Single cycle Degree/Combined Bachelor and Master in Medicine and Surgery

Degree programme

Programme type Single cycle Degree/Combined Bachelor and Master
Academic Year 2017/2018
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8415
Degree Programme Class LM-41 - Medicine
Years in which the programme is being held I,II,III,IV,V,VI
Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Type of access Restricted access
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Davide Trerè
Language Italian

Programme profile

The Single Cycle degree programme in Medicine and Surgery trains students to become competent doctors in all fundamental fields of medical science who, with the knowledge acquired in the programme are able to continue specialist studies in all medical and surgical fields, exercising any of the roles foreseen by the health system regulations and who are in the best possible condition to apply lifelong learning techniques.

The specific learning outcomes of the programme are coherent with the general provisions of the Bologna Process and the specific provisions of EC Directive 2005/36/EC and the European Specifications in Medical Education drawn up by the Thematic Network on Medical Education in Europe (MEDINE), under the joint supervision of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE) under the auspice of the European Commission. They are represented within the European Qualifications Framework (Dublin descriptors).

The curriculum is divided into three consecutive biennial programmes, as described below. In particular:

1) The first biennial programme provides basic scientific knowledge starting with physics and chemistry, aiming to understand the structure and functions of the human body in both microscopic (single molecules and molecular structures) and macroscopic (tissue and organs) terms. The first biennial programme is completed with an understanding of general mechanisms of various pathologies and the defence system of the organism.

2) The second biennial programme begins with the acquisition of the basic tools for the approach to the sick organism, covering mainly the pathology of organs and systems; the acquired knowledge is applied to the development of skills in the approach to sick patients during the clinical internship, which counts for approx. 25% of the whole degree programme; the programme is completed by the study of pathological anatomy to develop knowledge of the alteration of organs and systems.

3) The third biennial programme is strongly oriented to the development of a comprehensive clinical approach to the patient; as the degree programme is aligned to the definition adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO), in which health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, it includes a large portion of internship (75% of the total programme) dealing with clinical issues in midwifery and gynaecology, paediatrics, general medicine and surgery; to complete the programme, students will acquire specific skills in clinical areas with strong social impact, community medicine, ageing, medical oncology, psychiatry, legal medicine, occupational health and medical surgical emergencies.

The three biennial programmes generally run over twelve semesters. On a yearly basis, in compliance with the teaching regulation, the Degree Programme Board decides on the division of the various learning activities according to their appropriateness of the various planned course units to the specific learning outcomes. The curriculum organisation ensures that all learning activities included in the degree programme contribute to achieving the learning outcomes laid down in the European Qualifications Framework (Dublin descriptors). The type and methods of assessment are laid down in the degree programme teaching regulation in compliance with the University Teaching Regulation; the various methods of assessment of the learning outcomes, in line with the European Qualifications Framework (Dublin descriptors), are fully represented in the regulations.

Course units

The course units are listed according to the chosen curriculum


Students in Medicine and Surgery shall carry out 1020 hours of internship divided as follows:

3rd YEAR: Internship 1 (4 cfu, 68 hours)

4th YEAR: Internship 2 (10 cfu, 170 hours)

5th YEAR: Internship 3 (17 cfu, 289 hours)

6th YEAR: Internship 4 (29 cfu, 493 hours)

For further information concerning internships in Medicine and Surgery, please refer to the following web page:

International mobility


Ufficio Staff - Supporto Mobilità internazionale Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna Polo didattico Murri, Via Massarenti 9 -40138 Bologna


Phone number: +39 (0) 512095543
Fax: +39 (0) 512086020

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 degree programme

Prof. Prof. Davide Festi


Coordinator: Marco Ferri


Phone number 051 2095583
Phone number 051 2094677