Biodiversity and Natural Systems

  • The degree program provides ad hoc educational background for the systemic analysis of the natural environment aimed at the protection and management of natural resources; students also acquire methodologies of investigation suitable for applying basic and applied scientific research in the field of nature.
  • The two choices “Terrestrial Environment” and “Marine Environment” provide in-depth knowledge of biodiversity and issues of conservation and management, in relation to the two environments


Subjects basically belong to three areas:

  • Ecological-conservation area: providing methodologies for the quantitative study of ecology and addresses issues of biodiversity conservation in terrestrial and aquatic environments
  • Life sciences area: focusing on botanical and zoological disciplines, with regard to morpho-functional aspects
  • Physics-Earth Sciences Area: centered on the acquisition of practical and lab study methodologies


Students participate in competition examination. Admission requirements can be found in the admission announcement. Enrollment stages are the following:

  • Standard (September)
  • Postponed (October/December): if places are still available

After the publication of the final ranking, admitted students can enroll by paying the first fee instalment. Non-EU students can participate in a specific call (March / April); Pre-registration on is required

For the announcement of admission, the attachments and further information consult the section dedicated to master’s degrees

Degree program class
LM60 Natural Sciences
50 Slots available
Language Italian
Duration 2 years

Course description

The Master’s degree program is the optimal progress of the three-year program in the class of “Science and Technology for the Environment and Nature”, completing the naturalistic training. It provides students with:

  • Thorough cultural background in the systemic analysis of the natural environment, in all its biotic and abiotic components, aimed at the monitoring, conservation, management and use of natural resources;
  • Ad hoc mastery of the scientific method of investigation and of the knowledge necessary to start basic and applied scientific research in the naturalistic field.


Bachelor’s degree candidates in the degree class in Science and Technology for the Environment and Nature or in other classes, provided they meet specific curricular requirements. The latter, along with further information on admission are reported in the Course Regulations.


Providing scientific and professional skills for the protection, management, evaluation, recovery and use of biodiversity and natural resources, both in terrestrial and aquatic environment. One of the objectives of the course is to train a professional figure with knowledge of the natural environments of Calabria.


Naturalist experienced in biodiversity monitoring;

Developer of assessments and management plans on environmental impact;

Consultant in companies working in the field of biodiversity management;

Researcher in the naturalistic field;

Disseminator and naturalistic animator;

Operators at environmental analysis laboratories and ARPA


Fees, contributions and exemptions

Costs calculated based on family income (ISEE-University) and including:

  • fee for the equal access to university studies (from 130€ to 160€);
  • annual amount (from 0 (if ISEE-University <= € 22,000) to € 2,000);

Flat tax = €1,000 for international students (UE and non UE)

With a family income (ISEE-University < € 24,000) students are entitled to receive:

  • Scholarship consisting of total exemption from taxes, cash share, canteen and accommodation service (for off-site students)
  • Grants for international mobility
  • Reduced rates for the use of sports facilities and cultural services
  • Benefits for students completing their degrees within regulation time

Exclusively on grounds of merit, students can obtain:

  • International mobility grants (Erasmus)
  • Free accommodation and canteen services published in the call DUnicAL career program for student-athletes. Facilitated access to STEM programs
  • prizes for excellent students
  • higher scholarships for female students

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In the largest and best equipped campus in Italy students will experience the sense of a unique university community, sharing educational, recreational, sporting and cultural events with fellow colleagues and professors. The Campus is equipped with lecture rooms, a sports center, theaters, amphitheaters, cinemas, cafes, refreshment areas and other places for socialization, thus offering an extraordinary human and educational experience.

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Services to Students

Unical is organized as an independent town that provides the best possible solutions of accommodation for students and staff living on campus, because it offers multiple services for study activities and for individual and collective well-being: libraries, the Language Learning Center, counselling and inclusion services. The Campus also includes a health center, a post office, a bank counter and a mindfulness dedicated area.

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Residential Center

It complements and completes the services provided by the University of Calabria and has put into shape the idea of a British-American campus-style University. It encompasses 10 districts hosting the university residences, consisting of apartments with double and single rooms, living room, kitchen and toilets. In these districts there are common areas for study and recreational activities and sports, there are TV rooms, game rooms and gyms; launderettes and bike rental services are also available.

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