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Territorial, Environmental and Landscape Protection

Academic Year: 
Degree Level: 
Master's Degree
Teaching Facility: 
Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Access Requirements: 
Locally scheduled
Italian Classification: 
LM-75 Scienze e tecnologie per l'ambiente e il territorio
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Course Overview

The master degree programme on "Territorial, Environmental and Landscape Protection" aims at providing expertise for the development of high-level professionals, specialised in the protection of natural ecosystems, agro-environmental and landscape resources, and restoration and rehabilitation of degraded areas and polluted sites.

At the end of the training process, the master’s graduate in "Territorial, environmental and landscape protection" will be able to perform the following tasks:

  • to know methods and techniques for the remediation of contaminated sites and the rehabilitation and management of degraded areas and landscape;
  • to put into action effective measures for conservation of biodiversity and soil fertility and for mitigating phenomena of hydrogeological instability;
  • to manage the processes related to landscape planning, restoration, and creation, as well as to apply methodologies of environmental assessment.

Educational Goals

The high specialisation of the master degree program in "Territorial, Environmental and Landscape Protection" is ensured both by the availability and qualification of the professors involved and the means made available to the students. The teaching, in particular, will be mainly based on the research activities conducted by the professors, functional to the training objectives of the course. In this way, students will have the opportunity to take advantage of advanced teaching from the scientific point of view, linked to the needs of the territory and able to offer adequate employment opportunities. Finally, the training of the master's degree in ‘Territorial, environmental and landscape protection’ aims to provide knowledge according to a meta-cognitive approach so as to make the student protagonist of his own learning process so as to prepare graduates able to continue their training course with further specialisation in specific or scientifically advanced sectors or for the continuation of studies in higher education levels, such as second level master's or PhD courses.

The teaching methods and tools with which the expected learning outcomes are achieved relate to lectures and classroom exercises, laboratory activities and practices that combine periods of frontal training and practical applications (analysis of case studies, in-depth planning, tool analysis, practical exercises, seminars), and technical visits. The ways in which the expected learning outcomes are verified consist of different types of assessment. Intermediate formative assessments may be present (in-progress tests), designed to monitor the progress of students and the effectiveness of the teaching methodologies adopted, as well as profit examinations, aimed at evaluating and quantifying the achievement of the overall objectives of the courses.

The training course includes both characterizing courses and related and supplementary courses as well as 12 CFUs independently chosen by the student. The master’s degree course is divided into mono-disciplinary and integrated courses. The total number of exams is 12, including that for the acquisition of chosen credits. Each course includes lessons and supplementary educational activities (exercises, seminars, technical visits, etc.). The training activities are organised in semesters.

In relation to professional destinations (Agronomists and Landscape Architects), the structure of the training path identifies the following five learning areas:

  • Biological, Chemical and Ecological Area
  • Management of Ornamental Agro-Ecosystems and Landscape Area
  • Soil and Water Defence Area
  • Territorial, Environmental and Landscape Analysis and Design Area
  • Economic, Valuation and Environmental Area

Job Opportunities

  • Planners, landscapers and specialists in the recovery and conservation of the territory
  • Agronomists and foresters