What are the differences between a specialization course and a postgraduate program?

Postgraduate programs and specialization courses have some common characteristics:

  • they are post-graduate educational courses,
  • they are aimed at the development of high-quality professional skills,
  • they allow to deepen the knowledge already acquired through study programs or working activities,
  • they are intended for those who want to continue their studies and those who already work and want to enhance their skills.

The differences are about:

  • duration and university credits: specialization courses last for a limited period of time and cannot provide more than 60 university credits; Postgraduate programs are more complex, last at least a year, and provide at least 60 university credits,
  • final qualification: specialization courses issue a final certificate of attendance, postgraduate programs issue a first or second level specialization course qualification in line with the Ministerial Decree 509/99,
  • required qualification to access: to access second-level postgraduate programs a master’s/specialist degree or a degree achieved according to previous regulations to Ministerial Decree 509/1999 is needed, to access first-level postgraduate programs and specialization courses a bachelor’s degree or a university degree that requires at least three years for completion is needed. The qualifications needed for second-level postgraduate programs are suitable for first-level postgraduate programs and specialization courses too.