2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Politics Administration and Organization

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8784
Degree Programme Class LM-63 - Public administration
Years in which the programme is being held I °, II° Year
Type of access Restricted access
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Type One or more curricula provide double/multiple degree
Degree Programme Director Michele Sapignoli
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Accessrequirements for the programme

To join thesecond-cycle Master's degree programme in Politics, Administration andOrganization one needs to have a degree or possess some approved qualificationgained abroad, in one of the following subjects: anthropology, communications,culture, demography, economics, philosophy, geo-politics, law, literature,languages, political theory, psychology, sociology, history, gender studies.

To benefitby the Master's degree programme one needs to possess:

1. knowledgeof English to level B1;

2. asuitable degree of education.

Failingpossession of a degree in one of the areas required, admission to the Master'sDegree Programme is conditional on passing an assessment of personalbackground: qualifications, CV, motivation. There may also be an interview.

The overseeing Committeeis appointed by the Degree Programme Board and will set dates of interviews, tobe published on the School Portal.

If the Committeejudges the graduate's knowledge and skills to be compatible, it will issue averdict of suitability, granting admission to the personal knowledgeassessment.

Details and procedurewill be made known via the University Portal.

1.2 Assessment of language skills

Access tothe degree programme requires a B1 level of English to be assessed by a testset by the Committee. Students who possess the following equivalent languagebackground may be exempted:

- CambridgePET or equivalent, or

- a B1 levelcertificate issued by the University Language Centre, or

- possessionof at least 8 credits, including laboratory work, in SSD L-LIN/12, or

- havingspent a study period abroad (Erasmus, Overseas or equivalent) at anEnglish-speaking university, or;

- havingdone a placement for not less than three months in an English-speaking country,or

- havinggot a degree at an English-speaking university, or

- havinggained a qualification for which tuition was entirely in English, or

- beingmother-tongue, or

- havingpassed a test set by the Committee.

1.3 Assessmentof basic knowledge

To join thesecond-cycle degree programme you must not only possess the set curricularrequisites, but undergo a personal knowledge assessment based on qualifications, CV, motivation, andperhaps an interview.

The Committeeappointed by the Degree Programme Board will set dates for interviews, to bepublished on the University Portal.

Details and procedureswill be made known via the University Portal.

The second-cycledegree programme may decide on a special session for international students andappoint a Committee to check the suitability of their academic background, ifthe Call for study grant allocation allows time (its deadline is usually in May).

If internationalstudents have been positively evaluated under the foregoing point, they areexempt from the next step foreseen for the majority of students, viz. a test oftheir personal knowledge.

Programme profile

The Master'sdegree programme in Politics, Administration and Organization aims to provide asolid qualitative and quantitative methodological grounding, as well asspecialist skills in Theory of Organization, Political Science, Science ofAdministration, and Theory of Industrial Relations.

The firstaim of the curriculum is to go deeper into methodology, enabling graduates toexplore and interpret analytical models, master advanced techniques of dataanalysis, and learn techniques of work psychology and group psychology. Side byside with this they will be taught English to level B2, and will learn thespecialist language of social science. This may involve both practice in thefour language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and compulsoryattendance of lessons. The criteria will be announced as the degree programmeunfolds.

Secondly,two groups of interdisciplinary course units will be presented: one focusing onscience of administration, the other on theory of organization; courses inpolitical science, law and economics are also scheduled, tailored to the needsof the specialization.

Thecurriculum likewise includes a broad range of related supplementary activitiesin the fields of law, economics, business management, politics and sociology.

There willalso be an internship serving as professional preparation and a way of applyingthe skills acquired.

Thecurriculum closes with a final examination consisting in writing and discussinga degree dissertation designed to show original application of what has beenlearnt during the programme and the ability to put together a piece ofindependent research.

Career opportunities forgraduates

Civil servant in publicadministration
function in a professionalcontext

A civil servant in public administration holdssenior positions in the field of organisational innovation, and in particular:
- manages projects, administrative activitiesand procedures, coordinating the activities of subordinate staff;


, curriculum politiche pubbliche e scienza dell'amministrazione, curriculum scienza dell'amministrazione e curriculum teoria dell'organizzazione.

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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