University of Florence

Introduction

The University of Florence is an important and influential centre for research and higher training in Italy, with 1,800 lecturers and internal research staff, 1,600 technical and administrative staff, and over 1,600 research assistants and doctoral students.

It offers a wide range of study programmes at various levels and in all areas of knowledge.

126 Degree courses (First and Second Cycle, corresponding to Bachelor's and Master's Degrees) organised in , with a population of about , one-fourth of which come from outside of Tuscany.

There are over 9,000 degrees awarded each year in Florence. According to the alumni data, the percentage of students who are in the workforce one year after their First Level degree is above national average.

The University of Florence has a natural international vocation and the development of internationalization is one of its strategic priorities.

It is one of the largest and most productive public research systems in Italy. This result is accomplished thanks to the number of permanent and temporary researchers working in a wide range of disciplinary and scientific fields, and the numerous junior scientists in training. It is also due to an intensive participation in research programmes of national and international relevance and to the significant scientific results achieved. External funds support the research and knowledge transfer activities. This combination of factors qualifies the Florentine institution as a modern research university and accounts for its excellent position in national and world rankings. Researchers at the University of Florence operate within 24 different departments and have at their disposal approximately 40 research structures comprising inter-departmental and inter-university centres as well as specialised research, knowledge transfer and advanced training centres.

In recent years the University of Florence has increasingly consolidated its ventures in the field of knowledge transfer: from the filing of patents to the setting up of joint workshops with businesses, through to participation in spin-off companies.

Knowledge transfer activities are coordinated by CSAVRI (Centro di Servizi di Ateneo per la Valorizzazione della Ricerca e la gestione dell'Incubatore universitario), the centre for the enhancement of research and management of the university's incubator.

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Master in Architecture (Curriculum: "Architectural Design")

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Italy Florence

The course lasts two years and meets the requirements set by the EU Bologna Process. Students will learn the architectural Design process, from conception to production and the construction site, for architectural and urban transformation in complex urban systems, both historical and modern, and related contemporary construction techniques and materials in relation to environmental and economic... [+]

The aim of the Master’s course in Architecture is the advanced training of Architects according to the requirements of knowledge and skills as defined by the European Union Directive EC 1985/384 and subsequent 2005/36/EC. The course lasts two years and meets the requirements set by the EU Bologna Process. Students will learn the architectural Design process, from conception to production and the construction site, for architectural and urban transformation in complex urban systems, both historical and modern, and related contemporary construction techniques and materials in relation to environmental and economic sustainability; they will learn also design methods and tools for architectural heritage conservation and for traditional construction techniques and materials, associated with their contexts. What you will be able to do Graduates in this class of degree may, after passing the state exam, enrol in section A - field "architecture" of the Italian Professional Association of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists as expressly provided by the DPR No.328 of 5 June, 2001. The main job opportunities provided by the Master's Degree Course are architectural design, urban planning and architectural heritage conservation with competence of aesthetic, distribution, functional, structural and technical issues, of construction and economic feasibility, of the built environment and landscape valorisation, of cultural changes and with critical attention to the needs expressed by contemporary society. Other main job opportunities are business activity on an individual basis or in combination, related to design and construction of public and private projects and architectural project management in public institutions and private organizations relating to construction and property. European Union students who hold the title of Bachelor of Architecture complying with the requirements of EU Directive 2005/36/EC and subsequent EC 1985/384 can access the Master’s Course. The course is open to students from countries outside the European Union who hold the degree or diploma of at least a three years in Architecture at University, or other qualification recognized as equivalent. The admission depends, however, on the student’s knowledge of english-language. Certificate B2 writing level or equivalent. The university curriculum of all students, coming from European and non-European countries, will be evaluated. To this end, the School Committee will assess each student portfolio attached to the application form. Significant Portfolio of products, including texts and draft materials, workshops experience, participation in design competitions for students and research activities, are welcome. In the case of collective works the contribution by the candidate should be pointed out. When deemed useful for the evaluation, the School Committee reserves the right to ask to candidates further informations, including through interview. When assessing the conditions for admission, the School Committee may indicate mandatory curricular additions, specifying one or more subjects belonging to the first level of training, exams which the student will be required to pass prior to enrolment. The course is offered and open to students, coming from inside and outside the European Union, who wish to achieve a Master’s in Architecture awarded by the Department of Architecture in Florence, Italy. According to the core resources provided by both Florence and Tuscany, iCad – international Course on Architectural Design – the leading Master Course held by University of Florence – revolves around the key-words Landscape and Environment, Cultural Heritage and Museums, Art/Architecture. As a crucial tool, cross-cultural dialogue allows to deal with the many different backgrounds belonging to international students. Nevertheless, the outstanding journey's tradition dating back centuries, since travellers to Florence and Tuscany have been Montaigne, Goethe, Stendhal, Ruskin, Le Corbusier etc., is a great opportunity for self-learning echoes. A fruitful interdisciplinary dialogue will be added thanks to a well guided interaction within the several international Universities based in Florence, while the conceptual clash between site specific and global issues is considered to be a significant contemporary target. The aim of the Master’s course in Architecture is the advanced training of Architects according to the requirements of knowledge and skills as defined by the European Union Directive EC 1985/384 and subsequent 2005/36/EC. The course lasts two years and meets the requirements set by the EU Bologna Process. Graduates in this class of degree may, after passing the state exam, enrol in section A - field "architecture" of the Italian Professional Association of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists as expressly provided by the DPR No.328 of 5 June, 2001. Training programme The educational programme of the iCad, International Master’s Course in Architectural Design emphasizes the role of Design Lab. In all semesters there will be an Architectural Design Lab. The four Labs will be integrated with three modules completing the training programme of the Master’s Degree in Architectural Design from the University of Florence. The programme can be implemented both with free-choice of courses or thematic seminars, and with design workshops or professional internships. 1st year Architecture and Structure design Lab / Restoration of Architecture Lab / Economic Evaluation of the project / History of the City and Contemporary Architecture or History of the City and Renaissance and Classical Architecture / Urban Sociology 2nd year Architecture and Environment design Lab / Architecture and City design Lab / Free Course or Seminars / Final Thesis Career opportunities The main job opportunities provided by the Master's Degree Course are: architectural design, urban planning and architectural heritage conservation with competence of aesthetic, distribution, functional, structural and technical issues, of construction and economic feasibility, of the built environment and landscape valorisation, of cultural changes and with critical attention to the needs expressed by contemporary society; business activity on an individual basis or in combination, related to design and construction of public and private projects; architectural project management in public institutions and private organizations relating to construction and property. 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Master in Design of Sustainable Tourism Systems

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Italy Florence

The two years Master Program aims to provide a thorough understanding of the techniques of organization and management of tourism destinations. The Master Program is characterized by an interisciplinary program... [+]

The two years Master Program aims to provide a thorough understanding of the techniques of organization and management of tourism destinations. The Master Program is characterized by an interisciplinary program. The graduates will possess the basic competence in the fields of human and social sciences, a good command of information technology and of statistical techniques indispensable for a correct interpretation of tourism trends and of taste changes of the tourist population. The Master program provides legislative, historical and geographical knowledge useful for enhancing the values of the resources and of the cultural heritage of a territory. Moreover, the knowledge of a second foreign language different from English is provided. The Program deals with topics related with the sustainable management of natural, cultural and historical resources. The remarkable growth of tourism requires considerable planning activities by both the public and private sectors in order to maximise economic returns while containing the potential negative impacts on the environment. This master (second level degree) program belongs to the class LM-49 Progettazione e gestione dei sistemi turistici. In Italy, as far as the legal value of the qualification, this class is considered different from the classes LM-56 Scienza dell'economia and LM-77 Scienze economico-aziendali. The final certification is: laurea magistrale (like Master degree or second level degree) in LM-49 PROGETTAZIONE E GESTIONE DEI SISTEMI TURISTICI. Learning outcomes The Master Degree in Design of Sustainable Tourism Systems provides interdisciplinary competencies that involve: measuring and monitoring the results and impacts of tourism (Economic statistics for tourism, Statistical information systems for tourism, Business demography, Social statistics, Statistical methodologies for tourism); managing and developing activities related with: - the natural and economic local resources (i.e. Agri-food economics, Environment and landscape geography; Sustainable tourism for local system development, Food quality and analytical control); - with cultural resources and with the skills and competencies in tourism (i.e. Tourism business organizations, human resources and events management, Tourism and sport marketing, Event and sport management lab, Culture creativity and local development); - law and contracts in tourism and travel activities (Tourism and travel contracts, Tourism legislation) new tendencies and technology for environmental issues (New technology and environment chemistry); foreign language differenf from English (Spanish, French, German). During the course, students will acquire the necessary tools to write their Master thesis. They can also participate in an exchange programme of study and / or have an internship. The degree program provides seminars by experts and professionals. Moreover, members of the School of economics and management are currently involved in providing knowledge and competencies useful to promote sustainable economic development. In particular, this School is an academic representative of NECSTouR (the Network of European Region for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism) which involves 28 Tourism Regional Authorities (among these, the Tuscany Region) and representatives of the academic and business sectors. [-]

Master in Economics and Development

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Italy Florence

The two years Master of Sciences program aims at providing students with the following skills and key competences: capacity to conduct theoretical and applied research in the fields of economic development, poverty analysis and international cooperation and integration; and, more generally in local, national and global development policy; ability to develop and manage complex cooperation programs within national and... [+]

The two years Master of Sciences program aims at providing students with the following skills and key competences: Capacity to conduct theoretical and applied research in the fields of economic development, poverty analysis and international cooperation and integration; and, more generally in local, national and global development policy; Ability to develop and manage complex cooperation programs within national and international organizations including Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and private sector companies with an interests in developing countries; Capability to evaluate and formulate global and sectorial economic policies. Learning outcomes and career opportunities Graduates will be able to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative information from local, national and international datasets. They will also be able to apply decision methodologies and analysis within full or incomplete information frameworks. During the MSc students will acquire the tools they need to write their masters thesis. They may also participate in a study exchange program and/or take up internships in international organisations and NGOs. The MSc program offers a range of distinct pathways that can be tailored to the individual student's preferences and needs. The program is divided into 5 compulsory courses and a choice from a list of 12 optional courses. Individual study programmes can be organised around three distinct pathways: Development Economics, maintaining a generic curriculum of exams; Quantitative analysis for Developing Economies, which equips students with advanced quantitative methods and skills for studying economic development phenomena; Development Studies for Local Development and International Cooperation, which complements advanced training in development economics with a broader understanding of local and international development that draws on cross-disciplinary social science. The degree program includes innovative seminar program and courses which draw on the knowledge of development experts and professionals from other universities and organisations. Each student will receive the support of a tutor to help guide their studies and coordinate learning activities. The MSc in Development Economics is ideal for medium-high level entry into research or professional jobs in the field of economic and/or social development. Notable careers include academic teaching and research, civil service appointments and posts in national and international organisations. Graduates are also eligible to apply for the Ph.D. programme in Development Economics at the University of Florence (admission is based on a selection test). They will also be well placed to access a range of doctoral programmes in other universities. [-]

Master in Finance and Risk Management

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Italy Florence

The MSc in Finance and Risk Management (CLM FiRM) offers its prospective students an advanced education in finance and quantitative risk management. The course is a combination of economic theory for finance with mathematical methods (probability theory, statistics, numerical analysis) for finance and insurance. Graduates should be able to work as specialists in quantitative-oriented areas of the... [+]

The MSc in Finance and Risk Management (CLM FiRM) offers its prospective students an advanced education in finance and quantitative risk management. The course is a combination of economic theory for finance with mathematical methods (probability theory, statistics, numerical analysis) for finance and insurance. Graduates should be able to work as specialists in quantitative-oriented areas of the financial services industry, such as trading, risk or asset management, or to work in specialized areas of an insurance company. The MSc in Finance and Risk Management aims at preparing students for high-level careers as risk and assets managers, actuaries, business specialists, quantitative analysts in insurance companies and consultancy firms. The students who complete the MSc in Finance and Risk Management are eligible to achieve professional status as an Actuary in Italy. Teachings of First year COMPUTATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATE FINANCE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS INTERNATIONAL AND FINANCIAL ECONOMICS QUANTITATIVE FINANCE AND DERIVATIVES QUANTITATIVE RISK MANAGEMENT Teachings of Second year ECONOMETRICS OF FINANCIAL MARKETS ENGLISH FOR BUSINESS AND FINANCE FINAL EXAMINATION FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS LAW INTERNSHIP MERGER AND ACQUISITION VALUATION PORTFOLIO CHOICE AND OPTIMIZATION PORTFOLIO CHOICE AND OPTIMIZATION - MOD.A RISK THEORY AND SOLVENCY MODELS RISK THEORY AND SOLVENCY MODELS - MOD.A WORKSHOP WORKSHOP WORKSHOP IN ACTUARIAL SCIENCE WORKSHOP IN CORPORATE FINANCE WORKSHOP IN ETHICAL FINANCE WORKSHOP IN FINANCIAL LAW WORKSHOP IN QUANTITATIVE FINANCE [-]

Master in International Relations and European Studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Italy Florence

The Master's Programme consists of a common first year intended to provide a background in the legal, economic, historical and political science concepts necessary in the international or European context. During the second year students complete either a specialisation (‘track') in International Relations or in European Studies... [+]

The Master's Programme consists of a common first year intended to provide a background in the legal, economic, historical and political science concepts necessary in the international or European context. During the second year students complete either a specialisation (‘track') in International Relations or in European Studies. In the International Relations (LM-52) track, students explore various issues, including international law relating to the protection of human rights, the relationship between religion and international relations, economic and taxation issues, education and health, and the role of supranational institutions. Finally, students are offered a wide array of area-specific courses to specialize in, if they so choose. In particular, the International Relations track prepares students interested in pursuing a diplomatic career or as officers or directors in international organizations, NGOs, international cooperation agencies, consulting agencies, journalism, research centers, and at high levels of public administration operating in an international context. The European Studies (LM-90) track aims to train professionals with in-depth knowledge of the process of European integration and its current organization, with a particular focus on the structure and dynamics of EU functions, integration, the content of EU policy, and the EU's impact in national and international politics. Further opportunities for specialization can be had during internships, as well as during final dissertation and other research work. Professionals that have graduated from either track are increasingly in demand by governments, businesses, and trade associations, not only at the supra-national level, but also at national, regional and local levels, both for interacting with European institutions and for drafting proposals for EU funding. Students have the ability to complete coursework in Italian or entirely in English. Students have access to the considerable resources available at the Library of Social Sciences (the second largest library in Florence in terms of volumes of books) and the vast network of European libraries accessible through the interlibrary loan service. Students can also take advantage of extensive resources available at the European Documentation Centre at the Library of Social Sciences. For research concerning their final dissertation, students can access the library of the European University Institute and the material of the archives of the European Union both available in Florence. The RISE Master's Programme is enriched by various courses funded by theEuropean Commission under the Jean Monnet Programme. In particular, from the beginning of the academic year 2012-13, there is a new Jean Monnet course entitled "Origins and Development of the EU," to be taught by Prof. A. Bosco. There will also be a Jean Monnet European course on "Energy, Environment and European Security," taught by Profs. R. Bardazzi, M.G.Pazienza and A.Tonini. Already active are the Jean Monnet courses in "Politics of European Integration" (Prof. V.Fargion), "History of European Integration" (Prof. M. Guderzo), and "Social Dimension and European Integration" (Prof. L. Leonardi). Since 2011-12, a student exchange programme exists between RISE students and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) with mutual recognition of the RISE Master and the Master's Degree in "International Relations" issued by the MGIMO. Students who apply and are selected for this programme will undertake the first year of study in Florence, and the second year in Moscow. Finally, the RISE Master allows students the opportunity to take courses entirely in English. Upon successful completion of the RISE Master's programme, coursework in English will be recognized with a certificate added to the Master's degree. The English-only course of study is meant not only to improve language skills that are helpful to international work, but also to promote a multicultural environment that can attract a significant number of students from different countries, cultures, and academic traditions. International Relations Track The International Relations track aims to deepen knowledge acquired during a student's undergraduate studies in areas related to international relations, and contains a strong emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach to international relations. This approach allows for a complete and comprehensive education, which is necessary for analyzing and understanding complex current and past world events. Collaboration between the professors teaching various courses and a wide-array of course content assures a multidisciplinary approach. This track also offers the opportunity to specialize in specific geographic areas now at the center of international attention. Area-specific studies are offered for the History of the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and China. In particular, the China course is made possible through the generous financial support of the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and its sponsorship of the Renzo Rastrelli Professorship Chair. The course is complemented by a number of other extracurricular activities that are designed to expose students to the practice of international institutions and to develop their public communication skills. Students also have the ability to study abroad through a network of international agreements, which includes partner universities located in Moscow, Beijing and Washington. Finally, the study of International Relations at the University of Florence can be enriched through continued master's level II studies in the School of Political Sciences - the Master's in Diplomatic Career Preparation and the Master's in Mediterranean Studies. The teaching method develops the ability to analyse documents, carry out original research, and apply knowledge and understanding in the workplace-both individually and in groups. Moreover, This course of study focuses on developing critical thinking skills in order to increase the capacity for independent learning and individual reflection. To promote the development of the ability to communicate effectively, students are encouraged to present research papers to discuss them with colleagues, teachers and international affairs experts. Test cases and simulations of activities of international organizations (submission of mock-reports to the Security Council, or memoranda to the International Court of Justice, etc.) are frequently employed. European Studies Track The European Studies track offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of themes not sufficiently covered in undergraduate studies. This track focuses on the development of EU institutions, their current operation, and national and supranational relations. The teaching method allows students to acquire not only a solid and detailed knowledge of operational procedures that characterize today's complex European Union, but also a capacity for critical evaluations of the content, implications, and prospects of the integration process, considering social, political, and economic factors. The track is structured to provide the methodological and conceptual tools to interpret and deal with the changing European Union structure and policies. Students will develop strong analytical and interpretation skills that are critical to future understanding of EU policy, especially in light of the marked acceleration of European integration and the continuing expansion of Community competence. This track also aims to develop the ability to process and present position papers, research, and insights on specific topics of EU interest. The courses are mainly seminars in order to promote student participation and to improve student presentation skills. To facilitate a direct understanding of the relations within the European Union, students are encouraged to participate in seminars, conferences, and workshops with politicians and officials working in EU institutions and scholars from other Universities, especially the European University Institute of Florence. Students are also required to complete an internship of three months in Brussels, on the basis of agreements with the University of Florence. When possible, internships can be supported through the Erasmus job placement program. This track is complemented by a number of other extracurricular activities aimed at familiarizing students with the practical operation of European Union institutions, as well as increasing students' ability to communicate in a public context (http://www.unifi. it/relazioni-internazionali-studi-europei/CMpro-ls-32.html). Specifically, in collaboration with James Madison University and their Master in European Policy Studies program, an annual simulation of a meeting of the EU's Foreign Affairs Council is organized under the supervision of two senior members of the European Parliament. Another project in cooperation with James Madison University allows Italian and American students the opportunity to further develop their communication skills by giving lectures to high school students on the role of the United States and the European Union in international affairs. [-]

Master in Natural Resources Management for Tropical Rural Development

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Italy Florence

Food security and water management, availability of medicinal plants, conservation of biological and cultural diversity, valorisation of local traditions are some of the major problems that affect the development of rural areas in not developed areas overseas. The level of intensifications and environmental impact of the different solutions possible to face these problems must be... [+]

Food security and water management, availability of medicinal plants, conservation of biological and cultural diversity, valorisation of local traditions are some of the major problems that affect the development of rural areas in not developed areas overseas. The level of intensifications and environmental impact of the different solutions possible to face these problems must be carefully considered case by case. Modern technologies can bring consistent increase of productivity in advanced areas; at the same time costly technologies with high environmental impact cannot be proposed in marginal areas where, instead, sustainable solutions can be implemented with reduced costs and can be based on the scientific modernization of local traditions. Identity of the course The university course in Natural Resources Management for Tropical Rural Development (MSc university degree) of the University of Florence with the participation of "Istituto Agronomico d'Oltremare", promotes research and professional training in the sectors of modern and sustainable agriculture, forestry and animal sciences, and identifies as preferential area of intervention the little and medium farms of the less industrialized areas of the globe. Mission Mission of the University course in Natural Resources Management for Tropical Rural Development is the education and training of agronomists expert in the technical and scientific areas of food production, environmental conservation, rural development. Employment opportunities This graduation program is primarily designed for the training of basic operators, project designers and coordinators, in the area of cooperation for rural development, environmental monitoring in tropical environment and international marketing of livestock, crop and forestry products. Potential employers are to identify within: Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in development and cooperation National and international institutions working on agricultural cooperation and development National and international institutions responsible for food safety in relation to international trade Companies operating in production and marketing of agricultural and livestock products overseas with special focus on tropical and subtropical areas National and international research institutions working on agriculture and rural environment. [-]

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