Master's degrees

Current year courses

Master's degree in Arts (interuniversity)
Master’s degree in Historical Studies (interuniversity)
This Postgraduate programme was set up in 2012 to enhance post graduate education in historical studies through a joint venture between the University of Verona and the University of Trento. Cooperation between the two universities means more teachers and a wider choice of courses are able to be offered as part of the programme.
The course is administratively managed by each university in alternation every two years.
  • Academic years 2012-13 and 2013-14: administrative matters will be based at the University of Trento.
  • Academic years 2014-15 and 2015-16: administrative matters will be based at the University of Verona. 
  • Academic years 2016-17 and 2017-18: administrative matters will be based at the University of Trento. 
First year courses will be held in parallel at each of the universities so that students can choose where they wish to attend the course.
Second year courses will be split between the two universities according to specialisation.
  • Ancient and Medieval times will be taught at the University of Trento
  • Society and institutions in modern and contemporary times:  will be taught at the University of Trento
  • Medieval society and culture in contemporary times: will be taught at the University of Verona.
The Postgraduate degree in Historical Studies focuses on the study of all forms of memories or records in the continuing interrelation between historical studies and the scientific disciplines that seek to understand them. It also aims to provide a thorough grasp of ways of creating and preserving memories – to know how they were used and how they managed to pass on a record of events and opinions, and to distinguish how much they were an intersection of reality, fiction and common thinking. Students therefore learn to think critically, which – although in a more specialised way – is, in fact, the attitude that should guide every conscious citizen when faced with power structures and mechanisms of information. The programme is intended for people who intend to dedicate themselves professionally to teaching history in middle or secondary schools, but also makes a valuable addition to study for those who wish to work in preserving records (e.g. archivists or librarians), those intending to work in current affairs journalism or publishing, and those thinking of a future political career.
Trento contact information
Teaching office - Department of Literature and Philosophy
via Tommaso Gar, 14 - 38122 Trento
Phone +39 0461 282983 - 282183 - 282171 - 282984
Fax +39 0461 282982
Verona contact information
Prof Alessandro ARCANGELI  
Prof Gian Maria Varanini


Master's degree in Linguistics
Educational aims: The 2-year (120 ECTS) Master's program in Linguistics prepares graduates capable of making the most of metalinguistic analysis in research, teaching and further applications. This objective will be achieved by way of: a) in-depth study of advanced and up-to-date theories and methodologies in the domain of general and historical linguistics; b) the application of these theories to specific (socio-)linguistic situations in modern and ancient languages, both in Italy and other European countries. The focus is on: language structures and meanings, language learning and teaching (especially applied to L2 Italian), typical and atypical language development, experimental psycholinguistics, analytical assessment of linguistic documents, comparative and diachronic analysis of ancient texts.
Teaching methods: The program trains students in theoretical and applied linguistics through course work, participation in seminars, and supervised research within a supportive environment. Activities are structured to stimulate active and ongoing participation of the students. Classes will be taught both by regular Verona staff and by international guests.
Training activities: The Master's program covers such fields as general linguistics (with modules in all levels of linguistic analysis), historical linguistics, and language learning and teaching. With regard to language-specificity, the program allows a choice (a) among English, German, French, Spanish and Russian for courses dealing with general linguistics, and (b) among Germanic, Romance, Slavic and Italian for philological, textual and historical studies.
Courses in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, Statistics for the Humanities and Philosophy of Science, among others, are also offered. Laboratories of experimental linguistics are organized biannually.
Fundamental modules are taught in English; among the modules to be chosen, other European languages may be used in class, but an English option is always available to the students.
Further information about the Master’s Course can be found here:
Master’s degree in Publishing and Journalism
This postgraduate course is designed to offer professional competence in a rapidly expanding sector of publishing and journalism, i.e. the field of technological and multimedia innovation, as well as the international commerce of books and other publishing products. In the second part of the syllabus, that is, journalism and public relations, the course intends to provide a solid professional groundwork for the variety of roles currently being requested in the field of journalism, from the printed page to radio and television as well as new forms of media that deal with both general public relations, in particular as regards monitoring communication with the public, as well as with institutions such as private companies.
Master's degree in Quaternary, Prehistory and Archaeology (interuniversity)
This postgraduate degree in the quarternary period, prehistory and archaelogy is for professionals who have obtained:
• solid skills in using scientific methods of investigation and the necessary knowledge to carry out archaeological research;
• adequate capacity to analyse natural components, both biotic and abiotic, for the purpose of investigating human-environment relationships and interactions in prehistorical and historical times;
• knowledge of the scientific aspects that affect human evolution, with emphasis on naturalistic content, from both a historical and an evolutionary perspective and its constant relationship with ways of living along with the survival strategies adopted by our species over time;
• a solid method of analysis and sound knowledge, from a historical perspective, of evolutionary processes and material evidence left by humans, from the most remote prehistorical times to the classical and medieval periods;
• the ability to interpret and contextualise all documentary sources that could be useful in understanding settlement patterns and cultural events of the past;
• knowledge of man-made objects and ancient artefacts in the context of their physical form and intangible value;
• the ability to plan and implement interdisciplinary projects, in terms of both coordination and development of different lines of research within the disciplines that characterise the class;
• substantial theoretical and methodological expertise and established practical skills in stratigraphic excavation;
• adequate knowledge and mastery of techniques for storing, managing and analysing information regarding archaeological and prehistorical content, with specific expertise in the formal and compositional characteristics of material documentation and development of the biological and abiological aspects;
• adequate skills in recognising, interpreting and retrieving materials in archaeological deposits.
Master’s degree in Tradition and Interpretation of Literary Texts
The postgraduate degree in Tradition and Interpretation of Literary texts has as its main objective the acquisition of a well-grounded preparation so as to develop the capacity for doing independent research, sharing knowledge, elaborating ethodologies and technical analysis in the field of the philological and literary disciplines. These abilities will be developed along with specialized high-level competencies in any cultural or professional field connected with the production, circulation and analysis of texts. Therefore the postgraduate degree in Tradition and Interpretation of Literary texts aims at developing the following competencies: - the ability to apply a solid theoretical knowledge of the processes of communication in general and the mechanisms of production as well as verbal and literary communication in particular; - the ability to do in depth analysis of philological, rhetorical and stylistic, ideological and literary components of any text whether creative or scientific; - the ability to elaborate complex texts whether they are creative, technical or scientific texts; - the ability to accurately compare and collect texts of any genre and to establish relationships among them; - the ability to transform, adjust and recreate any text by referring to specific techniques of analysis and choosing essential thematic components as well as stylistic register; - the ability to organize, coordinate and produce texts such as dictionaries, grammar books, scholastic texts, and to carry out editing tasks with the use of computer technology and telematics; The course of study is differentiated into two tracks: one is dedicated mainly to Italian philology and literary culture, while the other is aimed at the presence of the classical literary tradition, i.e. Greek and Latin, found in modern and contemporary literary culture and hermeneutics. Apart from the two tracks mentioned above and in consideration of the objectives, the course involves some shared subject matter within the fields of the theory of literature and the European literary tradition – as well as a wide range of topics concerning theoretical and historical linguistics, philological and historical disciplines, art-history, educational disciplines as well as didactic methods. In any case, since these concern foundational disciplines, such subjects are aimed at providing a shared groundwork, and as such will be covered in the first year of study, while the other subjects represent the culmination of the critical study, which will be covered in the second year.


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