The course trains highly qualified experts in territorial analysis and spatial development and management able to operate in the Italian and international labor market, and in particular in the field of development cooperation.
The specific objective of the master program is to provide advanced theoretical and methodological skills to understand and to intervene on the physical, economic, social and cultural processes which more directly affect the organization of the territory at different scales. Particular attention is devoted to topics such as analyzing and managing tangible and intangible cultural heritage, integrated planning and projects for territorial development, planning for sustainable tourism development, GIS, Remote Sensing and Big Data.
The set of training activities is framed within an international scientific and cultural vision with extensive references to extra-European areas. The course offers multiple opportunities to interact with cooperation projects in contexts such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Jordan, Myanmar, as well as opportunities for collaborative experiences with agencies, local authorities and associations in Tuscany and Italy. The international perspective of the course is enriched by the integration of classes held by visiting professors of internationally renowned fame.
The master program is incardinated in the SAGAS Department, selected in 2018 by the Ministry of Education and University Research (MIUR) as a department of excellence, and annually offers scholarships for students from abroad or from outside the region of Tuscany. Furthermore, the most successful students will be offered financial prizes and the opportunity to participate in the special Interdisciplinary Higher Education Program provided annually by the Program of Excellence. The master program also promotes useful experiences for entering the job market, including internships and traineeships. The educational offer is provided in close relationship with the two geographical Laboratories located in the Department: the Laboratory of Social Geography - LaGeS ( www.lages.eu ) and the Laboratory of Applied Geography - LabGeo ( www.geografia-applicata.it ).
Finally, the master program is included in the High Education Program „Partnership for Knowledge“ of the Italian Agency for the Development Cooperation (AICS).
Graduates in this master program hold the technical, humanistic and linguistic skills necessary to operate in a wide range of functions, including:
- Analyst at public and private research centers and Universities in the field of urban and territorial studies
- Operator in governmental and local public institutions in the fields of territorial, environmental and cultural heritage planning and management in Italy and abroad
- Operator in international agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) specialized in the field of international cooperation
- Analyst at governmental organizations and companies specialized in the treatment and interpretation of geographical and cartographic information
- Collaborator in the field of multimedia geographical publishing and dissemination of knowledge on environment and tourism.
To attend the master program, candidates must have acquired a First Cycle Degree in Geography. Alternatively, candidates must have acquired at least 12 ECTS in the Scientific Disciplinary Sectors of Geography and/or Economic Geography and at least 30 ECTS in the following Scientific Disciplinary Sectors, of which at least 6 must belong to one of the two specified groups: group A) Ecology; Geology; Surveying and mapping; Landscape architecture; Urban and regional planning; Urban design and landscape; Classical archaeology; Christian and medieval archaeology; Demology, ethnology and anthropology; Medieval history; Modern history; group B) Contemporary history; Economics; Economic history; Statistics; Demography; Social statistics; History of international relations; General sociology; Economic sociology and sociology of work and organizations; Urban and environmental sociology.
Candidates with a foreign qualification recognized as valid according to the University regulations in force are admitted to the master program if they are able to certify a sufficient number of ECTS corresponding to those listed above. In the case of a foreign qualification in which the requirements are not directly deductible from the number and quality of acquired ECTS, the candidate's curriculum will be evaluated by a specially appointed Commission, as well as through interviews according to the methods indicated in the Master Program Regulation.
In order to participate to the master program, B2 level in English language is required.
The verification of the requirements, as well as the adequacy of the student’s preparation, is carried out on the basis of the certification presented and of an individual interview.
The master program is planned to last 2 years. In order to graduate the student must acquire 120 ECTS (60 ECTS/year). However, the student who has achieved 120 ECTS by fulfilling all the requirements of the master program educational path can obtain the title even before the two years.
The Master Degree is mono-curricular and aims at providing specialized training in the various disciplinary areas that characterize it. In order to achieve this goal, a signifciant number of ECTS is reserved to lessons in the fields of Geography, Economic Geography and Urban and Regional Planning.
The characterizing courses in the disciplinary areas listed above will be supported by additional courses in Urban and Regional Planning, in order to provide the students with specific geomatic competences, and in Anthropology, for deepening the students’ reflexive capabilities in the cultural dimension of territorial processes. In addition, 12 ECTS can be selected freely by the students within any disciplinary areas.
The teaching approach developed for this master program consists of frontal lectures, seminars and laboratory activities. The laboratories provide opportunities for in-depth study and experimentation of what has been learned in the courses in order to acquire applied knowledge, skills and abilities capable of opening up to the path to the job-market.
The competences acquired by the students will be verified through written and oral examinations. The procedures for verifying other experiences useful for entering the job market (including internships and traineeships) are entrusted to a final report signed by the students, by the delegate of the master program and by the manager of the organization involved, and approved by the Master Program Council.
The final exam will contribute with 24 ECTS. The exam consists in the production, with the support of a supervisor, of a written report (Master Thesis) and its discussion before a specifically appointed Commission. The final exam will attest the theoretical, methodological and possibly empirical knowledge, as well as the ability to discuss in depth particularly relevant aspects of the investigated phenomena. The graduate will have to demonstrate: the ability to define working hypotheses, to such an extent to allow their validation; knowledge of the relevant literature and the ability to relate it to the formulated hypotheses; the ability to formulate conclusions consistent with the working hypotheses and with the documentation used.
Throughout the master program, the enrolled students receive tutoring services, which provide support and guidance for the orientation in the formulation of the study plan, for laboratory activities, for international mobility, for the choice of internships and traineeships, through delegates with experience on the specific functions.