Useful Info & Vocabulary

The academic track

With a secondary school diploma, you can enrol on a 3-year undergraduate degree programme or on a single cycle Master’s degree programme (5 or 6 years).

With a 3-year undergraduate degree under your belt, you can enrol on a Master’s degree (2 years) or a I level Specialist Master’s programme.

With a Master’s degree or single cycle Master’s, you can enrol for a II level Specialist Master’s, a specialisation school or a PhD.


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University terminology

Unrestricted Admission

There are no entrance tests that restrict enrolment.

State-regulated Admission

Candidates must pass an entrance test in order to enrol on these courses. The test is state-regulated for all courses in the School of Medicine, and university-regulated for the courses of Pharmaceutical Science.

Degree classes

This refers to the grouping of courses with similar level and educational goals. The qualifications gained at the end of courses of the same level and class have the same legal/official value.

Student fees

These are the taxes and fees paid in order to enrol on a course. Payment is divided into two instalments: the first is practically the same for everybody while the second varies according to the economic status of the student’s family.

Undergraduate degree courses (first-level / 3-year)

  • Duration: 3 years / 180 academic credits
  • Qualifications necessary: secondary school diploma
  • Title awarded: “dottore” (Italian equivalent to BA/BSc)
  • Next step:  Master’s degree, I level Specialist Master’s

Master’s degree programme 

  • Duration: 2 years / 120 academic credits
  • Qualifications necessary: undergraduate degree
  • Title awarded: “dottore magistrale” (Italian equivalent of Master of Arts or Science)
  • Next step: I or II level Specialist Master’s, school of specialisation, research doctorate

Single cycle Master’s degree programme

  • Duration: 5 years / 300 academic credits (Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmacy, Law) or 6 years /360 academic credits (Medicine and Surgery)
  • Qualifications necessary:  secondary school diploma
  • Title awarded: “dottore magistrale” (Italian equivalent of Master of Arts or Science)
  • Next step: I or II level Specialist Master’s, school of specialisation, research doctorate

University academic credits

Academic credits can be used to gauge the average amount of effort required from a student in terms of hours of lessons and private study. One credit corresponds in general to 25 hours of study: in one year, students generally acquire 60 credits. Certified professional skills and abilities can also gain credits for a student.

PhD (Research doctorate)

This is the third and last level of higher education. It supplies the necessary skills to carry out high-level research in universities, public authorities, and private companies.

  • Duration: 3-4 years
  • Qualifications necessary:  2-year Master’s degree or single cycle Master’s
  • Title awarded: PhD (Doctor)


There is no longer a clear distinction between fundamental and complementary coursework. A degree is attained after fulfilling specific goals which follow various educational courses (including linguistic activity, IT skills, relational skills) that all contribute to finding employment in the future.


Courses set up by different universities working together.


A course which belongs to two or more classes: the student must specify at moment of enrolment in which class he/she intends to pursue a qualification. This decision can be changed but not after registration for the final year.

Specialisation Masters

These are advanced level specialisation courses which lead to permanent qualifications.

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Qualifications necessary: I level – undergraduate degree, 2-year Master’s degree, single cycle Master’s; II level – 2-year Master’s degree or single cycle Master’s

Study format

Students may choose to study full-time or part-time. Part-time study involves an official study plan agreement. This format is particularly popular with students who work or those who wish to complete a university course without giving up other activities.

Specialisation School

This aims to supply students with the knowledge and skills necessary for specific professional jobs. The University currently runs specialisation schools in the health professions field.

  • Duration:  depends on type of school
  • Qualifications necessary: single cycle Master’s

Admissions Test

Each Department sets incoming students a test to evaluate their basic knowledge in the field of study chosen. If the student does not pass the test, he/she may still enrol but will need to complete additional study/courses in the first year to acquire the necessary credits.