Minor - Interdisciplinary programmes to enrich your curriculum

Minors are optional interdisciplinary programmes, separate from degree programmes, that allow you to divert from your main subjects and acquire skills useful for your future studies and to enter the world of work.

The programmes are centred around topical subjects addressed with an interdisciplinary approach and by combining traditional learning activities with new innovative methods, alternating lessons and seminars, multimedia materials and group projects.

Enrolment

To enrol in a Minor, you must be enrolled in a second cycle degree programme or in the third year or above of a single cycle degree programme at the University of Bologna.  Additional specific requirements apply to each Minor.

A set number of participants can enrol, and admission is subject to a selection process.

Enrolment is free and the Minor programme remains separate from the degree programme you are enrolled in.

Duration and Attendance

You must obtain the Minor CFUs (University Educational Credits) within a year from graduation in a second cycle degree programme. 

Learning activities are held in presence, in compliance with applicable regulations and safety protocols. Attendance to 70% of learning activities is mandatory.

Minor learning activities include graded tests. To obtain the final attestation, you must pass tests for all activities included in the programme.

Minors for a.y. 2021/22

The challenge of climate change

Learning outcome: the Minor focuses on climate change and will allow students to acquire knowledge on the status of scientific research and the main social and political implications of global warming caused by humankind. From managing water resources to the role of social movements for climate, from the impact on biodiversity to the history of climate on our planet, the programme will present a scientifically based picture of one of the greatest issues of our time in all its complex connotations.

Language: Italian

Campus: Bologna

Learning activities: 

  • The Climate System: components - 3 Credits
  • The Climate System: forcings and impacts - 3 Credits
  • Geological risks and climate change - 3 Credits
  • The impact of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystems - 3 Credits
  • Technologies to mitigate the effects of climate change - 6 Credits
  • Climate change and society: dynamics and players - 3 Credits
  • Climate change: legal framework, economic aspects, history and international relations - 3 Credits
  • Seminar activities

Access: restricted access, 50 places available.

Requirements: enrolment in any second cycle degree program or single cycle degree from the third year onwards. Further information on how to access will be available in the call for applications.

Publication of call for applications: July 2021

Enrolment starting date: to be confirmed

Lesson period: to be confirmed

For information: scienze.didattica@unibo.it

Journey through space and time

Learning outcome: the Minor offers an interdisciplinary approach that connects art, architecture, astronomy, philosophy, physics and mathematics, giving students the confidence to operate in different contexts. The main topic – spacetime, in science and humanities – is the element that brings together all the disciplines involved and will provide, through connections and interdisciplinary links, answers to many of the great questions at the basis of our culture.

Language: Italian

Campus: Bologna

Learning activities: 

  • Spacetime aesthetics - 6 Credits
  • Spacetime structures and forms - 6 Credits
  • Spacetime paradoxes - 6 Credits
  • Spacetime: origin, evolution, destiny - 6 Credits

Access: restricted access, 40 places available.

Requirements: enrolment in any second cycle degree program or single cycle degree from the third year onwards. Further information on how to access will be available in the call for applications.

Publication of call for applications: July 2021

Enrolment starting date: to be confirmed

Lesson period: to be confirmed

For information: scienze.didattica@unibo.it

Learning from data

Learning outcome: the Minor offers an interdisciplinary programme that proposes a culture of knowledge based on the understanding and communication of data. The topic is part of the so-called “data literacy”. Aimed mainly at students from degree programme with quite different subjects, who however appreciate the importance of being able to read data and extract information and knowledge as a way of complementing their learning programme.  

Language: Italian

Campus: Bologna

Learning activities: 

  • Describing phenomena and controlling uncertainty - 6 Credits
  • Extracting, integrating, and mining data from complex sources - 6 Credits, integrated course:
    - Module 1: Extracting and organising data from complex sources - 3 Credits
    - Module 2: Extracting and mining data from complex sources - 3 Credits
  • Data to inform political and social choices - 6 Credits
  • Managing data to support business activities - 6 Credits

Access: restricted access, 50 places available.

Requirements: enrolment in any second cycle degree programme or single cycle degree programme from the third year onwards, except for those activated by the Departments of Management (DiSA), Economics (DSE), Statistical Sciences (STAT), Computer Science and Engineering (DISI). Further information on how to access will be available in the call for applications.

Publication of call for applications: to be confirmed

Enrolment starting date: to be confirmed

Lesson period: to be confirmed

For information: didatticasociale.didattica@unibo.it

Green Technologies

Credits: 30, of which 18 curricular, valid as part of the second cycle degree programme, and 12 extra-curricular, to be obtained within one year from graduation.

Language: English/Italian

Campus: Bologna/Cesena

Learning activities:

You can choose 18 credits, to be obtained during your second cycle degree programme, among the additional learning activities shown in tables A, B, and D [.pdf 159 KB].

You can choose 12 credits, to be obtained within a year from graduating, among the following:

  • Electrical Energy from renewable sources - 12 Credits, Bologna
  • Competitive industry, energy efficient and clean - 12 Credits, Bologna
  • Circular economy and life cycle thinking - 12 Credits, Bologna

Access: restricted access. 60 places available, of which 40 reserved to students from the following degree programmes: Electrical Energy Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Energy Engineering.

Requirements: enrolment in one of the following second cycle engineering degree programs: Electrical Energy Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Energy Engineering, Chemical and Process Engineering, Offshore Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (Bologna and Cesena Campus). Further information on how to access will be available in the call for applications.

Publication of call for applications: to be confirmed

Enrolment starting date: to be confirmed

Lesson period: to be confirmed

For information: didattica.ingegneria-architettura@unibo.it

Smart Infrastructures

Credits: 30, of which 18 curricular, valid as part of the second cycle degree programme, and 12 extra-curricular, to be obtained within one year from graduation.

Language: English/Italian

Campus: Bologna/Cesena

Learning activities:

You can choose 18 credits, to be obtained during your second cycle degree programme, among the additional learning activities shown in tables A, B, and D [.pdf 159 KB].

You can choose 12 credits, to be obtained within a year from graduating, among the following 3 integrated courses:

Integrated courses Learning activities Credits
Smart monitoring of Civil infrastructures Advanced monitoring for Civil Engineering applications 6
Technologies for monitoring of infrastructures 6
Smart City Infrastructures Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems 6
Smart City Civil infrastructures 6
Smart Communication Infrastructures 5G intelligent networks and systems 6
Programmable networks 6

Access: restricted access. 60 places available, of which 40 reserved to students from the following degree programmes: Biomedical Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering for Energy, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering.

Requirements: enrolment in one of the following second cycle degree programs: Biomedical Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering for Energy, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering. Further information on how to access will be available in the call for applications.

Publication of call for applications: to be confirmed

Enrolment starting date: to be confirmed

Lesson period: to be confirmed

For information: campuscesena.didattica.isa@unibo.it