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Programme enrolment: requirements, deadlines and methods

General information on admission requirements
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In short: admission and registration

Register on the Studenti online website and upload the required documentation (curriculum, degree certificate or signed self-certification with final grade and /or list of exams with marks).

A committee will evaluate if you have the access requirements (personal preparation and curricular requirements) based on the documentation you have presented.

If your personal preparation is assessed as inadequate, you will not be able to enroll in the programme.

If both your personal preparation and your curricular requirements are considered adequate, the committee will issue you a clearance and you will be able to enroll.

Below  you will find more detailed information about the steps you need to apply and to enroll, if admitted.

Authorization for the matriculation

If the evaluation of the candidate is positive both as to the personal preparation and as to the curricular requirements (in case, after the oral examination) the commitee issues an authorization, which certifies that the student can enroll in the programme.

Once in possession of the authorization, you can enroll (see below).

You can download a document with the admission procedures and the deadlines summary (in Italian) from this page.

Verification of language skills

 To enroll in the programme you have to attest the knowledge of the English language level B1.

Verification of the admission requirements

If you have a foreign qualification, consult the specific information before proceeding.

If you are a non-EU citizen residing abroad, please read the specific information.

The master in Marine Biology is a  free access programme, i.e. there is no limitation to the number of admitted students.

However, you need to hold a three-year degree before you can enroll.

Furthermore, enrollment is allowed only to those who meet certain requirements. In particular, to be admitted you will have to possess:

  • an adequate personal preparation;
  • specific curricular requirements.

Even if you have not yet obtained a three-year degree, you can ask to be evaluated according to the methods set out below. If you pass the evaluation, you will be able to enroll, after achieving the three-year degree. 

Assesssment of the personal preparation

The assessment of the adequate personal preparation for this programme is carried out through the analysis of the curriculum vitae, based on the documentation sent by the student.

Candidates must apply for the evaluation by (the date will be published below), on the Studenti Online website and upload the following documentation:

  • For candidates that already hold a degree: degree certificate and list of exams taken with relative marks and credits; self-certification is accepted (please attach a copy of a valid identity document).
  • For candidates waiting to graduate: list of exams taken with relative marks and credits; self-certification is accepted (please attach a copy of a valid identity document).
  • For all candidates: curriculum vitae et studiorum according to the model downloadable from this page (in Italian), duly completed in its entirety. The presentation of the curriculum in a format different from the prescribed one causes the exclusion from the evaluation.
  • For all candidates: copy of a valid identity document with a readeable signature.

November the 09th (12:00 am) is the last deadline for the presentation of documentation. If you submit the documentation earlier, it will be evaluated before, so you can register as soon as possible.

In fact, evaluation sessions are scheduled, with the following deadlines for submission:

 Ia   20/07/20 (ore 12:00 a.m.)

IIa 05/10/20 ore 12:00 a.m.)   

IIIa  09/11/20 (ore 12:00 a.m.)

The result of the evaluation will be communicated within two days to each candidate via the Sudenti online portal.

Candidates are evaluated as follows:

  • Academic curriculum: up to 35 point; 
  • Motivations expressed by the candidate in the curriculum vitae: up to 40 points;
  • Congruence of the academic curriculum with the master's degree course: up to 25 point; 

If you get at least 60 points, your personal preparation will be considered suitable. Therefore also your curricular requirements will be assessed.

The candidate who obtains less than 60 points is considered unsuitable and is not admitted to the programme, regardless of the possible possession of the curricular requirements.

Verification of the curricular requirements

Your curricular requirements will be evaluated on the same documents you submit for the evaluation of the personal preparation, in particular on the degree certificate (for those who have already graduated) and on the list of exams taken.

You can enroll in the programme if you hold any three-year degree, or an equivalent qualification obtained abroad, and have taken exams for at least 56 ECTS credits in the following subjects:

Mathematics and computer science

at least 6 ECTS credits


at least 10 ECTS credits


at least 6 ECTS credits


at least 34 ECTS credits

For further clarification and for a preliminary evaluation of your curriculum vitae, send a message to:

Regular matriculation (enrollment)


Late matriculation (with late payment)


Adminssion request on the Studenti online website


Ia   20/07/20 (ore 12:00 a.m.)

IIa 05/10/20 ore 12:00 a.m.)   

IIIa  09/11/20 (ore 12:00 a.m.)

The result of the evaluation of your documents will be reportend on the  Studenti Online website

Session evaluation:

Ia   22/07/2020

IIa  08/10/2020


For furhter information write to

Italian language test and exemptions from the reserved quota for access to degree programmes

Non-EU students with residency abroad must sit an Italian language test in order to be admitted to degree programmes taught in Italian. Students who successfully pass the Italian language test will then be able to sit the entrance exams or be evaluated according to course admission requirements, or, if there are none set, they will be able to register directly.

Time and place of the language test

The Italian language test for A.Y. 2019/20 will take place on 2 September 2019, according to the calendar set by the Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) and in additional dates organised by the University of Bologna.



After you have checked that all the admission requirements have been met, you can enrol on Studenti online:

  1. complete the application for matriculation with the required data and attach an ID photograph in digital format;
  2. pay the first instalment of tuition fees.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the procedure and receive your badge

Remember that to complete matriculation

a) if you are a non-EU citizen with EU equivalent status, you need to send a copy of the valid residence permit giving you EU equivalent status to the responsible Student Administration Office;

b) if you are a non-EU citizen residing abroad, see the detailed information. You will need to send to the responsible Student Administration Office a copy of your valid residence permit or, if your residence permit has not yet been issued, a copy of your study entry visa and subsequently a copy of the receipt confirming submission of your application, with which your matriculation will be accepted subject to verification;

c) if you have a degree obtained abroad, see the detailed information. You will need to send the degree documentation to the responsible Student Administration Office.

If you have a disability with an assessed level of invalidity of at least 66%, or you hold disability certification in accordance with Italian law 104/92, you can request exemption by sending the certificate proving the condition to the email address of the responsible Student Administration Office

If you want to request recognition of previous studies, check how. 

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