Course Overview

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Mission - Our mission is to provide our  students with the  knowledge and tools especially geared towards  a biomedical, psychological, social and territorial perspective of the medical profession. The course is characterized by a multidisciplinary and integrated approach in disease prevention and  health promotion. The training is primarily patient-oriented involving community-based health centers and hospitals, providing a varied and rich clinical experience for our  students. In the curriculum, there is vertical and horizontal integration of the curriculum across all years, bringing clinical cases and challenges into the early years. Integrating clinical and basic science across the curriculum, developing new models for clinical reasoning and engaging students in an in-depth and long-term scholarly experience is also part of our mission.

Organization of the course - Current legislation (DM 16 March 2007 GU 155 July 6 2007 - Suppl. Ordinario n. 153) lays down six years of study for the degree course in Medicine and Surgery with a total of 360 credits including credits for Vocational Training to be acquired in educational activities designed to promote the acquisition of specific vocational skills. Attendance at these educational activities (lectures and training) is compulsory and is a prerequisite to taking exams.

Six-Year Program - Our single-cycle degree course in Medicine and Surgery lasts six years. In order to graduate our students must earn 360 credits. The course is held entirely in English. We expect to prepare our students for a competitive and international career.

Semesters - The Degree course is divided into 2 semesters. The average duration is 12 weeks each, based on a teaching progression starting with basic science in the first two years and progressing with medical and clinical methods, health care organization in Italy, ethical and legal aspects of medicine. 

Courses and exams: Individual courses are grouped into modules in keeping with the principle of integrated teaching with a total of 36 examinations (esami di di profitto) undertaken in the six-year course. Continuous assessment may be prescribed for courses held across two terms.

Internship: The period of Vocational Training functions to all intents and purposes as an integral part of the Degree course. The internship takes the form of tutorial teaching in which practical activities are conducted under the supervision of a Tutor-Teacher.

Elective activities: Credits are assigned to elective educational activities (ADO) chosen by students. There are no exams.

Thesis: Credits are assigned to thesis preparation.


  • exams without marks (idoneità) designed to determine the effectiveness of learning and teaching processes; or
  • exams with marks (esami di profitto) designed to assess course objectives have been fulfilled, to certify an individual student’s preparation and quantify the outcome with a mark.

Official exam sessions are:

  • First session in January-February
  • Second session in June - July
  • Third session in September
  • 2 extra sessions  are also planned annually by the Academic Board