DISI supports several degrees in Computer Science.
In Italy, degrees are offered by the "Facoltà" (schools). The Computer
Science degrees are offered by the School of Mathematical, Physical
and Natural Sciences. However, the organization is done
mainly at DISI, and most teachers are members of the Department.
Since 2001/02, the Italian university system for computer science
is structured in a three-level schema:
Laurea: the basic, 3-year degree (roughly a BSc).
Laurea specialistica: advanced, 2-year degree (roughly a MSc).
Dottorato di ricerca: higher-level, 3-year degree (a PhD).
DISI is actively involved in the
(Istituto Superiore di Studi in Tecnologie dell'Informazione e della Comunicazione),
that offers to the best students of the "Laurea" and of "Laurea specialistica"
a supplementary special program oriented towards an high-level profile,
both on the technological side and on the management side.
In the past, university studies in computer science where organized as follows:
From 1989 to 1993, just one degree:
Laurea in Scienze dell'Informazione, a 4-year degree;
From 1993 to 2001: two separate degrees:
Diploma Universitario in Informatica, a 3-year degree;
Laurea in Informatica, a 5-year degree.
The first PhD programs (Dottorato di ricerca) where started in Italy around 1985.