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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 basic background in the various fields of geology and with special skills in the management and monitoring of geological and environmental hazards, terrestrial dynamics and evolution, and research and sustainable use of georesources.

 The training course is organized into two curricula:

  • Geological and Environmental Hazards (RIGA)
  • .
  • Earth Dynamics and Georisources (DIGE)

The master's degree in geological sciences at Genoa is one of the few in Italy to offer most of the courses delivered in Italian and English. This choice stems from a 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

applied geophysics

fundamental to the exploration of energy, mineral and water resources

Geotechnics and geology applied to engineering

essentials for the proper design of civil and environmental construction



studies microfossils with applications ranging from paleoclimatology to petroleum research

structural geology and tectonics

essential for recognizing and interpreting geological structures at both the macro- and micro-scale

Methodologies for the analysis of minerals, rocks and sediments

Useful for research and characterization of georesources and environmental surveys

geo-hydrological hazard study

also in relation to ongoing climate change

RIGA (Geological and Environmental RIschi) Curriculum.

hydrogeochemistry, seismic risk and microzonation, coastal risk, mineralogy and environmental risk

DIGE (Earth Dynamics and GEorisources) Curriculum.

geodynamics, petrogenesis, geothermal energy, mineral deposits


The training is organized into two curricula:


The curriculum RIGA (Geological and Environmental RIschi) provides skills pertaining to: (i) applied seismology and seismic microzonation for seismic risk assessment, (ii) coastal environment dynamics for coastal management and defense, (iii) interaction processes between groundwater and host rocks for aquifer quality characterization, and (iv) hazard and environmental risk of natural and synthetic minerals.

The curriculum DIGE (DInamic Earth and GEorisources) provides expertise in: i) Earth's internal dynamics, orogenetic processes, the link between petrological processes and geodynamic environments, including in relation to the distribution of useful elements and metals and the genesis of mineral deposits and georisources s.l, (ii) the earth's internal heat and geothermal energy as a renewable and sustainable energy source, (iii) mineral deposits, including genesis, mining techniques, and issues related to needs and available resources.

In order to ensure the completion of education, free-choice subjects are also included in both curricula. 

Courses deliverable in English:


- Micropaleontology
- Petrogenesis
- Volcanology
- Geothermics
- Geomorphological mapping and geo-hydrological hazard
- Seismic risk and microzonation
- Geodynamics
- Structural geology and tectonics
- Methods for geomaterial investigations
- Mineralogy and environmental hazards
- Applied geophysics


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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