Academic year 2020/2021

INGEGNERIA BIOMEDICA Degree Programme Profile

Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

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 pace. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of the Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:


Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Luca Sanguinetti

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or an 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.

General Information

Programme Profile

The Degree Programme in Biomedical Engineering supplies students with a solid preparation in basic sciences such as mathematics, physics, computer science, biochemistry, chemistry and materials along with an expertise in applied biomedical sciences such as biomechanics, biomaterials, bioelectronics, biosensors, biosignal processing. An overall preparation connected to the field of Information and Industrial Engineering, is also supplied in order to respond more effectively to the needs of multidisciplinary typical areas in which the Biomedical Engineer works.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Programme in Biomedical Engineering will be able to demonstrate:
- Knowledge of basic sciences such as mathematics and physics,
- Basic knowledge of biochemistry, chemistry and materials,
- Basic knowledge of Information and Industrial Engineering sciences such as mechanics, electronics, computer science,
- Advanced knowledge of biomechanics and biomaterials,
- Advanced knowledge of bioelectronics, biosensors and biosignal processing,
- Ability in problem solving using computer (use of Matlab).

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Most of the graduates carry on their studies onto the second level Biomedical Engineering degree. Only a minimum number of students leave the studies for occupation in the field of Clinical Engineering at public and private hospitals and to supply technical support to biomedical and pharmaceutical commercial comparts. A further occupational profile concerns the production of biomedical instruments and medical informatics software at biomedical industries.

Access to further study

The degree in BIOMEDICAL 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, commentary 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 based on the performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. The 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 the examination and final grades among students for each degree programme, in order to facilitate the comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on the occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated based 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 into 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 students choose which of the appelli they wish to respond to. In most cases, it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.

Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification

The final dissertation, to which 3 CFU are allocated the student will discuss a brief document based on the analysis of a theorethical or experimental topic typical of Biomedical Engineering area.

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2020/2021