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Conservazione della Biodiversità, Didattica e Comunicazione Scientifica

Tuition fee €4,500 per year

Tuition fee for non-EU students who enter Italy with a study visa is based on flat rate and depends on the citizenship.
If non-EU students come from a family with limited financial resource, they can choose to have their tuition fee calculated according to their family income (from €156,00 to €3.985,00 per year).
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Application fee €35 per programme

This fee is not refundable.

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The Master’s Degree Program in “Scienze della Natura” is activated at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of Pavia.
The standard duration of the course is two years.
The student who intends to give himself an advanced naturalistic education finds in Pavia the possibility to study and carry out research in a welcoming and long tradition environment.
The teaching organization, governed by specific Regulations, by the Statute of the University of Pavia, by the University Educational Regulations, by the Student Regulations, is coordinated by the Didactic Council for Science and Technology for Nature.
The lessons are organized in frontal classes and workshops and exercises. Of the 120 credits to be obtained to obtain the Master’s Degree, 12 CFUs are dedicated to the dissertation internship and 18 CFUs to the final exam, while the remaining 81 CFUs are represented by basic, characterizing, similar and supplementary courses, while 9 CFUs are dedicated to free choice courses. Of the latter, for the academic year 2018/19, 13 courses are proposed from the course of study itself.
There are many courses providing practical laboratory activities and different are the interdisciplinary excursions in natural environments provided to support teaching.
The Master’s Degree in Nature Sciences offers a cultural education oriented to a systemic vision of the natural environment, described and interpreted through a good practice of the scientific method, applied to the analysis of components and factors that underlie processes, systems and problems.
The course prepares to perform detection, classification and interpretation of abiotic and biotic components present in natural ecosystems; it provides the scientific basis for drawing up impact assessments and formulating management proposals for the purposes of conservation and / or improvement of the systems. On these occasions, naturalistic censuses and data evaluations are carried out directly by the students under the supervision of the tutors. The master’s degree program adheres to community student mobility programs.
The course prepares to the profession of teachers, paleontologists, botanists, zoologists, ecologists, museum curators and conservators, researchers and technicians graduated in natural and biological sciences, with skills also in earth sciences.
Since 2016, a special agreement between the University of Pavia and the Professional Association of Agrotechnics and Agrotechnics graduates has been in force, thanks to which the credits accrued during the years (3 + 2) of the three-year and master’s degree program, including curricular internships, if they are consistent with the contents, they are recognized for the purpose of taking the State exam for enrollment in the Register. This possibility facilitates our graduates to carry out their profession.
The master’s degree program is particularly designed for inclusion in the labor market, but also for the continuation of studies in Second Level Master’s or Research Doctorates, such as the one organized by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Programme structure

Study plan and further information are available at this link

Scienze della natura can be activate as a “LM+”, a special Master’s Degree program made up of 5 semesters rather than 4. In the last 2 semesters students are offered a training period in a company, during which expenses are reimbursed. Learn more here

Career opportunities

The main employment opportunities offered by the Master’s Degree course are the following:
- Basic and applied naturalistic research;
- Census of naturalistic heritage and planning of monitoring plans;
- Impact assessment, recovery and management of the natural environment;
- Environmental planning in the natural environment;
- Faunistic management and biodiversity conservation, for the application of aspects of environmental legislation requiring naturalistic competences, with particular reference to impact studies (flora-fauna sector) and impact assessment;
- Drafting of thematic maps (both biological and abiological) also through the use of GIS and similar databases;
- Organization and management of scientific musea, aquariums, botanical gardens and nature parks;
- Additional activities related to naturalistic and environmental education, such as the creation of teaching materials, including multimedia support for schools, universities, nature musea, parks, aquariums and botanical gardens;
- Design and management of naturalistic itineraries;
- Dissemination of environmental issues and naturalistic knowledge.

Apply now! Academic year 2022/23
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Academic year 2022/23
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States