With the Ministerial Decree no. 270 of October 2004, the Ministry of Education brought in extensive reforms of the Italian University system. So, now two levels of degree (laurea) exist:
– The first level degree is the Laurea Triennale, obtained at the end of a three year course. It prepares students for intermediate job positions.
– The second level degree is the Laurea Magistrale, a post-graduate degree obtained after a two-year course. It prepares students for higher, managerial and professional positions.
Three-year Bachelor Degree — (Laurea Triennale)
Two-year Master Degree — (Laurea Magistrale)
Ph.D program (3 years) — (Dottorato)
The University credit system (CFU) which is based on the ECTS system, is represented by numerical values allocated to course units to describe the student workload. Each credit is equivalent to 25 hours of work including: lessons, hands-on practice, laboratories, internships and self-study. The total work of an Italian student is calculated as 60 credits which correspond to 1500 hours per year. A course unit will be allocated with credits when examination is passed by the students with a minimum grade of 18/30.
Under the new system, following the reform, all degree courses are grouped into classes (classi) which relate to a specific field of study. Degrees belonging to one class all have the same value.
Some of the University of Macerata’s degree courses are held at different towns throughout the Marche Region:
– Disciplines of Linguistic Mediation (languages for foreign trade), in Civitanova Marche
– Conservation and Management of the Cultural Heritage, in Fermo
– Applied Law Sciences, in Jesi
– Political Sciences and International Relations, in Spinetoli
– Education and Training Sciences, in Spinetoli.