboratory data.

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Scholarships and awards

Certain bodies and institutions offer awards and scholarships; the latter are awarded to give financial assistance for thesis related to topics on applications of geological surveying.

A yearly award of 1500 euros is offered by the Emilia-Romagna Association of Geologists, in memory of the Geologist Gianfranco Bruzzi, former Chairman of the Association, for the best thesis prepared by a graduate from the 2nd cycle degree programme on a topic related to applications of geology.

In the academic year 2007/08, as part of the activities organised by the Associazione Ciancabilla, in memory of Prof. Fulvio Ciancabilla, the Mountain Community of the Upper and Middle Reno Valley awarded a scholarship of 5000 euros for a thesis on the territorial area the Association.


The degree programme has two curricula:

- Curriculum A Hydro-geological Risk

- Curriculum B Georesources

Course units

The course units are listed according to the chosen curriculum


The degree programme provides for an internship of 150 hours (6 credits) to be spent with a firm or public organisation in Italy or abroad that has entered into an agreement with the University of Bologna. The organisation may be chosen directly by students or proposed by professors or by the University Internship Office. The way in which the internship will be organized is agreed upon with the host organisation. The internship represents an important opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience of the world of work. Students who work already may request that this experience is recognised as a substitute to a work placement.

Extra-curricular activities

In addition to the curricula course units there are a number of conferences and seminars organised at the Department of Earth Sciences and Geological-Environmental Science; these events are published on the Department site: http://www.geomin.unibo.it/

Training seminars for the writing of the thesis and the preparation of power point presentations are held for graduating students.

Every year a course is organised on the creation of geological sections for students graduating from the 2nd cycle degree programme that intend to sit the professional examination for Geologists, as this forms part of the examination.

Every year the Association of Geologists of the Emilia-Romagna Region, along with the Department of Earth Sciences and Geological-Environmental Science organises a cycle of training seminars for recent graduates who wish to sit the State Examination for the profession of Geologist. The seminars are open to first and second cycle students.

International mobility

Students are offered a series of opportunities of carrying out exchanges programs due to the various existing agreements with foreign universities.For information about the programs you can contact:
International student office

Referente per la mobilità studentesca internazionale

Prof. Giuseppe Maria Bargossi giuseppe.bargossi@unibo.it

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

Career opportunities

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Contact details

Director of the Second cycle degree programme: Prof. Matteo Berti

Course Tutor: Federica Landro

Students may also contact the course tutor at the following e-mail address: dipterra.didattica@unibo.it

Teaching Committee for Vocational Advice, Transfers and 2nd cycle degrees

Prof. Matteo Berti, prof. William Cavazza, Prof.ssa Rossella Capozzi, Prof. Federico Lucchi e Prof.ssa Silvia Castellaro.

Office accountable Teaching matters (of the Department): bigea.didattica@unibo.it