In this section it's possible to have information about our Degrees, PhDs and Masters, all held in Italian.


The following Degrees are related to the Department:

Three-year Degrees

Two-year Master Degrees

  • International relations LM-52
  • Political sciences LM-62
  • Sciences of administrations and public policies LM-63


What it is
The Research Doctorate (PhD) course represents a higher level of university training and may be undertaken after a specialist/master's (first-level) degree. It lasts three years and admission is by a public selection procedure effected on the basis of qualifications and examination. Admission is restricted to a limited number of participants. A Research Doctorate is awarded.

The curriculum
In order to be admitted to a doctoral course, the student must be in possession of a specialized/master's (first-level) degree or a foreign educational qualification recognized for this purpose. The doctoral qualification is awarded upon completion of a three-year curriculum of study and research, aimed at training, research and the acquisition of further research methods in a specific sector; it is concluded with the preparation of a final (doctoral) thesis. Every university regulates the setting up of doctoral courses with its own set of rules, together with the criteria for admission and the awarding of the final qualification, the educational goals, syllabus, duration, and how and how often the title may be awarded. The doctoral courses may be initiated jointly with other university locations. Conventions may also be stipulated with public and/or private bodies for the funding of additional doctoral grants.

Where it leads
The aim of the doctoral course is to prepare for scientific research and to provide the knowledge and skills of a scientific nature required in the context of a university career or in centres of advanced research, public or private.

  • Public law, comparative and international (four programmes):
  1. EU Environmental Governance
  2. Economic Public Law
  3. International Conventions and Human Rights
  4. Theory of the State and Comparative Political Institutions
  • Political studies (PhD School Mediatrends. History, Politics and Society) (two programmes):
  1. History of Political Doctrines and Institutions
  2. Theory of Socio-cultural Processes, Political and International Cooperation


What it is
This is a post-graduate course of specialist training pursued after a bachelor's degree or a first-level specialized/master's degree, as continuing and recurrent higher education, designed for students but also for professionals who feel the need to retrain. Master's degree courses provide knowledge and skills of a professional nature, at a technical-operational level or at that of planning and design. Admittance to a level-2 master's degree is subject to possession of a specialized/master's degree (level-1) or a (four-year) degree under the "old" university system. Each master's degree course lasts at least a year, with various starting dates and admittance procedures. Admittance is restricted to a limited number of participants, in order to ensure the personal guidance of teaching staff and supervisors. The selection procedure is by interview or other forms of assessment. All instructions regarding enrolment procedures are included in the calls for applications, which are published on the relevant pages of this site, as they come out, every year from September onwards. The academic qualification of Master's Degree (Level-2) is awarded at the end of the course.

The curriculum
In order to obtain the qualification, the student must acquire at least 60 higher educational credits, in addition to those obtained for the degree (180) or for the first-level specialized/master's degree (300). The goals and programmes of the master's courses are established by the structure proposing the master's course, represented by a department or faculty, and they are specified in the latter's rules. Master's courses may be organized in tandem with public or private bodies or institutions. The courses involve lessons in the classroom, individual study, exercises and practical workshops, and generally end with an internship with an organization or business. There may be periodic assessments of the skills being acquired, and the course always ends with a final examination. Attendance is compulsory and incompatible with the attendance of other educational courses at any level (bachelor's, first-level specialized/master's, doctoral, other second-level master's).

Where it leads
The master's courses serve to develop and expand previously acquired knowledge and translate it into professional skills, but they may also serve to extend and strengthen those professional capabilities developed in the course of working experiences: the courses are therefore also open to those who are already employed in professional contexts, as long as they have the requisite degrees.

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