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Info 2024/2025

Duration 2 years
CFU 120
Class LM-74
Classe delle lauree magistrali in SCIENZE E TECNOLOGIE GEOLOGICHE (GEOLOGY)
Access Free access
Locations GENOVA
Language Italian
Teaching mode Tradizionale
Taxes and fees From 0 to 3,000 a year. Find out if you qualify for grants ed exemptions
Student exchange International destinations and partners
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The course in brief


The course aims to train graduates with a solid background in the various fields of geology and with particular skills in the management and monitoring of geological and environmental risks, in earth dynamics and evolution, and in the research and sustainable use of geo-resources.

The master's degree in geological sciences in Genoa is one of the few in Italy to offer most of the courses taught in Italian and English. This choice stems from the desire to foster connections with the international professional market and also attract foreign students.

Learning by doing

Frontal teaching is complemented by field and laboratory activities, carried out individually or in groups and aimed at applying the acquired theoretical knowledge to real cases. The course is completed with a professional internship experience in public agencies, companies or private firms and with the Master's Thesis. The Thesis is supplemented with internship activities and/or 'stages' in laboratories and Italian and foreign institutions, to expand the student's knowledge and ability to interact with other professionals.

Professional outlets

The master's degree graduate finds employment with public and private companies and agencies and as a freelance geologist. Areas of employment include design and technical-managerial coordination of geological interventions and geognostic survey campaigns; land, urban and basin planning; sustainable management of geo-resources; monitoring and mitigation of geological and environmental hazards; conservation and enhancement of natural and cultural heritage; research and scientific dissemination; and teaching.

What you will learn

The Master's Degree Course is divided into three curricula, but includes a common part with teaching aimed at broadening and deepening the knowledge and comprehension skills acquired in the Bachelor's Degree Course in Geological Sciences in the following areas:

geofisica applicata

a fini di esplorazione delle strutture geologiche, delle georisorse e per indagini ambientali

rilevamento geologico e geomorfologico

e studio della pericolosità geo-idrologica, anche in relazione ai cambiamenti climatici in atto  

metodologie di analisi di minerali, rocce, acqua e sedimenti

per la ricerca e la caratterizzazione delle georisorse e per indagini in campo ambientale 

geologia strutturale e cartografia

per descrivere e interpretare le strutture geologiche a differenti scale di osservazione a scopo di applicazioni nei diversi campi delle geoscienze 

After attending the common courses, students on the Master's Degree Course can choose from three pathways/curricula that reflect the scientific and cultural competences of the Genoa campus and meet the demands of the labour market: 

  • Geological Risks and Territory
  • Georesources and Sustainability
  • Marine Environmental Sciences


The Geological Hazards and Territory curriculum provides skills in the analysis, management and mitigation of geological hazards (environmental, hydrogeological, seismic and volcanic), the identification and solution of geological-technical problems in the design of engineering works and the use of remote sensing analysis techniques.  

The Georesources and Sustainability course provides skills in the analysis of complex geological systems and environmental processes, in the management and exploitation of geo-resources and geo-materials in relation to the needs and resources available and for the valorisation of the geological heritage.  

The Marine Environmental Sciences curriculum provides skills in the analysis and understanding of geological processes in the marine and coastal environment through geological, geophysical and oceanographic techniques, fostering collaboration with biologists, ecologists and environmental technicians. 


Daniele Spallarossa

Welcome to the Master of Science degree in Geological Sciences. In this course of study you will gain strong skills in monitoring and mitigation of geological and environmental hazards, land use planning, earth dynamics and georesources. Our professors develop these topics in the context of national and international research projects, through established collaborations with Companies, Public and Private Institutions and Research Institutions. You will then have a wide range of opportunities to refine your skills in the fields of your interest through the performance of internships and dissertations in Italy or abroad.

Daniele Spallarossa

Where we are

Department of Earth Sciences of Environment and Life - DISTAV
Corso Europa 26
16132 Genoa

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