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The Master's degree program in Geological Sciences offers stable and active relationships with Companies, Public and Private Bodies, National and International Research Institutions, for the conduct of internships and theses.

We have a scientifically active staff on themes of petrology and geochemistry, geodynamics, georesources, land-use planning, monitoring and mitigation of geological and environmental hazards. In addition, our faculty is available and attentive to the development of students' educational backgrounds; and our graduates are competent in the management of problems of social and economic importance, such as geological and environmental hazards and the finding of mineral, water and energy resources

Over 90% of master's graduates in 2014-2020 found employment as geologists in public and private entities, as freelancers, and in research and teaching.

What will you study

The two curricula of the Master's Degree include some common teachings, which complement the preparation acquired in the Bachelor's Degree in the following areas:

  • applied geophysics, fundamental to the exploration of energy, mineral and water resources;
  • geomorphological surveying and mapping;
  • study of geo-hydrological hazard, including in relation to ongoing climate change;
  • micropaleontology, with applications ranging from paleoclimatology to petroleum research;
  • geotechnics and geology applied to engineering, essential for the proper design of civil and environmental construction;
  • methodologies of analysis of minerals, rocks and sediments, useful for research and characterization of georesources and for investigations in the environmental field;
  • structural and tectonic geology, essential for recognizing and interpreting geological structures at both the macro- and micro-scale, framing them in contexts of regional tectonic evolution;

In particular

provides expertise on: i) hydrogeochemistry, ii) seismic risk and microzonation, iii) coastal risk, iv) mineralogy and environmental risk.

provides expertise in: i) geodynamics, ii) petrogenesis, iii) geothermal energy, iv) mineral deposits.

To ensure completion of education, free-choice teachings in geophysical and oceanographic, geological-environmental, regional geological and volcanological fields are also provided in both curricula.

After graduation

The graduate student in GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES


Who is it?


The Master's Degree in Geological Sciences possesses skills that enable him or her to understand and interpret geological processes and to work in the context of problems with a strong social impact inherent in the management, preservation and exploitation of the land. This is a figure equipped with in-depth geological knowledge and well-founded decision-making ability. The professional figure of the master graduate in Geological Sciences is protected by the Professional Order of Geologists.

What does he/she do?

Geological Science graduates find employment in private companies and public agencies, research institutions, and as freelancers. 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.

Master's graduates who intend to carry out professional activities can enter the National Order of Geologists after passing the State Examination (Senior Geologist).

Where does he/she work?

  • Geological offices in public agencies (Regions, Provinces, Municipalities, Mountain Communities, State Forestry Corps, Civil Defense, ARPAL, Park Authorities, Basin Authorities, National Geological Survey)
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  • Private companies (construction sector, infrastructure works, etc.)
  • Companies active in the field of finding and exploiting energy and mineral resources and pollution control
  • Professional consulting firms and geological surveys
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  • Private and Public Research Institutions
  • Natural history or thematic museums within the earth sciences
  • Natural Parks and Geoparks
  • Public and private educational institutions