AEROSPACE ENGINEERING Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
3 years; 180 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. ROBERTO GALATOLO
Department of INGEGNERIA CIVILE E INDUSTRIALE
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Salvo Marcuccio
Language of Teaching
Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.
The curriculum of the first-level Degree program in Aerospace Engineering consists in sixteen courses and a final examination. It aims at providing the students with the theoretical and applied fundamentals of calculus, chemistry, physics, mechanics and materials science, as well as with a thorough knowledge of the more specific disciplines of aerospace engineering, in order to allow them to carry out the design and verification of aerospace components, subsystems and systems, to operate in the field of aeronautical services, or to proficiently continue their studies to the M.S. Degree level. The final examination (3 CFU) consists in the development of a more detailed theoretical, numerical or experimental analysis of a specific aerospace engineering topic. This activity is documented in a short report and is presented by the student to the graduation committee.
Key Learning Outcomes
The curriculum of the first-level Degree program in Aerospace Engineering aims at providing the students with the theoretical and applied fundamentals of:
• material sciences
• experimental techniques
as well as with an introductory knowledge of the more specific disciplines of aerospace engineering:
• aerospace structures
• fluid dynamics and aerodynamics
• flight mechanics and dynamics
The educational program is intended to enable the students to carry out the design and verification of aerospace components, subsystems and systems, to operate in the field of aeronautical services, or to proficiently continue their studies to the M.S. Degree level.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
Graduates in Aerospace Engineering are expected to access jobs in aircraft and spacecraft production industries, in air transport industries and agencies, in national and international research institutions of the aerospace sector, in the academic and high school educational system (in particular Technical and Professional Schools), University. In addition, they can exploit their rather general and extensive preparation to find job opportunities in manufacturing or service industries of the mechanical engineering sector. Finally, Aerospace Engineering graduates can further advance their formal education by enrolling in the Master of Science Degree program in Aerospace Engineering.
Access to further study
The Laurea Degree in AEROSPACE ENGINEERING normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
The candidate must successfully complete the approved curriculum of courses and pass the final examination with the presentation and discussion of a short report illustrating a theoretical, numerical or experimental analysis of a specific aerospace engine