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's Degree Course aims to train Graduates with in-depth preparation in various branches of the Earth Sciences, offering opportunities of scientific development and of employment both in public and private fields. The Degree Course provides theoretical and practical preparation based also on participation in field and laboratory activities, internships and traineeships, research stages in public and private institutions including international ones.
Some of the thematic areas offering solid professional opportunities are: (1) Analysis, quantification and modeling of Earth processes interacting within the planet, on its surface, in atmosphere and hydrosphere, related to the origin of energy, water and mineral resources. (2) Evaluation and characterization of natural minerals for their role in geologic processes and with respect to industrial applications. (3) Basic field mapping and thematic mapping for the interpretation of geologic processes at various scales. (4) Analysis and interpretation of geologic processes interacting with human activities for a balanced use of natural resources and for protection of the environment and archeological and cultural sites. (5) Field surveys and direct/indirect prospecting for the parametrization of technical properties and behavior of soils and rocks for wide and small scale engineering plans. (6) Exploration, exploitation, protection and reclamation of underground water resources, after local and diffuse pollution events. (7) Exploration, evaluation and management of natural resources, with particular reference to energy and mineral resources, also in relation to the environmental impact deriving from their exploitation. (8) Characterization and prevention deriving from natural risks affecting the territory, and their evaluation in the context of territorial planning.
Earth Science Master graduates are formed to perform the Geologist authonomous professional activity. The role of Professional Geologist is officially attributed by Ordine Nazionale dei Geologi by means of insertion in Section A (Geologo senior), in accordance with law D.P.R. 5 Giugno 2001, n. 328; after passing a State Exam.
Otherwise, Master graduates may find employment opportuninties with research companies, public administrations, professional and consulting companies in Italy or abroad, companies and laboratories for treatment of natural materials.
Generally, the various sectors of the employment market, included in the intellectual, scientific and highly specialised professions are listed within category 2 ISTAT (2.1.1.5; geologists, geophysicists and other related professions) are the following:
- Field mapping, updating of geolgical, technical and thematic maps;
- Planning, performing and interpretation of geophysical and geological investigations for civil engineering; prospecting and carachterisation of mineral, water end energy resources, environmental monitoring;
- Modeling of geologic processes for the analysis of slope instability, underground water circulation and pollutors transport, tunneling, and related activities;
- Prospecting, evaluation and managing of geological resources, direction of mining and quarrying works;
- Coordination of protection systems in mobile and temporary yards;
- Direction of mineralogical, petrographical, sedimentological, geochemical and geotehcnical laboratories;
- Territorial planning of hazardous sites and hydrogeological protection systems;
- Environmental monitoring for protection of water resources, reclamation and de-pollutioning of acquifers and sites, waste management;
- Control of industrial quality, tecnological use of geomaterials for mecnanical, chemical and electronic industries, use of dimension stones; gemmology;
- Analysis, reclamation and managing of degraded sites, modeling of geoenvironmental processes and systems, managing, yard direction, testing and monitoring;
- Managing of Geographic Information Systems, particularly the ones oriented to geoenvironment;
- Protection of cultural and paleontological heritages, monuments conservation, geoarchaeology;
- Planning of civil engineering constructions and of environmental and soil protection, in collaboration with affine professionals;
- Evaluation of the environmental impact of wide engineering interventions (VIA) and strategic environmental evaluation (VAS);
- Scientific outreach and journalism;
- Didactics of Earth Sciences;
- Forensic Geology;
The Earth Science Master represents a preferential quality in PhD selections.
Employment statistics (Almalaurea)

Application and admission: open, with entry requirements examination.

The access to the master’s degree in Earth Sciences is reserved to:

  • the graduates of the degree class in Geological Sciences (L-34) from any Italian university
  • graduates of other degree courses and those who have achieved another suitable qualification abroad, provided they have adequate preparation in the disciplines of the Earth Sciences.
The department of Earth Sciences offers opportunities for spending time as guest students at European universities and research centres both for attending courses/exams and for research and apprentiships related to projects for graduate, post-graduate and PhD students. Studying and doing research in foreign universities is not only an important life experience and the occasion for thorough learning of a foreign language, but is also, and primarily, the opportunity for experiencing and acquiring different and more flexible learning approaches. Doing research and apprentiships abroad may allow the access to facilities not available here (e.g., highly specialized labs), the performance of applied research on specific fields as well as the first-hand interaction with wider, international research groups. At present our partner universities in official Erasmus exchange agreements devoted to course/exams and, where indicated, research activity, are located in France, Germany, Spain, Holland, Switzerland and Turkey. However the agreements for bursaries specifically devoted to applied research/apprentiships can be stipulated with any other university or research centre with which any members of our department have or may establish collaboration on common research interests. For these research bursaries and, in general, for the correct validation of the research activity done by our students abroad, the role and the active involvement of a local member of the department is of fundamental importance, as he/she will act as official, competent internal scientific tutor for the student hosted in the guest foreign university. Students may access to "normal" Erasmus bursarships, allowing course/exam in addition to research activities in partner universities, as well as Erasmus Student Placement bursaries exclusively devoted to research/apprentiship activities. The access to the different types of bursary is done by means of separate application procedures. The activity (course/exam or research) that the candidate will do in the guest foreign university has to be agreed with the local professors/tutors in both original and guest universities by means of the "Learning Agreement".This document is of prime importance for the final validation and official administrative registration of the activity done 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 80 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
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
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Basin Analysis, Hidrocarbon Geology and Practicals 9 84 Italian GEO/02
Hydrostratigraphy and Aquifer Sedimentology with 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
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
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
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
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
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
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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  • The amount of the first instalment is the same for all students
  • The amount of the second instalment varies according to the ISEE University value, the degree programme and the student status (on track / off track for one year or off track for more than a year) 
  • An additional fee is due for online programmes

The University also offers:

  • Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements
  • Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad
  • Concessions for international students with refugee status

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