Course units and programme of study

The programme of study is the set of compulsory and elective course units that the student must take in order to graduate.
Submission of the programme of study for one's year of enrolment is compulsory and is necessary, above all, for registering for examinations and completing the teaching evaluation questionnaires.
All current students must submit their programme of study online via the Esse3 system The programme of study may differ depending on the academic year of enrolment ('cohort'); it may also provide for a choice between different curricula.
For a list of the courses that can be included in the programme of study, select the academic year of enrolment and, if available, the curriculum.
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How the programme of study works

The list of course units in the programme of study represents the set of training activities that can be envisaged for each of the years of which the degree course consists and changes according to the year in which the student enrols. Free or restricted-choice' course unitss are optional learning activities that students may include in their programme of study according to the choice criteria specified on this page; the remaining course units are compulsory for all students.
The programme of study must be submitted online by the student for each year using the ESSE3 system (see dedicated section).
Students are allowed to submit their own programme of study with options other than those presented on this page (and available in ESSE3), as long as it is consistent with achieving the course's educational objectives. In that case, the programme must be submitted to the Course Council for approval.

Specific Operating Instructions for the Degree Course

Contact professor: Prof. Fabrizio Amerini

Operating instructions for the compilation of Programmes of Study specific for individual Degree Courses - Academic Year 2021-2022:

Teaching in TAF D: It is possible to choose course units from first-cycle degree courses or the Course unit of Philosophy from second-cycle degree course.

Anticipate free-choice ECTS credits: it is possible to anticipate free-choice ECTS credits in TAF D already in the first year.

Internship: by submitting a request to the Course President, it is possible to anticipate the internship in the second year.

Supernumerary ECTS credits: third-year students are allowed to add free ECTS credits up to a maximum of 12 ECTS credits; once included, the additional ECTS credits become part of the programme of study for all intents and purposes and must necessarily be completed before graduating.

Programme of study for students outside prescribed time for course completion: the Programme of study cannot be modified.

In the event of justified teaching problems, the student must submit a request for amendment to the Course President for approval by the Course Council.

The change in the Programme of Study implies enrolment in the 2021/2022 academic year and the consequent possibility of graduating from the first useful session of that academic year (July 2022).

It is permissible to change the choice of a course for which an examination has not yet been taken and which was chosen in the compilation of the previous year's plan.

Part-time students’ programme of study

Part-time means the possibility, at the time of enrolment or during the subsequent academic years of enrolment, to agree on a course of study with a number of ECTS credits equal to 50% of the number of ECTS credits per year.

A part-time student is a student who enrols in the first year or regular years of study and who, for work, health or personal reasons, finds himself/herself  unable to devote himself/herself to full-time studies; the following fall into this category:

  • Students-workers with a contract (employed, self-employed or professional) of not less than six months' duration,
  • students with a disability equal to or higher than 45% or certified disability pursuant to Article 3(1) of Law 104/92
  • students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD)
  • students engaged not occasionally in the care and assistance of dependent relatives within the scope of Law 104/92
  • pregnant students
  • students with children up to the age of 3
  • students involved in sports activities at a high national or international level.

The Academic Authorities reserve the right to carefully consider very exceptional or special requests not included in the above categories.

Further details can be found in the attached Regulations for the enrolment of part-time students in degree courses at the University of Parma and in the Prospectus.