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General information about Professional Master Programmes

What are Professional Master Programmes (Masters)?

These are advanced scientific courses and continuing and recurrent higher education, aimed at the acquisition and development of knowledge, skills and competences at a higher level, through which a First Level or Second Level Master programme certificate is awarded. Professional Master programmes are normally of one-year duration, taking place during the academic year in which they are established and activated. The total number of teaching activities, together with the effort required for individual study and preparation, corresponds to a teaching load of 60 university credits.

The University may issue double or joint Professional Master programmes with other Italian or foreign universities, by entering into appropriate agreements with those bodies.

The number of participants in the Master programme is determined on the basis of labour market needs and the educational sustainability of the proposing structure. Admission may require passing a selection test based on qualifications and/or examination(s). Attendance by enrolled students at the various master's activities is compulsory in the percentage defined by the Master's Executive Committee. The achievement of the university credits foreseen in the Master programme is subject to verification of the skills acquired. The Master certificate is awarded subject to the passing of a final examination to assess the overall skills acquired, also taking into account the internship and/or project work.

Title of study required to enter a Professional Master Programme

Access to the first-level Professional Master programme requires possession of: - degree awarded pursuant to Ministerial Decree 509/1999 or Ministerial Decree 270/2004; - university degree of at least three years' duration obtained in accordance with the regulations preceding Ministerial Decree 509/1999; - qualifications equivalent to the above, in accordance with current legislation or any other qualification obtained abroad that is deemed suitable. 6. Admission to the second-level Professional Master programmes requires possession of - a specialised degree obtained in accordance with Ministerial Decree 509/1999; - first-level Professional Master programme certificate awarded pursuant to Ministerial Decree 270/2004; - degree awarded in accordance with the regulations prior to Ministerial Decree 509/1999; - qualifications equivalent to the above, pursuant to current legislation, or any other qualification obtained abroad deemed suitable by the Executive Committee.


Regulations for Professional Master Programmes and Finalized and Continuous Training

Call for Applications Professional Master Programmes a.y. 2024/25

Please visit this link for the Call for Application of Professional Master Prigrammes for the new academic year and the forms to fill in to apply for competitions.

Admission competition

For all types of programmes, admission is subject to possession of the admission qualification and other requirements indicated in the notice, as well as passing a selective test.

In the event of an admission test, those who, on the date of the selection, are in possession of the qualification, or similar academic qualification, obtained at foreign universities may participate.

If there is no selection or if there is a selection on the basis of qualifications only, those who, on the expiry date of the call for applications indicated in the specific section of the Professional Master programme, are in possession of the qualification, or a similar academic qualification obtained at a foreign university, will be able to book the place in the first case or enrol in the competition in the second.

How to enrol in a Professional Master Programme

Eligible candidates may enrol in a Professional Master Programme by following the instructions:

  1. Access your Reserved Area with your credentials (,  upload a copy of the documents requested as well as any residence permit for non-EU citizens;
  2. Pay the registration fee, which is non-refundable, unless the selected Programme is not activated;

Payment must be made using the PagoPA system (IUV) which is the electronic payment system for the public administration and which allows you to:

For further information on PagoPa (IUV) payment system please visit:


Dual enrollment

More information about initiative here

How to obtain a residence permit

The Ministerial Notice for more information on the procedure to obtain a residence permit can be viewed at this link .

Procedures for students with degrees obtained abroad

Candidates holding a foreign qualification must therefore include, among the annexes in the computer procedure at the University and within Universitaly, the scan of the degree accompanied by an official translation into Italian, with legalisation and declaration of value by the Italian diplomatic missions in the country where the title was obtained; the above to obtain prior recognition of the equivalence by the Admission Commission of the Master or the Executive Committee in the event of absence of selection, for the sole purpose of admission to the University Master course. 
If the documentation is incomplete or in the process of completion, admission to the Course will be subject to condition and in case of failure to send it at the time of registration the student will be declared forfeited and will not be able to obtain a Master’s degree.
The above documents must be sent in a copy conforming to the original to the U.O. Post Lauream Training during matriculation to the University Master Course. Finally, it should be remembered that, until the candidate has sent the U.O. Formazione Post Lauream the documents mentioned above in the original, it will not be possible to enrol in the University Master Course.
Alternatively to the declaration of value can be attached the Diploma supplement issued by higher education institutions belonging to the EU or the certificate of comparability issued by the CIMEA Centre (more information at the link https///




The payment of the admission fees to the Professional master programmes, which is 30 euros, for professional Master Programmes with selection of candidates and of the enrolment fees must be made through PagoPA. In the guide attached below you will find the information to carry out the procedure.

Enrolment fee paid by the company the student is employed in

Please note that, in case the payment of the enrolment fee is made by a company or an institution in the name and on behalf of the student, the payment must be made by bank transfer to be made on a single State Treasury Account if a public body provides for the payment or via PagoPA node in case of External Private Entities (companies, professional firms, etc..)  pay the registration fee of their employees/associates.

Teacher's card

Teachers of state educational institutions who intend to enrol or who are enrolled in study courses of the University of Parma (degree courses, single courses, training and professional refresher courses, advanced courses, Master Programmes and PhD programmes) can use the teacher bonus up to its maximum value of 500 euros, to cover all or part of the enrolment fees. The University is in fact accredited to the ministerial teacher's card system.

Interested teachers / students must access the ministerial website of the teacher's card and generate the voucher for the desired amount in the relevant category relating to the use of the voucher (eg training and updating); the instructions to follow are available on the website itself.

The University of Parma is accredited only as "physical institution", therefore the voucher must be generated with this type.

The voucher must then be printed or saved in digital format (pdf) and delivered or sent, together with the attached form, to the competent Student Registry Office, which will validate the voucher and record the payment, covering all or part of the enrolment fees. If the amount does not fully cover the fees, the Student Registry Office will generate the residual IUV payment slip that the teacher / student will have to pay.

Refund of enrolment fees

To request the refund of the enrolment fees, only in case the Professional Master Programme is not activated due to failure to reach the minimum number of enrollments, it is necessary to download the form attached below and send it scanned to the e-mail address, together with a copy of the identity document and tax code.


Form - payment made by company or institution

Form - Teacher's card

Form - refund of enrolment fees


UO Postgraduate Education

Progfessional Master programmes and Postgraduate Courses

P.le San Francesco 3 - 43121 Parma

tel. 0521 033708

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