Degree Structure at UNIMORE

Degree structure bachelor MasterProgram ShortMaster SingleCycle PhDresearch AdvancedMaster Specialization

First-Cycle Degree Programs offered at Unimore

The Italian system has adopted the ECTS [European Credit Transfer System] which is based on a definition of credits and procedures widely accepted within Europe.

A degree program is composed of a number of mandatory and optional teaching and learning activities. Each of them corresponds to a certain number of credits. One credit corresponds to 25 hours of student work. Sixty (60) credits measure the workload of a full-time student during one academic year. Credits are awarded to students who have passed an examination. In the Italian grading system the minimum pass mark is 18 out of 30 points and the top mark is 30 cum laude.

A first-cycle degree program (called Laurea triennale) leads to a Bachelor-level degree. A second-cycle degree program (Laurea magistrale) leads to a Master-level degree. Some programs leading to a Master-level degree last longer: they start at undergraduate level and take 5 or 6 years to complete. These are called Lauree magistrali a ciclo unico (Single-cycle Master degrees).

In order to take a first-cycle degree students have to acquire 180 credits in 3 years, and to take a single-cycle degree they have to acquire 300 or 360 credits in 5 or 6 years, depending on the requirements of the individual program.

Degree Programs offered at Unimore

Degree Program

Duration (years)

Credits
(ECTS)

Entry Requirements*

FIRST CYCLE

Bachelor Program
(in Italian Corso di Laurea Triennale - CL)

3

180

Secondary school diploma.
Some degree programs have closed admissions, in which case an entry exam is required.

SECOND CYCLE

Single-cycle Master Program
(In Italian Corso di Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico - CLMu)

5-6

300-360

Secondary school diploma.
Some degree programs have closed admissions, in which case an entry exam is required.

Master Program
(In Italian Corso di Laurea Magistrale - CLM)

2

120

Bachelor degree (180 credits)
Some degree programs have closed admissions, in which case an entry exam is required.

Short Vocational Master Program
(In Italian Master Universitario di I livello - CMU1)

1

60

Bachelor degree (180 credits)
These programs have closed admission and an entry test is required.

THIRD CYCLE

Doctoral Research Program - PhD
(In Italian Corso di Dottorato di Ricerca - CDR)

3

n/a

Second-cycle degree.
Admission to PhD programs is based on an examination. Successful candidates may be entitled to a scholarship.

Specialization Program
(In Italian Scuola di Specializzazione - SS)

2-6

120-360

Second-cycle degree.
These programs have closed admission and an entry test is required.

Advanced Master Program
(In Italian Master Universitario di II livello - CMU2)

1

60

Second-cycle degree.
These programs have closed admission and an entry test is required.

*Specific criteria for admission to individual programs are illustrated in the Applications page of the University main website.