MASTER DEGREE
(LAUREA MAGISTRALE)
IN PLANETARY
GEOSCIENCES

The Università degli Studi “Gabriele d’Annunzio” (UdA), in collaboration with the International Research School of Planetary Sciences, organizes a Master (Laurea Magistrale) in Planetary Geosciences.

Key information

Duration:
2 years full-time

Minimum entry requirements:
3 years Bachelor’s Degree

Language:
English

Mixed learning modes include distance and in-person education
ECTS: 120
Learning mode: Students may choose from in-person and distance learning for Terms 1 and 3. Term 2 requires in-person learning for field courses. The learning mode for Term 4 which is devoted to Thesis work will depend on individual arrangements.

Location: Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Geologia
Campus: Sede di Pescara, Viale Pindaro, 42, 65127 Pescara (Italy)

For Info: info@irsps.unich.it

Planetary sciences, the study of planets, including Earth, and other celestial bodies, is an exciting area of study that is constantly being infused with new information from space missions conducted by space agencies around the world. Current and upcoming space missions include such diverse targets such as Mercury, Venus, Mars, the asteroid belt and further afield in the outer Solar System, such as the Jupiter and Saturn systems and even the Kuiper Belt. Planetary sciences are a diverse discipline that brings together geologists, physicists, biologists and engineers. This discipline is strictly linked with planetary missions and the operations of rovers and drones. In addition, the human exploration is currently in advanced planning for the settlement of humans on the Moon… and Mars will be the next step.

This Master degree program provides a comprehensive knowledge of planetary bodies, through the study of planetary geology, remote sensing, Earth analogues studies, theoretical modelling, planetary astrophysics, spacecraft instrumentation and space mission development that will provide graduates the skills necessary to participate in the dynamic space sector in Europe and in the world.

Thanks to the broad and diverse competencies inherent planetary science, this degree can enable different career paths for graduates including work in academic institutes and research centers, in space-related industries, in national/international space agencies and in the fields of Earth observation.

Programme starts October 2022.

Application accepted from 2 August 2022 to 31 December 2022.

The Università d’Annunzio is split in two campuses in the cities of Chieti and Pescara (Italy). The Course is held in Pescara, a seaside city with a long beach facing the Adriatic Sea. Pescara is a lively Mediterranean city located in a coastal plain at the borders of the highest peaks of the Apennine (the backbone of the Italian boot).

Historically, Pescara was a fisherman town. This old settlement has been almost totally destroyed during World War II and most of the city is modern, but with a taste of lively Mediterranean life.

Study Programme

First year (2022-2023)

First term (in class or online)

Second term (in class)

SSD Course CFU Lectures
GEO/02
REMOTE SENSING
6
MARINANGELI
GEO/02
PLANETARY GEOLOGY (EI1)
6
KOMATSU
FIS/05
PLANETARY ASTROPHYSICS
6
MITRI
GEO/02
COMPARATIVE SEDIMENTOLOGY
6
ORI
FIS/05
SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION (OPZ)
6
FLAMINI
SSD Course CFU Lectures
GEO/02
EXTREME GEOLOGICAL EVENTS ON EARTH AND PLANETARY BODIES (EI1)
6
KOMATSU
GEO/02
PLANETARY ANALOGUES FIELD WORK
6
ORI
GEO/02
PLANETARY MAPPING AND DATA PROCESSING
6
PONDRELLI
GEO/06
PLANETARY MATERIALS
6
POE
FIS/05
PLANETARY INTERIORS
6
MITRI

Second year (2023-2024)

Third term (in class or online)

Fourth term

SSD Course CFU Lectures
GEO/10
LAB. DI GEOFISICA E SISMOLOGIA
6
DE NARDIS
GEO/04
EARTH OBSERVATION ANALYSIS
6
CONVENZIONE ASI
GEO/02
GLOBAL CHANGES (OPZ)
6
ORI
GEO/02
EXPLORATION AND SCIENCE OF THE MOON (OPZ)
6
CONVENZIONE INAF
TO BE SELECTED BY STUDENTS
12
SSD Course CFU Lectures
MASTER THESIS
30
STAGES ABROAD/INTERNSHIP
6

Lectures

Lectures will focus on the geological and physical fundamentals and processes of solid bodies of the Solar System and extrasolar systems. Professors and researchers with involvement in past and current space missions for both the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and international space agencies such as ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) will provide students first-hand knowledge about space exploration as well as involve them in current and upcoming mission analysis for their Master Thesis work.

Practicals

Practicals will provide hands-on training in data processing techniques for space mission data including imaging and geological mapping of planetary surfaces, Earth analogues study, and planetary interiors modelling. Students will learn to use data processing, imaging and mapping software such as ISIS, NASA Ames Stereo Pipeline, ArcGIS/QGIS, MATLAB while also learning practical skills such as analysing scientific, engineering and mission operational constraints and assessing mission landing sites.

Field Trips

A major component of the teaching programme are the field trips where the student will be able to investigate terrestrial analogues, which are sites on Earth that have geology and or other environmental conditions that may be similar to past or present conditions on other planets. Field work will focus on geologic features and processes present on Mars, the Moon, Mercury and Venus.

Field work will be organised in Italy, Spain, Morocco.

Info for students: Summary

Short version of “How to enroll”

For information visit this webpage and Unich.it . For information and clarifications contact info@irsps.it

European Union Nationals

First of all, you must register in the University website and then you can go ahead with pre-evaluation and enrolment.

Register into the web site

– Go to Unich.it

– At the top of the page click on MyPage

– In the menu STUDENTI click on Ud’a on Line

– In the top right corner click Menu then you can select language

– Again, in the top right Menu select Registration

– Then click on Web Registration

– And you can start the Registration to use the online procedures.

Note: when asked for Italian ID No. if you don’t have one, it will be generate automatically

When asked for a Data Bank Account you can skip this question and you can send this information later if you need refunds.

Pre-Evaluation of your application

In order to be enrolled in the Course you will need your previous degree pre-evaluated and approved. To have your student career pre-evaluated:

Go to MyPage -> Studenti -> UdA online -> Top right Menu -> Login

Once logged in with the username and password from the previous procedures, go ahead with the Pre-Evaluation (Valutazione). You will receive the results in few days.

Final Enrollment

To finalise your registration, perform the login and then follow the instructions:

Go to MyPage -> Studenti -> UdA online -> Top right Menu -> Login

Non-European Union Nationals

Part of the Pre-Enrollment procedure (pre-valutazione) of Non-EU nationals is organised in the Universitaly webpage

– First of all, visit the site

– Click on the image University

– Click on International Students 2021

– Clik on Pre-enrol now

– From the login page you can create your account by clicking on “why and how to register”.

To utilise Universitaly use the Universitaly Tutorial

After the pre-enrollment you can start the VISA application.

Follow the Universitaly Tutorial to pre-enrol. Once you get the results of the verification of your previous Degree you can start the final enrollment following the step as for EU nationals. However, you will be contacted by UdA/IRSPS personnel for advice.

Requirements to enroll

To enroll in a Master (Laurea Magistrale) Degree in Italy you must have a first-cycle, three years degree from a University or a higher education Institution with the capabilities to provide equivalent University degrees.

Students with an Italian Degree

You can access the Master’s Degree in Geological Sciences and Technologies of Earth and Planets, Planetary Sciences (class LM-74) with a Laurea in the Class of Geological Sciences L-34 or in the Class of Sciences and Technologies for Environment and Nature L-32.

Students with a Laurea in other technical-scientific subjects are required to meet the following curricular requirements: at least 6 total CFU (university credits) in mathematics and computer science (SSD – science disciplines – MAT/xx, without constraints on individual SSD and/or INF/01); at least 6 CFUs in chemical disciplines (SSD CHIM/xx, without individual SSD constraints); at least 50 CFU in GEO/xx and/or ICAR/xx and/or FIS/xx and/or BIO/xx and/or AGR/xx SSDs.

Students with a Foreign Degree

You can access the Master Course with a First-Cycle Three-Years Degree (Laurea or Bachelor equivalent) in Earth Sciences (or correlated subjects i.d. Geology, geophysics, marine science, natural sciences, etc.).

For those with degrees in other technical-scientific subjects, it is a requirement to meet the following curricular: at least 6 total ECTS (or equivalent) in mathematics, and computer science subjects; at least 6 ECTS in chemical disciplines, and at least 50 ECTS in Geology and/or Engineering and/or Physics and/or Biology and/or Agronomy subjects.

If you have problems in understanding if your degree is fitting the requirements, you are encouraged to informally contact info@irsps.it in order to get a preliminary assessment.

If the curriculum is judged as satisfactory, the Board of Studies will decide the admissibility issuing the required authorization. Alternatively, the assessment of the student’s preparation will take place by means of an interview which may lead to the admission authorisation, with a proposal for a personal study plan.

How to enroll

EU citizens or other equivalent nationals with Italian or EU university degrees

The methods of access and registration to Degree Programmes are the same for

– Italian citizens,

– European Union citizens and equivalent including Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Swiss Confederation, Republic of San Marino,

– non-European Union citizen legally residing in Italy (equivalent students),

– students receiving scholarships in the framework of EU Programmes,

– students enrolled in courses of study organized jointly between two or more Italian and foreign institutions.

As a starting point, check if your degree is suitable for enrollment in the Master (Laurea Magistrale) in Science and Technology of Earth and Planetary Sciences (by checking the requirements). We encourage candidate students to informally contact info@irsps.it providing Diploma Supplements or other documentation about previous course of studies for a preliminary assessment.

Once you receive an informal positive answer, you may proceed with the online pre-evaluation that will be open in the due time around August.

After this pre-evaluation you can proceed with the full registration.

For details and help concerning accommodation and logistic in Pescara you can contact info@irsps.it .

Non-EU citizens with non-EU degrees

First of all, you need to check whether your degree is suitable for enrollment in the Master (Laurea Magistrale) in Science and Technology of Earth and Planetary Sciences (see above). If necessary, we encourage candidates to preliminarly contact info@irsps.it about providing Diploma Supplements or other documentation about previous courses of studies.

After this informal assessment, you may pre-register at the University and start the process to obtain a VISA.

Pre-registration is available at Universitaly.it. (see the Tutorial) Once the application has been completed, all applicants must apply (following instruction in Universitaly.it) to the Italian Diplomatic Office of their country of residence for a study/university visa.

Documentation to be submitted for enrollment

EU citizens or equivalent

– Certified copy of your degree obtained at a University (or post-secondary degree obtained at a non-university higher education institution) which allows university studies to be pursued at the Master level. EU degree owners do not need any further validation of their document if written in Italian, English, French and Spanish. An official translation is necessary if the documentation is in other languages.

– Diploma Supplement (usually in English).

– An authenticated (by the Italian diplomatic mission) passport-size photo.

– A passport-size photo.

When available:

– A photocopy of the personal registration (residence for study purposes) to the Municipality where the residence was established

– A photocopy of the Italian “codice fiscale”

Documents in Italian, English, French and Castilian (Spanish) do not need official translation. All other languages need official translation in Italian or English.

Non-EU citizens

– Certified copy of the degree obtained at a University (or post-secondary degree obtained at a non-university higher education institution) which allows university studies to be pursued at the Master level with Apostille, or Dichiarazione di Valore, or certificate of validity issued by ENIC-NARIC centres or diplomatic missions in Italy

– Diploma Supplement or an equivalent official document attesting the passed examinations and, for each discipline, the detailed programmes envisaged for the achievement of the title. Also, this document must be authenticated with Apostille, or Dichiarazione di Valore, or certificate of validity issued by ENIC-NARIC centres or diplomatic missions in Italy

– An authenticated (by the Italian diplomatic mission) passport-size photo

– A passport-size photo

When available:

– A photocopy of the personal registration (residence for study purposes) to the Municipality where the residence was established

– A photocopy of the Italian “codice fiscale”

Documents in Italian, English, French and Spanish do not need official translation. All other languages need official translation.

Take action well in advance to collect the necessary documents for enrolment. If you studied in a country outside the European Union, contact the Italian Embassy in your country and the relevant local offices in time to prepare the documents.

If you are a non-EU citizen residing abroad, also remember to pre-enrol and apply for a visa for study purposes.

What is a Diploma Supplement based on the European Commission standard? Academic qualifications issued by universities and higher education institutions of countries belonging to the European Higher Education Area can be accompanied by a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement must be requested to the institution that issued the academic qualification.

If the Diploma Supplement (compliant with the standards of the European Commission) is signed and apostilled, in case of enrollment in a second cycle degree you do not have to deliver the transcript of records with the list of exams taken.

In the event of a Diploma Supplement or other comparable document provided by universities outside the European Higher Education Area, you can contact the info@irsps.it for an evaluation.

Any questions?

You can contact the info@irsps.it for any questions concerning the suitability of your qualifications.

Translation, authenticity and value of foreign qualifications

Translation of qualifications and other documents

Qualifications, certificates and syllabi which are in Italian, English, French or Spanish do not require translation.

Documents in other languages must be supported by an official translation into Italian or English.

If you are not yet in Italy, the translation must be completed according to the rules set by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI).

If you are in Italy you can go to a district court (tribunale) and have your documents translated by a sworn translator, who cannot be the person who holds the qualification or title (traduzione giurata).

Methods of verification of the authenticity of foreign qualifications

The authenticity of foreign qualifications and certificates must be produced in one of the following ways:

The certifications of authenticity electronically from the Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence (CIMEA) is the easiest way to authenticate documents but a payment of fees is required for this service. You can get all the information by registering to CIMEA.

Apostille: it is another way to authenticate the documents. The Apostille is available for the Countries that adhere at the Hague Convention 1961 (see list of Countries).

Dichiarazione di Valore (Declaration of Value): it is an informative document that describes a qualification awarded to a specific person by an institution belonging to an education system other than that of Italy. It is used for the evaluation of the qualification by the competent Offices within the University, for the purpose of enrolling in degree programmes or for the recognition of foreign qualifications.

The declaration of value is issued by the Italian Embassy in the country where the qualification was awarded. The declaration of value is issued by the Italian Embassy in the country where the qualification was awarded. It generally contains the following information:

• legal status and type of issuing institution;

• access requirements for the programme resulting in the qualification;

• legal duration of the study programme and/or overall commitment required of the student in terms of credits or hours;

• value of the qualification in the system/country where it was issued, i.e. for academic and/or professional purposes.

If the qualification is issued by a school with a system that differs from that in the candidate’s place of residence (e.g., a Swiss student studying in a British system school in Switzerland) or place of study (e.g. a Swiss student studying in Kenya in a British system school) the Declaration of Value must be requested from the Italian Embassy in the country of the system to which the qualification-issuing school adheres (in both of the above cases: the Italian General Consulate in London).

Authenticity/Verification certificates issued by an ENIC-NARIC center. In the event of enrolment in a second cycle degree programme, the verification must also include the certificates containing the list of exams passed.

It is also possible to obtain the certifications of authenticity electronically from the Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence (CIMEA). Payment of fees is required for this service. You can get all the information by registering to CIMEA.

It is not necessary to submit confirmations regarding the authenticity of qualifications issued by an institution in Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Latvia, Estonia (Brussels Convention 1987), Germany (Rome Convention 1969), Austria (Vienna Convention 1975).

If the qualification is issued by a school with a system that differs from that in the candidate’s place of residence (e.g., a Swiss student studying in a British system school in Switzerland) or place of study (e.g. a Swiss student studying in Kenya in a British system school) the Declaration of Value must be requested from the Italian Embassy in the country of the system to which the qualification-issuing school adheres (in both of the above cases: the Italian General Consulate in London).

Non-EU citizens before leaving home: pre-enrolment and entry visa

To enter Italy, non-EU students wishing to enrol in degree programmes must first pre-enrol and apply for an entry visa for study purposes.

• pre-enrol online via the Universitaly portal. Pre-enrolments for the Academic Year 2021-22 are open. In the application, you must indicate the Università d’Annunzio and choose the degree programme you want to enrol in. You will also need to specify the Embassy / Consulate where you will apply for an entry visa to Italy. The pre-enrolment application will be verified by the University and forwarded to the Embassy / Consulate you have specified;

• contact the Embassy / Consulate well in advance to find out the requirements for obtaining an entry visa and make an appointment if necessary.

Be aware that pre-enrolment alone does not grant admission to degree programmes. In order to matriculate you also need to take and pass the verifications of the entry requirements and the admission procedures set for the degree programme of your interest.

Instructions on filling in Universitaly pre-registration form are available here.

Important! The Università d’Annunzio does not issue admission letters for obtaining a visa.

You do not need to demonstrate your proficiency in Italian language because the teaching language is English.

The Università d’Annunzio offers Italian language courses to international students.

You must take the following documents to the Italian Embassy (check with the local diplomatic mission about this issue):

• the summary of the pre-enrolment application submitted through Universitaly and validated by the Università d’Annunzio;

• any language competence certificates if applicable;

• the documents required for the visa application, including a health insurance policy where applicable;

• the required documents if you hold a foreign qualification.

You must obtain the following documents from the Italian Embassy:

• an entry visa to Italy for study purposes (“studio- immatricolazione università”);

• a stamped health insurance policy, where applicable;

• find out how to enrol in a Second cycle degree programme and the required documents if you hold a foreign qualification

After the acceptance of your pre-enrollment you have to apply for a VISA to stay in Italy. Usually, the Embassies issue a temporary VISA to enter Italy and then to proceed in i) finalizing the enrollment in your study course, ii) obtain a Codice Fiscale (a unique identification number) and iii) a stay permit with residency.

University personnel will help you in the bureaucratic processes in Italy.

Usually, you have to apply for a residence permit within 8 days from your arrival.

Important: an entry visa for tourism cannot be used to enrol at the university or to obtain a residence permit for study purposes.

Scholarshpis

  • MAECI

The Italian Government offer grants for study in Italy under the programme: GRANTS FOR FOREIGN AND ITALIAN CITIZENS LIVING ABROAD AWARDED BY THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT.

Applications must be submitted by June 9th  2022, 2 pm CET.

The Application procedures are usually carried on with the Italian Embassy of the Country of residence
 
The application for the academic year 2023-2024 will be available in June 23.
 

The list of eligible Countries (subject to possible changes up to call opening) is available here.

  • UdA

Scholarships are available from Università d’Annunzio here.

Applications must be submitted by September 30th  2022, 1:30 pm CET.