2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Sciences and Management of Nature

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 9257
Degree Programme Class LM-60 - Natural sciences
Years in which the programme is being held 1st year
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies
The course provides an international curriculum in Global Change Ecology and Sustainable Development Goals (GCE&SDG)

Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Alessandro Chiarucci
Language Italian, English

Programme profile

The Degree Programme aims at training professionals able to analyse, restore and conserve biotic and abiotic components of natural and artificial ecosystems, working for entities, institutions and companies, and operating as experts in educational centres, addressing ecological and environmental issues connected with global changes and the social and technical implications caused by these changes. Additionally, the Degree Programme provides the methodological and cultural foundations for a solid education and the basics of scientific research in natural science sectors. With specific reference to the programme, offered entirely in English, environmental sustainability is the model used to develop an integrated approach to the economic and social use, conservation and valorisation of natural resources in a context characterised by constant global changes.

This Degree Programme aims at providing graduates with adequate knowledge tools to help them address and solve complex issues such as those connected with global changes that affect different disciplinary fields and may have an impact on strictly natural and environmental areas, or carry additional social, economic and technological implications.

Therefore, Natural Environment Management and Conservation Experts do not focus strictly on protecting natural systems, but must also:
1) be able work on systems derived from anthropic activities (for example, agricultural areas), which are intrinsically unstable and, therefore, require constant controlling and monitoring. To meet the needs of this second aspect, the Italian learning path is based on laboratory work that provides up-to-date and immediately spendable knowledge together with activities that strengthen students' culture and allow them to develop an adequate critical attitude. The overall aim of this learning path is, in fact, centred around the combination of the two above-mentioned categories of activities.
2) be able to work on systems modified by phenomena connected with global changes. To this end, the learning programme, offered in English, uses a combination of competencies that blend the typical topics of natural and environment science with those pertinent to the economic and social impact produced by global change, as well as the political actions linked to their effects.

Learning path overview:
In brief, the degree programme aims at training professional figures able to bring together the solid culture of naturalistic studies – which in Italy have a great and successful tradition – with the need for monitoring, protecting and restoring natural and anthropic environments. This learning path also aims at setting the natural and/or anthropic environment in a context that includes the effects connected with global changes, and divides it into two curricula that analyse in depth the management and conservation of nature (in Italian) and the ecological dynamics and social and economic aspects linked to global change (in English).
For the above-mentioned purposes, the learning path is organized in blocks of disciplines with study programmes and laboratory work involving multiple fields: biogeography, bio agriculture and ecology, geoenvironmental studies, and social and economic management.


The course provides an international curriculum in Global Change Ecology and Sustainable Development Goals (GCE&SDG)

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master courses of second degree.

Career opportunities

Natural Environment Management and Conservation Expert

A Natural Environment Management and Conservation Expert is a professional figure that registers, analyses and draws plans to conserve and protect natural heritage, operating in a context characterised by anthropic impact on natural systems and by ecological and social factors largely influenced by the ongoing global changes.

The main activities within the working environment are connected with:

- basic and applied natural research;
- environmental, social, technical and technological research;
- analysis of the effects of global changes and development of environment sustainability plans;
- mitigation of global change effects.

These activities may be carried out:
- conducting a census of the natural heritage;
- developing monitoring plans;
- evaluating impact, recovering and managing the natural environment;
- applying environmental planning to a natural context;
- managing wildlife and conserving biodiversity;
- applying those aspects of environment legislation that require naturalistic skills, with particular reference to the studies on environmental impact (flora and fauna sector) and the assessment of their effects;
- compiling biological and abiological valuation maps, with the use of GISs and connected databases;
- organizing and managing scientific museums, aquariums, botanical gardens and natural parks;
- carrying out environment and natural educational activities, such as the creation of teaching material, including multimedia material for schools, universities, natural museums, parks, aquariums, and botanical gardens;
- planning and managing natural itineraries;
- raising awareness on environmental issues and promoting knowledge about nature.

Natural Environment Management and Conservation Experts have competencies connected with:

- the systematic analysis of the natural environment and its interactions, considered also from a historic and evolutionary point of view;
- the use of the scientific method of research and the knowledge required to apply it;
- the knowledge of the modern territory surveying systems and the statistical and computer programming techniques to analyse and store data;
- the ability to confront issues related to the management and conservation of the environment's qualities;
- the ability to communicate and manage natural and environmental information;
- the management of vegetation and wildlife and biodiversity conservation;
- the ability to operate autonomously, taking responsibility for projects and structures.

To carry out the above-mentioned functions and duties, Natural Environment Management and Conservation Experts will collaborate with self-employed professionals and public administration employees.

Main career opportunities include:

- entities, cooperatives and other organisations that operate in the natural and environmental education sector;
- agencies for the protection of the environment;
- companies operating in the environment protection and requalification sector;
- public entities;
- agencies consulting on political and economic issues;
- local entities and consortia that manage parks and protected areas;
- scientific museums and botanical gardens;
- educational institutions;
- agencies that assess and manage European projects;
- international organisations (e.g. ONU, EU, World Bank, FAO, non-governmental organisations).