Master in Italy
The university master attests special knowledge or skills in a particular field of study or professional activity. The level of a master's degree is variable depending on the laws of the various countries; also various levels can coexist within the same country. The university master first level Italian is part of the second cycle defined in the "Bologna Process" legislation, which typically requires 90-120 ECTS credits (minimum 60 ECTS for the master's level). The master's level corresponds to level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (MSc, Postgraduate Diploma II level, university level Master, Academic Postgraduate Diploma I, specialization or master's degree), while the second level master It corresponds to level 8 (PhD, academic research training diploma, graduate diploma, university Master's degree, academic Postgraduate diploma II, advanced diploma or Master II). Only in Italy he is considered the "Master" as postgraduate, since in Europe the Master's degree corresponds to the Master's degree. Unlike master's degree, the master of first level does not allow access to postgraduate courses such as the PhD, as the course does not have the national educational system and the title is released under the independent responsibility of the individual institution. The first level master can be accessed after obtaining a degree or, alternatively, an equivalent qualification and legally recognized; the second level master, in contrast, are reserved to those who are in possession of a title of master or single-cycle.
Italy has set up its own interpretation of the Master, who does not find any similarity with the European system. The master's degree is awarded by Italian universities at the end of "scientific courses and high permanent and recurrent training." The university master's degree is awarded upon completion of courses that can be accessed with a degree (or legally equivalent qualifications, such as diplomas ISEF, AFAM or equivalent such as foreign academic qualifications); the university's Degree is awarded upon completion of courses to which you are admitted if in possession of master's or equivalent degree.
The cost of a postgraduate Master course in Italy has a similar cost a Master's European degree (9000 euro on average in the UK, much less in other countries like France, the Netherlands or Belgium), which corresponds to a Specialist degree in Europe, further delays the age of participants than that of European students,
The master's degree can have a precise legal recognition of the title but, although benefiting from extensive publicity by the organizers, the achievement of the same does not involve automatic recognition within the private companies. Sometimes, however, the training institute has contacts with a number of companies participating in the financing of the master, in which students play a training period aimed at a later possible recruitment.
The courses aimed at the release of the master's degree last at least one academic year and provide for the maturation of at least 60 university credits. As for the duration, there are particular interpretations: some universities have enabled master courses lasting more than one year but not biennial (eg 14 months) while the other courses (undergraduate courses, degree, graduate and doctoral research) must necessarily be organized for academic years. The master's degree courses are promoted by universities, in many cases in collaboration with external training structures and companies, and are held at the faculties not directly but more often in departments, institutes, special schools or other centers.
This is not permanent structures and, therefore, the corresponding prices are not necessarily re-activated at each academic year. The Italian university council in his motion of 22 June 2010 proposed to call "scientific higher education university courses and / or professional", so as to avoid confusion with the Master's degree in other countries.