International Master Course in Geosciences & Georesources

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 University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy
MSc Degree in Geosciences and Georesources
CALL FOR APPLICANTS 2017-2018

 

University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy
MSc Degree in Geosciences and Georesources


APPLICATION 2017-2018
Basilicata in southern Italy represents a very special place for studying Geology. Its landscapes, rock outcrops and modern geological systems offer an unique opportunity to learn natural processes and to discover skills and passions on geological phenomena.
The MSc Course in Geosciences and Georesources in Potenza, which derives from an international agreement between the University of Basilicata (UNIBAS) and the Kazakh National Research Technical University (KAZNITU), reflects these aspects. It particularly focuses on the study of georesources, including water, sediments, oil and gas, minerals, etc., as well as their exploitation potentials and safeguard from excessive uses.
Studies in Potenza also provide sound and broadly based scientific training. Students are educated in the skills required for the recognition of rock materials and geological processes, as well as in applying theories and advanced techniques in the fields of various sub-disciplines, such as Stratigraphy & Sedimentology, Structural Geology, Geochemistry, Geomorphology, Hydrogeology, Palaeontology, Geophysical prospecting, among many others.
The Department of Sciences has an international reputation, laboratories and computing facilities. Students, teachers and visitors work synergistically together. Offices and teaching labs are close together but with plenty of shared open space, so students will become part of an animated scientific community. This creates a productive atmosphere in which students learns basics, but also gets stimulating feedbacks from the emerging discoveries of the current research activity.
Last but not least, Basilicata hosts the European Capital of Culture 2019: Matera. This beautiful city attracts visitors from all over the world in discovering the history and the cultural diversity of this corner of the Mediterranean. This opportunity, as well as many others, represents strengths for the Basilicata and students will benefit of a motivating and exciting atmosphere.

SPECIFIC LEARNING OUTCOMES of the COURSE
The Master of Science in Geosciences and Georesources has a standard duration of two years, corresponding to the achievement of 120 university credits (ECTS), and aims to form Graduates are able to: a) analyse and use data for the reconstruction of geological surface and subsurface models, including the definition of the geometric, chemical and physical properties of the geobodies; b) evaluate the exploration, exploitation and sustainable use of Earth’s (geo)resources; c) carry out processing of geochemical and geophysical data to obtain useful information for geological and environmental analysis; d) use and analyse remote-sensing data to interpret geo-morphological scenarios; e) approach the study of geo-environmental issues related to land use and exploitation of Earth’s resources at the different stages: from early assessment to the management, to monitoring and mitigation; f) evaluate geo-environmental risks; g) use English correctly in its written and oral form, with specific reference to technical terminologies.

The course is primarily intended at providing a solid geological background but, at the same time, at offering formation in multidisciplinary expertise (chemical, physical, and natural /environmental). Tuned with the present-day merchandise requests, the course is also intended to furnish good practice and knowledge on the most modern technologies widely used in geological modelling and analysis of environmental matrices.
Graduate MSc Geologists will be able to work professionally and competently in collaboration with experts deriving from different professional backgrounds, thanks to an interdisciplinary cultural approach.

HOW TO APPLY
Student candidates can apply by submitting their application on-line no later than September 22th, 2017, at the following web page: https://unibas.esse3.cineca.it/Home.do.
Assistance in the submission procedure (in Italian) will be guaranteed to foreigner students by the personal of the Course (see e-mail addresses at the end of this document).
By the same date of September 22th, applicants must also submit the following documentation to the Ufficio Segreteria Studenti – U.A. di Presidio Dipartimento di Scienze - Campus di Macchia Romana - Potenza:
a. an application form, which must be printed at the end of the web procedure, together with an identity document;
b. a motivation letter (in English - max 1 page);
c. a curriculum vitae (in English);
d. a self-certification concerning the title of study, with the indication of the exams and the relative credits (a copy of the qualification for the candidates with a degree obtained abroad);
e. a presentation letter from an academic lecturer (in English - not mandatory);
f. the Transcript of Records and any Diploma Supplement (for candidates with a foreign degree);
g. an official certification attesting the knowledge of English (level B1, according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment) requirements);
h. eventually, the request form for candidates who wish to sustain the interview in remote connection (Annex A).
Alternatively, the aforementioned documentation may be sent by mail at the following address:
Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Ufficio Segreteria Studenti
Via Nazario Sauro 85 - 85100 Potenza, ITALY.

ACCESS PREREQUISITES
The maximum number of positions is 17, including 10 positions for Italian students, 5 positions reserved to foreigner applicants (EU and extra) and 2 positions for Chinese applicants, according to the ‘Marco Polo’ Project.
Applications to the Master of Science in Geosciences and Georesources (curriculum in Environmental Geology), are open to graduates of the Class of Degree in Geology, as well as other Science graduates, Engineering and similar, or to graduates which have achieved another qualification obtained abroad and recognized as valid.
FOREIGNER APPLICANTS MUST CONTACT THEIR ITALIAN EMBASSY IN ADVANCE, IN ORDER TO OBTAIN THE PERMISSION TO PROCEED WITH THE SUBMISSION OF THE APPLICATION
Admission to the courses is conditional on the syllabus requirements and an adequate personal preparation in accordance (art. 6, 2 of the Ministerial Decree 270/04). The curricular requirements are considered fully satisfied for those who have previously obtained a degree in Geological Sciences (Class L-34; ex DM 270/04), or in Earth Sciences (Class 16; ex DM 509/99) at the University of Basilicata. In addition, admission is guaranteed to 1st-level graduates with the BSc obtained during the last three years, or other equivalent qualifications (with a score not less than 95/110). A fundamental pre-requisite is the achievement of a number of ECTSU at least equal to the minimum number of credits included in the Degree in Geological Sciences (Class L-34).
Foreign students will benefit of a reduction of the 90% of ECTS.
The final selection of the applicant candidates will be provided by a Management Committee, which will evaluate the curricula, based on the reliability of the submitted document material (Article 4.4 of the UNIBAS-KAZNITU Agreement). The Management Committee will publish an evaluation panel, listing the total rating obtained by each candidate in a descending order. Once admitted, each candidate will be evaluated from the Management Committee through an interview at the University of Basilicata or in a web meeting. At the end of the interviews, the applying candidates who will have obtained a positive response will be accepted to finalize their acceptance in the Master of Science Geosciences and Georesources.
The student background will be evaluated positively for candidates who have obtained the entry qualification with a vote of at least 95/110. Candidates who have achieved a vote less than 95/100 will be evaluated through an interview with the Commission.
The interview will be held on September 27th at 9:30 AM in the " Geology Meeting Room" of the Department of Science, Building 3D, Campus di Macchia Romana - Potenza.
Foreign candidates are able to ask the interview in remote (e.g., Skype) by compiling the form included in the Annex A of the official Call for Application.

SCHOLARSHIPS
A financial support is offered via various scholarships and grants to pursue diversified academic levels. To be eligible for a scholarship and subsequent renewal, scholarship recipients must maintain a high level of exam evaluation, according to the guidelines of the ARDSU (Azienda Regionale Diritto allo Studio Universitario) Office (http://www.ardsubasilicata.it/).

COURSE TIME TABLE

The teaching activity spans on two semesters (http://scienze.unibas.it/site/home/didattica/offerta didattica/articolo1004512.html )
The 1st semester courses begin October 3rd 2017 and end between January 15th and 31st 2018
The 2nd semester courses start March 6th, 2018 and end between June 15th and 30th 2018

MAIN COURSES
Master of Sciences in Geosciences and Georesources
The MSc Course in Geosciences and Georesources (LM-74) includes the following classes:
Code ECTS Class Scientific Sector Teacher Semester Year
DIS0087 6 ADVANCED FIELD GEOLOGY
GEO/03 Giacomo PROSSER
II 1 DIS0111 6 APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MINERALOGY
GEO/09 Vito SUMMA
II 1 DIS0082 6 APPLIED STRATIGRAPHY AND SEDIMENTOLOGY
GEO/02 Sergio G. LONGHITANO
I 1 DIS0083 6 APPLIED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY
GEO/03 Fabrizio AGOSTA
I 1 DIS0081 6 CHEMISTRY OF HYDROCARBONS
CHIM/06 Maurizio D'AURIA
I 1 DIS0080 6 ENGLISH COURSE CLA I 1
DIS0088 6 ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC PETROGRAPHY
GEO/07 Giovanna RIZZO
II 1 DIS0086 6 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY
GEO/08 Michele PATERNOSTER
II 1 DIS0089 6 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF PETROLEUM EXPLOITATION GEO/02 Albina COLELLA
II 1 DIS0084 6 GEOPHYSICAL PROSPECTING
GEO/11 Enzo RIZZO
I 1 DIS0039 6 ENVIRONMENTAL AND APPLIED GEOLOGY
GEO/04 Mario BENTIVENGA
I 2 DIS0090 6 HYDROGEOLOGY
GEO/05 Isabella CANORA
I 2 DIS0112 6 REMOTE SENSING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
GEO/11 Nicola PERGOLA
II 1 DIS0091 6 RESERVOIR MODELLING ING-IND/30 TEACHER FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KAZAKISTAN I 2
DIS0042 6 SEISMOTECTONICS
GEO/10 Filippos VALLIANTOS I 2
DIS0085 6 SOIL CHEMISTRY
AGR/13 Sabino Aurelio BUFO I 2
 ERASMUS + OPPORTUNITIES
Our courses provide opportunities for students to spend a several-months-long stay abroad in a number of foreigner universities through the Erasmus Plus project. Our department has signed agreements with the following academies where it is possible to visit courses, laboratories etc.: Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), the Aix Université, Marseil (France), the University of Stavanger (Norway) and the Potsdam Universität (Germany).

CONTACTS
For further information, to know details on the course calendars, content of the courses, careers etc. or to pre-register to the courses, please contact the following reference persons:

- Prof. Giovanni Mongelli (Course Coordinator) giovanni.mongelli@unibas.it.

- Dr. Michele Paternoster (Vice-Coordinator)michele.paternoster@unibas.it

- Dr. Sergio G. Longhitano (Orientation responsible) sergio.longhitano@unibas.it.