The SSM ordinary courses address brilliant young students who aspire to demonstrate their value and enhance their talent. They attend the courses of the University of Naples Federico II and the additional classes dedicated to them that will take place in the beautiful location of Largo San Marcellino, Naples.

Every year the SSM offers 60 positions open to young people from all over the world: students under 21 years old who enroll in a three-year degree course; and students under 25 years old who enroll in a master’s degree course. The SSM supports international study experiences.

The selected students («allievi ordinari») join one of the following scientific areas, which correspond to the doctoral programs activated by the SSM.


The ordinary course in «Ancient Mediterranean archaeology and cultures. Historical research, preservation, cultural heritage, management, and use» is meant to be supplemental to the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Its primary focus is the archaeological heritage seen through the perspective of research in Classics: it will range from historical and literary studies to practice in preservation, organization, and management.

The multi- and interdisciplinary approach will train students to decipher and put in context social, cultural, economic, and religious objects, spaces, customs, and events. This result will be achieved through case studies related to ancient civilizations in the Mediterranean basin and the management of their complex cultural heritage.

The teaching model underlying the course has been tailored so as to enhance the proficiency of the students in archaeology, history, textual criticism, linguistic and literary history, and, at the same time, to grant them the methodological tools to a multi-faceted approach to Classics.

The professors employed in the SSM can offer an outstanding formation and research training, comparable to those of the top-ranking universities and research centers, in the following scholarly fields:

Archaeology; Prehistory and Protohistoric studies; History of Ancient Art; Cultures in Ancient Near East, Middle East and Africa; Latin Language and Literature; Greek Language and Literature; Ancient History; History of City and Landscape; Geophysics; Restoration; History of Architecture; Legislation and Management of Cultural Heritage.


Timetables and calendars:

First sem. 2019-2020

Second sem. 2019-2020

Space is becoming an increasingly important resource both for facing new scientific and technological challenges and for its applications in many fields of modern society. The ordinary course of study in Cosmology, Space Science & Space Technology wants to become part of an international framework in which it is necessary to develop cutting-edge scientific and technological skills. In this context, Cosmology can be understood as the unifying aspect of Space Science and Technology, declined in all their meanings, not least the philosophical one of why the human being is interested in Space. As such, the word “Cosmology,” in the title, intends to reveal the effective cohesion action that this course of study proposes between the equally important areas of theoretical and applicative study for Space mentioned in the rest of the title. It is worth remembering that Giordano Bruno, the first “cosmologist” in the modern sense, had already imagined this unified vision.

This course of study intends to combine fundamental topics, such as those in astrophysics and cosmology, with applicative topics that have the place of realization or development of the most current technologies in space. To this end, the course of study aims to develop skills that involve multidisciplinary and complementary paths in astronomy and astrophysics, fundamental physics and cosmology, aerospace and aerodynamic engineering, material science for extraterrestrial environments, extraterrestrial telecommunications, applied mathematics for celestial mechanics and monitoring of the Earth.

In line with these premises, the ordinary course of study in “Cosmology, Space Science & Space Technology”, in addition to offering a training course based on an interdisciplinary approach on space sciences and technologies, in their broadest sense, is also open to contributions from other disciplines such as, for example, Data Analysis, computational physics, software development and spatial algorithms.

The project aims to enhance the skills already existing at the University of Naples Federico II in the context of the degree courses in Physics, Engineering, and Mathematics. It intends to contribute to the internationalization of these study programs both on a training level, through a program that goes beyond national borders, and by initiating and consolidating collaborations with academic and research institutions both in Italy and abroad. In this regard, the ordinary course in Cosmology, Space Science & Space Technology already has collaboration agreements in place with national research bodies such as the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the National Research Council (CNR) as well as with prestigious international institutions, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) and other foreign research institutes.

The ordinary course in «Genomic and experimental medicine» consists of a course of study and research that is supplementary to the Bachelor and Master’s degree course. It focuses on learning approaches to pathologies at a biomolecular level, in particular rare genetic diseases, with methodologies ranging from cell biology, bioinformatics, transcriptomics, and genomics as well as gene therapy and small molecules.

Through a multi- and interdisciplinary approach, the course aims to train students with all-encompassing teachings, to provide them with the tools for a critical and integrated analysis of biological systems both in physiological conditions and in specific pathologies.

This goal is achieved through the development of both individual and group research projects in the field of rare genetic diseases, that may encompass analyzing the path between the diagnostic process and the formulation of a therapeutic approach, the analytical study of genetic mutations and consequent cellular dysfunctions using state of the art cell biology approaches, next-generation sequencing approaches (DNA and RNA), bioinformatics and the development of novel therapeutic strategies based on innovative gene therapy approaches.

We believe that this course will provide students with the knowledge necessary to tackle demanding research questions in the field of molecular and translational biomedicine in the future.

These projects will integrate approaches of cellular biology, molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, and gene and pharmacological therapy.

The educational model of the course aims to allow the students to increase not only their theoretical and experimental skills in the biological, genetic, genomic, and translational fields but also to enable them to connect the various areas of medical-biological sciences, in order to comprehend a complex problem and seek innovative solutions.

The ordinary course in «Global History and Governance» consists of a course of study and research supplementary to the three-year and master’s degree course: the focus is the comparison, connections and globalization processes that characterized different areas of the planet since from the first epoch of global imperialism It does so by focusing on the relational dimension of historical processes, legal regimes and the organization of power; on the interdependencies between economic, political, legal, cultural and social factors; and on the circulation, exchange, and interconnection of ideas, people, institutions, legal cultures, political models, concepts, rights and goods on a global scale.

The course offers a training path based on a multi and interdisciplinary approach based on history and law and open to contributions from other disciplines such as political science and economics.

The areas and topics on which the members of your college can offer training and research preparation at a level equal to the best international centers are:
History and historiography; The European empires of the modern and contemporary age; States, wars and violence in the 19th and 20th centuries; History of slavery and forced labor; The legal heritage of Europe and its integration; Religions and the sacred in the modern and contemporary world; Citizenship concepts and practices; States, nations, languages, peoples, classes; The globalization of law.


Timetables and calendars:

First sem. 2019-2020

Second sem. 2019-2020

Second sem. 2020


The course in «Mathematical and Physical Sciences for Advanced Materials and Technologies» is an honor course for students in Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II. The goal is to promote and cultivate talent in studying and research.

Students of this course will be given sound training in mathematics and physics aimed toward applications to frontier engineering and, in particular, to material science and the development of innovative electronic and photonic devices.

Special care will be given during the first two years to improve students’ background in mathematics, physics, and other basic disciplines. During the third year and the two years of the master program, students will follow lectures given by renowned scientists on up-to-date scientific and technological topics. Special emphasis will be given to an interdisciplinary approach.

During the last year of the master’s program, students will have a chance to participate in the scientific activity of research groups of the SSM or the University of Naples.

The undergraduate course in «Modeling and Engineering Risk and Complexity» is designed as an integration to the program of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mathematics, Science and Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II.

Its primary focus is the study of risk and complex systems for engineering resilient systems and managing complexity and uncertainty in all its forms. The program is based on establishing a virtuous cycle between theory and applications and involves strengthening the core curriculum of all degree programs in mathematics, physics, and engineering, offering a set of courses taught by world-renowned experts in the area of risk and complexity on topics including mathematical modeling, systems theory, control theory, advanced simulations of nonlinear and complex systems, data science and machine learning, statistics and probability, uncertainty assessment and risk analysis, nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory, natural hazards, network science.

Lectures will be complemented by example classes and project work on relevant case studies.

The application areas of interest include (but are not limited to) all engineering disciplines, economics and finance, networks and complex infrastructures, and the analysis of natural hazards (e.g., climate change, epidemic phenomena) and anthropic risks.

The Undergraduate Program Texts, Traditions and Book Cultures: Italian and Romance Studies is intended for students enrolled in the Undergraduate program in Modern and Classical Literature and Philosophy in the Department of Humanistic Studies at the University of Naples Federico II.

It is a program of training and research, integrated into the University’s undergraduate program; it reinforces one’s university training with a detailed study of themes relating to Italian and Romance literary history and tradition and the manuscript and print cultures.

Through a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach, the program offers to the student a solid, specialized training, methodological as well as historical, in philological, linguistic and literature literary studies from the Latin and Romance Middle Ages to the Modern and contemporary period, with attention paid to the relations between the Italian tradition and other European cultures.

The methodological tools furnished by the disciplines involved in the program – philology, history of language, paleography, codicology, history of the book, literary history and theory – allow students to acquire the specific skills needed for the comprehension and analysis of literary texts and historical documents and their arrangement within an historico-cultural perspective.

The program of studies, consequently, assures a fundamental understanding of the disciplines cited above, as well as the capacity to critically employ bibliographical and digital instruments to the specific disciplines, cultivating an aptitude to fully utilize the skills acquired when undertaking to interpret texts, respecting their precise function and unique value.

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