Scheme of the University System in Italy (DM 509/99)

Credits:
degree courses are usually structured in credits (crediti formativi universitari - CFU).
A university credit generally corresponds to 25 hours of global work per student, time for personal study included.
The average workload of a full time student is conventionally fixed at 60 credits/year.

degree-courses

degrees

CFU
credits earned

years


1st cycle - undergraduate studies/students

Laurea degree course

1st degree / Laurea degree

180

3


2nd cycle - graduate studies/students

2nd (Laurea) degree course

2nd degree (2nd Laurea)

120

2

1st (level) Specialisation degree course

1st (level) Specialisation degree

120-180

2-3

1st (level) University Master degree course

1st (level) University Master degree

60+

1+

 

3rd cycle - postgraduate studies/students

Research Doctorate programme

Research Doctorate degree

 

3+

2nd (level) Specialisation degree course

2nd (level) Specialisation degree

60-300

1-5

2nd (level) University Master degree course

2nd (level) University Master degree

60+

1+

One long cycle degree programmes

A limited number of 2nd cycle programmes: in Dentistry, Human Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Architecture, are defined "one long cycle degree programmes".

They differ from the majority of usual Postgraduate studies in the following characteristic features: access is by the Italian school leaving diploma or a foreign comparable qualification; admission is always subject to entrance exams; curricula consist of just one long cycle of 5/6 years (at present, only the course in human medicine takes 6 years), and a total number of 300, 360 ECTS credits.