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CONSERVATION AND EVOLUTION Degree Program Profile


Basic Information

Qualification awarded

Laurea Magistrale Degree in CONSERVATION AND EVOLUTION

Qualification Type/Level

EHEA Second Cycle; EQF level7

Number of Years/credits

2 years; 120 ECTS

Mode of Study

Full-Time/Part-Time*

*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. Alberto Castelli
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Department of BIOLOGY

Internationalization Coordinator (CAI)
Prof. Massimo Dal monte
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Language of Teaching

Italian/English

Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Italian First cycle qualification (Laurea) or foreign equivalent in the same or related subject area, with possible extra work if required competences are lacking.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students whose curricula show lacuna may need to take extra first cycle course units before admission.

General Information

Programme Profile

The Degree Programme in Conservation and Evolution completes the education acquired in the first cycle study in Biological Sciences or in Natural Sciences. It has the objective of preparing students with advanced and overall expertise in basic biology and natural sciences, with a deep knowledge in cellular and molecular biology, in environmental management and in natural history of the Earth, able to integrate the knowledge on biological diversity and natural history. They will have an interdisciplinary background with a deep knowledge in the methodologies involved in basic and applied research and in the techniques for collection, analysis and interpretation of the data.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates in the Conservation and Evolution Programme will be able to demonstrate: - an essential knowledge on basic biological and natural sciences in perspective of their future professional application; - an advanced knowledge of biological sciences and in particular of ecological, organismic, cellular, and molecular diversity of the organisms - an advanced knowledge of natural environment and of its biotic and abiotic components - applicative and methodological competences, relevant for the study of biological and natural sciences - an advanced knowledge in data management with statistical methods - the ability to operate modern laboratory instrumentation, with some knowledge of the most important acquisition techniques, including data handling - the ability to work autonomously, assuming also manager roles involving wide responsibility of projects, structures and personal. - the ability in organizing scientific research and innovation technology - the ability to consult databases and to adopt innovative technologies and advanced instruments in order to update their own profile

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Graduates in the Conservation and Evolution Degree Programme will have high responsibility profiles in activities finalized to the evaluation and the exploitation of the natural resources; to their sustainable use and increase; to monitoring, conservation and restoration of the ecosystems and biodiversity, performed within: - public and private institutions involved in the study of the natural environments - environmental protection agencies - managing and professional activities recognized by the National Biologist Order - university and academic research centers following enrollment in a PhD programme in Evolutionary Biology or in Conservation Sciences or in other PhD programmes in Biology or In Natural Sciences or other related scientific disciplines

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in CONSERVATION AND EVOLUTION allows the graduate to compete for entry into a Third Cycle programme/doctoral school.

Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading

Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).

**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.

Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification

The learner must complete the curriculum/one of the 'curricula' (tracks) as described in the Table below. This includes obligatory and elective course units and other activities for a total of 120 credits.

The final exam, to which 42 ECTS credits are allocated, foresees the preparation and discussion of a written text and must show that the candidate has performed an original research in Marine biology in an universitary laboratory or in laboratories of par

Course structure diagram w/credits

Available Tracks

Track PIANO DI STUDIO CLASSE LM-60

Year 1
280EE - EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AND SYMBIOSIS. 6 ECTS
076DD - PALEOBIOGEOGRAPHY 6 ECTS
130PP - BIOSTATISTICS 6 ECTS
Group GR5 - Choice of 12 ECTS from:
    354EE - PRIMATE ADAPTATIONS AND EVOLUTION 6 ECTS
    212EE - PLANT DIVERSITY AND EVOLUTION 6 ECTS
    200EE - ANIMAL CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 6 ECTS
    213EE - HUMAN MOLECULAR EVOLUTION 6 ECTS
    281EE - COMPLEMENTS OF ETHOLOGY 6 ECTS
    382EE - PLANT CONSERVATION 6 ECTS
Group GR12 - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    200EE - ANIMAL CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 6 ECTS
    218EE - ANIMAL ORIENTATION AND MIGRATION 6 ECTS
    135EE - MICROBIAL ECOLOGY 6 ECTS
    281EE - COMPLEMENTS OF ETHOLOGY 6 ECTS
Group GR3 - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    045FF - APPLIED HYGIENE 6 ECTS
    018HH - APPLICAZIONI DI INGEGNERIA AMBIENTALE 6 ECTS
    269GG - ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOREMEDIATION 6 ECTS
Group GR6 - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    282EE - COASTAL FLORA AND VEGETATION 6 ECTS
Group GR9 - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    150DD - MARINE MAMMAL PALAEONTOLOGY 6 ECTS
    018HH - APPLICAZIONI DI INGEGNERIA AMBIENTALE 6 ECTS
    283EE - MOLECULAR SYSTEMATICS AND PHYLOGENESIS 6 ECTS
    218EE - ANIMAL ORIENTATION AND MIGRATION 6 ECTS
    293EE - NEURAL BASIS OF BEHAVIOR 6 ECTS
    269GG - ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOREMEDIATION 6 ECTS
    060DD - QUATERNARY PALEONTOLOGY AND GEOLOGY 6 ECTS
    061DD - STRATIGRAPHIC PALAEONTOLOGY 6 ECTS
    135EE - MICROBIAL ECOLOGY 6 ECTS
    178EE - BIOINFORMATICS 3 ECTS
    198EE - BIODIVERSITY AND FUNCTIONAL MORPHOLOGY OF CILIOPHORA 3 ECTS
    292EE - APPLIED PROTOZOOLOGY AND PARASITOLOGY 6 ECTS
    308GG - BASIC ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY 3 ECTS
    260AA - SISTEMI INFORMATIVI TERRITORIALI 6 ECTS
Group GR8 - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    283EE - MOLECULAR SYSTEMATICS AND PHYLOGENESIS 6 ECTS
    206EE - PLANT ECOPHYSIOLOGY 6 ECTS
    216EE - GENETICS OF EVOLUTION 6 ECTS
Year 2
Group Gruppo - Choice of 42 ECTS from:
    1005Z - TIROCINIO 25 ECTS
Group GR1 - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    150DD - MARINE MAMMAL PALAEONTOLOGY 6 ECTS
    060DD - QUATERNARY PALEONTOLOGY AND GEOLOGY 6 ECTS
    061DD - STRATIGRAPHIC PALAEONTOLOGY 6 ECTS

Track PIANO DI STUDIO CLASSE LM-6

Year 1
280EE - EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AND SYMBIOSIS. 6 ECTS
076DD - PALEOBIOGEOGRAPHY 6 ECTS
130PP - BIOSTATISTICS 6 ECTS
Group GR5 - Choice of 12 ECTS from:
    354EE - PRIMATE ADAPTATIONS AND EVOLUTION 6 ECTS
    212EE - PLANT DIVERSITY AND EVOLUTION 6 ECTS
    200EE - ANIMAL CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 6 ECTS
    213EE - HUMAN MOLECULAR EVOLUTION 6 ECTS
    281EE - COMPLEMENTS OF ETHOLOGY 6 ECTS
    382EE - PLANT CONSERVATION 6 ECTS
Group GR10 - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    045FF - APPLIED HYGIENE 6 ECTS
    018HH - APPLICAZIONI DI INGEGNERIA AMBIENTALE 6 ECTS
    269GG - ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOREMEDIATION 6 ECTS
Group GR11 - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    200EE - ANIMAL CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 6 ECTS
    218EE - ANIMAL ORIENTATION AND MIGRATION 6 ECTS
    135EE - MICROBIAL ECOLOGY 6 ECTS
    281EE - COMPLEMENTS OF ETHOLOGY 6 ECTS
Group GR6 - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    282EE - COASTAL FLORA AND VEGETATION 6 ECTS
Group GR9 - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    150DD - MARINE MAMMAL PALAEONTOLOGY 6 ECTS
    018HH - APPLICAZIONI DI INGEGNERIA AMBIENTALE 6 ECTS
    283EE - MOLECULAR SYSTEMATICS AND PHYLOGENESIS 6 ECTS
    218EE - ANIMAL ORIENTATION AND MIGRATION 6 ECTS
    293EE - NEURAL BASIS OF BEHAVIOR 6 ECTS
    269GG - ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOREMEDIATION 6 ECTS
    060DD - QUATERNARY PALEONTOLOGY AND GEOLOGY 6 ECTS
    061DD - STRATIGRAPHIC PALAEONTOLOGY 6 ECTS
    135EE - MICROBIAL ECOLOGY 6 ECTS
    178EE - BIOINFORMATICS 3 ECTS
    198EE - BIODIVERSITY AND FUNCTIONAL MORPHOLOGY OF CILIOPHORA 3 ECTS
    292EE - APPLIED PROTOZOOLOGY AND PARASITOLOGY 6 ECTS
    308GG - BASIC ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY 3 ECTS
    260AA - SISTEMI INFORMATIVI TERRITORIALI 6 ECTS
Group GR8 - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    283EE - MOLECULAR SYSTEMATICS AND PHYLOGENESIS 6 ECTS
    206EE - PLANT ECOPHYSIOLOGY 6 ECTS
    216EE - GENETICS OF EVOLUTION 6 ECTS
Year 2
Group GR2 - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    283EE - MOLECULAR SYSTEMATICS AND PHYLOGENESIS 6 ECTS
    206EE - PLANT ECOPHYSIOLOGY 6 ECTS
    216EE - GENETICS OF EVOLUTION 6 ECTS
Group Gruppo - Choice of 42 ECTS from:
    1005Z - TIROCINIO 25 ECTS

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