Mobility studies - a.y. 2020/21

The Master's degree in Mobility Studies is driven by the assumption that the Humanities can play a crucial role in facing and understanding mobility in present society. This is something different than offering a focus uniquely on the circulation of people, objects, and ideas in given historical and geographical frameworks. The MA offers a broader approach. It aims at providing students with a selection of specific tools in historical, geographical, anthropological and philological studies, in order to challenge the traditional understanding of human actions, in time and space. “Challenging forces” such as colonization, migration, exile, tourism are seen as factors that shape cultural identities and not only as phenomena of contamination of given cultures. Students will be immersed in an engaging process through which people, texts, images, artifacts, commodities, ideas are moved, translated, transformed, adapted and negotiated by different social actors, sometime in distant spatial contexts, in the past and in the present. The global and local scenarios call for new experts, trained in historical and cultural studies, but ready for political and social action today. 

(The programme is to be approved)


Level: Master

Field of Study: Historical Sciences

Degree awarded: Master of Arts in Historical Sciences

Start date: October 2020

Location: Padova

  Programme structure

General Modules
Migrations in World History
Transport History
Ideas and Cultures in Motion
Communication and Media in History

History and Social Sciences
Global Commodity Chains in World History    
History of Tourism
Demography of Migration  
Space, Place and Mobility
Cultural Encounters
Museum Collections Heritage

Theory and Methods
Digital Tools for Mobility Research
Big Data and Social Network Analysis

Literature, Law and Social Sciences
English as a Global Language
Texts on the move
Digital Philology
Global Citizenship
Gender Studies
Law, Economy, Globalization

Statistics and Databases
Public History

Academic speaking and writing
Final Project

  Career opportunities

Graduates work as:

1. State & Local Government Agencies;
2. International organisations;
3. NGOs;
4. Think tanks;
5. Cultural tourism;
6. Heritage industries;
7. Media & Communications;
8. Academic researchers;
9. Teachers at High School Level
10. Galleries, Museusm, Archives, Libraries

  Entry requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Historical and Geographical studies or related subject such as Philology, Literature, Foreign Languages, Sociology, Anthropology, Global Studies, Social and Political sciences
  • Minimum GPA equivalent to Italian 95/110

  Language requirements

English language at a B2 level as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or corresponding level (e.g. Academic IELTS or TOEFL/IBT) is required. A certificate stating they have demonstrated such ability may be presented if it is not more than 3 years old at the date of enrolment. If the candidate is an English mother tongue speaker or has attended their upper secondary school or a degree course taught in English, no language certification is necessary.


If you have an international entry qualification, please submit your application on according to the following timeline:

  • First Call for Applications - a.y. 2020/21: 7th January-7th March 2020
  • Second Call for Applications - a.y. 2020/21: 7th April-7th June 2020 (NON-EU applicants residing outside Italy)/7th July 2020 (EU applicants or equivalent)

If you have an Italian entry qualification, please submit your application on according to the instructions provided in the Call for applications which will be published in late Spring on the University’s website (Italian version)

Application fee

The payment of the application fee (€30,00) is a compulsory step to complete your application. The application fee is non-refundable. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you need to pay the application fee for each course you are applying for.

  Tuition fees

Information on 2020/21 fees is not yet available, but the amounts will be more or less be the same of 2019/20. Please check:

The total amount (euro 2507,00 for a.y. 2019/20) can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Funding and fees - Key Documents.

  Scholarships and fee-waivers

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students.

For detailed information:


Programme Coordinator: Enrico Francia