Earth Sciences

Vetta innevata
Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-74 - Geology
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian

The master degree programme builds upon students' knowledge of the different fields of Earth Sciences, offering multiple scientific, technological and occupational prospects in both the public and private sectors.

The course offers theoretic and practical training through laboratory-based and field teaching and activities, an experimental thesis, and the option of complementary work placements, internships and periods of study abroad.

The master degree programme in Earth Sciences prepares students either to work as professional freelance geologists (as freelance professionals registered, upon completion of the State Examination, under the Geologist Section of the Professional Register of Geologists), or to enter positions in national or international research bodies, public administrations, professional consultancy firms, companies, industries and laboratories that deal with natural materials.

The master's degree also provides an entry point to doctoral research programmes, master's degrees, refresher courses, and advanced national and international training courses.

Application and admission: Open with entry requirements examination.

English language

Students must have level B2 proficiency in English. Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B2 language proficiency or better, or by sitting the SLAM (University Language Centre) Placement test during the first year of studies only, between September and December.

Students who do not pass the test must follow the SLAM language courses and obtain appropriate certification within the year the plan of study calls for a language exam.

The study programme provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to spend a period abroad at a European university or research centre to follow courses and take exams, work on their thesis, do research or an internship. Attending courses and taking exams at a foreign university is not just a great life experience that allows you to learn the local language. It will provide you with the opportunity to deal with a different educational system and develop a more flexible approach to learning.

Conducting research or doing an internship abroad will give you the possibility to access facilities that are not available at our University (for example, large instruments), do applied research in specific fields and interact with broader research groups. Our partner universities, where it is possible to take courses and take exams or carry out research, depending on the agreements, are in France, Germany, Greece, Spain, The Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Scholarship agreements for internships and research can be stipulated with any other university or research centre with which Department teachers and researchers have or can start scientific collaborations. For these scholarships, and in general for conducting and obtaining the recognition of research activity abroad, you will need a Department teacher as supervisor. Therefore, any field of study within the Department could potentially provide opportunities.

You can apply for a standard Erasmus scholarship, which allows you to take exams abroad in addition to conducting research activities, or an Erasmus Student Placement scholarship, dedicated exclusively to internship and research activities. There are different procedures and calls for applications for these two types of scholarships.

The educational or research activity to be performed abroad shall be agreed with home and foreign university teachers through the Learning Agreement (LA). This document, together with the grade certificate and/or the research reports, is required for the home University to formally recognize the activity carried out abroad.

Highly recommended, not mandatory

Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Mineral Resources and Geomaterials 6 48 Italian GEO/07 GEO/09
Physics of Earth's Interior 6 56 Italian GEO/10
Sedimentolgy and Laboratory 9 84 Italian GEO/02
Technical Geology 6 48 Italian GEO/05
Optional
Seismic Exploration 6 60 Italian GEO/11
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Geology 6 64 Italian GEO/02 GEO/03
Regional Stratigraphy 9 84 Italian GEO/02
Optional
Complements of Paleontology 6 48 Italian GEO/01
Marine Geology Exploration and Georesources 6 60 English GEO/01
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian GEO/06
Regional Stratigraphy 6 56 Italian GEO/01 GEO/02
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Basin Analysis, Hidrocarbon Geology and Practicals 9 84 Italian GEO/02
Micropaleontolgy and Laboratory 9 84 Italian GEO/01
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Biostratigraphy 6 48 Italian GEO/01
Diagenesis and Geochemistry 6 48 Italian GEO/02
Geophysical Well Log and Physical Properties 6 48 Italian GEO/11
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final Dissertation 30 0 Italian
Study plan rules
1 - Lo studente dovrà scegliere uno fra i seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Basin Analysis, Hidrocarbon Geology and Practicals 9 84 Italian First semester GEO/02
Micropaleontolgy and Laboratory 9 84 Italian First semester GEO/01
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Applied Petrology 6 48 Italian GEO/09
Environmental Geochemistry 6 52 Italian GEO/08
Geothermal Energy 6 56 Italian GEO/05 GEO/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Groundwater Modelling 6 60 English GEO/05
Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology 6 52 English GEO/08
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Trainig Stage 6 111 Italian
Study plan rules
2 - Lo studente dovrà scegliere due fra gli insegnamenti della tabella sottostante (tot 12 CFU).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Seismic Exploration 6 60 Italian First semester GEO/11
Biostratigraphy 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/01
Complements of Paleontology 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/01
Diagenesis and Geochemistry 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/02
Geophysical Well Log and Physical Properties 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/11
Marine Geology Exploration and Georesources 6 60 English Second semester GEO/01
Regional Stratigraphy 6 56 Italian Second semester GEO/01 GEO/02
1 - Lo studente deve acquisire 18 CFU scegliendo liberamente tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo purché culturalmente coerenti con il suo percorso formativo e non sovrapponibili, nei contenuti, agli insegnamenti fondamentali e opzionali già utilizzati nel piano degli studi.
Rientrano pertanto nella scelta dei 18 CFU tutti gli insegnamenti e/o moduli presenti in questo Manifesto degli studi che rispondano a tali criteri.
Il Collegio Didattico del corso di studio nell'anno accademico 2020-2021 renderà inoltre disponibile anche i seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Environmental Geochemistry 6 52 Italian First semester GEO/08
Geothermal Energy 6 56 Italian First semester GEO/05 GEO/09
Groundwater Modelling 6 60 English Second semester GEO/05
Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology 6 52 English Second semester GEO/08
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/06
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Applied Geomorphology 6 48 Italian GEO/04
Groundwater Exploration and Management with Laboratory 9 84 Italian GEO/05
Mineral Resources and Geomaterials 6 48 Italian GEO/07 GEO/09
Physics of Earth's Interior 6 56 Italian GEO/10
Technical Geology 6 48 Italian GEO/05
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Field Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology with laboratoty 9 92 Italian GEO/05
Geology 6 64 Italian GEO/02 GEO/03
Optional
Geographical Information System 6 56 Italian GEO/05 ICAR/06
Geotechnics and Laboratory 9 84 Italian ICAR/07
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian GEO/06
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Hydrostratigraphy and Aquifer Sedimentology with Practicals 9 84 Italian GEO/02
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Building Science 6 56 Italian ICAR/07
Rock Mechanics and Slope Stability 6 60 Italian GEO/05 ICAR/07
Shallow Depth Geophysics 6 48 Italian GEO/11
Water Quality and Remediaton Techniques 6 56 Italian GEO/05
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final Dissertation 30 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Environmental Geochemistry 6 52 Italian GEO/08
Geothermal Energy 6 56 Italian GEO/05 GEO/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Groundwater Modelling 6 60 English GEO/05
Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology 6 52 English GEO/08
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Trainig Stage 6 111 Italian
Study plan rules
2 - Lo studente dovrà scegliere uno fra i seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Hydrostratigraphy and Aquifer Sedimentology with Practicals 9 84 Italian First semester GEO/02
Geotechnics and Laboratory 9 84 Italian Second semester ICAR/07
3 - Lo studente dovrà scegliere uno fra i seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Building Science 6 56 Italian Second semester ICAR/07
Geographical Information System 6 56 Italian Second semester GEO/05 ICAR/06
Rock Mechanics and Slope Stability 6 60 Italian Second semester GEO/05 ICAR/07
Shallow Depth Geophysics 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/11
Water Quality and Remediaton Techniques 6 56 Italian Second semester GEO/05
1 - Lo studente deve acquisire 18 CFU scegliendo liberamente tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo purché culturalmente coerenti con il suo percorso formativo e non sovrapponibili, nei contenuti, agli insegnamenti fondamentali e opzionali già utilizzati nel piano degli studi.
Rientrano pertanto nella scelta dei 18 CFU tutti gli insegnamenti e/o moduli presenti in questo Manifesto degli studi che rispondano a tali criteri.
Il Collegio Didattico del corso di studio nell'anno accademico 2020-2021 renderà inoltre disponibile anche i seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Environmental Geochemistry 6 52 Italian First semester GEO/08
Geothermal Energy 6 56 Italian First semester GEO/05 GEO/09
Groundwater Modelling 6 60 English Second semester GEO/05
Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology 6 52 English Second semester GEO/08
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/06
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Mineral Resources and Geomaterials 6 48 Italian GEO/07 GEO/09
Physics of Earth's Interior 6 56 Italian GEO/10
Technical Geology 6 48 Italian GEO/05
Optional
Basement Geology and Laboratory 9 84 Italian GEO/03
Geodynamics and Laboratory 9 84 Italian GEO/03
Numerical Modelling of Geodynamic Processes 6 64 Italian GEO/10
Seismic Exploration 6 60 Italian GEO/11
Structural Analysis II and Laboratory 9 84 Italian GEO/03
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Geology 6 64 Italian GEO/02 GEO/03
Optional
Advanced Seismology 9 84 Italian GEO/10
Mathematical Methods in Geophysics 6 48 Italian GEO/10
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian GEO/06
Regional Geology 6 56 Italian GEO/03
Shallow Depth Geophysics 6 48 Italian GEO/11
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final Dissertation 30 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Environmental Geochemistry 6 52 Italian GEO/08
Geothermal Energy 6 56 Italian GEO/05 GEO/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Laboratory 9 84 Italian GEO/12
Groundwater Modelling 6 60 English GEO/05
Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology 6 52 English GEO/08
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Trainig Stage 6 111 Italian
Study plan rules
3 - Lo studente dovrà acquisire 27 CFU scegliendo 3 insegnamenti tra quelli della tabella seguente:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Basement Geology and Laboratory 9 84 Italian First semester GEO/03
Geodynamics and Laboratory 9 84 Italian First semester GEO/03
Seismic Exploration 6 60 Italian First semester GEO/11
Structural Analysis II and Laboratory 9 84 Italian First semester GEO/03
Advanced Seismology 9 84 Italian Second semester GEO/10
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Laboratory 9 84 Italian Second semester GEO/12
1 - Lo studente deve acquisire 18 CFU scegliendo liberamente tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo purché culturalmente coerenti con il suo percorso formativo e non sovrapponibili, nei contenuti, agli insegnamenti fondamentali e opzionali già utilizzati nel piano degli studi.
Rientrano pertanto nella scelta dei 18 CFU tutti gli insegnamenti e/o moduli presenti in questo Manifesto degli studi che rispondano a tali criteri.
Il Collegio Didattico del corso di studio nell'anno accademico 2020-2021 renderà inoltre disponibile anche i seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Environmental Geochemistry 6 52 Italian First semester GEO/08
Geothermal Energy 6 56 Italian First semester GEO/05 GEO/09
Groundwater Modelling 6 60 English Second semester GEO/05
Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology 6 52 English Second semester GEO/08
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/06
2 - Lo studente deve acquisire 12 CFU scegliendo 2 insegnamenti tra quelli seguenti e tra i moduli da 6 CFU della tabella precedente, purché gli insegnamenti da 9 CFU che li comprendono non siano già stati scelti. E' altresì possibile scegliere i 12 CFU tra gli insegnamenti affini ed integrativi presenti negli altri curricula.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Numerical Modelling of Geodynamic Processes 6 64 Italian First semester GEO/10
Mathematical Methods in Geophysics 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/10
Regional Geology 6 56 Italian Second semester GEO/03
Shallow Depth Geophysics 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/11
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Mineral Resources and Geomaterials 6 48 Italian GEO/07 GEO/09
Physics of Earth's Interior 6 56 Italian GEO/10
Rocks, Minerals and Fluids Analysis and practicals 9 84 Italian GEO/08
Technical Geology 6 48 Italian GEO/05
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Crystallography with LAB 9 84 Italian GEO/06
Geology 6 64 Italian GEO/02 GEO/03
Petrology and Laboratory 9 84 Italian GEO/07
Optional
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian GEO/06
Ore Geology and Mineral Prospecting 6 48 Italian GEO/09
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Ore Petrography and Evvironmental Evaluation of ore Minerals 6 64 Italian GEO/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Applied Mineralogy 6 48 Italian GEO/09
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final Dissertation 30 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Applied Petrology 6 48 Italian GEO/09
Environmental Geochemistry 6 52 Italian GEO/08
Geothermal Energy 6 56 Italian GEO/05 GEO/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Groundwater Modelling 6 60 English GEO/05
Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology 6 52 English GEO/08
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Trainig Stage 6 111 Italian
Study plan rules
2 - Lo studente dovrà scegliere due fra i seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Applied Petrology 6 48 Italian First semester GEO/09
Ore Petrography and Evvironmental Evaluation of ore Minerals 6 64 Italian First semester GEO/09
Applied Mineralogy 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/09
Ore Geology and Mineral Prospecting 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/09
1 - Lo studente deve acquisire 18 CFU scegliendo liberamente tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo purché culturalmente coerenti con il suo percorso formativo e non sovrapponibili, nei contenuti, agli insegnamenti fondamentali e opzionali già utilizzati nel piano degli studi.
Rientrano pertanto nella scelta dei 18 CFU tutti gli insegnamenti e/o moduli presenti in questo Manifesto degli studi che rispondano a tali criteri.
Il Collegio Didattico del corso di studio nell'anno accademico 2020-2021 renderà inoltre disponibile anche i seguenti insegnamenti:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Environmental Geochemistry 6 52 Italian First semester GEO/08
Geothermal Energy 6 56 Italian First semester GEO/05 GEO/09
Groundwater Modelling 6 60 English Second semester GEO/05
Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology 6 52 English Second semester GEO/08
Mineral Physics 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/06
Location
Milano
Course locations
Le infrastrutture didattiche del Corso di Laurea in Scienze della Terra si trovano nelle tre strutture del Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra "A. Desio": le due principali aree didattiche sono la Struttura di Geologia e Paleontologia (via Mangiagalli, 34), quella di Mineralogia, Petrografia, Geochimica e Giacimenti Minerari (via Botticelli, 23) più quella di Geofisica (via Cicognara 7).
Laboratory locations
Le attività didattiche di laboratorio si svolgono sia in strutture dipartimentali, attrezzate con collezioni e strumentazioni tecnico-scientifiche, sia sul terreno, usufruendo di logistica specificamente sviluppata. Gli studenti, non già in possesso di specifica idoneità, saranno sottoposti ad accertamento sanitario da parte del Medico Competente dell'Università degli Studi di Milano per l'idoneità all'attività di campo, seguendo rigorosamente modalità e calendari dettati dai competenti uffici dell'Ateneo. Coloro che non risultassero idonei saranno tenuti a seguire i moduli di attività alternativa previsti nel Piano Didattico.
Collezioni didattiche per il riconoscimento e studio di fossili, minerali e rocce sono disponibili in aule e in laboratori didattici appositamente organizzati. Aule informatizzate garantiscono l'applicazione di programmi per il trattamento dei dati e per la simulazione di processi geologici.
La strumentazione scientifica installata presso il Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra (http://www.dipterra.unimi.it/ecm/home/laboratori) garantisce adeguati apprendimento e applicazione delle tecniche di caratterizzazione ottica, chimica e fisico-meccanica di minerali, fossili, rocce, suoli, altri materiali naturali o sintetici, nonché di acque e altri fluidi terrestri. Esercitazioni pratiche a complemento delle lezioni in aula sono svolte in laboratori di microscopia ottica, microscopia elettronica a scansione, microscopia elettronica a trasmissione, diffrazione di raggi X, spettrometria di raggi X, spettroscopia micro-Raman, spettrometria di massa e petrologia sperimentale, meccanica delle rocce e sedimentologia.
I laboratori di terreno si articolano in aree ove l'apprendimento delle tecniche di cartografia geologica si combinano con la disponibilità di strutture di supporto ove elaborare dati geologici e ricostruire i processi genetici dei materiali terrestri (es. Stazione di Valchiavenna).
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Fees, scholarships and benefits

University fees

For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:

  • the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students 
  • the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’-  that is variable.

Students can also be entitled for tuition fee reductions such as:

More info at: Fees - current academic year

Scholarships and benefits

The University also provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students), including: