Master's degrees

Current year courses

Master's degree in Arts (interuniversity)
Master’s degree in Historical Studies (interuniversity)
This Postgraduate programme was set up in 2012 to enhance post graduate education in historical studies through a joint venture between the University of Verona and the University of Trento. Cooperation between the two universities means more teachers and a wider choice of courses are able to be offered as part of the programme.
The course is administratively managed by each university in alternation every two years.
  • Academic years 2012-13 and 2013-14: administrative matters will be based at the University of Trento.
  • Academic years 2014-15 and 2015-16: administrative matters will be based at the University of Verona. 
  • Academic years 2016-17 and 2017-18: administrative matters will be based at the University of Trento. 
First year courses will be held in parallel at each of the universities so that students can choose where they wish to attend the course.
Second year courses will be split between the two universities according to specialisation.
  • Ancient and Medieval times will be taught at the University of Trento
  • Society and institutions in modern and contemporary times:  will be taught at the University of Trento
  • Medieval society and culture in contemporary times: will be taught at the University of Verona.
The Postgraduate degree in Historical Studies focuses on the study of all forms of memories or records in the continuing interrelation between historical studies and the scientific disciplines that seek to understand them. It also aims to provide a thorough grasp of ways of creating and preserving memories – to know how they were used and how they managed to pass on a record of events and opinions, and to distinguish how much they were an intersection of reality, fiction and common thinking. Students therefore learn to think critically, which – although in a more specialised way – is, in fact, the attitude that should guide every conscious citizen when faced with power structures and mechanisms of information. The programme is intended for people who intend to dedicate themselves professionally to teaching history in middle or secondary schools, but also makes a valuable addition to study for those who wish to work in preserving records (e.g. archivists or librarians), those intending to work in current affairs journalism or publishing, and those thinking of a future political career.
Trento contact information
Teaching office - Department of Literature and Philosophy
via Tommaso Gar, 14 - 38122 Trento
Phone +39 0461 282983 - 282183 - 282171 - 282984
Fax +39 0461 282982
Verona contact information
Prof Alessandro ARCANGELI  
Prof Gian Maria Varanini


Master's degree in Linguistics

The course offers an advanced preparation in the science of language, in both its general and applied domains.
Entirely taught in English and in the respective languages ​​of the language-specific linguistics modules (French, Spanish, German, Russian and Italian), the course represents an authentically international path, with a focus on the European dimension. The training offer is enriched by the presence of foreign guest teachers invited to hold modules as part of an interdepartmental training offer which is strongly oriented to an interdisciplinary approach. Graduates will hold a wide range of useful knowledge for the continuation of their studies in the field of research doctorates and second level masters, and will have the language teaching skills to compete in the selection for access to the qualifying course for teaching Italian as a second language (Competition Class A23).
Graduates will be able to deepen theories and methods of investigation for the scientific study of language in all its manifestations, also for their application in relation to Italian and other European languages, as well as to ancient languages. To achieve these skills, the training offer includes the study of language sciences and a wide choice of philological and literary disciplines, and of psychological, philosophical and statistical-computational disciplines. Seminars and experimental linguistic laboratories are also proposed to support traditional teaching.

The course aims to train graduates with a high level of knowledge of the theories, methodologies and techniques of language investigation and who are able to apply them in various areas of work for research, teaching and counseling in the analysis of written and/or spoken materials. Career opportunities for graduates in linguistics, also projected in international dimension, concern linguistic counselling in several areas, from the drafting and editing of texts to international cooperation activities, to the policies of linguistic integration for immigrants, to the management of plurilingualism and finally to the design and evaluation of IT tools for the treatment of linguistic corpora and of verbal communication.

For enrollment in the Master’s course, the student is required to hold 60 university credits in scientific disciplinary sectors (SSD) related to linguistic areas (including 6 credits required in the SSD L-LIN/01) and to philological-literary, historical-philosophical, socio-psychological, or complementary areas. An admission test, aimed at assessing the student’s preparation, is compulsory for those students who obtained a grade below 100/110 in the Bachelor’s degree course. The exam consists in an interview on some fundamental subjects in the synchronic, diachronic and philological study of language. The B1 certification level or equivalent of English as a linguistic competence is also required.

Further information about the Master’s Course for the international students can be found here:

Master’s degree in Publishing and Journalism
This postgraduate course is designed to offer professional competence in a rapidly expanding sector of publishing and journalism, i.e. the field of technological and multimedia innovation, as well as the international commerce of books and other publishing products. In the second part of the syllabus, that is, journalism and public relations, the course intends to provide a solid professional groundwork for the variety of roles currently being requested in the field of journalism, from the printed page to radio and television as well as new forms of media that deal with both general public relations, in particular as regards monitoring communication with the public, as well as with institutions such as private companies.
Master's degree in Quaternary, Prehistory and Archaeology (interuniversity)
This postgraduate degree in the quarternary period, prehistory and archaelogy is for professionals who have obtained:
• solid skills in using scientific methods of investigation and the necessary knowledge to carry out archaeological research;
• adequate capacity to analyse natural components, both biotic and abiotic, for the purpose of investigating human-environment relationships and interactions in prehistorical and historical times;
• knowledge of the scientific aspects that affect human evolution, with emphasis on naturalistic content, from both a historical and an evolutionary perspective and its constant relationship with ways of living along with the survival strategies adopted by our species over time;
• a solid method of analysis and sound knowledge, from a historical perspective, of evolutionary processes and material evidence left by humans, from the most remote prehistorical times to the classical and medieval periods;
• the ability to interpret and contextualise all documentary sources that could be useful in understanding settlement patterns and cultural events of the past;
• knowledge of man-made objects and ancient artefacts in the context of their physical form and intangible value;
• the ability to plan and implement interdisciplinary projects, in terms of both coordination and development of different lines of research within the disciplines that characterise the class;
• substantial theoretical and methodological expertise and established practical skills in stratigraphic excavation;
• adequate knowledge and mastery of techniques for storing, managing and analysing information regarding archaeological and prehistorical content, with specific expertise in the formal and compositional characteristics of material documentation and development of the biological and abiological aspects;
• adequate skills in recognising, interpreting and retrieving materials in archaeological deposits.
Master’s degree in Tradition and Interpretation of Literary Texts
The postgraduate degree in Tradition and Interpretation of Literary texts has as its main objective the acquisition of a well-grounded preparation so as to develop the capacity for doing independent research, sharing knowledge, elaborating ethodologies and technical analysis in the field of the philological and literary disciplines. These abilities will be developed along with specialized high-level competencies in any cultural or professional field connected with the production, circulation and analysis of texts. Therefore the postgraduate degree in Tradition and Interpretation of Literary texts aims at developing the following competencies: - the ability to apply a solid theoretical knowledge of the processes of communication in general and the mechanisms of production as well as verbal and literary communication in particular; - the ability to do in depth analysis of philological, rhetorical and stylistic, ideological and literary components of any text whether creative or scientific; - the ability to elaborate complex texts whether they are creative, technical or scientific texts; - the ability to accurately compare and collect texts of any genre and to establish relationships among them; - the ability to transform, adjust and recreate any text by referring to specific techniques of analysis and choosing essential thematic components as well as stylistic register; - the ability to organize, coordinate and produce texts such as dictionaries, grammar books, scholastic texts, and to carry out editing tasks with the use of computer technology and telematics; The course of study is differentiated into two tracks: one is dedicated mainly to Italian philology and literary culture, while the other is aimed at the presence of the classical literary tradition, i.e. Greek and Latin, found in modern and contemporary literary culture and hermeneutics. Apart from the two tracks mentioned above and in consideration of the objectives, the course involves some shared subject matter within the fields of the theory of literature and the European literary tradition – as well as a wide range of topics concerning theoretical and historical linguistics, philological and historical disciplines, art-history, educational disciplines as well as didactic methods. In any case, since these concern foundational disciplines, such subjects are aimed at providing a shared groundwork, and as such will be covered in the first year of study, while the other subjects represent the culmination of the critical study, which will be covered in the second year.

Since the academic year 2015/2016, the University of Augsburg (Germany) and the University of Verona activate the joint Italian-German master's degree with double degree in “Europäische Kommunikationskulturen/Italienisch” / “Trazione e interpretazione dei testi letterari - curriculum internazionale”, The curriculum includes the first year at the headquarters of Verona and the second at the headquarters in Augsburg. The period of studies in Verona is aimed at providing specialist skills and offers in particular professional knowledge in the fields of research, journalism, publishing and communication; The period of studies in Augsburg has an interdisciplinary character thanks to the interplay between various disciplines such as Romance Linguistics, Romance Literature, History of Art, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary History, Musicology, Greek and Roman Archeology, Integrated in already-activated degree programs such as “Internationale Literaturen”, “Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte”, “Ethik der Textkulturen”, “Europastudien”, “Anwendungsorientierte Interkulturelle Sprachwissenschaft”.

Students must submit their application by June 30 of each year, enclosing the following documentation:
- Curriculum in Italian or German
- Self-certification of the attached documentation
Students who are enrolled in Augsburg must send the documentation to the postal address:
Lehrstuhl für Romanische Sprachwissenschaft, Prof. Dr. Sabine Schwarze – Universität Augsburg, Universitätsstraße 10, D-86159 Augsburg
or email:-

Students who are enrolled in Verona must send the documentation to the postal address:
U.O. Didattica e studenti di Culture e Civiltà, Università degli Studi di Verona, via san Francesco 22, 39100 Verona
or mail: -

Referents: prof.ssa Sabine Schwarze e prof. Fabio Forner

Web University of Augsburg

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