What is a Second Cycle Degree Programme

The second cycle degree programme is the second level of university studies. Prior to the reforms introduced by Italian ministerial decree (DM) 207/04, this type of degree was called "Specialistica".

To graduate in a second cycle degree, students must acquire 120 university educational credits (CFU) through a maximum of 12 exams.

The second cycle degree programme lasts for two years, and at the end of your studies you will obtain a  "Dottore Magistrale" qualification.

The purpose of the Second Cycle Degree Programme is to provide advanced training and high level qualifications in specific fields.

Each Second Cycle Degree Programme trains a specific professional figure. You can consult all the information on career opportunities and professional figures in the specific sheets describing each Second Cycle Degree Programme.

Having obtained a second cycle degree (LM) students are qualified to access:

Second Cycle Degree Programmes are divided into different classes. There are 94 ministerial classes (plus 4 for second cycle degrees in the health profession) which group the degree programmes according to their common learning outcomes.

Second Cycle Degree Programmes in the same class have identical legal value, even though study paths may differ to a greater or lesser extent due to the autonomy of the university.

For access to certain professional registers or for participation in public employment competitions, additional specific competences may be requested in addition to the possession of a qualification from a given class.

Multidisciplinary degree programmes are second cycle degree programmes in which the teaching system meets the requirements of two different classes. In these cases, when registering students must indicate the class they wish to graduate in, and may change the choice made up to year 2.