Master's degree programme

The new Master of Science in Geosciences for Risks and Environment Management, activated in the academic year 2020-2021, represents the evolution of the previous course in Geological Sciences and Technologies, active at this Department until 2019-2020; it was updated in response to the evolution of cultural and practical issues, within the competence of Geology. The course is designed to train new generations of Geologists, who are able to deal concretely with the problems related to geological risks, spatial planning and the management and sustainable exploitation of georesources, with particular attention to the issues of global changes (Global Change).
The multiplication of increasingly complex environmental problems requires expert Geologists, able to face complex challenges and to combine the needs of an industrial development that requires increasing quantities of energy, which planet Earth cannot provide in an unlimited way, and the development of models for the management of efficient and effective energy resources, which minimize waste and at the same time protect the environment and human health.
Moreover, the constant growth of the population, combined with the poor awareness of terrestrial dynamics, has led to the colonization of areas of the planet where geological risks represent a problem of primary importance. In this area also, as never before, the presence of Geologists capable of implementing an effective planning and management of the territory is required, based on the understanding of risks deriving from its natural evolution and from anthropic pressure (exploitation of resources, occupation and alteration of the territory, impact of major works, mitigation of geological risks, pollution, etc.).
The new degree course, divided into two curricula, intends to train experts with in-depth multidisciplinary knowledge of the Earth System and its dynamics on a global and local scale, through modern teaching and training activities that integrate traditional methodologies, cutting-edge laboratory activities, field work, training internships in expert sector companies and training periods abroad.
The skills acquired by the graduate will allow professional outlets in different working contexts, where the Geologist's exclusive technical-scientific knowledge is fundamental and integrates with that of other professional figures, according to an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach.
In view of the growing demand for internationalization of higher-level training courses, one of the two curricula (curriculum 2: Geosciences for Environmental Sustainability - GES) in which the course of articulates, described below, is delivered entirely in English.
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