Nature Sciences  Scienze della natura

General information

Classification of Scholarly Field LM-60 Nature sciences
Application and Admission Open with entry requirements examination. How to apply.
Course Duration 2 years
Course Attendance Not mandatory
Course Language Italian
Course Location Lecture rooms in Città Studi - Milano
Head of Studies Giovanna Berruti
Course Website Programme Description

Course Objectives

The master degree programme in Nature Sciences is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the structural and functional components of past and present environmental ecosystems.

It also provides an introduction to the conceptual tools associated with the conservation, defence and management of the environment, and the communication and diffusion of environment and nature-related knowledge.

In particular, graduates possess:

  • the training required to analyse the structure and workings, in a spatial and diachronic sense, of high-complexity ecosystems, through a sufficiently interdisciplinary approach
  • sufficient knowledge to analyse biodiversity at various organisational levels, from genetic diversity to specific and environmental diversity
  • the specific knowledge and competences needed to evaluate natural and man-made changes to ecosystems
  • communication skills and competence in the diffusion of environmental awareness
  • the cognitive tools needed to tackle environmental issues with scientific rigour and to work autonomously, assuming positions of responsibility in projects and facilities, also through managerial and leadership positions.

Career and Employment

Graduates from the master's degree programme in Nature Sciences can pursue basic research geared at providing theoretic and methodological support for the study and conservation of biodiversity, as well as research directed at the utilisation of archaeological and cultural heritage.

Graduates are qualified to pursue the following professional occupations: the survey of naturalistic heritage and the design of monitoring processes, impact evaluation, and the rehabilitation, planning and management of the natural and man-made environment. They also possess the competences required to assume organisational and managerial roles in science museums, aquariums, botanical gardens and nature parks.

Within the public sphere, graduates can put their skills to professional use in universities, research bodies, management firms and environmental services, national and regional environmental protection agencies, regional, provincial and municipal administrations, upland communities, and in the management and development of paleontologic heritage.

In the private sector, they can pursue careers in various types of firms, in the ever-expanding range of consultancy companies and co-operative associations, and in associations engaged in naturalistic land usage.

Graduates can also engage in the diffusion of naturalistic awareness in schools and museums.